America

  • 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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  • Civil War Medical Records

    Jan 19

    During the American Civil War of 1861-1865, the governments issued uniforms both Confederate and Union sides which included socks, undershorts and drawers (underwear). However, those items didn't get cleaned that often, especially the underclothes, so a major source of germs. Men many times requested additional underclothes be sent by their famil...

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  • Direct Ancestors – So Many !

    Jan 17

      Direct lineage on your family tree is just that - you - your parents - your grandparents - great grandparents - great great grandparents, etc. You do not count aunts, uncles, cousins as direct ancestors but rather as extended family line, just as important but just examining direct lines can be sometimes a bit overwhelming. Look at the num...

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  • Names in Wordle Word Cloud

    Jan 13

      This can be a fun project to work on a cold day this winter. Even if you do not have your family complete (and who does?), you do a long list of given names and / or surnames to create your own word cloud. Using the Wordle web site, it can be easily achieved. The more names you can add, especially repeating a surname, such as Johnson - say...

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  • New Season – Genealogy Roadshow

    Jan 11

    Yes, PBS has the New Season of the American Genealogy Roadshow beginning on Tuesday January 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm EST and runs through Tuesday February 24, 2015. This season visits three important cities in the history and development of the United States: New Orleans, Louisiana; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and St. Louis, Missouri; with ordinary pe...

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  • Slang of the 1960s

    Jan 9

    The 1960s was such a transition from established-traditional lifestyles to a more carefree-anything goes attitude. You surely have relatives who lived during that decade and remember it well. As with every decade there are certain words and phrases one can associate with the era. The words can come from events happening, music styles, cultural ...

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  • New Years Day Postcards

    Jan 1

    The tradition of sending postcards was equal to sending Emails, Twitters or Facebook messages today. It was a simple and easy way to stay in touch, express feelings and an offer of something pretty, funny or charming for a friend of family member to have. The hay day of sending postcards was from the 1890s to the 1920s. Every holiday, season or sp...

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  • Online City – County Directories

    Dec 31

    An often overlooked research in locating where an ancestor lived are the city / county directories. You might only have idea of a region in a state where a relative lived but using directories, just might help narrow down the search. Directories vary over the decades, some providing just a person's name and the city they lived in. Others will in...

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