ancestors

  • Spark Your Family’s Interest

    Dec 3

    Generally, it is one or two members of a generation who are interested in doing the research and documentation of your ancestors. Yet the fun aspect is sharing your findings. Most of your relatives might not be interested in your research process, successes and failures. Instead, letting them know the great stories of your ancestors will capture t...

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  • AKA – Nicknames

    Nov 27

    This is such a popular item in families today and has been for a number of decades, but not for forever. AKA – "Also known as", was used to introduce pseudonyms, aliases, nicknames, working names, legalized names, pen names, and maiden names. Now nicknames have really grown to be very popular. You need one as a Password online or video gaming....

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  • Finding Other Family Members

    Nov 25

    One of the greatest assets for adding to your family history is locating any previously unknown family members – such as distant cousins. They just might be able to provide some information, documents, or photos previously unknown to you. It was common practice decades ago to communicate with all of one's family branches – share photos, send p...

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  • How Much Do You Look Like an Ancestor ?

    Nov 21

    If you have studied some of the family photos from any time frame notice a striking similarity with a living relative. Your niece, a sister, uncle etc living today could very well look like a great-grandmother, a great uncle, or 2nd cousin. After all, it is in the genes one's characteristics. Some of the similar appears could be their physical fe...

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  • Re-enacting Family Photos

    Nov 19

    What an opportunity and such a fun thing to do. Look back over the photos that were taken with you and your siblings — or with cousins or friends — really brings all of those memories back. It kind of makes you want to return to that very moment in time, doesn’t it? SO why not recreate that moment? True you are the same ages when the photo w...

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  • 1940s – New York City

    Nov 15

    If you lived or an ancestor lived in the different boroughs of New York City in the 1940s, you will want to look over the collection just placed by New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery with over 900,000 images of places in the city. Most are photo images, other videos, maps, and audio recordings. Boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manha...

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  • Surnames

    Nov 13

    One's family names / surnames are always interesting to research. Not only learning the origins of a surname, its original spellings or variations but especially if there were any notable or famous individuals who shared that surname in their ancestral lineage. Using the online 'Master Surname List' by Famous Kin site there might quite of few wh...

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  • Preserving Your Ancestor’s Efforts during WW One

    Nov 11

    How so important that all your ancestors be remembered but especially those who served during time of war? With the 100th anniversary – November 11th marking the end of 'The Great War' – the war to end all wars – it is a perfect time to do a special preservation about an ancestor who either served in the military or on the home front. The o...

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  • Hugs and Kisses

    Nov 9

    You surely have come across ancestor's letters and cards which had at least one or two 'X's' and 'Os' on them We all recognize those marks / symbols as 'hugs and kisses'. Yet, how did that practice or custom begin? The "X" on letters stands for 'kisses', which dates back to the Middle Ages (about 500 AD to 1500 AD) in Europe. Back then the practic...

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  • Civil War Diary

    Nov 5

    It is fascinating to read the pages written by a soldier in the field during the American Civil War (1861-1865), what were the hardships the had to endure. There are many of such diaries to survive over 150 years. However, you don't always hear of dairies from those on the home front, those women and their children and older citizens – what was t...

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