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  • Prisoners of the 1800s

    Sep 19

    Anyone placed in a prison for whatever reason had poor care and an uncomfortable place to live. Not only poor food was available but they usually had to do manual labor. This intense work could include doing laundry, pumping water, digging ditches or even useless labor just to keep the prisoner busy. Many prisoners were fed a diet that was some...


  • Texas Town Speaks German

    Sep 17

    Many think of Pennsylvanian Dutch, those early colonists who came to America from Germany and settled in many regions of Pennsylvania. You see it in the language of German which was used for decades in those German regions of Pennsylvania. View some of the old cemetery headstones, written in German. That is true for parts of Michigan which had a l...


  • 2020 Census Revealed a More MultiRacial United States

    Sep 16

    The United States Census Bureau released information from the 2020 census results on August 12, 2021. Nearly all racial groups saw population gains this decade, and the increase in the “Two or More Races” population (referred to as the Multiracial population) was especially large (up 276%). The White alone population declined by 8.6% since...


  • Inventions of the 1920s Still Used Today

    Sep 15

    The boom of the 1920s saw many new items on the market to make life more convenient and offer more leisure time. Many of the new inventions of the 1920s when your grandparents or parents lived are still used by you today. They may look different today and be more efficient but they began in the 1920s. Having frozen food such as a frozen bag of ...


  • Ancestry to Acquire French Genealogy Company Geneanet

    Sep 14

    Ancestry announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Geneanet, a leading French genealogy company. With over 30 billion records from more than 80 countries, Ancestry helps customers discover new details about their family story and ancestors. The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. With a large and growing Europea...


  • Prices in the 1920s

    Sep 13

    One hundred years sounds like a lifetime, but that was the Roaring Twenties and more than likely when your grandparents and great grandparents lived. So what was the cost of items 100 years ago? But keep in mind, wages were much lower. The average household income in the United States in 1920 was about $3,269 a year. So starting with a nice goo...


  • 20 Years Since 9/11

    Sep 11

    Most people remember where they were and what they were doing when news spread about the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers of NYC and the Pentagon in Washington, DC and the plane downed in PA. Those were several days that are hard to forget. It began on a Tuesday morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Everyone was 'glued' to the television sets, most in total d...


  • 1910s Fashion Changes

    Sep 9

    It is very interesting to see changes in styles over the different decades of your ancestors. This can be seen in photos. Some changes came from the early 1900s into the 1910s. There would even be a bit of a fashion limbo, where hemline started to rise slowly. Appearances were long, vertical lines and no fitted curves. What was added were speci...


  • 23andMe is More Inclusive for All Genders

    Sep 9

    23andMe announced some important updates to give customers greater control over tailoring their product experience so it more accurately reflects their gender. 23andMe now allows customers to distinguish between their sex assigned at birth and their gender. This allows all customers, but especially their transgender and/or non-binary custom...


  • Jobs Not Done Any Longer

    Sep 7

    Jobs or occupations done by your parents, grandparents or great grandparents may not be done in the workforce any long – plenty of professions have vanished over the years as society has changed and technology has progressed. A noticeable one is Switchboard Operators – those 'hello girls' who connected your phone calls. Not done anymore. ...


  • Ancestry Adds New Freedmen’s Bureau Collection

    Sep 7

    Ancestry spotlighted an important, yet often overlooked, part of American history by unveiling the world’s largest digitized and searchable collection of Freedmen’s Bureau and Freedman’s Bank records. This addition of more than 3.5 million records can help descendants of previously enslaved people in the U.S. learn more about their famil...


  • Earrings of the 1950s

    Sep 5

    It was such a popular era of the 1950s, between the cars, clothing styles, shoes, as well as lady's earrings. Yes, the vintage 1950s earrings are very collectible and many are worn today. You may have many earrings from the 1950s that your mother or grandmother wore. The styles ranged from simple pearl earrings to a small cluster of rhinestones...


  • True Story of Researching Individuals from Over 100 Years Ago

    Sep 3

    Doing family history research can be fascinating, you never know what you might find. Here is a very instigating recent true story of research where a woman finds details about the man who built her old San Francisco home. This true story began when writer Christina Lalanne and her husband Max bought an old house in San Francisco, she was sure ...


  • MyHeritage Improved Their Family Tree

    Sep 2

    MyHeritage announced that the most popular views for family trees on MyHeritage has been improved with a new design. This will make it easier to navigate your family tree and make new discoveries. The improvements include a new Relationship diagram that enables you to visualize your relationship to people in the family tree and understand h...


  • Torch Balcony of Statue of Liberty

    Sep 1

    You, your family or ancestors may have had the opportunity to visit the Statue of Liberty in New York City over the decades. The Statue of Liberty faces Southeast and was strategically placed inside of Fort Wood which was a perfect base for the Statue. The Statue's position was also perfect for ships, entering the harbor, to see her as a welcoming...


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