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  • Eastman Photo Collection

    Jan 23

    Everyone is familiar with Eastman when it comes to film and photos. To preserve such a legacy, there is the George Eastman Museum. It was George, a pioneer of popular photography and a leader in the development of motion picture film, who saw the need to preserve everyday and the unusual events on film. The Museum has a vast array of photos. One o...

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  • California Birth Records 1905-1995

    Jan 5

    Do you have any relative born in the state of California between 1905 and 1995 (most of the 20th century)? Those records are in the form of an index collection which includes the name of the child, name of the mother, date of birth, and county and covers about 24,614,871 California births. The index is part of the online 'American Ancestors.org'. ...

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  • Photocroms

    Dec 21

    At the United States Library of Congress they have recently put online more than 6,000 old full color “photochroms” from around the United States and many locations in other parts of the world. The images date from the 1890s to the 1910s showing many scenes of hometowns. If you had an ancestor from one of these locations, it will be of special ...

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  • Photos Over the Years

    Dec 17

    As you have done your family history research and covered many decades, some family relatives may have followed in the same occupation as their ancestors - a family tradition. Using the 'Old Photo Archive' online site you can view vintage photos of individuals at specific occupations at different time frames. They have about 80 plus categories to ...

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  • Vintage Cartoons & Caricatures

    Nov 29

    Before photos were used in our ancestors' newspapers and magazines, to have any type of an idea of what a person or event looked like, these print items were dependent on artists. Many of the drawings were very detailed, just as good as a photo and others were more light-hearted drawings. Political cartoons were also very popular. Many of these t...

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  • Suffrage – Postcard Propaganda in 1900

    Nov 8

    In the 21st century we think of social media (Facebook & Twitter) for sharing one's ideas and opinions with other people. Yet this is not a new concept. Back between 1900 and 1914 there was another method that was quite popular for our great grandparents to express their feelings and attitudes toward the hot topic of those years - Women's Suffr...

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  • Kansas Glass Negatives

    Aug 23

    Finding the lost and forgotten photos is great. There could be untold treasures in such a find. Located at the Fort Hayes State University in Kansas is such a collection. However, these are not ordinary photos but rather glass plates negatives. They were from the William R. Gray Studio in St. John, Stafford County, Kansas. What makes these even bet...

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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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  • Utah Newspapers

    Jun 9

    Having newspapers that cover hometown news, events, families and individuals is a treasure chest for information. The University of Utah has placed online a long list of local newspapers; titled the 'Utah Digital Newspapers' from across Utah covering many different time frames. They have them from all the state's counties with some dating back to ...

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  • NYC-Ellis Island Photos–1902-1913

    May 17

    The famed Ellis Island was not the only arrival port for immigrates. There were entrances in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New Orleans as also major ports. Even before Ellis Island opened in 1892, there was in New York, Castle Garden, an entrance for 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892. The New York Public Library does have a collec...

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