• Listerine – How Your Ancestors Used It

    Jun 17

    This product we think of today for providing fresh breath, solve plaque and gingivitis really started out in 1879 to help medical surgeons to keep their hands free of bacteria. It was developed by Joseph Lawrence, a chemist in Missouri, who named the product after Joseph Lister, who pioneered antiseptic surgery. The company then decided to try ...


  • Advertisements to Marry Out West

    Jun 13

    In the western frontier regions in the mid to late 1800s of the Dakotas, Kansas, Wyoming, Utah, and California to name a few, it was difficult to meet a future female spouse. Ladies, few in number, were already married or not the marrying type. Men were plentiful out west, those seeking a new life and their fortune. One California newspaper claime...


  • The Silver Spoons

    Jun 11

    The use of spoons for cooking and eating with has for centuries involved wooden spoons. Some even used spoons made of horn, bone or ceramic. Metal was reserved for horseshoes, wagon parts, keys and locks; not spoons. By the 1600s metal spoons started to be used more and the most important ones were made of silver. If someone was wealthy enough to ...


  • Hitchcock Chair

    Jun 9

    A classical American-styled chair once in nearly every household was the 'Hitchcock Chair'. It was developed by Lambert Hitchcock in Connecticut in 1819 in his chair factory. This early 1800s time period is known as the 'Federal Era' style furniture. Lambert Hitchcock came up with the method of making the parts of a chair and later developed kits ...


  • Salted vs Unsalted Butter

    Jun 7

    Your ancestors always had 'salted butter' even if they made their own butter at home. The reason is that salt is the best preservative. If the weather was good and the family could get fresh dairy from livestock to make butter, then they would have unsalted butter. Having the unsalted, fresh butter was desired but not always available. Having the ...


  • The Peacock Chair

    Jun 1

    You have all seen a peacock chair – that large rounded-back wicker chair. Especially look at old family photos, you may well see one that an ancestor is sitting in. Wicker furniture became popular in homes in the late 1800s. They were used also on porches and verandas so people sit and enjoy any breeze on hot days. People found it great insid...


  • Ancestors’ Social Life and School in the 1950s

    May 29

    With the end or near the end of the school year in 2021, it can be interesting to look at what life at school was like for any of your relatives or ancestors who attended classes in the 1950s. One thing was apparent, that fashion and dressing the accepted teenager way was very important to the older students. Boys loved the white buck shoes and...


  • Modern Technology

    May 27

    What we think as modern conveniences and gadgets in the 21st century were not even thought of during the 20th century. Yet, our ancestors thought they were using the most modern technology and gadgets available. Let us look at what your ancestors during most of the 20th century thought was modern. Housewives were thrilled to have a small box...


  • George Washington & Mount Vernon

    May 25

    As one does their own family tree, it can be interesting to explore about famous individuals and their lives. It helps to better understand certain historical periods in history that those famous people lived as well as your own family members. A great person to start with is President George Washington. Born Feb. 22, 1732 in the Colony of Virg...


  • Sandwich Glass

    May 23

    This is a unique American style of glassware with a sparkle and great designs. Your ancestors may have had at least one piece and maybe more. The unique name came from the town of Sandwich in Massachusetts. A former worker with the New England Glass Co., Deming Jarves, born in 1790, started his own glassworks in Sandwich, MA in 1825. His new co...