• Earrings of the 1950s

    Sep 5

    It was such a popular era of the 1950s, between the cars, clothing styles, shoes, as well as lady's earrings. Yes, the vintage 1950s earrings are very collectible and many are worn today. You may have many earrings from the 1950s that your mother or grandmother wore. The styles ranged from simple pearl earrings to a small cluster of rhinestones...


  • True Story of Researching Individuals from Over 100 Years Ago

    Sep 3

    Doing family history research can be fascinating, you never know what you might find. Here is a very instigating recent true story of research where a woman finds details about the man who built her old San Francisco home. This true story began when writer Christina Lalanne and her husband Max bought an old house in San Francisco, she was sure ...


  • Torch Balcony of Statue of Liberty

    Sep 1

    You, your family or ancestors may have had the opportunity to visit the Statue of Liberty in New York City over the decades. The Statue of Liberty faces Southeast and was strategically placed inside of Fort Wood which was a perfect base for the Statue. The Statue's position was also perfect for ships, entering the harbor, to see her as a welcoming...


  • Eyewinker Glassware

    Aug 31

    You might have some of the following types of American glassware and never knew its name or what makes it unique. After reading about it, check what you have or family members and see if some pieces are family heirlooms. This style is known as 'Eyewinker Glassware' is one of the most unusual motifs in glassware. The name comes from the shape of...


  • Other Places to Find Family Photos

    Aug 29

    Having any family photos are essential to putting together your family history. Now you may have already checked with relatives and friends and gotten copies of photos they had, but are there other ones out there somewhere? Here are a few ideas of other locations to check. One largely overlooked source is public collections. This would inclu...


  • Daguerreotypes

    Aug 27

    Some of your family collections of vintage photos could be 'daguerreotypes'. These antique photographs captured moments in a unique way, all on a silver-plated surface that differs greatly from the digital photos we use now. The daguerreotype dates back to 1839, when Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre introduced the style of photography in France. It...


  • Kit Cat Clocks

    Aug 25

    Your ancestors were of an era when much of the food was still made from scratch, making kitchen clocks crucial to timing the baking of cake or Sunday’s roast to perfection. Early wall clocks in the kitchen started in the 1920s, and could be hard-wired into the house electric, wind-up clocks or be plug-in models. A very different style kitchen...


  • Tug of War

    Aug 23

    This fun sport of 'tug of war' played at school, or camp activities have been around for decades. You and your parents or grandparents for sure played in a tug of war event. A simple contest in which two teams pull at opposite ends of a rope until one drags the other over a central line. There has been tug of war competitions in many European coun...


  • Vanished Phrases and Words

    Aug 19

    It can be very interesting to look for words and phrases not used very much in the 21st century. Yet these words would have been common for your ancestors. There was Hassock or what is more common to say an ottoman (a seat for your feet when in a chair). Also at one time, they were called 'tuffet'. For sure this word of 'perambulator' is now...


  • Cleaning in the Kitchen in 1800s

    Aug 17

    Your female ancestors during the 1800s did not have an easy time trying to clean in the kitchen or where ever they prepared the meals. No running water, no hot water, so cooking pots really needed handwork to get clean. Your ancestors used a mixture of soft soap and salt to clean their pots. This soft soap was a brownish goop made with wood ash, l...