• Occupation—Iceman

    Oct 15

    The idea of the ice-delivery man flirting with stay-at-home wives was such a trope that it inspired a hit song. Composer J. Fred Helf left Kentucky for New York in the 1890s to try his luck as a writer and seller of sheet music. In 1899, he scored his first big success with “How’d You Like to Be the Iceman?” It became a pop culture phen...


  • U. S. Post Office Workers

    Sep 9

    Mail delivery has been available in the United States since the late 1700s. It began in 1775 with Benjamin Franklin appointed as the first postmaster general. A full Post Office Department of the government was created in 1792. Mail in those early years was paid for by the person receiving the letter or package not the sender. In 1...


  • Masonic Records

    Aug 19

    Often overlooked resources are Masonic records. Many of your ancestors may have been members of a local Masonic Lodge in their hometown. The Masonic Lodge has been a staple organization in many local communities for decades. This organization includes the ladies, who are members of the Order of the Eastern Star (men can also belong to the East...


  • ID Civil War Photos

    Jul 9

    You might be one of the fortunate family history researchers who has a photo of an ancestor who served during the American Civil War (1861-1865). I'm saying a photo of them in uniform either just before they entered, during service or immediately after discharge. You might have photos of that ancestor years later, but it is just not the same as...


  • 75th Anniversary of D-Day

    Jun 5

    The 75th anniversary of D-Day (Operation Overlord) is Thursday, June 6th (in 2019). On that date 75 years ago, the Allied forces (England, USA, Canada) invaded northern France, held by Germany) by means of beach landings in the Normandy coast. More than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coas...


  • Family History Vignettes

    Dec 11

    A 'vignette' is a short story, description, account, or episode. It is generally between 800 and 1,000 words in length. The word 'vignette' comes from the French word “vigne”, which means “little vine”. In a vignette, one would express a certain moment, mood, aspect, setting, character, or object. Most of all, it should be short, but descri...


  • Facial Recognition of Civil War Military

    Dec 7

    You might have a photo of an ancestor who served during the American Civil War taken years after they served in the 1860s. Wouldn't it be great to locate a photo of that ancestor in his uniform? It does cross-referencing to serve up a slate of possible matches and names. You need to try 'Civil War Photo Sleuth' whose purpose is to rediscover the l...


  • Pioneer Certificates

    Aug 11

    Just like you can be part of a lineage organization such as the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) or Colonial Dames or Daughters of the War of 1812-- there are special certificates of recognition of a person's historic heritage offered by different states and or counties. To learn more do a Google Search for either “pioneer certificat...


  • One Ancestor at a Time

    Jun 27

    Sometimes it may seem a bit overwhelming – so many family tree branches – so many ancestors. Once you have a basic start with yourself, then your parents and then grandparents, select one of them, say your grandmother and make a one to two page fact-filled, at-a-glance summary of your ancestor’s life. This can then be easily put together, mad...


  • UK: Erskine, for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers

    Apr 3

    Any British, Irish or Scottish soldiers from World War I and beyond, that might have been injured and would have needed an amputation could have been treated at the Princess Louise Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers (now known as Erskine). Online now is the admission's register, covering the period from 1916 -1936, which shows the patients ...