• 100th Anniversaries

    Feb 19

    Whenever a hundredth anniversary of any historic event is approaching, that is the time to be a part of it to learn how an ancestor was part of it. An example is that 2018 in November, will mark the end of 'The Great War' (World War One) - 1914-1918. The United States entered the war in April 1917 and it truly affected individuals and families all ...


  • Andersonville Prison and Others of the Civil War

    Feb 11

    The site (free to use) of some of the Civil War prisoners is a searchable database of Union prisoners interned at Andersonville Prison (also known as Camp Sumter) and Cahaba Prison, as well as the Union prisoners on the Sultana streamboat. It is estimated that some 12,000 Union soldiers died while in the prison of Andersonville. You might have an ...


  • Valentine and Other Vintage Postcards

    Feb 9

    Our ancestors used postcards like people today use email and Facebook to communicate with friends and family. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, those type of postcards were the most popular to exchange, send and give. Using the online site of 'Postcard Tree' has a vast collection of vintage postcards of all types and most with messages...


  • Illnesses of Long Ago

    Feb 7

    As is known, terms for certain items change over time. This is especially true for health and medical conditions. If you come across a listing of a illness / sickness an ancestor suffered from or one they died from, you will want to know what the present-day name is. There are some really strange names for illnesses or medical conditions known by ...


  • Finding the Good and Bad in Newspapers

    Feb 5

    Using hometown or neighboring town's newspapers can provide a treasure chest of information which you might or otherwise wish you never knew. There are several newspaper subscription databases, just make sure they have the hometown, home county or at least neighboring towns and counties where your ancestors lived. Here is a library guide to many of...


  • Ideas to Assist in Finding Ancestors

    Jan 29

    1. Ancestors may have used middle names. Check all various forms of given names and see if there were nicknames such 'Dick' for Richard in your search. 2. Check the mother’s maiden name, not everyone was born in wedlock. An ancestor may have used their mother's name only. 3. Perhaps your ancestor simply moved. Always try searching in a neighb...


  • Search North Carolina Vintage Newspapers

    Jan 27

    If you have any ancestors who lived or passed through North Carolina you are in luck. The 'DigitalNC' site has a very full collection in digital format of newspapers from across North Carolina. What makes this unique, it has newspapers from small towns to larger cities but also from Student Newspapers. Those student papers include many high school,...


  • Plotting the Direct Longevity of Your Ancestors

    Jan 23

    The following is a great idea to add your your family history, the longevity of your ancestors. Basically, an analysis to get a feel for the overall pattern of lifespan in a family going back two or three or more generations. Begin with your parents, if still living, then start with your four grandparents. You have to know when they were born and...


  • Birth to Death and the Dash in Between

    Jan 21

    The following poem by Linda Ellis provides insight to the placement of a dash between a birth and death dates. “For that dash represents all the time“ that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.” This is the reason families need the family tree, the family lineage and not just t...


  • Beginning of the Consumer Age

    Jan 13

    Today we think we are the members in good standing of the 'consumer age' but rather it started back with many of your ancestors, grandparents, great aunts and uncles, in the Roaring 1920s. The 1920s were an age of dramatic social and political change. For the first time, more Americans lived in cities than on farms. The nation's total wealth more t...


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