20th century

  • Maps-Atlases of New York City

    Jan 31

    The use of maps, long before GPS, has been a very helpful tool, not just to find places, but for someone doing genealogy to better understand the areas their ancestors lived. True, you can visit an old family neighborhood today, but that general store or the three neighbor houses across from that of your grandparents might not be there anymore. H...

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  • Collections from New York City Library

    Jan 27

    The New York Public Library has a vast array of collections, now made digital. The categories range from NY World's Fair 1939-40; photos of the city 1931-1942; atlases of NYC; street views of New York; a collection of the front of doors in the city; NY World’s Fair of 1964; construction of the subway; art photos from the NY Museum; the East Riv...

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  • Posters Illustrate Around 1900 America

    Jan 23

    The New York Public Library has a large collection of posters now made digital on their site. There are some 2,027 scanned posters that were once used in magazines, newspapers, exhibitions, book covers, calendars, covering at the end of the 1890s, into the beginning of the 20th century. What a wonderful array of styles, fashions, public interests, ...

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  • Australian Newspapers – Trove

    Jan 13

    Using newspapers is very valuable resource in doing family history. Using Trove (National Library of Australia), will assist those who had ancestors living, visiting or working in Australia. However, just like all newspapers, they also carried news events / happenings in other countries. So any unusual or special events in the United States or Engl...

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  • Christmas Day Dinner – Traditional

    Dec 25

    Here are some of the Christmas Day meals prepared at different times in America. This might be that type of special holiday meals you grandparents enjoyed. 1900 Christmas Dinner might have: Clam or Oyster Soup, Celery, Baked Fish, Hollandaise Sauce, Roast Turkey, Oyster Dressing, Celery or Oyster Sauce, Roast Duck, Onion Sauce, Baked Potatoes, S...

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  • Christmas Tree Lights – 1880 – 1882 – 1917

    Dec 22

    Something we take for granted in our decorating is the traditional brightly colored or clear lights on the Christmas Tree. Of course, you know originally the tree was decorated with candles - quite a fire hazard. Plus because of the use of candles, a tree would be lit only just before Christmas and for a short time. It was Thomas Edison, the inve...

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  • Old New York City in Photos

    Dec 13

    This is a very unusual map done by 'Old NYC' site for the NY Public Library. Here is a map, laying out the city streets and locations. All over are red dots, indicating where there are vintage photos of that exact location. Actually there are some 80,000 photos, covering between 1870s-1970s. Use your mouse to move about on the map to find a spec...

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  • English Voter Registrations 1832-1932

    Oct 27

    [caption id="attachment_13348" align="alignleft" width="300"] SUFFRAGETTES[/caption] If you had ancestors living in England and Wales between 1832 and 1932, you will need to examine the Findmypast collection of about 220 million names of registered English voters as well as those in Wales. The records are part of the British Library and now on...

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  • Sayings of Our Ancestors

    Oct 15

    The many ways to express feelings and ideas - our ancestors of more than 100 years ago had quite a variety of phrases and sayings. Here are just a small sampling and where they were located in a newspaper of the day by Mary Harrell-Sesniak: It’s up to the lovesick youth to take his from a spoon. From Evening Star (Washington, D.C.), 1 January ...

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  • Postcards – Seeing in the Past

    Oct 13

    At the Lake County, Illinois Discovery Museum are the Curt Teich Collection of postcards from 1897 to 1978. Teich Archives have over 400,000 postcards of more than 10,000 towns and cities in Canada and United States along with many foreign countries. It includes the largest collection of numerous locations along the famous United States Route 66, t...

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