• Family Name – Our Connection to Our Ancestors

    Jan 19

    Besides the DNA (genes) you inherited from your ancestors, one of the most important elements to tie you to your ancestors is a surname. It appears most surnames originated due to certain factors. They are geography or location, geographical features, an occupation, personal - physical characteristics, an estate name, your ancestry, or patronage....


  • 1790 US Census

    Jan 17

    You just might have an ancestor who was recorded on the very first United States Federal Census done. It was made a Federal government law that the first census began more than a year after the inauguration of President George Washington and shortly before the second session of the first Congress ended. The law was signed March 1, 1790. Congress as...


  • Mobile Phone App for Searching

    Jan 13

    Most family history researchers are familiar with 'Chronicling America' newspaper collection covering from 1789 to 1963. Using one's mobile phone (smartphone) has developed into an important instrument in research. There is an app titled 'OldNews USA' which can help you locate the newspaper articles and stories from Chronicling America using your s...


  • Finding Letters

    Jan 11

    Always be on the outlook for any letters or postcards written by your ancestors. Besides having a small piece by having their writings / thoughts, it can give you insight to them as a person. A good example was the recent find of a letter to Father Chrisman at the North Pole (Santa Claus) on December 2, 1898, by a five-year-old Marjorie from Eastb...


  • Expanding the Date for Public Domain

    Jan 9

    It has been 21 years (1998) since any changed to the date that all works could be in the public domain. The cut off year was 1923, anything prior to that year would be in the public domain and from 1923 to the present was protected by copyright laws. It now has changed and on January 1, 2019, the change now is to include the full year of 1923 now ...


  • Quill Pens and Inkwells

    Jan 7

    We treasure our ancestor's written letters, diaries or journals kept over the decades but think of what they may have written those with so many years ago. Inkwells were a very common household item until the early 20th century when the fountain pen became popular. The shape, sizes and what they were made of varied over the years. This small jar f...


  • Woman Riding Bicycles in the Late 1800s

    Jan 5

    Your great grandmother could have been one of those ladies in the late 1800s who gained their mobile freedom by riding a bicycle. Yes, ladies had carriages, wagons and horses, but a personal bike ... that was something else!! As women learned to ride bicycles they not only gained physical mobility that broadened their horizons beyond the neighborh...


  • Look at Historic Events on a Specific Day

    Jan 5

    You always want to know important dates related to your ancestors, such as their birth-marriage and death date. Once you have gathered the month, day and year, a really interesting aspect to add is any historical events that occurred on that very date. You could focus on the years that an ancestor lived or cover the years before, during and after t...


  • New Year Baby

    Jan 1

    Many cultures recognize and celebrate when a baby is born on New Years Day – a new beginning – a new year. The symbol of an old man 'Father Time' representing the old year but a baby represents a new year – a fresh start. The concept started in 600 B.C. with the Greeks, though the early Egyptians can also be given credit for using a baby as ...


  • New Years Traditions

    Dec 31

    Your grandparents and their parents knew how to celebrate the coming in of a new year. Here is a look at some of those forgotten traditions. New Years Tree See not just a Christmas tree but putting up a different tree and decorating it for the new year. This dates back to the 1600s. Placing on the tree in the house or place of work was very com...