19th century

  • County Histories

    Apr 19

    An often overlook resource are the county history books and pamphlets done in the late 19th century and early 20th century. There was a big push for counties to record their history and include the local residents who helped establish the county. The former Confederate states of the south were the only ones to have the fewest county's devote their ...

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  • Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library with Digital Archives

    Mar 31

    For those doing research for the state of Ohio, the Columbus Metropolitan Library has a massive digital archives online. It includes photos, maps, documents and artifacts. Categories include: Collections, Topics, Neighbors and by Decades. So if you knew the neighborhood of a town your ancestor came from, you might locate a map or photos. You can t...

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  • Head West Young Man

    Feb 25

    That is exactly what many of our ancestors did during the 19th century, left their traditional hometowns along the east coast or the Great Lakes area to travel to a new, mostly uncharted part of the country - the far west. It was a way to start fresh for many individuals and families. The covered wagons were the main source of transportation in the...

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  • Favorite Foods of 1850 and 1900

    Feb 13

    A site titled 'Food Timeline' explains about the various 'pioneer' foods your ancestors may have had; breakfast, dinner, desserts and beverages, which also changes for the seasons. It can be some wonderful details to add to your family history. Some food items are very common and still consumed today but others are stranger and not seen on a dinne...

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  • ‘Boston Marriage’

    Jan 9

    This phrase does not refer to a male-female couple married in the city of Boston, but rather a phrase that was popularly know at the end of the 19th century; the Victorian Era. 'Boston Marriage' was a term used in the 19th century and into the early 20th century to refer to two single women living together, independent of men. The term was origina...

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  • N.C. Photographs – Brimley Collection

    Nov 13

    This wonderful collection (Brimley Collection) of vintage photos taken within North Carolina were collected by Hubert Hutchinson Brimley (1861-1946). He was also director of The North Carolina State Museum of Natural History. The photographs document many aspects of life in the state between the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries. His co...

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  • Missouri Penitentiary Archives

    Oct 11

    The first state penal institution, covering 47 acres, west of the Mississippi River back in March 1836 was the Missouri State Penitentiary. It remained a functional penitentiary to September 2004, located in Jefferson City. This prison also known as M.S.P. also had the nickname of 'the Walls'. It also had the reputation of a very crude or brutal pr...

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  • Illustrations of Ancestors’ Occupations

    Oct 7

    As you have collected information on your ancestors one of the biggest addition is finding out what occupation that ancestor held. As you go back in time, many of those jobs no longer exist so most people have no idea what they are. Through the efforts of Emily Kowalski Schroeder with her genealogical site titled 'Growing Little Leaves', she has...

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  • United Kingdom – Census Database

    Sep 27

    Many of us have ancestors from the United Kingdom. With the census beginning there in 1841, it can be a great resource. The United Kingdom Census Database (FreeCen) continues to update it content, so there may be individuals you tried earlier to find and now they have been included in this free database. The many volunteers are still transcribing ...

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  • Worst Jobs to Have in the 1800s

    Sep 19

    The following are some of the possible jobs your ancestors may have had sometime during the 1800s if they lived during those times. Most people were farmers, an honorable occupation, still a hard job. Yet, in the 19th century was the need of people to handle other types of work. A Tosher - was a sewer worker with an unusual twist. They sifted thro...

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