19th century

  • Double Beds vs Twin Beds

    Sep 15

    Here is an idea most people have not thought about and how it affected their ancestors. Did a husband-wife relative sleep in a double-size bed or two twin / single-sized beds? For years, decades ago, most slept in a double bed. The vintage four-poster bed I inherited from my 3rd great grandmother, made by her father for her wedding in 1849...

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  • US Naval Ships Personnel

    Aug 13

    You might have an ancestor who served on a US Naval ship either in the 19th or 20th century. There is available a database of personnel, some 36,991 and growing. Included is the person's full name, their rank, their years of service, the name and where they were stationed – such as the Atlantic coast, African coast or Pacific region. ...

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  • Strange Sideline of Asylums of the 1800s

    Aug 7

    It might be hard to imagine, but during the mid to late 1800s, in America and in England, it once quite the form of entertainment of many middle-class and upper-class Americans during the 1800s, to tour the grounds and even the facilities for the insane – asylums. There were created stereoscopic cards announcing the glory of newly-built gro...

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  • What is a Delayed Birth Certificate?

    Jun 11

    You may or may not have come across an ancestor with a 'Delayed Birth Certificate'. This type of record came about when Americans needed to prove when they were born for passports (beginning in 1920s) and registration with Social Security (in the 1930s). From the Dept. of Health and Human Resource – a delayed birth certificate is any b...

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  • Telegrams

    Apr 29

    Due to the loss of his wife in 1825 when he was away and there was no quick method of informing Samuel Morse of his wife's death, he vowed to develop a means of communication that was faster than a letter. He would on the concept and developed the telegraph between 1830s to 1840s. Beside a better means of communication, there was a whole new occupa...

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  • Hair Art

    Apr 21

    Known as 'hair art' it has been a form of art that began in the 16th century or earlier, and flourished in the Victorian era (1800s). It was used by people wanting to keep a memento of a loved one before the invention of photography. Hair art originated in England and France and then made its way to the United States. This form of art can take the ...

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  • Camphor Glass Jewelry

    Apr 13

    You may have seen photos of some of your female ancestors wearing a piece of camphor glass jewelry or you might have inherited a piece, but did you know about this once very popular style of jewelry? Camphor glass is clear glass that has been treated with hydrofluoric acid vapors to give it a soft, lovely frosted, whitish appearance. This effect r...

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  • You Are Not Living Your Grandparents’ Lives

    Mar 17

    As you put together stories and points of interest about your ancestors, especially your grandparents and great grandparents, a good comparison to add were their daily life events that were very common for your ancestors to do that you today have no concept or experience in. It does help future generations see how life has changed and some things ...

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  • Ontario, Canada – BMD

    Mar 15

    The newest databases to search from Ancestry.com is for Births-Marriages and Deaths in Ontario, Canada. With it being on the northern border with the United States, many individuals on both sides have been in the US and / or Canada, especially in Ontario. Using the subscript-fee site with three important area – births – marriages – deaths, y...

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  • Finding Forgotten Photos

    Feb 17

    You can get frustrated when trying to locate any images of some of your ancestors. You have checked with other relatives, to see what they have, but you may need to go beyond. Unfortunately, people cleaning out estates sold off vintage family photo albums. Using the online site 'Lost Faces' may be of some assistance. They have collected many vinta...

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