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  • Selfie-Day

    Jun 21

    Yes, there is now a special day to recognize taking 'selfies'. Just like you might any day, simply take your smartphone out of your pocket or purse, and take a selfie. Better yet, get a couple friends, and take a selfie with them. Of course, with a group of friends that might be a 'groupie'. Make sure to put on as big smile. And, don't forget to po...

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  • What was Science Fiction to Your Ancestors

    Jun 15

    For your ancestors in the 1920s into the 1950s, what was science fiction stories, illustrations, or movies has inspired technology that we use today. Little did our ancestors really imagine that today's everyday devices were first illustrated decades earlier. It is amazing how 'close' to maybe predicting the future many of these stories and illustr...

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  • Neighborhood Maps

    Jun 9

    The opportunity has now increased to view some of the vintage neighborhood maps done over the early years of the 20th century by the Sanford Fire Insurance Company. Placed online by the Library of Congress are about 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps representing over 3000 city sets online. Each month additional maps will be added until 2020 bring ...

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  • National Trails Day

    Jun 3

    America has always and still is a collection of trails, starting from the Atlantic coastline across the nation to the Pacific. Your ancestors at some point followed some trail, either by walking, in a wagon, on horses, by railroad or in a car to some other location in America. They may have gone on a business trip, a pleasure trip to visit family o...

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  • Japanese Internment Newspapers

    Jun 1

    One of the more interesting new additions to the National Library of Congress are the digital copies of newspapers done in the early 1940s by Japanese-Americans held at Federal internment camps for the Japanese. With some 120,000 Japanese-American just from the west coast of the United States placed in numerous camps, they needed to new life. Their...

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  • Settlers in South Australia

    May 31

    The early pioneers to the southern portion of Australia could have been some of your family tree if you had ancestors from Australia. Finding portrait of many of those early pioneers are now online and available. Beginning in December 1871 and into 1873, a photographer, Henry Jones, assembled those pioneers and doing their formal portrait. For the...

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  • Texas Photos

    May 27

    William Deming Hornaday over his years of the late 1800s into the 20th century he collected about 5,818 photographs, photographic postcards, photo engravings and negatives. They covered sites across Texas, particularly Brownsville, El Paso, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley but also photos of places outside the United States. It is housed no...

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  • What Your Mom and Grandmother Weren’t Allowed

    May 13

    Our female ancestors worked to earn their right to vote during the suffrage movement of 1800s into early 1900s, before the constitutional amendment was finally passed in 1920. Yet females were still faced with oppression over the years, even during the 1950s into early 1970s. So your own mother and grandmother had to deal with certain things they w...

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  • National Teacher Day

    May 7

    In 2017, National Teacher Day is May 9th. It is the Tuesday of the first full week of May. Teachers certainly are among the most deserving individuals over the decades. This day honors those hard working, patient and understanding people whom we entrust our children to. Teachers mold our kids in a positive direction, affecting who they are and who...

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  • Connecticut Veterans of WW One

    Apr 23

    The Connecticut State Library at Hartford has many different databases but one very important represents the 100th anniversary of the United States's entrance into 'the Great War' (WW One) in April 1917. The database has nearly 13,000 records for men who served, not just from Connecticut but also neighboring states. It is organized by the counti...

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