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  • New Season – Genealogy Roadshow

    Jan 11

    Yes, PBS has the New Season of the American Genealogy Roadshow beginning on Tuesday January 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm EST and runs through Tuesday February 24, 2015. This season visits three important cities in the history and development of the United States: New Orleans, Louisiana; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and St. Louis, Missouri; with ordinary pe...

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  • 1941-1945 Yearbooks

    Nov 19

    From the National World War II Museum, they have a site online titled "See You Next Year." It refers to the school yearbooks produced across the United States during the war years of the early 1940s. Presently there are some 42 but more are being added. From the youth, some who then went off for military training and to serve during the war, the...

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  • The Sinister Side

    Oct 15

    Sometimes people are worried they may find a 'black sheep', 'a skeleton in the closet' or some other shocking or upsetting information about an ancestor. This is sometimes referred to as finding the 'dark side' or 'sinister side' of the family tree. A few of such shocking news can be that your ancestors owned slaves, killed a person, was married...

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  • ‘Dog My Cats’ & other Phrases

    Sep 1

    Every language and culture develops its own unique terms and phrases. Some such sayings are only used for a period of time, say in the late half of the 19th century, or during the 'Roaring Twenties'. If you did not grow up during such a time frame, if you come across such a phrase you could be lost as to its meaning. This site, 'American Phrases...

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  • Women of the 1850s and ’60s

    Jun 17

    'An Era When Women Could Not Vote, Hold Bank Accounts Or Take A Direct Role In Business' Fashions mark the decades and era throughout history. Hard work and dressing the correct socially accepted way was the life for women in America or other locations. It is interesting during this 150th anniversary of the American Civil War that you reflec...

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  • Popular Culture Advertisement

    Apr 25

    Nothing decades ago or today more defines what people enjoyed eating, wearing or doing than the advertisements of those times. It is almost like a time capsule of the life and times of our relatives. An online site done by Duke University Library titled Ad*Access does just that, takes you back to see the daily images found in advertisements. It can...

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  • List of Civil War Union Graves

    Apr 17

    With April 2014, this marks 149 years since the end in 1865 of the American Civil War. Everyone in searching their family tree want to know if they had soldier ancestors who fought in the Civil War. Now online is a database listing of Union (the North) soldiers who based on Union records were buried in military cemeteries, whether they died during...

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  • Names at Alcatraz

    Apr 9

    Alcatraz is well-known, not as a resort, but rather the most famous national prison in America. Long considered an inescapable prison, it actually did have fourteen attempted escapes involving some 36 prisoners. The inmates were either captured, killed, or drowned in the cold rough waters that surround the island of Alcatraz. It began in the mid-1...

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  • New Collection Donated of Civil War Images

    Apr 1

    Having something well over 150 years old scanned so it can be shared with the world is a wonderful achievement. In 2010, Tom Liljenquist, a collector of Civil War photos had purchased a large private collection of such photos in Gettysburg, PA for $3,500. Many were tin-types and ambrotype in their original folding cases. There were Union as well ...

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  • Bird’s-Eye View Using Panoramic Maps

    Mar 13

    One of the overlooked collections held at the U. S. Library of Congress with their American Memory section are hundreds of panoramic maps of towns and cities across the United States and four Canadian provinces. They range from 1847 to 1929. Some of the maps are artworks drawn showing the streets and buildings of a town. Key landmarks and buildings...

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