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  • Crayola Crayons

    Apr 27

    A favorite of youngsters during the 20th century and into the 21st century has been Crayola Crayons. The basic colors first started off for Crayola were red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, and black. However, it did not remain just 8 colors, more varieties were added over the decades – some 120 different colors with creative names s...

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  • School Days of Long Ago

    Apr 25

    Many behaviors, activities and methods have changed in the classroom over the decades. The schooling your grandparents got is quite different, especially compared to elementary classes today. The classic light punishment for passing notes or talking out of turn was getting a casual hit with a ruler on the hand. Not done anymore. Helping arou...

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  • Beauty Myths

    Apr 23

    Our female ancestors had many routines as far as their beauty and upkeep they followed. You might remember your mother or grandmother doing some of these beauty tips. Brushing your hair before bedtime at least 100 times for shiny and healthy hair. As it turns out ladies do not need to brush their hair that much, especially if they have curly or...

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  • Your Ancestors Mail Service – The Pony Express

    Apr 21

    America was expanding as our ancestors started moving westward in the 1840s. The only major problem was getting goods and products along with mail to these western outposts. If things were sent from the east to the west using a steamship it would be months arriving and then additional time to get to the family living somewhere out west. There was ...

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  • Ancestry Introduces SideView for Greater DNA Insights

    Apr 21

    Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, unveiled SideView technology, a first-of-its-kind scientific innovation that separates DNA into parental sides giving AncestryDNA customers new insights into which side of the family they inherited their genetics from.  With more than 20 million people in its growing cons...

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  • Heirloom Jewelry Boxes

    Apr 19

    Most of our female ancestors had some form of a container or box to place their jewelry, even if they only had a couple of pieces. Many people in recent years have loved to collect some of the vintage jewelry boxes used years ago. Especially popular are vintage jewelry boxes; some are hand-carved, others musical, and occasionally you’ll find ...

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  • The 2020 Census Was Undercounted

    Apr 19

    In March of 2022, the United States Census Bureau website released results from two analyses about the quality of the 2020 Census counts. One analysis was from the Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) and the other was from the Demographic Analysis Estimates (DA).  Both studies estimated how well the 2020 Census counted everyone in the n...

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  • Apple Cider

    Apr 17

    For the early settlers of the 1600s and 1700s to America, there was not always clean safe water to drink. Many instead turned to beer, such as the Pilgrims but it was difficult to grow wheat, rye and barley for brewing the beer. Another early English settler's beverage was cider. With apples growing very well in the New England region of Americ...

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  • Easter Bunny

    Apr 15

    A song by Gene Autry became famous in 1950 titled “Peter Cottontail” reminded kids of the Easter Bunny and all the candy he could bring to each child. It started with civilizations who may well have celebrated the onset of warmer spring weather by hailing hares, eggs, or other emblems of fertility. First popular in Germany, the German immig...

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  • Ancestry’s AI Helped Process 1950 Census

    Apr 14

    On April 1, 2022 the 1950 U.S. Census was released and Ancestry has been working around the clock to create over 150 million searchable records, state-by-state using their new AI handwriting recognition technology. Ancestry is excited to announce that just 9 days later, all states have been processed - the next step in enabling users to find r...

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  • Easter Traditions

    Apr 13

    Family Easter traditions have varied over the decades. For most people today remember when they were youngsters, there were Easter egg hunts to the Easter baskets to a new outfits to wear to church to the big family dinner as their family traditions. A popular Easter item was the Chocolate Bunnies. The favorite thing for a kid was bite the ears...

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  • 23andMe New Study on Depression and Bipolar Disorder

    Apr 12

    A 23andMe study published in April of 2022 provides insight into the cause and overlapping genetics of two mental health disorders - depression and bipolar disorder. The National institutes of Health estimates that more than 16 million Americans are affected by depression each year, while nearly 6 million Americans have bipolar disorder. Ge...

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  • 1960s Peace Symbol

    Apr 11

    The beginnings of well-known 'Peace Symbol' had its beginnings in 1958 by an anti-nuclear arms activist named Gerald Holtom, who was with the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the United Kingdom. Holtom overlapped two symbols and surrounded them with a circle. The symbols were for 'N' – an inverted V shape and 'D' – a vertical line. ...

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  • Drive-In Theatres

    Apr 9

    Everyone remembers drive-in theatres, a few are still even operated across America today. The beginning of drive-in theatres was in Las Crusces, New Mexico on April 23, 1915. The location was an outdoor auditorium with seating for 700 but they also allowed cars to park on the grounds and view the movie “Bags of Gold' from the seats of the auto. ...

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  • MyHeritage Publishes 1950 U.S. Census

    Apr 8

    MyHeritage announced that they have published an image-only collection of the 1950 U.S. Census, 72 years after the enumeration was initiated - and it is now available for you to search for FREE!  The census provides fascinating details about the lives of the 150 million Americans living in the U.S. and its territories from 1940 to 1950, I...

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