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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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  • What Your Mom and Grandmother Weren’t Allowed

    May 13

    Our female ancestors worked to earn their right to vote during the suffrage movement of 1800s into early 1900s, before the constitutional amendment was finally passed in 1920. Yet females were still faced with oppression over the years, even during the 1950s into early 1970s. So your own mother and grandmother had to deal with certain things they w...

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  • National Teacher Day

    May 7

    In 2017, National Teacher Day is May 9th. It is the Tuesday of the first full week of May. Teachers certainly are among the most deserving individuals over the decades. This day honors those hard working, patient and understanding people whom we entrust our children to. Teachers mold our kids in a positive direction, affecting who they are and who...

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  • Connecticut Veterans of WW One

    Apr 23

    The Connecticut State Library at Hartford has many different databases but one very important represents the 100th anniversary of the United States's entrance into 'the Great War' (WW One) in April 1917. The database has nearly 13,000 records for men who served, not just from Connecticut but also neighboring states. It is organized by the counti...

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  • Ellis Island Day

    Apr 17

    Everyone thinks all immigrates came through Ellis Island in New York. No, that is not the case. Ports of entry included Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco, just to name a few. How the most famous entry port does remain, Ellis Island, in the Upper New York Bay near the Statue of Liberty. The name came from Samuel Elli...

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  • Our Female Ancestors’ Beauty Tips

    Apr 15

    The ladies have always known how to look their best over the decades. Most beauty routines learned from their mothers and grandmothers. Here are a few such suggested beauty secrets from our ancestors. Rinse your hair with cool water and vinegar to exfoliate your scalp. Use the charred end of a cooled burnt matchstick to darken your eyebrows. Ma...

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  • Record or Write the Four Main Family Events

    Mar 19

    The easiest family stories are the ones you know. You, the researcher of the family's history, do need to take the time to write-up or make a digital recording of four specific family events for future generations. If either or both of your parents are alive, then they too need to take the time now to place in some format the information for the fo...

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  • Ohio Memory

    Jan 21

    The state of Ohio, once part of the northwest territory, has a rich and long history. You could have had several ancestors who at one time lived in Ohio, so it is worthwhile to investigate the free online site, Ohio Memory. Some of the items available on the site include photographs, manuscripts, letters, historical artifacts, videos, and newspape...

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  • A Great Winter Project

    Jan 17

    Many areas across the country or in other nations have a thick blanket of ice and snow during this time of year. To avoid having to get out in such conditions, this is a perfect time to start a really worthwhile project. Besides gathering the names, dates and basic information on relatives on your family tree, how about taking a different perspect...

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  • Baffling Ancestors – Some Hints

    Jan 15

    Everyone has more than one elusive ancestor in their direct lineage or extended family line. It can be quite baffling for a family researcher to find our details on that person. Here are a few hints and suggestions to help in the process. If you have found their death date and a possible location, search for a Will on file. Those legal documents ...

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