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  • Fruit Salad Jewelry

    Mar 27

    For years women wore matched sets of earrings, brooch or bracelet, and necklace. Then there was the trend of being bold, bright and colorful in the jewelry. Some of this bold style of using colorful fruit started in the 1890s. Then in the 1930s the style became very popular because Carmen Miranda the famous singer, dancer wore elaborate fruit h...


  • Use of Middle Names

    Mar 25

    When did the use of giving a baby a 'middle name' begin? It may have started in ancient Rome (yet not universally across the Roman Empire) when males were given three names., There was the family name, a personal first name and then a nickname, one of which had been passed from father to son. This three-name practice was not used for women. The...


  • Basic Keyboard Shortcuts

    Mar 23

    We all use a computer keyboard, especially for our family history research, but knowing some keyboard shortcuts can make the work easier. One of the most useful and easy shortcuts is for copying and pasting text in your document. Highlight what you want to copy by placing your cursor at the beginning of what is to be copied and then at the end,...


  • Morton Salt Logo

    Mar 21

    Everyone recognizes the little girl with her umbrella in one hand and an upturned container of salt. This special logo of the Morton Salt Company has been around for more than 100 years. The Morton Salt Company started in Chicago in the 1800s and was originally called Richmond & Company. In 1889, a man named Joy Morton acquired a major inte...


  • US Census Available 72 years

    Mar 19

    Due to Federal law, the Federal US Census has the “72-year' rile. It states that personal information on those listed in a census can not be publicly viewed by the public after the census was taken for 72 years. The reason: is to protect the privacy of the individuals on that census and their families. However, information to a certain individua...


  • Murano Glass

    Mar 17

    This is a very special type of glass with wonderful designs that origins from Murano / Venice, Italy. It has remained for centuries a true art form, handmade (not machines). Some traditional styles that are most recognizable are goldstone, which looks like bits of gold floating in stone, and millefiori, which means “a thousand flowers” in Ital...


  • Everyone’s Favorite – Chocolate

    Mar 17

    Doesn't matter if it is white, milk or dark chocolate, everyone loved chocolate. Beginning with the cacao bean (the source of chocolate). It was first a drink form with various sweetness levels. It would be decades before the chocolate of today would emerge. It began with the Native Americans, the Aztecs of Central America. They created a bitte...


  • How Come Celebrating Birthdays with a Cake?

    Mar 15

    A long-standing tradition is celebrating birthdays with a 'birthday cake.' The ancient Romans did celebrate high-status men's birthdays with cakes made from nuts, honey, flour and yeast. They were very much an indulgence but not at all sweet. No ancient Roman women's birthdays were celebrated with any type of cake. During the 1700s, in Germany ...


  • Classic Children’s Games

    Mar 13

    We can all remember the childhood games we played outside and that would also apply to our ancestors, no matter how long ago it occurred. The game of Dodgeball was done during recess at school and in any neighborhood playgrounds. It began as a general free-for-all-ball throwing game. Of course, there was a dangerous element like being clobbered...


  • Old-Fashion Manners

    Mar 11

    No matter when your ancestors grew up, they more than likely were taught what was considered 'Good Manners.' You might be surprised at what was considered good manners decades ago. A long-standing sign of good manners was saying 'Please' and 'Thank you'. That still holds true today. Some manners 'lost' over time include: A child saying 'M...


  • Sock Hops

    Mar 9

    You may not have attended a 'sock hop' but you have heard of them. They first began in 1944 sponsored by the Junior Red Cross to raise money for the relief war effort. For a small of charge, those attending had a night of good dancing but each person wearing just their socks since the dances were held in a school gymnasium and the gym floor didn't...


  • Love Token Coins

    Mar 3

    It was a tradition of years ago, when someone would be away from their loved ones for any length of time, a coin token was given, as a reminder. Also for special occasions such as births and weddings, a token coin was given. Many of the coins were also engraved marking what the event or occasion was for the recipient. This special token was pri...


  • Having Modern Mirrors

    Mar 1

    So many items we today take for granted. Our ancestors may not have some of the things we can hardly live without. One is, having a modern mirror, so when a man shaves or a lady does her hair or make-up, they each see themselves. The modern mirror was not invented until 1835. So any ancestors of the early 1800s and earlier didn't have not have ...


  • Soda Shops

    Feb 27

    During the late 1880s, having a fizzy carbonated water drink became quite popular. When Coca-Cola began in 1886 by an Atlanta pharmacist, Dr. John S. Pemberton, he created a distinctive tasting soft drink sold in pharmacies (for one's health) and in apothecaries (a form of a drug store). By the beginning of the 1900s, a separate section in a pharm...


  • Dance Cards

    Feb 25

    This is an activity once very acceptable and now long forgotten – using dance cards. Young people before there was acceptable individual dating, socialized in groups sponsored by older adult friends, family relatives or parents. Men and ladies were able to socialize at dances, to mingle, with everyone watching of course. It became acceptable for...


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