• 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 ...


  • Saying “Proof is in the Pudding”

    Mar 15

    This phrase is used when you know something is a fact and there is plenty to prove it. It started as a much longer version and has been shorten. Longer it was “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” That goes back to the 1600s and earlier when pudding was a type of sausage which started with mixing various spices and cereal and stuffed in...


  • Bench Seats in Cars

    Mar 13

    Here is an item you may have forgotten about, even if you or your parents grew up with 'bench seats' in automobiles in the front. You don't any auto today unless they are 40-60 years old or older with bench seats, it is 'bucket seats' now. Keep in mind, not just cars, but buggies and carriages were all bench seating style. The bench seats di...


  • Family Lockets

    Mar 11

    A locket is just like it sounds, a protected place to keep something of special meaning to the person. Many of the early ancient lockets kept an herbal remedy or medicine, even poison. During the 1500s, lockets became popular as mourning jewelry (something worn after the death of a loved one). Calling them locket came from the placement of a lock ...


  • Birth Order

    Mar 9

    Science has shown there is some evidence that the birth order (when a child is born within the family) as to the type of personality that child might have later in life. Not 100% in every case but it has shown types of personalities based on when a person was born. The placement shows some of these traits. FIRST BORN – they tend to be a le...


  • Childhood Candies of the 1950s

    Mar 5

    The youngsters of the 1950s were part of the bigger consumer age with all types of new toys, games and special sweet treats. One activity children liked to do was save their pennies to get some candy at the corner store. Here are a few samples of the treats from the 1950s. Ask any relatives from that era and see how many they recall. Sugar Bubb...


  • Vintage Cameras

    Mar 1

    For your family history you are very dependent on family photos. To have such a collection someone had to have a camera or have a photo taken at a studio or traveling photographer. Before cameras there just a few drawings, painting or silhouettes images available. The camera began in 1839 with the daguerreotype. Over the decades of the 1800s th...


  • The Baby Boom

    Feb 28

    This era is defined as people born from 1946 to 1964. Such individuals are also known as 'boomers'. You may be one yourself or know others who fit that era or have relatives born then. It was a boom due to the high increase of births following World War Two. The highest number of births occurred between 1946 and 1955. The boom was not just babi...