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  • Inventions that Date Back to 1770-1790s

    Jul 29

    Many items we take for granted today and for many decades as used by our ancestors originally were invented in the late 1700s (American Revolutionary era). Here are a few. The beginnings of the Telegraph started with the optical telegraph operated visually via a set a relay stations and signals, viewed with a telescope. The semaphore telegraph ...

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  • FindMyPast UK Has Pennsylvania Collections

    Jul 28

    FindMyPast UK offers nearly half a million new records to explore that are connected to Pennsylvania’s past. This collection is for people in the UK who have traced an ancestor leaving for the US, but hit a dead end, It is also for people in the UK who know of their heritage in the New World but are struggling to continue the journey. Pen...

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  • Things Not Always True about Genealogy

    Jul 27

    It is amazing what items related to genealogy that people think make their research 100% accurate when in truth, they are not. Here are some examples to be aware of. If some date, name or location is in print, it is not necessary the correct or accurate date, name or location. It can be due to misinterpreted records or reliance on other inaccur...

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  • Researchers Seek Genetic Causes of Parkinson’s

    Jul 26

    New research by Yale researchers offers important clues about the genetic causes of Parkinson’s disease. In two new papers, scientists provide insight into the function of a protein called VPS13C, one of the molecular suspects underlying Parkinson’s, a disease marked by uncontrollable movements including tremors, stiffness, and loss of bal...

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  • Decorating Ideas Used by Your Ancestors

    Jul 25

    Your ancestors had some great ideas on how to decorate their home. Here are some are the ideas they did and could be in style here. For example, the decorating rage during the 1800s was houseplants throughout the house. Plants were most fashionable in the 1890s. The use of plants continued in the 1930s and 1940s. The most popular plants during ...

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  • Foods started by Thomas Jefferson

    Jul 23

    Many popular food dishes loved by Americans and your ancestors had their beginning with a former US Presdient. US Presdient Thomas Jefferson was one of the most influential figures in our presidential history. But strides toward social and political freedom were not the only things he made relevant during his two terms. We have Jefferson's uniq...

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  • Unbelievable Phrases Your Ancestors Have Used that Came from Shakespeare

    Jul 21

    The famous William Shakespeare of England was known for his great writings. But few people realize that many of phrases, terms and words commonly used over the recent decades came from Shakespeare. Here are a few examples. Love is Blind – In The Merchant of Venice lovers Jessica and Lorenzo plan to elope, so Jessica disguises herself as a boy...

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  • New Idaho Falls FamilySearch Center Opens

    Jul 21

    FamilySearch has announced the reopening of its newly renovated Idaho Falls FamilySearch Center. Located at 750 West Elva Street, the free service will introduce guests to a world of fun, interactive, personal and family discoveries. From life-sized interactive experiences, to home video conversation equipment, a recording room, access to pers...

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  • Development of French Fries

    Jul 19

    Potatoes originated in North America but was soon taken by the Spanish Conquistadors to be in Europe as people loved this food item. It soon spread to many locations in Europe. However, in those early years in France the was potato was grown and feed as animal feed, especially to the hogs. It was Antoine-Augustin Parmentier while in a prison in...

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  • Descendants of Witches Want Ancestors Cleared

    Jul 19

    In 2020, Alse C. Freeman used Ancestry.com to dig into genealogical information about one of her ancestors. Hartford Current reported that Alse C. Freeman’s search confirmed what her family members had told her - Freeman’s nine-times great-grandmother was Alse Young of Windsor, the first person ever hanged for witchcraft in the American Co...

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  • Library on Horseback

    Jul 17

    Everyone has heard of FDR's New Deal series of programs and projects to get Americans back on their feet during the 1930s Great Depression. Well, there was one special project many may not have heard of except for the people of Kentucky. It was named 'New Deal-funded Pack Horse Library Project'. What it involved was female librarians would ride...

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  • Our Ancestors’ Slang of the 1940s

    Jul 15

    The early 1940s were the world war years, fighting for the homefront. There would be many different and unusual slang phrases developed. After the end of the war, a new era, of families settling down and the beginning of 'baby boomers'. Here are some of those 1940s slang words, ones that your parents and grandparent surely knew and used. With f...

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  • RootsTech 2023 Will Include Online And In-Person Event

    Jul 15

    RootsTech, the world’s largest family history gathering is back in 2023 with an in-person event in Salt Lake City to complement its massive online conference. Mark your calendars for March 2-4,  2023, to join millions of virtual and in-person attendees for inspiring keynote addresses, instructive classes, innovative technologies, and most o...

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  • Transcontinental Railroad

    Jul 13

    You can assume for sure that many of your ancestors, even from decades ago, traveled on the railroad- short distances or long distances. With the development of the steam engine in the United States in 1830 with most of its use in the years to come in areas east of the Missouri Territory. But this new innovation was great for moving goods and p...

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  • New 23andMe Report on Rosacea

    Jul 13

    23andMe released a new report Powered by 23andMe Research on Rosacea for 23andMe+ members. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that typically affects the central parts of the face. It is commonly characterized by flushing, redness, and visible blood vessels, but symptoms can vary; some individuals experience irritation or inflammation of th...

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