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  • Ancestral Phrases, Sayings and Clichés

    Mar 10

    Here is an interesting aspect about our ancestors and even present-day, that is the use of certain phrases, catch words or clichés.  We can say them all the time and not know where they originated from or why.  For the most part there was a reason and a basis for every saying used in the past and today. Think back, your grandmother may have had...

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  • Florida’s Memories in Photos

    Mar 8

    Compared to many of the other states of the union, the State of Florida may appear to be a fairly recently settled state.  Yet, the history of this peninsula goes back to the oldest city in all of the United States, that of St. Augustine in the northeast corner of the region. It has been a colony of the Spanish, English, French and a territory of ...

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  • No 1890 US Federal Census – Now What?

    Mar 6

    There was a U. S. Federal census taken across the country in 1890.  Unfortunately, in January 1921, most of the stored records for the 1890 census were severely damaged in a fire at the Commerce Department Building in Washington, D. C.  A few portions of a hand-full of Federal censuses representing a few states survived the fire. The census befor...

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  • Using State Censuses

    Mar 4

    You may only know about the U. S. Federal censuses which have been taken every ten years since 1790 which are a wonderful source of information in tracking and learning about your ancestors. What you need to investigate is the data available in the numerous states censuses. The beauty of using a census done in an individual state, at a certain t...

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  • Millburn, Ill & Surrounding Areas with Digital Resources

    Mar 2

    Go north of Chicago, Illinois, close to the shores of Lake Michigan and in Lake County is the town of Millburn. There the Historic Milburn Community Association has developed a collection of databases relating to numerous aspects of the people, occupations, land, churches and homes of Millburn.  Their Online Historical Archives is filled with all ...

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  • Leap Year Day and Your Relatives

    Feb 29

    Here is that special day once every four years where an extra day is added to the calendar to keep in line with seasons and astronomical events - calendars because the earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days.  Since one can not add a ¼ of a day, the four quarters will make one day, so one extra day every four years is the soluti...

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  • The Great Irish Move to America

    Feb 27

    If you have located any Irish ancestry in your lineage, you would want to locate when that branch left Ireland for the America.  A reminder, many Irish immigrants went to other ports, not just New York City.  Many went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or to New Orleans, Louisiana or even resettled in Canada, coming into the ports in Quebec or New Br...

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  • Ancestral Patent Medicines & Home Remedies

    Feb 25

    For our grandparents and great grandparents, most did not go to doctors on a regular basis. Instead people around 1900 (in many countries) used various home remedies, homeopathic methods or an array of ‘patent medicines’ such as Omega Oil which claimed to be "natures own remedy for pain, with a sparkling green color, and there’s nothing else ...

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  • Early 20th Century Death Certificates of Utah

    Feb 23

    A most important vital record is the official death certificate issued by a state where an individual died. The person may not have lived in that state any length of time, but if they did die for whatever reason with a state’s border, the certificate of death would be issued. However, an obituary in a newspaper could be from another location, the...

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  • Resources from Western Maryland

    Feb 21

    The state of Maryland has a long history, going back to 1634 as a colony and then admitted as the 7th state in 1788.   It is not a large state in land size, but based on its early and then later settlement, it has portions known as an eastern and western region.  Some of the western counties include Washington, Allegany and Garrett as well as Fre...

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  • Create Your Own Family Website

    Feb 19

    A new year and now half-way through the second month of this year, so how about trying something really different?  If you do not have your own family Internet site created by you already, begin your own family web site this month. The California based company called Weebly has made it so simple for anyone to design, set up and get their own we...

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  • Recording Those Family Tall Tales

    Feb 17

    Everyone at some time in their lives has heard stories told by family members of ancestors who either met a famous person, accomplished some great feat, was a war hero, invented a time saving device or somehow brought honor and glory to the family name. There may also have been a few tales of the “black sheep” of the family who even had a shady...

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  • WDYTYA – Next Episode is Feb. 24th

    Feb 16

    No episode this Friday, February 17th, the next one is the following Friday, February 24th with the actor Blair Underwood on NBC at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time.  There were many surprises in store for Underwood as he journeyed to his original roots in the continent of Africa and then to his southern roots in America. There is always something ne...

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  • New York City Tenement Life

    Feb 15

    If you had to name the one location in America where many of our emigrant ancestors may have lived for years, it would have to be New York City.  It being a very large city, there were certain neighborhoods where different ethnic groups congregated. Those early immigrants usually had to live in small apartments on crowded streets with all types of...

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  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Genealogical Way

    Feb 13

    Besides seeing the unusual aspect of the name ‘Valentine’ as a given or surname in genealogy, this February holiday is also a great opportunity to learn a little bit more about any family ancestors or relatives who were born or married on or near Valentine’s Day.  If you see a couple who married around that date, it was more than likely rel...

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