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  • Check Hometown Street Names

    Jan 2

    Very much an overlooked source is a family surname that is used in  a family's hometown for naming of a street, a park, a building, a bridge, a school, a river, or lake. There had to be a reason why a specific place, structure, natural item has your family name. True, it may have been named for a person NOT related to your family. However, a good...

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  • How Your Ancestors Survived the Winter

    Jan 2

    Today, your family survives the cold winter weather by going indoors and turning on the heat. Most homes now have central heating, which warms the home by sending hot air through vents and into all of the rooms. How did your ancestors survive the winter without central heating? If your ancestors were Japanese, they used a kotatsu. It is a hea...

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  • New Years’ Day Open House

    Jan 1

    Celebrations, like any holiday, were marked by different traditions of our ancestors. In the Colonial-era (1700s) Americans greeted the New Year, (January 1st) with informal social gatherings often held in "open" houses. This custom originated in New Netherlands (New York) and quickly became popular in other parts of the country. So the celebrating...

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  • A Little Productive Time Pays Dividends

    Dec 31

    For the new year here are ideas to increase your knowledge of your ancestors. How about setting aside a short period of time once a week, every other weekend or even once a month to do some research on your family tree? Here are a few approaches: Create a 'To-Do List' - start with just a few of the resources (census, state archives, military reco...

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  • Basic Vital Records Needed

    Dec 29

    For the upcoming new year, you might of thought of doing a full out effort to work on your family history. That is a great idea!! You might have started or had handed to you what someone earlier in the family had done, but now is your chance to achieve a good working and expanded knowledge of your ancestors. The key is to make sure you have four o...

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  • How to Save the Photos in Magnetic Albums

    Dec 27

    At one time using those magnetic albums with self-adhesive surfaces to arrange and hold in place photos was just about the only type of album used, especially in the 1960s-1990s. Magnetic albums aren’t magnetic at all. The pages have adhesive on them. The adhesive is acidic (aka very bad for photos). The photos can yellow and it also makes the ph...

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  • The History of Kissing Under the Mistletoe

    Dec 26

    Does your family hang mistletoe as part of their Christmas decorations? There is a tradition that involves kissing underneath the mistletoe. Have you ever wondered why people do this? The history using mistletoe in relation to fertility or kissing goes back farther than you might realize. There are 1,300 mistletoe species worldwide. Mistleto...

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  • 100 Years Ago – Letter to Santa

    Dec 25

    It is so heartwarming to read a real-life story where a stranger went out of his way to find information about a lady who lived 1897 to 1979 in New York. She and her husband had no children, nor nieces / nephews to see that a proper headstone engraving was done when the woman died after her husband. Yet, the stranger involved in this story really s...

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  • Christmas Day Photos

    Dec 25

    No matter the ages of those in the household celebrating Christmas this year, take the time to take photos. Don't worry about posing everyone just perfect, instead, have photos of having FUN. It can be while opening gifts, cleaning up the wrapping on the floor, the playing with a special gift received, finishing preparing the Christmas meal and of ...

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  • The Story Behind “Winter Wonderland”

    Dec 25

    One of the most well known Christmas songs is “Winter Wonderland”. It is a familiar song that your relatives may have sung while Christmas caroling, or you might have sung in a school choir. The story behind “Winter Wonderland” is one that not everyone is aware of. The origins of “Winter Wonderland” start in Honesdale, Pennsylvania...

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  • Christmas Letters Tell Family Stories

    Dec 24

    The first Christmas card was printed in 1843. Since then, many people send Christmas cards to their family members and friends every year. Some people take the time to sit down and write out a Christmas letter. Those letters tell family stories that might otherwise be forgotten. A Christmas letter, as you may well know if you have ever receiv...

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  • Cultural Christmas Customs

    Dec 23

    The different traditions and customs for the way Americans celebrate Christmas has actually a variety of many cultural traditions from other nations. Here are a few such cultural celebrations for Christmas as done by most Americans today. Those of German heritage have given much to the celebration of Christmas. There is the beginning of decorating...

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  • Family History Library Webinars – January 2017

    Dec 23

    The Family History Library is offering some free webinars and classes in January of 2017. They regularly hold workshops on the use of the library, its computer systems, family history records, and resources. The Family History Library explains that a webinar is a class that is broadcast over the internet. Anyone can attend these classes. T...

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  • Kenton County Public Library Genealogy Events – January 2017

    Dec 22

    The Kenton County Public Library opened in 2012. It was the only Star Ranked library in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by the publication Library Journal in 2013 and in 2014. The library is offering genealogy classes in January of 2017. The Kenton County Public library main branch is located in Independence, Kentucky. There is also a Kenton Pub...

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  • Photocroms

    Dec 21

    At the United States Library of Congress they have recently put online more than 6,000 old full color “photochroms” from around the United States and many locations in other parts of the world. The images date from the 1890s to the 1910s showing many scenes of hometowns. If you had an ancestor from one of these locations, it will be of special ...

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