• What was Done to Hang Out Laundry

    Jan 20

    Yes, laundry hung out to dry, before modern clothes dryer, always seemed like a laborious, or at least annoying, chore. Work began with the clothes sorted, then washed, hung to dry, folded and put away. Just the washing process was very pains-taking. The first electric washing machine wasn’t invented until 1908, and the first automatic wash...


  • Cost of Goods and Services Years Ago

    Jan 19

    Many decades between 1860s and early 1990s but even more so is the price for items your ancestors had to pay for things they needed. Here are a few examples of price differences, even figuring in inflation. At the dry cleaners in the 1930s, to have a coat and pair of slacks cleaned and 2 pockets repaired cost $1.00 in Florida. Today tha...


  • The Victorian Use of Velvet

    Jan 17

    The Victorian Era, is that, a time frame approximately during the reign of Britain's Queen Victoria which was 1837-1901. Many of our ancestors lived during that period whether in Great Britain, Canada or America. Many popular styles of clothing, furniture, homes, etc., existed during those decades. Those who have studied that era say ...


  • Your Ancestors during the Worst Years in American History

    Jan 15

    Here is a listing of major crises and events that occurred during the lifetimes of your ancestors. It would be important for future generations to know which of just these top events affected your ancestors. This list represents just some of the top worst events in American history. Each would be easy enough to do further research on to add...


  • Contraband Camps

    Jan 11

    During the American Civil War of the early 1860s, there were "contraband" camps. Such contraband camps were African-American refugee camps to which between 400,000-500,000 thousand enslaved men, women, and children in the Union-occupied portions of the Southern Confederacy states fled to escape their slave-holding owners by getting themselves ...


  • What Do Those Sayings Mean?

    Jan 11

    Every generation has had their own sayings or phrases and every one of that generation understood what was being said or referred to. Also over time, those phrases are still used in later generations but no one knows where it originated from. There is the phrase 'Busman's Holiday'. It originated in the 1840s in England with the use of a...


  • Origin of Birthday Cakes

    Jan 7

    The idea of celebrating a birthday with a cake began with the Roman Empire who celebrated men's birthdays with cakes made from nuts, honey, flour and yeast, (just not very sweet). This was for men of high status or importance in an area. Women's birthdays were not celebrated with any type of cake. In Western Europe in the 1700s birthdays ...


  • Leftovers – Common Foods of 1930s

    Jan 5

    With the Great Depression during the 1930s, you did have ancestors directly affected by lack of paying jobs, not enough money which meant not enough food for the table. But your ancestors of the 1930s did come up with ideas to help the food situation. Many grocery stores trying to stay open, slashed their prices. Many signs said “Pric...


  • Items Once Thought to be Dangerous … Are Safe

    Jan 3

    Before science and medicine (before the late 1800s) could prove that diseases and illnesses were due to germs, the population the stench of human waste and decay – bad smells were what caused people to be ill. People tried to cover their nose if there was a hint of bad odors around. Medical doctors (1600s-1700s) were known to wear a long p...


  • Colonial Celebrations of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

    Jan 1

    When looking into the lives of any American colonial relatives use the date of 1752. The people living during the Colonial Period in the North American colonies using the Julian Calendar prior to 1752 celebrated New Year's Eve on the evening of March 24 and New Year's Day was March 25 until the year 1752 and then, beginning in that year and ...