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  • Oldest Case of Klinefelter Syndrome Discovered

    Sep 15

    Skull by Pixabay on Pexels Australian National University wrote that the oldest case of a rare genetic condition has been discovered in a 1,000-year-old skeleton from Portugal. Klinefelter syndrome gives men an extra X chromosome. What is Klinefelter Syndrome? Mayo Clinic explains that it is a genetic condition that results when a boy is bor...


  • DNA Analysis Sheds Light On Victims Of 12th Century Violence

    Sep 13

    In 2004, workers on a construction site in Norwich, England, stumbled upon an 800-year-old well as they prepared the ground for a new shopping center. Inside the well, MyHeritage reported, they uncovered a heartbreaking and chilling sight: the remains of 17 people, including 6 adults and 11 children. A study titled: “Genomes from a medie...


  • 23andMe Launches Rare Disease Study

    Sep 8

    Listening to those with a rare disease, a common refrain is that they often feel isolated, unheard, and alone. But, they’re not alone, 23andMe says. Much to Learn While each rare disease is by definition uncommon - affecting fewer than 200,000 people - there are more than 7,000 known rare diseases. There are more than 300 million peopl...


  • AncestryDNA Expands To 54 New Markets Globally

    Sep 6

    AncestryDNA has expanded to 54 new markets across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Now available to consumers in 89 countries and territories on 5 continents, this expansion more than doubles the number of markets where people can access AncestryDNA, enabling millions more people to find and connect with family. ...


  • Labor Day

    Aug 31

    Labor Day was declared a national holiday in 1894 and is observed on the first Monday in September. The roots of Labor Day grew out of violent clashes between labor and police during the Haymarket Riot in 1886, when thousands of workers in Chicago took to the streets to demand an eight-hour workday. Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter and labor union...


  • Frisbee

    Aug 29

    Everyone is familiar with the sport of 'Frisbee Throwing'. How it all got started is an interesting story. The first Frisbee’s were actually pie pans- but not just any pie pans. In the 1870s a Civil War veteran named William Russell Frisbie opened a bakery in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His pies were well liked locally and his son Joseph expande...


  • Life for Our Ancestors in the 1910s

    Aug 27

    It was a difficult time, the 1910s for many Americans. Very little technology, war was ongoing in Europe, and the choices that Americans have come to expect—in their cars, clothes, food, and homes—were preceded by a monotonous consumer economy. In 1915, Americans walked everywhere (or took a streetcar, if they lived in cities), lived in three-...


  • Slang of the 1960s

    Aug 25

    The 'Swinging 60s' did have their selection of slang phrases and words. You may well remember many of these. Dullsville – This referred to a very boring place, especially many small towns. Grody – Something that was disgusting or gross. Bippy – It was one's backside and became quite popular on the 1960s TV show 'Laugh In' when us...


  • 23andMe Announces A New Genetic Study On Pneumonia

    Aug 25

    23andMe announced that a new genetic study identified five regions in the human genome associated with susceptibility to pneumonia, a leading cause of death worldwide. Published in the journal Nature Communications, the study also found a surprising link between the risk of pneumonia and psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipola...


  • Sneakers

    Aug 23

    Some type of ladies' sneaker has been popular during the 20th century and into the 21st century but each era's style was quite different. In the 1910s, a lady's sports footwear was a bit formal, not wanting to appear too masculine then. Even to play tennis the lady wore short high heeled shoes. In the 1920s, the rubber sole saddle shoes came ou...


  • Mount Sinai Launches Genetics Project With Regeneron

    Aug 23

    Mount Sinai Health System and the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have launched a new human genome sequencing research project called the Mount Sinai Million Health Discoveries Program with Regeneron Genetics Center (RGC), part of the industry-leading, New-York-based biotechnology company Regeneron. The Program aims to enroll o...


  • NYC in 1900

    Aug 21

    New York City has been a major landing spot for both newly-arrived immigrants and for Americans seeking a new life in the big city. Starting in the early 1800s, the city became a hub of activity. Not only did the increasing population mean that there was always something to buy or sell in this large city, but the ports of New York had a steady flo...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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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