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  • Family Lockets

    Mar 11

    A locket is just like it sounds, a protected place to keep something of special meaning to the person. Many of the early ancient lockets kept an herbal remedy or medicine, even poison. During the 1500s, lockets became popular as mourning jewelry (something worn after the death of a loved one). Calling them locket came from the placement of a lock ...

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  • Search All Irish Records for Free at MyHeritage

    Mar 11

    St Patrick’s Day is all about celebrating your Irish heritage … and what better way than to celebrate your connection to the Emerald Isle than to make discoveries about your ancestors who lived there? From March 11-18, 2021, you’ll be able to do just that on MyHeritage for free! MyHeritage is opening all Irish records to the public fo...

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  • Birth Order

    Mar 9

    Science has shown there is some evidence that the birth order (when a child is born within the family) as to the type of personality that child might have later in life. Not 100% in every case but it has shown types of personalities based on when a person was born. The placement shows some of these traits. FIRST BORN – they tend to be a le...

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  • RootsTech Attracts Over 1 Million Participants Opening Week

    Mar 9

    RootsTech Connect 2021 attracted more than 1 million participants from 242 countries and territories at its completely virtual, online debut. RootsTech is a hybrid, global online event and website that celebrates fun, personal, and family discoveries by fostering new connections, the latest learning, and innovative technologies. Although th...

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  • Uses of Linoleum

    Mar 7

    This is materiel that had its beginnings in 1860. At first, you would think linoleum was just a floor product. During the 1800s into the 20th century linoleum was used in high traffic areas in a building or home. Yet in the 1920s and 1930s there were various colors and patterns used in linoleum. By having different colors designs could be created ...

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  • Childhood Candies of the 1950s

    Mar 5

    The youngsters of the 1950s were part of the bigger consumer age with all types of new toys, games and special sweet treats. One activity children liked to do was save their pennies to get some candy at the corner store. Here are a few samples of the treats from the 1950s. Ask any relatives from that era and see how many they recall. Sugar Bubb...

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  • Ancestry Partners with The Home Edit for Meaningful Spring Cleaning

    Mar 4

    Ancestry, the leader in family history, has teamed up with The Home Edit to provide spring cleaning solutions to refresh the home and make the most of beloved heirlooms, family photos, historical documents and precious keepsakes. In a year where families have spent unprecedented time at home, The Home Edit professionals Joanna Teplin and Cl...

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  • Hat Pin Holders

    Mar 3

    Now, this is a type of family heirloom you might not have. Or you might have one and did not know what it is. A once popular item for any lady's dressing table was a holder for her hat pins. Since ladies, all types, in all types of occupations or stay at home, wore hats if they went outside of the home, so a pin to secure the hat was needed. This ...

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  • Vintage Cameras

    Mar 1

    For your family history you are very dependent on family photos. To have such a collection someone had to have a camera or have a photo taken at a studio or traveling photographer. Before cameras there just a few drawings, painting or silhouettes images available. The camera began in 1839 with the daguerreotype. Over the decades of the 1800s th...

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  • The Baby Boom

    Feb 28

    This era is defined as people born from 1946 to 1964. Such individuals are also known as 'boomers'. You may be one yourself or know others who fit that era or have relatives born then. It was a boom due to the high increase of births following World War Two. The highest number of births occurred between 1946 and 1955. The boom was not just babi...

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  • Dangerous Vintage Games

    Feb 27

    There were once very popular games played by our ancestral adults and other by children that appeared then as harmless fun but over the years have been looked at as dangerous. Looking at Victorian Era (1840-1900) our ancestors thought it was popular for parlor games to involve fire, chemicals and blindfolds. Some of these will really sound stra...

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  • Art Nouveau for Your Ancestors

    Feb 25

    A special unique style very popular at the beginning the 20th century (from 1890 to 1915) was known as 'Art Nouveau'. Many things were created in this style and you just might have some that your ancestors possessed and you never knew what a great style piece you might have inherited. There were great works of art, furniture styles and very pop...

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  • FamilySearch Family History Library Launched New Webpage

    Feb 25

    FamilySearch International announced the launch of a new webpage for its brick-and-mortar flagship, the Family History Library, located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The new Family History Library webpage is part of FamilySearch.org and will provide new online patron experiences and up-to-date information on the library's services and act...

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  • Our Ancestral Pioneers and Words They Used

    Feb 23

    Those ancestors they moved from the eastern coastal homelands to seek a new life in the mid-west and far west faced a long journey, work to establish a homestead, harsh weather and long periods of isolation from towns and other people. They even developed their own phrases and slang terms for things and activities. Here are a few such words and...

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  • Ancestry Works to Bring Black Family Histories Forward

    Feb 23

    Ancestry is expanding the resources it offers to Black family histories. Ancestry recognizes family history research can be challenging for Black Americans due to the long history of slavery in the U.S. and the lack of documentation about those who were enslaved. In an effort to aid in Black family history discoveries, Ancestry will be adding ...

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