ancestors

  • Dangerous Vintage Games

    Feb 27

    There were once very popular games played by our ancestral adults and other by children that appeared then as harmless fun but over the years have been looked at as dangerous. Looking at Victorian Era (1840-1900) our ancestors thought it was popular for parlor games to involve fire, chemicals and blindfolds. Some of these will really sound stra...

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  • Art Nouveau for Your Ancestors

    Feb 25

    A special unique style very popular at the beginning the 20th century (from 1890 to 1915) was known as 'Art Nouveau'. Many things were created in this style and you just might have some that your ancestors possessed and you never knew what a great style piece you might have inherited. There were great works of art, furniture styles and very pop...

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  • Our Ancestral Pioneers and Words They Used

    Feb 23

    Those ancestors they moved from the eastern coastal homelands to seek a new life in the mid-west and far west faced a long journey, work to establish a homestead, harsh weather and long periods of isolation from towns and other people. They even developed their own phrases and slang terms for things and activities. Here are a few such words and...

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  • Family Rocking Chair

    Feb 21

    There is a timeless piece of family history that you should include in your collection of family artifacts. You may still have one or a photo – that is the family rocking chair. It was a young Benjamin Franklin who was credited with its creation in the 1700s in America. They very quickly became popular with the wealthy and then appe...

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  • Our Female Ancestors as Brides

    Feb 19

    How has the planning of a couple's wedding changed over the decades.? Today, it is usually a couple who work together for what they would like for the wedding and reception. Yet, in years past it was very much just the bride-to-be and her mother. Another change is that usually, a bride made her own wedding dress or her mother / aunt / ...

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  • Our Ancestral Pioneers and Words They Used

    Feb 19

    Those ancestors they moved from the eastern coastal homelands to seek a new life in the mid-west and far west faced a long journey, work to establish a homestead, harsh weather and long periods of isolation from towns and other people. They even developed their own phrases and slang terms for things and activities. Here are a few such words and...

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  • Classic Children’s Playground Games

    Feb 17

    In the days before computers, cell phones, video game stations; growing up as a child was playing games outside with your friends. Review over the list of such games, see which you played, your parents or other ancestors. It would be great to include in your family history. The playing with marbles is a true classic activity for chi...

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  • Keeping Warm

    Feb 15

    Some winter seasons were colder than others, no matter where your ancestors may have lived. So with without the central air and heat of today, how did your ancestors manage to stay warm especially in the 1800s and early 1900s? Designs for many homes had the ceiling lower in the kitchen area where there was always a fire going. This kept t...

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  • Glass Slippers

    Feb 14

    No, not quite the fairy-tale of a glass slipper but rather a very popular curio you ancestors may have had. You might recall seeing them, but didn't know the story behind these glass slippers on display. Now, these were small glass pieces not the size of a true shoe. There were in the style of lady's high heel shoes, these made of vari...

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  • Family Search Learning Center

    Feb 11

    There is an easy to use 'Learning Center' on the FamilySearch.org site. With a search box, any topic you can see what is available. There are also some great prepared lessons on different topics to assist you. One is titled: “Getting Started in Genealogy' – providing info on software programs and helpful tips on recording ancest...

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