20th century

  • Photo Collections at Brigham Young University

    Apr 29

    In BYU photo collection which has been made digital are nine major collections by different photographers and collectors. Images from World War II, to 19th century American West landscape photos to 293 photographs of California, especially of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake images are just three examples. Once you select a collection you can bro...

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  • The Weather on a Specific Day

    Apr 26

    Wouldn't it be great to add some basic information about the weather in a certain location related to your ancestors a specific event – such as their birth? Using the chart of weather across the United States done by the Midwestern Region Climate Center, you can get an idea of weather condition the day an ancestor was born. Now it only goes back...

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  • Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library with Digital Archives

    Mar 31

    For those doing research for the state of Ohio, the Columbus Metropolitan Library has a massive digital archives online. It includes photos, maps, documents and artifacts. Categories include: Collections, Topics, Neighbors and by Decades. So if you knew the neighborhood of a town your ancestor came from, you might locate a map or photos. You can t...

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  • N.C. Photographs – Brimley Collection

    Nov 13

    This wonderful collection (Brimley Collection) of vintage photos taken within North Carolina were collected by Hubert Hutchinson Brimley (1861-1946). He was also director of The North Carolina State Museum of Natural History. The photographs document many aspects of life in the state between the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries. His co...

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  • Missouri Penitentiary Archives

    Oct 11

    The first state penal institution, covering 47 acres, west of the Mississippi River back in March 1836 was the Missouri State Penitentiary. It remained a functional penitentiary to September 2004, located in Jefferson City. This prison also known as M.S.P. also had the nickname of 'the Walls'. It also had the reputation of a very crude or brutal pr...

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  • Newspaper Details

    Jul 3

    It was so common in medium size and especially small towns with a newspaper to print all types of details about businesses, events, churches, social items, recording of land deeds, and just ordinary citizens. Newspapers did not do just the wedding news and obituaries, but rather everyday life. An excellent source is to spend time and look for the ...

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  • What was Science Fiction to Your Ancestors

    Jun 15

    For your ancestors in the 1920s into the 1950s, what was science fiction stories, illustrations, or movies has inspired technology that we use today. Little did our ancestors really imagine that today's everyday devices were first illustrated decades earlier. It is amazing how 'close' to maybe predicting the future many of these stories and illustr...

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  • Neighborhood Maps

    Jun 9

    The opportunity has now increased to view some of the vintage neighborhood maps done over the early years of the 20th century by the Sanford Fire Insurance Company. Placed online by the Library of Congress are about 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps representing over 3000 city sets online. Each month additional maps will be added until 2020 bring ...

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  • Texas Photos

    May 27

    William Deming Hornaday over his years of the late 1800s into the 20th century he collected about 5,818 photographs, photographic postcards, photo engravings and negatives. They covered sites across Texas, particularly Brownsville, El Paso, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley but also photos of places outside the United States. It is housed no...

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  • North Carolina Newspapers

    Apr 29

    Newspapers of any time period can be so helpful in doing your family research. For example, I just came across an article from July 1930 in Texas for a friend that proved that her mother and aunt did go out to California after winning a beauty contest in Florida for a movie screen test. They had stopped to visit a family friend in Texas and because...

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