ancestors

  • 15,273,703 Pages of Vintage US Newspapers

    Sep 19

    Thanks to the Library of Congress online site 'Chronicling America' it has been making millions of American newspapers in a digital format covering a span of 1789 to 1963. More continue to be added with the number of digital pages at 15.2 million. It is such a great resource, for not just looking up any personal articles or obituaries on your...

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  • New York Employment Cards 1840-1966

    Sep 17

    Such an interesting collection of the state of New York's employment cards covering 1840 to 1966 plus peddlers' licenses from the NY State Archives. This search-able database is newly added to Ancestry.com. A good start with any names of relatives who may have worked at a State of New York job (hospitals, schools, public health, publi...

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  • Double Beds vs Twin Beds

    Sep 15

    Here is an idea most people have not thought about and how it affected their ancestors. Did a husband-wife relative sleep in a double-size bed or two twin / single-sized beds? For years, decades ago, most slept in a double bed. The vintage four-poster bed I inherited from my 3rd great grandmother, made by her father for her wedding in 1849...

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  • Mug Shots

    Sep 13

    There might only one type of photographs of certain individuals, maybe some of your ancestors, in existence. These photos are known as police mug shots. From the Grand Rapids, Michigan police files, about 5,000 of the city’s historic jail photos ranging from 1928-1939 are made available online. Plus more added to Instagram. True, that...

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  • Recognize Your Grandparents

    Sep 7

    Founder Marian McQuade wanted to set aside a special day not only for the lonely elderly but also to encourage grandchildren to “tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents provide.” President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s was so on board with this initiative, he made the first Sunday after Labor Day an official national holiday to honor g...

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  • Profiling on Census – German-Born

    Sep 5

    Having a nation-wide census done every ten years dates back to 1790 with the first one. At first, it was just numbers in a household (males-females and by age ranges). The only name was the first considered 'head of the household'. After the American Civil War, the Census Bureau had a particular interest in the presence of an ever-increasin...

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  • Burial Ground for Earliest Pilgrims

    Sep 3

    If you have located any ancestors who were part of the original Pilgrims who settled that early colony in Massachusetts in 1620-1621, you may not have been aware of the oldest United States maintained cemetery which has been the final resting spot for many Pilgrims. Its name is 'Miles Standish Burial Ground' located in Duxbury, Mass. It ...

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  • Ancestors Traveling

    Sep 1

    It was traditional for families to stay in the same general area or locations for generations. As the new United States expanded with acquired lands further west, it encouraged people to settle these new frontiers, leaving the family homes in the eastern region of America. In fact it might be very unusual if you have a family lineage going ...

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  • Jamestown Ancestors

    Aug 29

    On banks of the James River on May 14, 1607, 104 men and boys set foot on what would soon become Jamestown in the Virginia Colony. Nine months later the first of women and children arrived to the colony. Only 38 of the 104 original settlers were still alive by January 1608 mostly due to the hard conditions including little fresh water. One co...

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  • Family Group Photos

    Aug 27

    As you go through either your or another relative's collection of family photos take the time to really study and research about individuals in group photos. You might originally have thought it was just your grandmother pictured but there could be other relatives you are not aware of in the group photo. It was common with the early phot...

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