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  • Gone – NYC Phone Booths

    Jun 15

    Payphones – those public phones once found on every corner and store in any town or city. It was inventor William Gray and developer George A. Long who were both responsible for the very first payphone installation at a Hartford, Connecticut bank in 1889. This great new convenience would increase to 81,000 payphones across the United States by 1...

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  • The Lavender Scare May Have Affected Your Relatives

    Jun 14

    The National Archives posted an article titled “These People Are Frightened to Death”. It was written by Judith Adkins in 2016. The article is about the Lavender Scare that caused harm to people who who were “in the closet” in the 1940s. Some of your relatives or ancestors may have been negatively affected by this. Here are some exc...

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  • Entertaining Military Troops

    Jun 13

    Just about all of us have a family member who served in some form during World War 2 (1941-1945). One item many of our ancestors remember was when entertainment came to where they were stationed to help brighten their day. It did help bolster their morale while so far from home. It was during World War 2 that the Federal government and other or...

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  • Inventions that Benefited Your Ancestors in the 1930s

    Jun 11

    Yes, the 1930s were defined because the United States and the world had to deal with the Great Depression of the 1930s. Life was hard for many but there were many events and items that existed in the 1930s that gave pleasure to your ancestors. Include some in your family history. During the 1930s, it was an era of inventions and innovation. Thi...

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  • Teenage Fads of Years Ago

    Jun 9

    The 20th Century is known for teenager fads – when young people in their teens loved to try new and adventurous things. Here are a few examples over the years that you or an ancestor did as a teen. In the 1910s the newest personal item was the Kodak or Brownie camera. Especially girls loved to have a photo of their friends or places they visi...

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  • NIH Study Finds Potential Biomarker for SIDS

    Jun 9

    A study was published on the National Library of Medicine website that was titled: “Butyrylcholinerase is a potential biomarker for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome”. The study was undertaken to evaluate BChE activity in infants and young children who had died from SIDS. Mayo Clinic explains that Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the...

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  • Lucite Jewelry Styles

    Jun 7

    A very popular material for fashion jewelry starting in the 1930s was 'Lucite'. So you may have examples of such jewelry handed down or know which ancestors loved wearing this style. Lucite is an acrylic resin created by DuPont in 1937. It is a very lightweight material and inexpensive to make compared to other plastic material such as Bakelite...

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  • MyHeritage Updated Their Census Helper

    Jun 7

    Just before the release of the 1950 U.S. Census in April 2022, MyHeritage released the Census Helper, a tool that scans your family tree and complies list of your relatives who are very likely to be found in census records. In the initial release the Census Helper calculated a list of family members to find in the newly released 1950 U.S. cens...

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  • Life in U.S. in the 1970s

    Jun 5

    From the early 1970s to now in 2022, it has been half a century. You or many of your relatives and ancestors lived during those years. Some of the common items people used or had included: free-standing pay phones with rotary dials in stores, gasoline stations, and street corners. There was no 911 emergency service either. Instead, you called the ...

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  • Things Your Great Grandparents Had You Don’t

    Jun 3

    Today we think of our ancestors as not having the modern advantages such as hot water, electricity, central heating and instant messaging with a computer. Rather they did have their own advantages not seen today. One common advantage was that many generations lived in the same house or next to each other. This provided additional help, emotiona...

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  • FamilySearch Webinars For June 2022

    Jun 3

    Enjoy free genealogy webinars in June 2022 provided by the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  This month’s impressive line-up of online classes includes a 2-day series on Welsh genealogy, two specific classes on Chinese research, one session for Spanish speakers entitled La Investigación genealógica en Sudam...

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  • Barbie Fashion

    Jun 1

    One special toy for girls for decades has been the doll 'Barbie'. It was started by Mattel in March 1959 and was designed by Ruth Handler. One item many people may not have known that the full name for Barbie is Barbara Millicent Roberts and she is 11 1/2 inches tall. Barbie was named after Ruth Handler's daughter, Barbara, and later the male doll...

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  • 23andMe Has A Study About Long COVID

    Jun 1

    In what is among the largest studies of long COVID to date, researchers at 23andMe confirm that it disproportionately impacts women, and being diagnosed with depression or anxiety is associated with more than a two-fold increase in risk for the condition. The study also found that about half of those with persistent symptoms are experiencing ...

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  • These Jobs No Longer Exist

    May 31

    As you go through US Federal or state census records you will come across jobs held by your ancestors that just do not exist any longer in America. So here is a look at some such jobs gone forever. Gandy Dancer is a slang term used for early railroad workers. Before machines became capable of laying and maintaining railroad tracks, that work...

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  • Memorial Day – May 30, 2022

    May 29

    This is a Federal holiday in the United States. The purpose is to mourn the U. S. military personnel who have died while serving in the military branches. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. In prior years, from 1868 to 1970 Memorial Day was always on May 30th. After the end of the American Civil War, a special day was observed ...

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