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  • National Pie Day

    Jan 23

    Of course, there is an national day for just about everything. But observing 'National Pie Day' on January 23 does recognize a long tradition in just about everyone's family. The word "pie" — defined as a baked dish topped with and sometimes also surrounded by pastry — may well derive from the Latin word pica, meaning magpie. But it's not long...

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  • Recent ‘Black Sheep’

    Jan 21

    Some people are afraid when they do their family history they will come across a 3rd great grandfather who was a horse thief or a deserter from the Army. Yes, you never know what may have happened during your ancestors' lives on the family tree. But is nothing to be scared of, it was that relative for whatever reason had the problem ... not you. Wh...

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  • Family Name – Our Connection to Our Ancestors

    Jan 19

    Besides the DNA (genes) you inherited from your ancestors, one of the most important elements to tie you to your ancestors is a surname. It appears most surnames originated due to certain factors. They are geography or location, geographical features, an occupation, personal - physical characteristics, an estate name, your ancestry, or patronage....

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  • 1790 US Census

    Jan 17

    You just might have an ancestor who was recorded on the very first United States Federal Census done. It was made a Federal government law that the first census began more than a year after the inauguration of President George Washington and shortly before the second session of the first Congress ended. The law was signed March 1, 1790. Congress as...

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  • Is Left-Handedness Determined by Genetics?

    Jan 17

    There may be people in your family tree who were left-handed. In some cases, this could be influenced by genetics. However, genetics do not always play a part in handedness. It is not as simple as in features that are determined by either dominant or recessive genes (such as eye color). The U.S.National Library of Medicine says that left- handed...

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  • Knowledge of Grandparents’ Names

    Jan 15

    Even if a person were not a family history researcher, you might guess that everyone could provide the first and last name for their grandparents. From a recent survey conducted by Ancestry.com, it appears approximately 1/3 of Americans can not name their grandparents. In America's total 2018 population of 326,766,748 that is approximately 100,000 ...

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  • Study: Genetics May Nudge Some People Toward Risky Behavior

    Jan 15

    A study done by researchers from the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC) suggests that genetics may nudge some individuals toward more risky behavior like smoking, drinking and speeding. The study, which was published in the journal Nature Genetics, included data from more than a million people. The researchers identified 124 g...

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  • Mobile Phone App for Searching

    Jan 13

    Most family history researchers are familiar with 'Chronicling America' newspaper collection covering from 1789 to 1963. Using one's mobile phone (smartphone) has developed into an important instrument in research. There is an app titled 'OldNews USA' which can help you locate the newspaper articles and stories from Chronicling America using your s...

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  • Finding Letters

    Jan 11

    Always be on the outlook for any letters or postcards written by your ancestors. Besides having a small piece by having their writings / thoughts, it can give you insight to them as a person. A good example was the recent find of a letter to Father Chrisman at the North Pole (Santa Claus) on December 2, 1898, by a five-year-old Marjorie from Eastb...

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  • Genetics Unzipped is a Podcast from the UK Genetics Society

    Jan 10

    Genetics Unzipped is the podcast from the UK Genetics Society – one of the oldest learned societies dedicated to supporting and promoting the research, teaching and application of genetics. It is a fortnightly podcast that was launched ahead of the Society's centenary celebrations in 2019. Presented by award-winning science writer and former N...

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  • Expanding the Date for Public Domain

    Jan 9

    It has been 21 years (1998) since any changed to the date that all works could be in the public domain. The cut off year was 1923, anything prior to that year would be in the public domain and from 1923 to the present was protected by copyright laws. It now has changed and on January 1, 2019, the change now is to include the full year of 1923 now ...

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  • St. Louis County Library is Building a History & Genealogy Center

    Jan 8

    The St. Louis County Library is the busiest county library in Missouri. The library is in the midst of a multi-year capital improvement campaign called Your Library Renewed. Part of the campaign involves the building of a History & Genealogy Center. St Louis Library (SLCL) has purchased approximately 6 acres near the intersection of Clayton ...

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  • Quill Pens and Inkwells

    Jan 7

    We treasure our ancestor's written letters, diaries or journals kept over the decades but think of what they may have written those with so many years ago. Inkwells were a very common household item until the early 20th century when the fountain pen became popular. The shape, sizes and what they were made of varied over the years. This small jar f...

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  • Woman Riding Bicycles in the Late 1800s

    Jan 5

    Your great grandmother could have been one of those ladies in the late 1800s who gained their mobile freedom by riding a bicycle. Yes, ladies had carriages, wagons and horses, but a personal bike ... that was something else!! As women learned to ride bicycles they not only gained physical mobility that broadened their horizons beyond the neighborh...

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  • Look at Historic Events on a Specific Day

    Jan 5

    You always want to know important dates related to your ancestors, such as their birth-marriage and death date. Once you have gathered the month, day and year, a really interesting aspect to add is any historical events that occurred on that very date. You could focus on the years that an ancestor lived or cover the years before, during and after t...

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