20th century

  • 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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  • 1950 Census

    Apr 21

    The last census release to the public was of the US Federal 1940 Census in April 2012. Now everyone waits ten years before the next decade census - 1950 is released on April 1, 2022. By law, for privacy reasons, census records are not released to the public until 72 years after that census was taken. However, for your own personal family research ...

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  • Slang Words from the Fabulous 1950s

    Dec 29

    Either you grew up during the decade of the 1950s, or you parents or even your grandparents. It was a period for America's youth when they really set their own path, creating a new style of music (Rock-n-Roll), dancing, favorite foods, clothing styles and especially their own style of slang words. So to better understand what your parents may ha...

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  • New York Ship Manifests — 1902-1956

    Jul 27

    When you think of immigrant ancestors arriving in the 20th century, you mostly think of Ellis Island in New York City. Yet, many immigrants actually arrived at other ports in the state of New York. In Buffalo, Lewiston, Niagra Falls, Rochester, Hogansburg, Malone, Morristown, Nyando, Ogdensburg, Rooseveltown, and Waddington, New York, these were al...

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  • Children as Immigrants

    Jul 24

    Who said history doesn't repeat itself?? A hundred years ago many of our ancestors faced the same situation as is happening today along the Arizona and Texas borders with thousands of children without parents or guardians coming across the United States border for a new life. A hundred years ago many alarmists painted incoming immigrants on ships ...

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