• Vintage Hairstyles and Make-up 1920-1960s

    Sep 19

    Each decade had its own styles in clothing, hair and make-up. That is what makes it easier to identify a decade for a photograph by looking at hairstyles, clothing and make-up of the ladies. The flapper age of the 1920’s, the 1930’s Hollywood look, the pin-ups of the 1940’s, the golden glamour of the 1950’s, then the mod-look o...


  • Foreign-Born Americans as WW One Soldiers

    Sep 17

    The 'Great War' aka World War One, had been going on for a few years before the United States entered in April 1917, sent troops against the Germans. It is believed seeing the final outcome, the war would have probably ended in a German victory, or sputtered to a stalemate, leaving the Germans in possession of much of France, Belgium and Ru...


  • Life in 1900 was Strange

    Sep 15

    Wouldn't you like to be able to talk with any of your ancestors who lived as adults in 1900, some 120 years ago? Life was so different then, think of learning what their life was life, whether they lived in a city, town or farm. You could share with them all the advances in technology and the achievements of the descendants. Yet, one of t...


  • Canning – Mason & Ball Jars

    Sep 13

    Everyone has to remember their mother, aunt, grandmother or great aunt doing canning – preserving fruits and vegetables that can be stored safely on the shelf until needed by the family. Some members of the family today may have taken up growing vegetables in a home garden and canning them for future use which is the best method. Well, t...


  • Finding Children In-Between Census Years

    Sep 11

    Maybe one of the hardest items to research, mostly you may not even know about a specific individual ever existed. Infant and child mortality was high in the years of 1700s to 1940s. Visit any older cemetery and you find many infants and children did not survive past childhood. You might think checking the US Federal or State Census ...


  • After Labor Day

    Sep 8

    It may have been due to snobbery in the late 1800s and early 1900s that a long tradition of not wearing anything white after Labor Day was born. In the late 19th century, rich, high-society women who came from wealth found themselves rubbing elbows with the so-called "new rich." It was difficult to tell the difference between respectable old ...


  • Ladies of 1920s Looked Back at Colonial Times

    Sep 7

    Before the dawn of the 20th century, America celebrated its 100th anniversary with the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition, the United States’ first official world’s fair. Int he years that followed and especially in the modern 1920s - decorative arts of days of colonial America (1700s) such as spinning, crochet, rug hooking, and emb...


  • Unusual American History

    Sep 5

    There are many strange or unusual events in America and relating to Americans. One not thought of very often is that Americans throw away over 4 pounds of trash daily. Figure the number of people in America in 2020 that is about 1.4 billion pounds of trash daily. Overall, a very wasteful nation. Everyone thinks of the Statue of Liberty a...


  • 1780s to 1860s – Portrait of an Eye

    Sep 3

    Over the decades and centuries, our ancestors have done and produced some very unusual artifacts, many handed down over the generations. Here is one from the 1700s, if you have such an heirloom, it is a rarity. A very popular keepsake were miniature portraits (in lockets, watches) especially in eighteenth-century England and then Amer...


  • Poems during the 1918 Spanish Flu

    Sep 1

    It was difficult times during the Spanish Flu across America from 1918 into 1919. Not only was the 'Great War' still happening in 1918 but this deadly flu created fear in every household. American many times used humor to help ease the stress of a time period and this was done during the Spanish Flu. Not having Facebook, TV, Twitter...