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  • Findmypast UK Released New North American Records

    Jul 8

    Findmypast UK has pointed out some new releases that will help you discover and celebrate your North American ancestors. There are thousands of new records in this release. Manitoba Vital Records: Do you have roots in the Canadian province of Manitoba? Discover family milestones in brand new birth, marriage, and death indexes. Findmypast UK...


  • American Favorite—Lemonade

    Jul 7

    With sugarcane available in colonial America, the making of lemonade became very popular. It became even more popular with everyone into the 1800s. The Temperance Movement – anti-Alcohol was growing in numbers and pushed as a replacement especially on hot days was lemonade. Slogans such as “Good-bye to liquor, here's to lemonade”. Even in...


  • 23andMe is Now a Publicly Traded Company

    Jul 6

    23andMe became a publicly traded company in June of 2021. Their Nasdaq stock market ticket symbol is “ME”, which seems appropriate. This comes after 23andMe partnered with billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Acquisition Group in February of 2021. At the time, a spokesperson from 23andMe told The Guardian that all its DNA samples were...


  • What was a Hoosier Cabinet?

    Jul 5

    All through the 1600s-1700s-1800s and even early 1900s, homes did not have built-in cabinetry. The family kitchen was usually a separate building outside the main house or the use of a fireplace in the family house was the 'kitchen'. By the late 1800s, the setting up of a family kitchen became popular. Not just for cooking but to store dishes and ...


  • Popsicle’s – Popular for Generations

    Jul 3

    A true summer treat for generations is the Popsicle. Using ice to have cool drinks and desserts has been done for centuries. But looking back at 1905 there was a young boy named Frank Epperson who lived in Oakland, Calif. One cold day he mixed water and soda powder and mixed it with a wooden stirring stick. He did forget it and it stayed outside o...


  • Find Ancestors who Fought in the American Revolution

    Jul 2

    The FindMyPast team posted information on a blog titled: “How to trace ancestors who fought in the American Revolution”. The information in it could be what you need to learn more about those ancestors. According to, the American Revolution is also known as the Revolutionary War. It began in 1775 and ended in 1783. This war ...


  • Why Do People Tip?

    Jul 1

    There is a long tradition of tipping your waitress or waiter at a restaurant. Your ancestors may have worked most of their career as a waitress or waiter and were very dependent on tips left by their customers. So how did it all start? In England during the 1600s, a practice was done where any overnight guests in a person's private home would p...


  • Study Offers Insights on Genetics of Depression

    Jun 24

    23andMe pointed out a new genome-wide association study that was led by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The study is shedding light on the genetic underpinnings of major depression. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 16 million Americans are affected by depression each year, and nearly 6 million Americans suff...


  • Everyday Things and Activities Rarely Done Now

    Jun 23

    Daily everyday types of activities and items were common for our grandparents but things do change. Our parents had different chores and activities in their lives that now seem strange and rarely done. Here are a few examples of items rarely done in the 21st century. It will give you a better vision of the life of your parents and grandparents. ...


  • Archaeologists Search for Tulsa Race Massacre Victims

    Jun 22

    The City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has allowed archaeologists to resume their search for the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Previously, Tulsa City officials launched an effort to find the victims in 2018, but it yielded no results. The Tulsa Race Massacre occurred over 18 hours from May 31 to June 1, 1921. A white mob attacked residents...


  • HistoryLInes – Adding Real Historical Events to the Family Tree

    Jun 21

    You have begun to gather the basic information on some of your ancestors. Just getting the correct birth date, marriage date and death date plus locations can be difficult. As you manage to gather the information you find you want to learn more about their life or at least events around them. So now there is the new online program titled “His...


  • Your Ancestors and Crossword Puzzles

    Jun 19

    Working crossword puzzles have been a popular activity for many of you and your ancestors for years. The earliest ones were during the 1800s in England with a groups of words arranged so the letters read alike vertically and horizontally. They were usually in children's puzzle books. Once introduced in the United States the crossword puzzle was en...


  • Listerine – How Your Ancestors Used It

    Jun 17

    This product we think of today for providing fresh breath, solve plaque and gingivitis really started out in 1879 to help medical surgeons to keep their hands free of bacteria. It was developed by Joseph Lawrence, a chemist in Missouri, who named the product after Joseph Lister, who pioneered antiseptic surgery. The company then decided to try ...


  • Grand Island Public Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate

    Jun 17

    Grand Island Public Library has officially become an affiliate library of FamilySearch. This means the library has privileges to limited-access FamilySearch databases. Affiliate libraries may not have all the services of a FamilySearch Family History Center. The Grand Island Public Library is located in the City of Grand Island, Nebraska. I...


  • Using ‘Paint by Numbers’

    Jun 15

    Using a 'paint by the numbers' kit was so popular several decades ago. Young and old alike tried their hand at producing some hand-painted artwork to be hung proudly. There could be some still hanging in family homes or storage in the attic. The kits started back in the 1950s by a commercial artist named Dan Robbins in Michigan. He had been in ...


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