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  • Executions 1608-2002

    Dec 19

    Yes, they have existed in America from the early 1600s. Some of the most famous were the hangings for those being declared witches in Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1690s. However, witchcraft hangings in some of the other colonies, such as Connecticut in the 1640s to 1660s totaled seven of males and females. Any in the 1600s or 1700s would have ...

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  • Hotel and Restaurant Menus of the 19th Century

    Dec 11

    The University of Houston has made available in digital format and placed online their collection of hotel, restaurant and steamship menus from across the country dating from the mid-1800s. What an opportunity to view the type of foods prepared and served to any of our ancestors who had the opportunity to eat at a restaurant or while traveling on...

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  • Photos of America – 1935-1945

    Oct 25

    Eighty years ago, 1935, America was still in the Great Depression era. Ten years later, 1945, the country was just coming out the second World War. Such tragedies for many of your ancestors to suffer through. Yale University along with the Library of Congress have put together over 170,000 photos and made them digital producing the site Photogr...

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  • Copies of Records from FamilySearch.com

    Oct 12

     The FamilySearch.com (Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah) was able for a brief time to scan a copy of a requested document, info from microfilm, book, record, CD, vital record, deed, etc. into digital format (JPG or PDF) and attach to your email address to be sent to you.   By mid-2015 they have stopped (discontinued) that service. ...

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  • Sisterhood

    Mar 15

    During the month of April is recognized 'Sibling's Day' and in August is celebrated 'Sister's Day'. This month of March is recognized as 'Women's History Month', in doing your family research, check out your female ancestors who were sisters. Some interesting aspects to check are the range of ages, that is noting their birth dates. Also when ea...

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  • Cost of Living for our Ancestors

    Feb 13

    Here is an interesting aspect to research and add to information relating to your ancestors -- the cost of daily household items or special purchases. For example do some comparison of the cost of items used by your relatives and see quite a few differences. Of course there would be differences based on regions of the country to factor in also. ...

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  • The Panama Canal Zone

    Feb 3

    If you came across a relative, especially a young male, who did not appear on specific census records between the early 1900s and the 1930s and you don't know what happened to him during those years, you might need to exam the records held by the FamilySearch.com site on the American Panama Canal Zone. With the construction of this massive proj...

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  • A ‘Famous’ Ancestor

    Feb 1

      It appears everyone has a secret desire that as they work on their family history that a famous relative will be found. Viewing the recent 'Genealogy Roadshow' on PBS, that is a common theme. Checking a dictionary, the word 'famous' means a renown, notable, illustrious, eminent, distinguished or celebrated person. To include a former U. S....

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  • Maryland – Rose Hill Cemetery Info ONLINE

    Jan 25

    You would think this, Rose Hill, might be a small cemetery in Hagerstown, Maryland, but it is quite a large public cemetery, dating back to 1865 with some 42,000 burials. It was started by William T. Hamilton, who later became Maryland’s Governor from 1879-1883. Burials included ordinary citizens from around the region of Maryland to Senators, ...

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  • Slang of the 1970s

    Jan 21

    It may not seem like that long ago, but the decade of the 1970s is 45 years ago, nearly half a century. Many of us along with our parents grew up during those years. Just like any other time frame, there were the unique clothing styles, fads and slang words used as was found in any other decade. It can be helpful when doing family research to be...

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