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  • Time Capsule

    May 31

    Many groups, schools, families, cities, and organizations have created a 'time capsule' to be put away or placed in a building's cornerstone, not to be opened for 50, 75 or 100 years. What treasure to see first-hand what one generation thought was important for the future generations to see and examine. To find such a capsule years from now ...

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  • Scots Language

    May 29

    Part of one's family heritage is a native language. It doesn't mean you have to be fluent in an ancestral language but be aware of it and maybe a few key phrases. An example of a couple of declining languages includes Scottish Gaelic which has become the figurehead for minority languages in Scotland. This is sensible; it is a very old and ...

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  • Victorian Homes

    May 27

    In the United Kingdom along with its former colonies, the style of home construction known as Victorian generally means any house built during the reign of Queen Victoria (the 1840-1900). In the United States, Victorian house styles include Second Empire, Queen Anne, Stick (and Eastlake Stick), Shingle, Richardsonian Romanesque, and others. Ar...

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  • Patten Free Library is Archiving Local COVID-19 Stories

    May 26

    Patten Free Library is located in Bath, Maine. Their Board of Trustees has closed the library during the COVID-19 pandemic, for the health and safety of their community. In the meantime, Patten Free Library is collecting and archiving COVID-19 stories from people who live, work, or feel at home in Sagadahoc County. The project is called “...

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  • Civil War Wounds

    May 25

    As we remember this Memorial Day the countless Americans over the decades who have served in the military and 'gave their all' to this country, and as you examine your own ancestors, here is one event from the era of the American Civil War (1861-1865) not known as well. With the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee, in April 1862, the battle p...

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  • Ouija Board

    May 23

    With America entering 'The Great War' (WW One) in April 1917 and then by early 1918 and again late 1918 – many Americans dying due to fighting overseas or due to the Spanish Flu pandemic. Besides the loss of countless individuals, most were in their 20s to age 40 (military and flu victims). Left behind were many parents, children, and spou...

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  • School Lunches

    May 21

    National School Lunch Act was signed in 1946, the country’s first school food programs began decades earlier, in the immigrant tenements of turn-of-the-century cities. In these early lunchrooms, diversity ruled. However, not just in large cities but in smaller towns of the 1920s also began added serving lunch daily for students. From 18...

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  • Military Cemeteries Have New Rules Due to COVID-19

    May 21

    On Memorial Day, it is traditional for many families to visit the graves of family members who were in the military. In the days since the COVID-19 pandemic started, military cemeteries have instituted new rules that are designed to keep visitors healthy and safe. It is wise to check the rules before you visit, as the rules are subject to chan...

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  • Not Using Married Lady’s Given Names

    May 19

    It can be hard enough trying to research the female ancestors on the family tree, especially in the 1800s into the first half of the 20th century. It was a practice that once a woman married, from then on especially in any newspaper articles or journals / reports by organizations, she was referred to as: 'Mrs. Henry Wilson'. It was not acce...

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  • Genomics England will Sequence Human Genomes in Fight Against Coronavirus

    May 19

    Genomics England wants to find out how a person's genetic makeup could influence how they react to COVID-19. To find out, they (and their partners) will sequence the genomes of thousands of patients severely ill with coronavirus. A major new human whole genome sequencing study will take place across the NHS, involving up to 20,000 people ...

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  • Multiple Appearances

    May 17

    As one views countless times the vintage photographs taken of our ancestors to be very formal and straight-laced. However, in reality, there were some humorous and additional candid photos taken. Numerous fun photos were done when the fair or carnival set up in town for a week or more. Yet many were also done in professional photographic studio...

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  • Poems & Sayings – Ancestors

    May 15

    Dear Ancestor Your tombstone stands among the rest; neglected and alone The name and date are chiseled out on polished, marbled stone It reaches out to all who care It is too late to mourn You did not know that I exist You died and I was born. Yet each of us are cells of you in flesh, in blood, in bone. Our blo...

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  • MyHeritage Updated their Theory of Family Relativity

    May 14

    MyHeritage added their Theory of Family Relativity to their service in February of 2019. Recently, the company announced that they have run updates and refreshed the data that their Theory of Family Relativity uses. This could mean that users who were not getting any updates from that feature may start getting them now. What is the Theory o...

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  • The Youth of 1907

    May 13

    Young people in their mid to late teens have always enjoyed hanging out with their friends. Teenagers of the 21st century may believe that they invented the concept of peers enjoying each other's company but instead, it dates back to a time in memorial. Illustrated in the photo of 1907 in Manchester, Maryland was a large group of boys and girls,...

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  • 23andMe Published a New BRCA Study

    May 12

    23andMe announced that their new BRCA study was published in Scientific Reports and is titled “Identifying Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1/2 founder variants in individuals who do not self-report Jewish ancestry”. 23andMe says that this study could help inform the on-going discussion around broader access to BRCA genetic testing. The study is co...

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