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  • Where Were Your Ancestors during a Historic Event?

    Aug 25

    Researching about your ancestors, going back generations is quite exciting and you never know what you will uncover. Of course, it is not just gathering names, dates, and locations, your ancestors experienced so many things during their lives. Trying to find those events and happenings they were directly involved with can be the most difficult ...

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  • Google – History as Illustrated

    Aug 23

    Being able to identify some of the notable historical events in America and the world can really add to your family history. It helps to have a basic overview of some of those major historical events along with available illustrations and photos. Google has done that with its Historical Events page. There are three different methods to search a...

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  • PCHA Received FamilySearch Affiliate Designation

    Aug 22

    The Pierce County Historical Association (PCHA) received the official certification of being a FamilySearch Affiliate library on March 20, 2019. FamilySearch Affiliate libraries have access to additional online records than those that people can access on the FamilySearch website at home.  A FamilySearch Affiliate library cooperates with F...

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  • Entertainment – CHEAP during the Great Depression

    Aug 21

    It was a difficult decade of the 1930s for many Americans, including your own ancestors if they lived here then. The Stock Market Crash of October 1929 and the years that followed had people of all ages, locations and occupations struggling to survive. One thing people did become is creative in their living conditions, food and especially h...

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  • Doctors Alter U.S. Woman’s Genes with CRISPR

    Aug 20

    For the first time ever, doctors in the United States have used CRISPR to alter the genes of an adult woman. CRISPR is a controversial genetic editing tool that has previously been used to edit human embryos. Victoria Gray is a 41-year-old woman from Mississippi, and the first person in the United States to have her cells altered with CRISP...

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  • Masonic Records

    Aug 19

    Often overlooked resources are Masonic records. Many of your ancestors may have been members of a local Masonic Lodge in their hometown. The Masonic Lodge has been a staple organization in many local communities for decades. This organization includes the ladies, who are members of the Order of the Eastern Star (men can also belong to the East...

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  • Slaves Fled to Mexico

    Aug 17

    Here is something to consider that could apply to your family's history. Everyone is aware that slaves from the Southern States had tried for years to escape their harsh lifestyle. Especially in the 1850s and into the early 1860s slaves in the US took the underground railroad (system of hideaways-safe houses) north into free states and into Can...

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  • Did You Ask That??

    Aug 15

    Yes, you have interviewed family members, asked the questions about their birth, marriage, schooling, military service, hometown, but there may be a few special questions you didn't think to ask, especially those that only that relative could answer. Here is a sampling of many lesser asked questions but ones that can have some interestin...

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  • New Ways to Save on 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service

    Aug 15

    23andMe pointed out that a ruling by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) now allows for money set aside in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) to be used to purchase the health-related information provided through 23andMe's Health + Ancestry Service. 23andMe recommend you check with your specific FSA/HSA benefit...

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  • US Naval Ships Personnel

    Aug 13

    You might have an ancestor who served on a US Naval ship either in the 19th or 20th century. There is available a database of personnel, some 36,991 and growing. Included is the person's full name, their rank, their years of service, the name and where they were stationed – such as the Atlantic coast, African coast or Pacific region. ...

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  • MyHeritage Explains How to Navigate Your DNA Health Report

    Aug 13

    MyHeritage has loads of information about how to navigate your MyHeritage DNA Health Reports. The new MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry test offers an extensive range of genetic insights through detailed health reports for 27 conditions. There are two ways to access your reports. One is through an email that MyHeritage will send you after th...

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  • Middle Child Day

    Aug 11

    Always on August 12th is the annual Middle Child's Day. This day gives a little well deserved recognition to the wonderful and special middle child in the family. For parents of three children, you likely know the "Middle Child Syndrome" all too well. If you grew up the middle child with both older and younger siblings, you know the feeli...

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  • 1950 Census Questions

    Aug 9

    Coming soon, in the spring of April 2022 — the Census of 1950 will become available to the public. This first census was taken after the end of World War II (1945) and will offer a picture of Americans in the postwar years of explosive growth and change. Many Americans were born in those post-war years, known as 'baby boomers'. You might b...

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  • FamilySearch Users Can Correct Name Indexing Errors

    Aug 8

    FamilySearch will now enable users to make name corrections to its indexes. FamilySearch explained that corrections made by users increase the likelihood of success for researchers to find the records of their ancestors. FamilySearch allows volunteers to do indexing of records in order to make those records searchable online. It appears tha...

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  • Strange Sideline of Asylums of the 1800s

    Aug 7

    It might be hard to imagine, but during the mid to late 1800s, in America and in England, it once quite the form of entertainment of many middle-class and upper-class Americans during the 1800s, to tour the grounds and even the facilities for the insane – asylums. There were created stereoscopic cards announcing the glory of newly-built gro...

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