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  • Early Chairs for the Handicapped

    May 5

    The modern use of wheelchairs and walkers has helped many people over the last 80 years but no such items existed in the 1800s and early 20th century. If someone in the 1800s was sick or disabled they either stayed in bed or a stationary chair. There were some chairs affixed to carts that were then pulled by another person to transport a person...

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  • Ancestry Launches Community Impact Program

    May 4

    Ancestry announced the launch of its new Community Impact Program, which aims to mobilize Ancestry resources and products to build more connected and resilient communities through preserving at-risk history and empowering the next generation of history makers. For nearly a decade, Ancestry has offered access to historical record collections...

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  • Rose Tipped Cigarettes

    May 3

    As most of us do have ancestors who smoked cigarettes during their life time, mostly at their height of the 1920s to the 1970s. Of course as with any product companies produced all types and items to sell that went with that product. Cigarette holders, those long sticks in which the cigarette was placed, also considered a fashion accessory. They w...

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  • Spittoons

    May 1

    Now this item – a spittoon or cuspidor, you may or not be aware of. Yet for decades it was a necessary item in all types of locations – in homes or businesses. They were used as a disposal location for tobacco-laced saliva. Yes, many men in the 1700s into the early 20th century, chewed tobacco. The person didn't swallow the tobacco but rather ...

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  • Tradition of Pearls

    Apr 29

    You just might have a family heirloom of a pearl necklace, ring, earrings or pin. Pearls have been a favorite for hundreds of years and they are still popular. Years ago, since it could be hard to locate perfect ones, pearls could be very expensive. With newer methods of producing pearls ( pearl farms), they are more available to the middle class....

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  • Penny Restaurants of the 1930s

    Apr 27

    Even during the lean years of the 1930s with the Great Depression, no jobs, weather disasters, and poor living conditions, a decent meal in a diner might cost 15 to 40 cents, depending on what was ordered. However, another type of restaurant or diner developed, known as the 'Penny Restaurant'. This was no a new idea, in other times of a down econo...

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  • Pink for Girls

    Apr 25

    Girls dressed in the pink color may be thought to be a natural but not always. Going to the 1700s and early 1800s, the masculine color was pink in order to grow into a more manly individual later in life, while girls should be dressed in a more feminine alternative like blue. Then go to 1900 and a little earlier for your great-great grandmothers a...

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  • Images Available Online with Smithsonian

    Apr 23

    An often overlooked resource is with America's Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D. C. What is very special is the recent release into the public domain some 2.8 million images with their program 'Smithsonian Open Access'. Free to anyone are nearly 3 million images that you can download and use however you select. These come from the Smithsonian's...

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  • Florida Legislature Passes DNA Privacy Act

    Apr 22

    Florida has passed a bill that protects DNA from an expanded list of insurers. The Protecting DNA Privacy Act (HB 833) prohibits DNA analysis and disclosure of DNA results without express consent; removes criminal penalties; prohibits collection or retention of DNA sample of another person without express consent for specified purposes; and pr...

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  • Items Not Collected Anymore

    Apr 21

    You just might have items handed down through the family that could be considered 'collectibles' – items today highly prized and could cost a collector some money if that person really wanted to add it to their collection. However, the collecting world does change over the decades. Something that was a valuable collectible in 1970 might be only ...

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  • MyHeritage Announced Genetic Groups of DNA Matches

    Apr 20

    MyHeritage announced that you can now compare your Genetic Groups to those of your DNA Matches. In December of 2020, MyHeritage introduced Genetic Groups, an enhancement to their Ethnicity Estimate which increases the resolution of MyHeritage DNA’s ethnicity breakdown to 2,114 geographic regions. Previously on the Review Match page, there...

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  • Ice Cream Favorite

    Apr 19

    An American favorite has been ice cream. In the early 1920s, ice cream had a new spin on it, the creation of the Klondike bar. It was also in the United Kingdom and called 'Choc Ice'. Either way it was vanilla ice cream frozen into a block shape and covered in melted chocolate. The process of making the chocolate bars changed over the years. Ev...

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  • Flashy American Building Designs

    Apr 17

    From the 1930s through the 1960s, it was very common for your ancestors in America to get in the family car to go to special attractions for entertainment – most known as 'roadside attractions'. These spots also had diners or restaurants to feed the visitors and gift shops with souvenirs. The best way to get a family to stop and visit the attrac...

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  • Letters to Family & Friends during Spanish Flu

    Apr 15

    In 2020 and 2021, with the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have kept family and friends informed of our health, jobs and getting the vaccines using email, text messages, Skype, Facetime, Facebook, Twitter, etc. That is 21st technology. For our ancestors who experienced the 1917-1919 Spanish Flu, they could use the telephone, telegram, or writing and sending...

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  • Findmypast Added Thousands of Records From England

    Apr 15

    Findmypast wants you to grow your English Family Tree with new parish baptism, banns, marriages, burials, and monumental inscriptions covering Norfolk, Lincolnshire, and Essex. Thousands of new records have been added. Norfolk Baptisms Search over 9,000 new additions to their Norfolk Baptisms collection, covering 1937 to discover your an...

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