• Family Home by Sears – in the Mail

    Aug 7

    From the early dawn of the 20th century, the Sears & Roebuck Mail Order Catalog has been in most family homes. That is one item, the large 1,000 to 1,400 page catalog that would be in every home. Anything, clothing, telephone, sewing machine, tools, etc you could want that was manufactured at that time could be ordered from Sears using t...


  • CCC Projects of the 1930s

    Aug 5

    You more than likely had ancestors who found life difficult especially during America's Great Depression-era of the 1930s. Even if they did have work, their pay may have been cut and some good and products were hard to get. The good times of the 1920s were over. With an unemployment rate of 25%, the new US President Roosevelt needed to he...


  • Collections from Pomona, CA Library

    Aug 3

    Pomona, California is one of the cities in Los Angeles County in California, located in the Pomona Valley. It is just 30 miles east of the city of Los Angeles. In the last census in 2010 there were about 149,000 residents. It has been an incorporated city since January 1888. The Pomona Public Library has put together a vast collection of d...


  • 1911 Heatwave

    Jul 31

    A good deal of very hot weather across much of the United States during July 2020 but your ancestors had their share of major heat waves. It is good to check if you had relatives in the areas hit with such major heat waves to see if they were affected. One major heatwave was in July of 1911 along the east coast with temperatures in 90s for...


  • Railroads Across US

    Jul 29

    Travel for your ancestors really changed for the better on May 10, 1869. That was when the joining of the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroads was complete, making transcontinental railroad travel possible. The work began in 1862 and took 7 years to complete. Before that the train routes were piece-meal, plus taking stagecoaches,...


  • Roaring 1920s—the Get-Rich Scams

    Jul 27

    Your grandparents who lived during the 1920s, may have been a part of many 'get-rich scams'. With numerous ordinary citizens now having rising incomes and new conveniences available to them such as refrigerators, washing machines and telephones, many individuals were trying new ideas to gather even more wealth. After all, this was...


  • Old Sayings

    Jul 25

    A great collection to add to anyone's family history are the old-times says that you, your parents, grandparents or great grandparents used during their lives. Depending on your age, many of these you will recognize and others not at all. Image young people under the age of 30 having any idea of these phrases and sayings. Stay Tuned – ref...


  • Facts about George Washington

    Jul 17

    Just like is great to learn about the background of an ancestor; how they grew up, their education, their trade skills, any hardships they had to deal it – all which helps define a person in adult life. We can examine a well-known American – the first US President – George Washington to learn more on his background to see what help sha...


  • Changes to America after the Spanish Flu

    Jul 15

    Spanish flu of 1918-1919 was nearly forgotten about until 2020 COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe. Everyone speaks of the Great War, (World War One) with many people and programs marking its anniversary in 2017-2019. There were also many who have researched to see if their ancestors served during the war. The numbers are high back th...


  • Tightlacing of Victorian / Edwardian Times

    Jul 14

    There are many examples of Victorian and Edwardian photographs (1850s-1910) of pretty women with incredibly thin waists. Yet, many of those studio photos were edited by the photographer or someone else to make these women’s waists look thinner than they really were. They would essentially just paint over whatever they didn’t want to show...