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  • Misconceptions of Your Victorian Female Ancestors

    Oct 29

    Your Victorian era female ancestors most likely were your 2nd great grandmothers – born the late 1820s into the 1830s and many lived into the1890s to 1920s. Whenever the phrase Victorian ancestors, especially the females, there are many misconceptions surfacing. They were thought of as 'straight-lace', second class citizens, kept to a ...

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  • Halloween Costumes Over the Decades

    Oct 27

    In the early 20th century and for the next couple of decades, it was usually adults who dressed up in costumes for the annual Halloween parties they attended. Kids dressed up also but not as much as adults then. In fact, dressing up for all types of holidays or events was very popular with adults. They would dress up on New Year’s, Val...

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  • Family Ephemera

    Oct 25

    Something intended only to last a couple of days. That is what the term ephemera means. Those short-term items might just be an important part of your family history. Some examples of ephemera items you may have and overlooked are: postcards, matchbooks, business cards, ticket stubs, calling cards, funeral pamphlet or card, food ration cards...

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  • Bottle and Canned Foods Thanks to Appert

    Oct 23

    Nicolas Appert—the inventor of hermetically sealed food preservation and the "father of bottled - canned foods"—was born November 17, 1749 in France. He was a chef in Paris, France 1784 to 1795. In 1795, he experimenting with ways to preserve foodstuffs, succeeding with soups, vegetables, juices, dairy products, jams and syrups. He...

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  • How will you Keep in Touch with Genealogy Contacts?

    Oct 22

    Genealogists will sometimes find new contacts with people while working on their family tree, attending a conference, or visiting an archive. How do you want to keep in touch with these contacts? It is something worth considering. Stick with the site you met on Someone who is a stranger to you connects to you through your favorite geneal...

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  • Andersonville Prison- Civil War

    Oct 21

    This prison is one that nearly everyone has heard of, where so many Union soldiers died. Measuring a time span of 14 months (Feb. 1864-May 1865) in Camp Sumter (actual name of the prison) located near Andersonville, Georgia, some 13,000 (28%) of the 45,000 Union soldiers confined there died. Their deaths were due to ignorance of nutrition an...

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  • Finding an Ancestor

    Oct 19

    Everyone needs some ideas on looking for their ancestors on the family tree. The following a few ideas in approaching each ancestor you are looking for. Always do a complete investigation using local hometown newspapers of your ancestors' names. Not just obituaries, but also look at society articles, news topics, club news, advertisemen...

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  • The Family Bible

    Oct 17

    Family Bibles are such an important resource for genealogy and very popular during the 1700s and 1800s. The traditional family Bible is a standard Christian Bible (any denomination or translation will do), with pages in it for recording family births, deaths, and marriages. The pages may be at the front, middle or end of the Bible, depending o...

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  • Department of Justice Made Rules About Forensic Genetic Genealogy

    Oct 17

    The United States Department of Justice announced an interim policy on forensic genetic genealogy (FGG). It is an emerging investigative technique that will combine technological advancements in DNA analysis and searching with traditional genealogy research. The rules go into effect on November 1, 2019. Forensic genetic genealogy is someti...

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  • Occupation—Iceman

    Oct 15

    The idea of the ice-delivery man flirting with stay-at-home wives was such a trope that it inspired a hit song. Composer J. Fred Helf left Kentucky for New York in the 1890s to try his luck as a writer and seller of sheet music. In 1899, he scored his first big success with “How’d You Like to Be the Iceman?” It became a pop culture phen...

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  • 23andMe’s Ancestry Service Update Adds Diversity

    Oct 15

    23andMe has updated its ancestry offerings, adding new populations in South Asia, North Africa, and western Asia, as well as an innovative new tree. This update expands the number of regions covered worldwide to more than 1,500, and introduces a new Family Tree builder that is automatically assembled based on a customer's DNA. The update wi...

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  • Great Book Scare – 140 Years Ago

    Oct 13

    It sounds a bit like something just before Halloween but instead was truly a major event not just in 1879 but lasting well into the 1880s and 1890s. Your ancestors, especially if they lived in a larger town or city may have been directly affected. If their hometown had a public library and your ancestors liked to read the borrowed books, th...

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  • SIBLING JEALOUSY

    Oct 11

    There can be a handful of family stories told by just one individual, possibly to hurt or for revenge on that person. A real-life example of such a story, communicated to other relatives by a younger sister, was about her older, more popular sister. Sibling rivalry has existed since Cain and Abel with each trying to prove they were better than t...

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  • Findmypast Offers Tree-to-Tree Hints

    Oct 10

    Findmypast announced that they are now able to offer tree-to-tree hints sourced from other members' trees. As you build your family tree, you can benefit from research that other Findmypast members have done on common ancestors. Tree-to-Tree hints are free for a limited time on all Findmypast family trees. Findmypast put together a blog pos...

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  • Published USA Newspaper Obituaries from other Countries

    Oct 9

    Yes, that sounds a bit unusual but American newspapers because of large local ethnic local population found it profitable to publish obituaries on individuals who lived and died in another country. A good example was Boston, Mass., who had a large Irish population in the mid-to-late 1800s. They have a listing of those who died in Ireland, e...

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