19th century

  • Funeral Traditions of Your Ancestors

    Nov 17

    When trying to better understand your ancestors' lives and events that affected them, one aspect that needs to be covered are the times when an ancestor attended a friend's or family member's funeral. These were once common practice and many have been dropped over the decades. Here are a few of the traditional funeral practices: Putting flowers ...

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  • City Directories for NY and on eBay

    Oct 29

    The use of city directories is very important resources when compiling information on ancestors. Besides names, home addresses, business addresses and names, other family members in the household may be listed, such as a wife. Many business ads are in a directory - one could be for an ancestor. One of the best locations for secure a variety of ava...

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  • New Zealand and the Female Vote

    Sep 19

    September 19, 1893 is a day of note, on this date New Zealand, off the southeast coast of Australia, became the first self-governing country to grant women the right to vote. In the United States back in 1869, the Territory of Wyoming did grant women in the territory the right to vote. In the Isle of Man, off the coast between Ireland and the Unit...

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  • Where Did Your Ancestors Arrive??

    Aug 21

    Ports of Entry into the United States have existed for decades. However, it has not always been solely Ellis Island in New York as many people may have believed. So as you search for where and when your ancestors arrived in American, do not concentrate solely on Ellis or even New York. Ellis Island did not open until January 1, 1892, so if you hav...

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  • Then and Now Civil War Photos of Locations

    Aug 15

    David Levene spent time in 2015 going to many of the scenes of battles, places of death and buildings where events occurred during the American Civil War between 1861 and 1865. Those are actual locations but it was very interesting how Levene took the classic photos he gathered of over 150 years ago and photographed the places now. Comparing the ...

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  • City of London Over the Years

    Aug 9

    Collage is one of London’s finest picture archives managed by London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), it provides free online access to over 250,000 images of London, England from the collections at LMA and Guildhall Art Gallery. These 250,000 photographs, prints and drawings as well as over 1,000 maps from the collections at LMA are available to vie...

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  • Database for Union Army Grave Sites

    Aug 1

    Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War has an online site of burial locations of veterans of the Union Army from the American Civil War that covers across the nation and is searchable. It even has the listings for burial sites for Union veterans buried overseas. There are 96 civil war veterans buried in Australia, plus the other nations with forme...

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  • Passport Applications

    Jul 27

    Getting a digital or print copy of an ancestor's passport application can provide some great information. Of course, not all individuals got a passport during their lifetime, only if they were traveling from USA to a foreign country. So unless you know for sure a relative never traveled overseas, you do need to check if there was an application for...

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  • Nebraska Sources

    Jul 21

    The state of Nebraska was the territory area where many settlers from the eastern coast of the United States and from foreign lands came in the 1800s to start a new life. You may have had ancestors who were part of the wagon trains of adventurers headed for the territory in the late 1840s or came after it was officially a state in 1867. Homesteader...

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  • Beyond Population Censuses

    Jul 9

    Researchers may only be thinking in terms of US Federal Censuses showing populations, our ancestors in a location, a household, their age, place of birth, occupations etc., every ten years. Well, the Federal Government has collected information on other topics. At the National Archives site is the full listing of other sources. For example, there ...

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