20th century

  • No Such Job Anymore

    Aug 9

    Over the decades due to the advancement of technology many jobs were held by your ancestors (maybe even their whole life) that now no longer exist. Many jobs are extinct. As you work on the family tree especially reviewing the occupations listed on a census, there will be your clue, the name of the job and see if it still in more curre...

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  • Family Home by Sears – in the Mail

    Aug 7

    From the early dawn of the 20th century, the Sears & Roebuck Mail Order Catalog has been in most family homes. That is one item, the large 1,000 to 1,400 page catalog that would be in every home. Anything, clothing, telephone, sewing machine, tools, etc you could want that was manufactured at that time could be ordered from Sears using t...

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  • Your Ancestors Had Their Issues to Protest

    Jul 11

    Sometimes, especially during the Summer 2020, there are many things that have upset and frustrated Americans – race relations, police wrong-doings, wearing a facial mask, Presidential Rallies; business closures, social distancing, unemployment, Covid-19, beach closings, etc. Yet, all we need to do is look at our own past history to see Americ...

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  • How Did A Couple Meet?

    Mar 23

    Don't miss an opportunity to answer this family question. The best source is the couple themselves or at least one of the spouses. This should also be answered by yourself – the researcher, write of how you met your spouse. Even if a couple separated or divorced, the information on how they met should be noted. There can be some really i...

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  • Importance of the US Census

    Mar 9

    The first census in U.S. history took place in 1790, and it continues today. The census is conducted every decade (10-year counts), meaning if your ancestors lived in America (states and territories) as of 1790 or after, then it’s likely they’re in the U.S. Census. Such a treasure chest of information. Only problem, not every person's name wa...

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  • City Directories for Westfield, NJ

    Feb 29

    City Directories are very important in learning more about where your ancestors lived, their occupations, and names. Now if you had any ancestors from the Westfield, New Jersey area any time between 1885-1896, 1901-1930, 1936-1939, 1941, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971-1980 and 1982 – you are in l...

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  • Provides Dates to Kodak Slides

    Dec 19

    Everyone has boxes or carousels filled with family slides. A photo slide is a specially mounted individual transparency intended for projection onto a screen using a slide projector. This allows the photograph to be viewed by a large audience at once. Taking slides instead of print photos was very popular for years, especially in the 1940s wi...

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  • Telephone Directories – Library of Congress

    Nov 17

    A very nice addition to the Library of Congress digital collection – Vintage Telephone Directories. At the site there are state and city directories for; Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the city of Chicago....

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  • Ancestry.com – School Yearbooks

    Aug 26

    Starting August 27 and running to September 2nd you will be able to asset the vast Ancestry.com database of school yearbooks. This includes middle schools, high schools and colleges with approximately 400,000 yearbooks from across the United States. The years covered are 1900 to 1999. Who knows what type of new information you can find ...

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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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