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  • Tradition of Dance Cards

    Aug 19

    Decades ago the best place to meet other young people in an area was at a dance. Of course, there were plenty of adults to watch that the young people behaved. Some of the ladies were very popular and all the fellows wanted dance with those girls. To make it fair to the ladies and the fellows, women could jot down the names of their would-be pa...

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  • FamilySearch Redesigned New Person Page

    Aug 18

    FamilySearch has redesigned the New Person Page. In a blog post titled: “Your Ancestors Have a New Person Page! Come Try It Out”, written by David Nielsen and Lynne VanWagnenen, provides information the redesigned new person page. In the blog post, they state that the old person page was growing more and more outdated, and less and less...

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  • The Teddy Bear

    Aug 17

    Nothing speaks volumes of one's childhood since 1900 than one's own 'Terry Bear'. I'm sure everyone remembers their terry bear and what it meant to them. German businesswoman Margarite Steiff was stricken with polio early in life, but still received an education thanks to her siblings faithfully loading her into a hay cart and taking her to sch...

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  • Massachusetts Grants Absolution To Its Last Witch

    Aug 16

    Courthouse News Service reported (on July 28, 2022), that after 329 years - and thanks to an eighth-grade civics class - a Salem-era woman has been officially exonerated of devil worship. The last remaining Massachusetts resident legally classified as a witch has been given a reprieve as part of a budget bill signed Thursday by Governor Charli...

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  • Caring for Vintage Jewelry

    Aug 15

    You consider yourself very lucky if you have some heirloom, vintage jewelry handed down over the generations. Even one piece is precious. But any vintage jewelry must be cared for. If a piece has amassed soil or dirt on it, try the following. Soiled items you can use a mixture of baking soda and water, gently scrubbing with a toothbrush, but ne...

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  • What Earlier Teenagers had to Deal With

    Aug 13

    Your ancestors as teenagers in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s had to deal with situations that teenagers in the 2020s would never have to deal with. Here is a look at some such events. See if you remember any or your ancestors faced. Sitting through TV commercial breaks -- change the channel or view commercial-free programs. Reading dozens of bo...

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  • Unusual Happenings in Early American Colonies

    Aug 11

    There are many backstories as to why some things happened and what life for the early American Colonists was like. Starting with the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachuettes. It was the summer of 1620 were moved to Massachusetts because they ran out of beer. It began on August 5th, 1620, when they departed Plymouth, England, for a journey across the...

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  • Study On Side Effects of Parkinson’s Medication

    Aug 11

    23andMe posted information on a new genetic study that may help those looking for ways to avert some of the troubling side effects of a common medication used to treat Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is sometimes treated with medication that increases dopamine activity in the brain. In some patients, that triggers impulsivity, such as ...

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  • Children’s Sewing Machines

    Aug 9

    The early smaller sewing machines developed for the homemakers were Chain Stitch Machines originally marketed as both lightweight portable devices and then later as toy machines for little girls to use. The latter half of the 19th century saw many machine designs being sold. The patents filed by James Gibbs in 1857 and 1858 were critical in the de...

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  • Managing Multiple Sets of Parents

    Aug 9

    Families come in all shapes and sizes. MyHeritage users can now specify up to three sets of parents for any individual in the online family tree: biological, adoptive, and foster. For example, if an individual was adopted and his or her biological parents are known, both relationships can now be accommodated in the family tree in a few simple ...

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  • Code Talkers of World War One

    Aug 7

    During World War Two (early 1940s), an important group who assisted in defeating Germany and Japan was the Navajo Indians who served as code talkers. What most people do not know there were Native Indians – used as code breakers during World War One (1917-1919). These Native Americans - Choctaw Indians many of them came from Texas and Oklahom...

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  • Geneanet Family Trees Index Available To Ancestry Customers

    Aug 7

    At Ancestry, we are committed to constantly growing and connecting our global community and enabling more people to easily discover, craft, and connect around their family story. Following Ancestry’s acquisition last year of leading French genealogy company Geneanet, we are now able to bring over a billion new records to our Ancestry comm...

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  • Men’s Straw Hats of the 1920s

    Aug 5

    Men of all ages loved the new fashion trend of wearing a straw hat in the early 1920s. By 1922 it was a full-blown revival style. Straw hats were fashionable and comfortable to wear during the summer months because they would shade you from the sun but after the 15th of September, it was essentially an unwritten fashion mandate to switch to hea...

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  • Christening Ships

    Aug 3

    A long-time practice is the christening of new ships using a bottle of champagne smashed at the bow sending the ship into the water. Ususally, the person breaking the bottle at the ship's bow also announces the ship's name. Going back to ancient history, there were tons of rituals and ceremonies that varied in their specifics, but they all had ...

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  • 1800s Photos – No Smiles

    Aug 1

    So many of your early family portraits, no one is smiling. There are several reasons. Back in the 1800s, wide-mouthed, toothy grins were considered inappropriate for a portrait. People in normal life still smiled and laughed but not for a portrait, including a painting. Here is a quote by Mark Twain about smiling for a photo. “A photograph...

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