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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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  • Popular Family Activities During Depression Years of 1930s

    Jul 11

    Sometimes the era of the Great Depression – 1930s are shown as depressing for families, even your ancestors of that era. But it turns out there were many activities that adults and children found joy and a good time in. Here are a few. With radios available, people liked listening to sports and news, as well as jazz and swing music. With orch...

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  • MyHeritage Updated Theory of Family Relativity

    Jul 11

    MyHeritage is excited to share that they just completed an additional update to the data for their ultimate genetic genealogy tool, Theory of Family Relativity. Theory of Family Relativity can save you countless hours of work figuring out how you might be related to your DNA Matches. It pulls together billions of data points from across th...

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  • Ancestors Who Operated a Linotype Machine

    Jul 9

    You may have had ancestors who operated a 'Linotype Machine' for a hometown newspaper, posters or a magazine company. It was a way to have print on paper done easier and quicker. Starting in the late 19th century, lines in newspapers and magazines were often created with a linotype machine. The linotype machine was revolutionary for its time. I...

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  • A Look at Details in 1950s Census

    Jul 7

    Yes, it is great the US Federal Census is now available. Especially now we can find family and friends we knew or are still living. Yet there is one special item on that 1950 census you should not overlook. During that year's census taking, the enumerators were told to make notes of unusual entries or irregular situations. So what were some of ...

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  • Soldiers’ Life during American Revolutionary War

    Jul 5

    If on your family tree you were able to trace the lineage of an ancestor who lived during the start of the American Revolutionary War – 1776 to its conclusion of 1783, here is some information of life during those times would have been like – especially those who served in the milita. Some who served already had experience prior to 1776 wit...

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  • Some Crazy Ladies’ Clothing Styles

    Jul 3

    Bloomer Suits - named after the women's rights activist Amelia Bloomer, emerged during the 1850s, as a more comfortable alternative to other trendy fashion items of the era. They featured baggy trousers worn under a knee-length skirt with a vest. While bloomer suits weren't necessarily bad for women’s health, they could’ve had a negative impac...

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  • Kitchen Sink by a Window

    Jun 27

    Think about it, don't most home kitchens have the sink right by an outside window? How did that happen? Well, kitchen sinks have traditionally been placed under the window is obviously, that is an outside wall. Using as short a waste pipe as possible from the sink to the drains is not only the most effective but also the cheapest solution. Also...

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  • Slang of the 1930s

    Jun 25

    If you or your ancestors grew up in the 1930s – the era of the Great Depression, some of the following slang words will be well known. The word 'Bingo' was introducted in the mid-1930s. The game of Bingo was invented in 1929, but Bingo halls didn’t become popular until the 1930s after the Great Depression hit. The word Crooner refers to ...

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  • The Fun Hula Hoop

    Jun 23

    The Wham-O company did invent the hula hoop, but they adapted it from a manner of play popular on another continent. Hoops twirled around the waist by swiveling the hips and were popular toys for centuries in other locations and cultures. In Native American rituals, they were used for symbolic purposes to tell a story. In Europe, their use was doc...

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  • Ice Cream

    Jun 21

    The consumption of ice cream in America dates back to the mid-1700s. The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi anno...

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  • 23andMe Updated Report for People with Asian Ancestry

    Jun 21

    23andMe updated its report on an inherited condition characterized by mild to profound hearing loss. The update to 23andMe’s Nonsyndomic Hearing Loss and Deafness, DFNB1 (GJB1-Related) Carrier Status Report adds six variants that improve the coverage of the test for people with East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian ancestry. “We ...

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  • Roller-Rinks Over the Decades

    Jun 19

    This popular indoor activity started in the 1880s. People had fun skating on wooden floors and meeting up with friends. Buildings or skating rinks were found in small towns, and large cities, a great place to enjoy one's self. Roller skating became an appropriate activity for men and women to do together, allowing young Victorian couples to meet w...

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  • Slang Words Your Ancestors Used in 1920s

    Jun 17

    Slang words have always been popular throughout the decades. It is great to see what some of those slang or special phrases existed used by your ancestors. Note many of the terms are still used today. Here are some for the 1920 – the Roaring Twenties: Plastered – being drunk or totally intoxicated Baloney – first used in the Saturda...

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  • Beyond 2022 Creates a Virtual Record of Ireland

    Jun 16

    Beyond 2022 is an all-island and international collaborative research project working to create a virtual reconstruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland, which was destroyed in the opening engagement of the Civil War on June 30th, 1922. The ‘Record Treasury’ at the Public Record Office of Ireland stored seven centuries of Irish reco...

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