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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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  • Illustrations of Ancestors’ Occupations

    Oct 7

    As you have collected information on your ancestors one of the biggest addition is finding out what occupation that ancestor held. As you go back in time, many of those jobs no longer exist so most people have no idea what they are. Through the efforts of Emily Kowalski Schroeder with her genealogical site titled 'Growing Little Leaves', she has...

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  • Ancestors Affected by a Disaster?

    Oct 3

    Whether man-made or something from Mother Nature, there can be any number of disasters over the decades that could have affected your ancestors. Gathering information about your family is not just names, dates and places, it is truly a quest to discover the narratives of our ancestors' lives, even the sad and tragic times. An online site named 'Ge...

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  • American Libraries ONLINE

    Oct 1

    There are many books published over the decades, especially in the late 19th Century and early 20th century covering family surnames and individual families' history. Finding them could be the problem. Fortunately, with the Internet many of the vintage books have been scanned and now available online through specific library's collections. Using A...

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  • Women as Businesswomen

    Sep 21

    Whether you realized it or not, females have played a major role in town businesses for decades. Especially during times of war, it was the female ancestors who stepped up to the plate to keep things running on the homefront. The American Revolution (1776-1783) - There was Mary Elizabeth Goddard, who by 1774 ran solely the family two prints newsp...

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  • Worst Jobs to Have in the 1800s

    Sep 19

    The following are some of the possible jobs your ancestors may have had sometime during the 1800s if they lived during those times. Most people were farmers, an honorable occupation, still a hard job. Yet, in the 19th century was the need of people to handle other types of work. A Tosher - was a sewer worker with an unusual twist. They sifted thro...

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  • Old Letters or a Diary

    Sep 17

    If you are fortunate to have located one or more old letters written to or by an ancestor or better yet, a diary or journal or even vintage postcards, they kept for any length of time, you now have a treasure of insight to that ancestor's life during a certain time frame. True, many of such letters or a diary can be plain, general daily life experi...

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  • Step Families

    Sep 15

    Today, you would be hard pressed to identify any families that did not a step parent or stepchildren. Step families are created through death of a parent, a divorce or separation. A step mom or dad comes into a person's life many times accompanied by a step brother or sister. Decades ago, most marriages lasted for life. Separation and divorce were...

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  • Teacher’s Day

    Sep 5

    This special day to recognizes teachers affects everyone. You all had teachers during your years of schooling, you may have been a teacher yourself, or had an ancestor who was a teacher. Using this theme, you can add some new information to the family history. Interview family members and get them to tell about their favorite teacher and include ...

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  • Google Newspaper Archives

    Sep 3

    Newspapers are a wonderful resource to learn more about families, individuals or businesses in a family hometown. The are several fee subscription databases for newspapers available, but there is also the Free Google Newspaper Archives. If you have not attempted to use it, give it a try for sure. Even if it has been awhile since you did a search u...

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