20th century

  • 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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  • What Our Ancestors Had

    Sep 19

      You have reviewed many time periods and there will many things in our ancestors' daily life, quite different from the 21st century! One of the most interesting due to all the changes that our ancestor's witnessed are any of your relatives born between 1895 and 1905 - right at the beginning of the 20th century. By combining some history yo...

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  • Texan Marriages 1837 – 1977

    Jul 17

    The big 'Lone Star' state of Texas has had many people come through, visit and live over the decades ... perhaps even some of your relatives. If they lived in any of the bordering states / territories such as Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, Arkansas or New Mexico, they may have gone to Texas to be married. Available on FamilySearch.org is a free d...

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  • Australian Records – Ryerson Index

    Jul 15

    The Ryerson Index Online Database contains 5,030,350 death notices and obituaries from 285 different Australian newspapers. If you have had any ancestors who may have died in British Territory and later nation of Australia, this is a must online site to check. The exception might be those military servicemen from other nations who died during Wor...

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  • Unlikely Occupations in the 21st Century

    Jun 25

    It can be fascinating to look back and attempt to see what occupations our ancestors performed. In the various census records you do see 'laborer' quite frequently -- which could be a variety of jobs. Another common listing is a farm worker since most people in the 18th and 19th centuries and earlier lived on a farm. However, even into the early 2...

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  • Old New York Locations in Photos

    Jun 19

    Step back in time and be able to pinpoint a specific street address in any of the boughs of New York and have appear photo (s) of that location over the years. They are from images held by the New York Public Library - Old NYC. Where known information beside the street address is known such as a date or other information, it is listed. What a tr...

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  • N & S Carolina Death Certificates 1906-1943

    Jun 11

    A free to use database on deaths that occurred in North Carolina between 1906 and 1930 is available online through American Ancestors. This being online allows you to view the scanned death certificate. On it would be date of death, person's full name, where they died, of what causes, their age and birth date along with other relative's names, s...

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  • Railroaders

    Jun 9

    The railway system across the United States has been important for transportation of freight and people since the early 1800s. The trains did not run by themselves but always needed railroaders to maintain and run them. Many people over the decades had as their occupation something having to do with the railroads. Using the online site, Railroad...

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  • The Strange ‘Cures’ Used by Our Ancestors

    Apr 29

    Modern medical science has come along way just over the last 50 years. Go back 75 to 100 to 150 years and it is very strange some of the methods and products on the market that people purchased to help them feel better or healthier. Going through any of the vintage newspapers and magazines and they are filled with cures for any illness or conditi...

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