20th century

  • 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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  • 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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