• Letters to Family & Friends during Spanish Flu

    Apr 15

    In 2020 and 2021, with the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have kept family and friends informed of our health, jobs and getting the vaccines using email, text messages, Skype, Facetime, Facebook, Twitter, etc. That is 21st technology. For our ancestors who experienced the 1917-1919 Spanish Flu, they could use the telephone, telegram, or writing and sending...


  • Your Ancestors During the 1930s

    Apr 13

    Your ancestors may have lived or grown up during the 1930s in America. The 1930s was a period marked, unfortunately, by chaos and dismay. This was due to the Great Depression and the start of World War II at the closing of the decade. Despite this, there were still plenty of fascinating and fun occurrences that happened during this era and affecte...


  • Victorian Letter Writing

    Apr 11

    Such a 'lost' art in the 21st century. But if you are fortunate to have hand-written letters handed down through the family, you truly have a treasure. Since there were very few if any telephones and telegraph messages were expensive, the best method to send messages and family information was via a hand-written letter mailed by the US post office...


  • 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...