19th century

  • Photos – You Didn’t Think to Look Here??

    May 23

    Photographic images of our ancestors are priceless. They really provide some insight to the relative, not just a name and date. Seeing how they dressed, if they were holding any special object such as book, who else was in the photo, whether it was taken in a studio or outside their home or business ... all which gives a little more details about t...


  • Maps at the Library of Congress

    May 15

    Over 15,405 maps to view in the Library of Congress collection. Everything from farm maps, city maps, individual owner land maps to battlefield maps are in this national collection. With all of them scanned as digital images, they can be enlarged to see the details and also saved to your computer or printed. Start at the top and there is a search ...


  • Dawes Rolls – Native Indian Records

    May 13

    The Dawes Act, also known as the General Allotment Act, became law on February 8, 1887. It gave authorization to the President of the United States to survey Native American lands for allotment to individuals. The Dawes Act's purpose was to stimulate assimilation of Indians into American society ... make them 'Americanized' inspite of the Native In...


  • Some Favorite Foods in the 1800s

    Apr 15

    To know everything about your ancestors, one major area is about the type of foods they may have enjoyed. Many of such meals are still enjoyed today having been handled down through the generations. However, there are a few, less consumed now-a-days. To start, 'Pressed Duck' was a favorite in the 1800s. The butchered duck would be semi-roasted in ...


  • British Convicts In American Colonies

    Apr 3

    The British were noted for transported prisoners out of England to be made to work at their numerous colonies. From 1615 to 1870, more than 200,000 criminals were conditionally pardoned, exiled, and transported to penal colonies. Before 1775, more than 50,000 prisoners were sent to America—primarily to Virginia and Maryland. With the American R...


  • Chicago & Cook County, Illinois Death Records 1878-1994

    Mar 25

      FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional 3.7 million Cook County, Illinois death records. These records date from 1878 to 1939 and 1955 to 1994 (although the records are missing for the city of Chicago death records for the years 1910 to 1915). This collection can be searched by first name, last name, gender and race. Access is free. Mos...


  • 19th Century Names on Ships’ List

    Mar 13

      If you have managed to get a rough idea of when you ancestors arrived in America, you just might be able to view the passenger list, handwritten by ship officials, with that ancestor listed. It can reveal some interesting information, especially the spelling of the ancestor's name. True, there can still be errors in the spelling but seeing ...


  • Middle Names

    Mar 5

    You might not be able to find your ancestor's middle name because they never had one. Recall the first US President, George Washington - he had no middle name. It was not common practice in the 1700s and into the 1800s for the use of middle names. Then there was President Harry S. Truman. He had only a middle initial which did not stand for a mid...


  • Biographical Books aka ‘Mug Books’

    Mar 1

    Written stories of family events, yes, many were written by family members on their own family years ago. These can provide such insight to individuals in a family at certain periods of time. Of course, there are not such biographical family books or what were once termed 'mug books' for every family. Many such books were created in the late 1800s,...


  • Mourning Jewelry and Others

    Feb 17

    In the last half of the 19th century, our ancestors then practiced a popular method of remembering the departed relatives and in a way forever keeping them with the living. It was the custom for decades to have some form of mourning jewelry or art form. In the 21st century it might be a bit morbid, but for our ancestors it was very important to the...