• The Poodle Skirt of the 1950s

    Apr 9

    During the 1950s, a big fashion craze was popular – known as the 'poodle skirt'. You may or may not have heard of it but if you had ancestors (grandmothers, mothers, aunts, cousins) lived during the 1950s as young ladies or adults, – they knew of poodle skirts. The birth of these circle skirts creating volume were worn with layers of pettic...


  • Civil War – Sanitary Fairs

    Apr 7

    It was dangerous and hard for a few years during the American Civil War of 1861-1865 for our ancestors. Many families of Union soldiers in the northern states helped the Federal troops who needed additional assistance with medical care and nutritious food that maybe the military was not able to provide. Those families got together and came up with...


  • Maine’s State Archives

    Apr 5

    The state in the far northeast corner of the United States is Maine. It joined the United States on March 15, 1820, when there were about 298,000 citizens, so there is a long history. Its population in 2019 was about 1.3 million. If you had any ancestors, even branches to your family who lived any number of years in Maine, you will want to check o...


  • Changes in High Heels

    Apr 3

    Still worn today, all ladies in America and other nations, have at least one pair of high heels. What has changed is the height of the heel and a mandate that wearing high heels was required. Shoes for ladies in the late 1800s and into early 20th century, had a medium height heel, nothing very tall especially with their wearing long dresses. ...


  • Ancestral Breakfast Foods

    Mar 27

    It is fascinating what was eaten for breakfast by our ancestors, especially outside the home in the 1800s and early 20th century. You would think most ate at home and that would include: Many people lived in boarding houses or lodges and breakfast was not always available. They would then go to an establishment that served breakfast. In the ...


  • Slinky

    Mar 25

    A piece of many of today's people's childhood was a special and unusual toy known as 'Slinky'. It was invented by a naval mechanical engineer, Richard T. James in Philadelphia. His original purpose was to stabilize instruments on ships using helical metal springs when products were shipped overseas. By accident, he knocked one of his springs off t...


  • Ancestors’ Travels in Covered Wagons West

    Mar 23

    One important item you may have discovered about you ancestors is if they traveled west in America in a covered wagon. You will not want to just say covered wagon without including what that type of travel and life was like. No matter where or what time frame, such travel was difficult and no one knew what to totally expect along the route. Whe...


  • Photographic Postcards

    Mar 21

    There is available a rich resource to add to any family history. Once you identified the hometowns of various family branches and during which time frame they lived there, start searching for photographic postcards of that town, county or region. Include any notable references to any outstanding features such as a large mountain, a river, a large ...


  • 19th Century Cycloramas

    Mar 19

    In the 1880s, a new technology for the era captured everyone's attention. It was a 'cyclorama', a circular structure with panoramic paintings inside in a 360-degree arrangement. Any could the viewer inside a feeling of being in a certain location. Very popular cyclorama scenes were battle scenes from the American Civil War, the Chicago Fire of 187...


  • Irish Heritage

    Mar 17

    To define who is 'Irish', it is thought that the Irish are an ethnic group whose ancestors originally lived on the island of Ireland and most of the Celtic and Gaelic people. Now today and for some years back there are two parts to that island – The Republic of Ireland (an independent nation) and 'Northern Ireland' is part of the United Kingdom ...