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  • Home Remedies

    Dec 5

    Today one gets doctor's prescriptions or over the counter medicine when needed. However, your ancestors did not always have a doctor nearby, or a drug store or even be able to afford medicine. So traditionally home remedies were used for many physical problems. Home remedies or 'old-fashion cures' have been done in households for hund...

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  • Older Traditional Manners

    Dec 3

    There had been for decades a set group of traditional manners expected of all individuals, especially taught to children. These your parents, grandparents, gr grandparents, etc grew up and followed. Here are some traditional good behaviors: A child was never to argue with an adult, with what the adult said, especially if a parent spoke...

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  • MyHeritage Introduced the MyHeritage Gift Membership

    Dec 3

    MyHeritage announced the launch of the new MyHeritage gift membership! You can now give someone special the MyHeritage Complete plan, their best plan for family history research. To celebrate the launch, gift memberships are now available with a 50% introductory discount. The gift membership is the Complete plan which provides access to all...

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  • RootsTech Connect 2021 Announced First Keynote Speakers

    Dec 1

    RootsTech Connect 2021 - the world's largest family celebration event – announced its first wave of keynote speakers hailing from Australia, Italy, Mexico, and the United States. RootsTech Connect, February 25-27, 2021, is a free online conference to discover, share, and celebrate family and heritage connections. RootsTech Connect 2021 K...

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  • Vintage Costume Jewelry

    Dec 1

    You might have photos of your female ancestors (mothers, grandmothers, aunts and great grandmothers) wearing jewelry – might be gold or silver or it could be costume jewelry. If the time frame was the 1930s – 1960, there were many new techniques for producing a variety of costume jewelry that looked good. During those years all ladies wa...

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  • Saying ‘Hello’ on the Telephone

    Nov 29

    Here is a common phrase that you take for granted but it was not commonly used by your ancestors. Just using the word 'Hello' was not used often and not even in the dictionary until 1883. The word was looked on earlier as a rude remark, especially if you did not know the person very well. So with the beginnings of the telephone, compa...

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  • Late 1800s Inventions —- Some Useful-Some Not

    Nov 27

    People have always been inventing things to make their life easier. This is so true in the late 1800s (1880 to 1899). One example was known as the 'Tissue-Oscillator Machine'. A person wore a belt around their backside or their stomach and the belt vibrated the body's tissue to improve the person's weight and health. It could treat const...

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  • Juveniles of Plymouth

    Nov 25

    On this day before Thanksgiving one does look to the first Thanksgiving with those who traveled on the Mayflower ship for a new life and a new land. You should also remember it is the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower ship. There were 102 plus the crew on the ship to come ashore at Plymouth. Two of the passengers were Jo...

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  • Thanksgiving Dinner Changed Over Time

    Nov 24

    What kinds of food will be on your table this Thanksgiving? Your ancestors may have served slightly different dishes. Thanksgiving dinner changed over time. The Smithsonian points out that turkey was not the centerpiece of the meal in the 17th century. People were more likely to be eating goose or duck. Smaller birds were spit-roasted, an...

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  • Forgotten Thanksgiving Dishes

    Nov 23

    Some traditional favorite dishes have been at family Thanksgiving tables for decades. Here are a few not seen in many years. Pork Cake started in 1922, published in a magazine. Neither butter or eggs are needed for the recipe. It does have ground lean salt pork, raisins, spices, brown sugar and molasses. This dish is not often servi...

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  • RootsTech Connect

    Nov 22

    Between February 25-27, 2021 will be a global RootsTech Connect, sponsored by FamilySearch.org. It will truly be global and virtual. An interesting aspect for 2021 is they are accepting submissions no later than December 18 and December 31, 2020 for various types of videos from the general public that will be featured during the conference. T...

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  • Ordering SS Applications Online

    Nov 21

    One of the best original sources for information on a relative or ancestor, especially if they lived after 1900 is the U.S. Social Security Application. To get a copy of those applications, there is a new ordering form known as SS-5. From the Social Security Administration. It is now a bit easier to order those applications. There is a fe...

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  • Vintage School Supplies

    Nov 19

    Whether school in 2020 is at a school building or at home distance with online education, there were very important vintage school supplies need decades ago by our ancestors. Here are some vintage school supplies not used for years. The use of a quill pen with a metal writing tip and the feather at the top of the handle. These were ...

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  • Ancestry Launched Historical Marriage Index Collection

    Nov 19

    Ancestry announced the launch of the first phase of the Newspapers.com Marriage Index collection, powered by cutting-edge technology. They trained machine learning algorithms to comb through more than 600 million pages of digitized newspapers to extract and identify key names, relationships and other facts from marriage and engagement announce...

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  • Why Were Family Homes and Other Buildings White?

    Nov 17

    Think back to old vintage homes, medium to smaller ones, not always those considered huge mansions, most were white. Such vintage houses weren’t painted as we know it today. Instead, they were whitewashed, a process of coating a wooden (or brick) surface with a combination of water, hydrated lime, and salt mixed with various ingredients (li...

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