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  • RootsTech Connect 2022 Will Be Fully Virtual

    Aug 5

    FamilySearch announced that RootsTech Connect 2022 will take place on March 3-5, 2022, as a fully virtual family history event. After welcoming over one million visitors from over 240 countries to its 2021 online event, RootsTech Connect 2021 was the largest in the history of RootsTech, and spectacular proof of humanity’s interest globall...


  • What Happened to Jackie Kennedy’s Blood Strain Suit?

    Aug 3

    Many people lived during the time of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in November 1963. They witnessed history on their television sets. One item that also stood out was seeing First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, that full-day and well after the assassination wearing her pink suit and especially after the shooting of President Kennedy with ...


  • Foods Still Loved Today

    Aug 1

    Popular home-prepared foods have been served for many generations. Many still enjoyed today took root during the Great Depression when your ancestors need food on the table but could not always afford anything, so they developed new ideas. Here are some examples of those that are still favorites today. Kraft Foods, developed boxed Macaroni and ...


  • Old-Time Names for Items

    Jul 31

    Words and Phrases referring to an item some 80 to 100 years ago can change by the 21st century, so if someone uses that word, most people might not know what it means. This can apply if you are reading letters or journals from your ancestors. So here are a few examples. The early televisions of 1940s-1950s and early 1960s had tubes in them t...


  • Victorian Etiquette

    Jul 29

    Rules of Victorian etiquette came to the middle classes due to the rise of the Industrial revolution and merchants. So such proper behavior was not just for the upper classes but spread to the middle classes and even on the edge to lower classes. Such etiquette rules were during the 1800s and some into the early 1900s. For example to meet a new...


  • Card of Thanks – For the Deceased

    Jul 27

    Another overlooked resource for information about a deceased ancestor besides an obituary is the Card of Thanks. Many times in a newspaper there may be placed ONLY a Card of Thanks and no obituary. Such notices can provide some basic info on the ancestor or the family. The early Card of Thanks was actually to thank the communities, organization...


  • Many Uses for Newspapers by Your Ancestors

    Jul 25

    For many decades your ancestors have enjoyed reading the daily (sometime twice a day) newspapers. Learning what was happening in the community, town, state, nation or the world. With no local radio or TV news yet, this was important. Of course with the 21st century that would change, paper print papers are nearly gone, people get digital editions ...


  • Dick and Jane School Books

    Jul 23

    Most all school children from the 1930s to mid-1960s had the popular 'Dick and Jane' books as their early readers. About 4 out of 5 schools in America used these books. There are some interesting early aspects of the books that changed over the years. Popular pet animal started off first as 'Spot' a cat. It was changed to a dog in 1940 and the ...


  • MyHeritage Lets You Confirm or Reject Theories

    Jul 22

    MyHeritage has introduced the ability to confirm or reject a Theory of Family Relativity. This function was widely requested by MyHeritage DNA users. While the new theories presented by MyHeritage are often accurate, they are occasionally incorrect. Theories are based on historical records and family tree data. There may be errors in the fa...


  • What is a Shotgun House?

    Jul 21

    Shotgun houses were a common type of architecture in the South for many years between the Civil War (1860s) and the Great Depression (1930s). The name stems from the fact that you can see straight through the house from the front door to the back door like the barrel of a shotgun. Most were 12 feet wide and long and narrow. These homes were als...


  • Archaeologists Find Bodies of Tulsa Race Massacre Victims

    Jul 20

    In June of 2021, Archaeologists examined a mass grave site at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Oklahoma. They found the outlines of at least ten coffins that could hold the remains of victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre. According to, the Tulsa Race massacre occurred over 18 hours from May 31 to June 1, 1921. A white mob attacked resident...


  • Star on Houses

    Jul 19

    You may not have noticed them, but many older homes have a good-sized star on the outside of the house either in the front or on the sides. The star could have 5 points or 6 points and be painted in different colors depending on the color of any shutters or trim work. The early stars were made of brick or metal for brick homes. Such homes neede...


  • How Our Ancestors Kept Cool in the Summer?

    Jul 18

    Most people today have air conditioning units, central air or at least some good electric fans. However, our ancestors, even just one generation back, did not have those cooling items during a hot summer. One method invented in the late 1700s, was a rocking chair with a fan attached above where a person would sit and the fan moved back and fort...


  • Your Ancestors’ Walking Stick

    Jul 15

    Yes, a cane was used by those who needed walking support, who had an injury. But many men also had a walking stick as an accessory. This was especially done from 1550 to 1930. Even the ladies used such a walking cane not solely use to help walk but for other purposes. Ladies could have a tiny disperser of perfume to counteract the smelling city...


  • 23andMe Added an Eczema Report

    Jul 15

    23andMe released an Eczema report. Eczema is also called Atopic Dermatitis. This report is one of more than 10 reports and features that are added annually and are available to those who have a 23andMe+ membership. According to the Mayo Clinic, eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) is a condition that makes a person’s skin red and itchy. It is commo...


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