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  • The History of Kissing Under the Mistletoe

    Dec 26

    Does your family hang mistletoe as part of their Christmas decorations? There is a tradition that involves kissing underneath the mistletoe. Have you ever wondered why people do this? The history using mistletoe in relation to fertility or kissing goes back farther than you might realize. There are 1,300 mistletoe species worldwide. Mistleto...

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  • 100 Years Ago – Letter to Santa

    Dec 25

    It is so heartwarming to read a real-life story where a stranger went out of his way to find information about a lady who lived 1897 to 1979 in New York. She and her husband had no children, nor nieces / nephews to see that a proper headstone engraving was done when the woman died after her husband. Yet, the stranger involved in this story really s...

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  • Christmas Day Photos

    Dec 25

    No matter the ages of those in the household celebrating Christmas this year, take the time to take photos. Don't worry about posing everyone just perfect, instead, have photos of having FUN. It can be while opening gifts, cleaning up the wrapping on the floor, the playing with a special gift received, finishing preparing the Christmas meal and of ...

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  • The Story Behind “Winter Wonderland”

    Dec 25

    One of the most well known Christmas songs is “Winter Wonderland”. It is a familiar song that your relatives may have sung while Christmas caroling, or you might have sung in a school choir. The story behind “Winter Wonderland” is one that not everyone is aware of. The origins of “Winter Wonderland” start in Honesdale, Pennsylvania...

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  • Christmas Letters Tell Family Stories

    Dec 24

    The first Christmas card was printed in 1843. Since then, many people send Christmas cards to their family members and friends every year. Some people take the time to sit down and write out a Christmas letter. Those letters tell family stories that might otherwise be forgotten. A Christmas letter, as you may well know if you have ever receiv...

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  • Cultural Christmas Customs

    Dec 23

    The different traditions and customs for the way Americans celebrate Christmas has actually a variety of many cultural traditions from other nations. Here are a few such cultural celebrations for Christmas as done by most Americans today. Those of German heritage have given much to the celebration of Christmas. There is the beginning of decorating...

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  • Family History Library Webinars – January 2017

    Dec 23

    The Family History Library is offering some free webinars and classes in January of 2017. They regularly hold workshops on the use of the library, its computer systems, family history records, and resources. The Family History Library explains that a webinar is a class that is broadcast over the internet. Anyone can attend these classes. T...

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  • Kenton County Public Library Genealogy Events – January 2017

    Dec 22

    The Kenton County Public Library opened in 2012. It was the only Star Ranked library in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by the publication Library Journal in 2013 and in 2014. The library is offering genealogy classes in January of 2017. The Kenton County Public library main branch is located in Independence, Kentucky. There is also a Kenton Pub...

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  • Photocroms

    Dec 21

    At the United States Library of Congress they have recently put online more than 6,000 old full color “photochroms” from around the United States and many locations in other parts of the world. The images date from the 1890s to the 1910s showing many scenes of hometowns. If you had an ancestor from one of these locations, it will be of special ...

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  • Recently Added at Ancestry.com – December 2016

    Dec 21

    Each month, Ancestry.com adds brand new information to its resources. They also make it clear which of their collections have been recently updated. The easiest way to discover what's new is to view the Recently Added and Updated Collections list at Ancestry.com. The default setting of the Recently Added Collections list is the United States (...

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  • Nautilus Mutual Life Insurance Sold Policies on Slaves

    Dec 20

    The New York Times posted a very detailed article about an insurance company that sold life insurance policies on slaves. Copies of some of those policies can be found at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Nautilus Mutual Life Insurance Company opened in Manhattan's financial district in 1845. It wasn't able to get enough sales ...

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  • Google has ‘PhotoScan’

    Dec 19

    It can be a job scanning your vintage photos. However, Google has come up with an improved method for getting your photos in a digital format. PhotoScan is an app used to “take a picture of your pictures.” That is, it will snap photos of all those old pictures, even those in an album. It will then create enhanced digital scans, with automatic ...

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  • RootsTech 2017 Pass Sessions – February 10

    Dec 19

    RootsTech 2017 will take place on February 8-11. There are a series of Sessions that will be available each day. The type of Pass you buy determines what Sessions you will have available to access. Keep in mind that these Sessions/Labs are subject to change. Here is what is offered with the RootsTech Pass on February 10, 2017. Starting at 11...

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  • Things to Know About American Marriage Records

    Dec 18

    Marriage records are vital records that genealogists seek out. The reason is because marriage records hold a wealth of information about the people who got married. There might, or might not, be a record of your ancestor's marriage. In colonial America, the rich had a very involved courtship process that, if all went well, resulted in a marria...

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  • Photos Over the Years

    Dec 17

    As you have done your family history research and covered many decades, some family relatives may have followed in the same occupation as their ancestors - a family tradition. Using the 'Old Photo Archive' online site you can view vintage photos of individuals at specific occupations at different time frames. They have about 80 plus categories to ...

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