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  • Quaint Sayings

    May 1

    Yes, every family at all generations have quaint sayings or phrases used all the time. It can be interesting to look back over some of these and recall how many times you would hear them and especially which relative was known for saying each. They are sometimes referred to a hometown sayings or back porch advice. If you can recall some of your fa...

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  • Some Favorite Foods in the 1800s

    Apr 15

    To know everything about your ancestors, one major area is about the type of foods they may have enjoyed. Many of such meals are still enjoyed today having been handled down through the generations. However, there are a few, less consumed now-a-days. To start, 'Pressed Duck' was a favorite in the 1800s. The butchered duck would be semi-roasted in ...

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  • How to Get Younger People Interested in Genealogy

    Apr 11

    All ages find they really enjoy searching and learning about their ancestors once they get started. This true of younger people, say those under age 30. So here are some ways to spark the genealogy 'bug' in the younger folks. Find just one or two characteristics to the younger person what was also a characteristic of an ancestor. Such as any arti...

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  • A Historical Look at Dinner Time

    Mar 18

    How does your family eat dinner? Does everyone gather at the kitchen or dining room table and turn off their smartphones? Do you all grab a plate and sit in front of the TV? The way that families have eaten dinner has changed over time. NPR points out previous to the late 18th century, families did not eat dinner together. The reason has a lot t...

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  • Histography Puts Historic Events on a Timeline

    Jan 6

    Genealogists often focus on locating the vital records of their ancestors. Much effort is spent on trying to sort out where to put each ancestor on the family tree. These are both worthwhile activities. However, it leaves out a big piece of what your ancestor's life may have been like. Histography can help you fill in that part of the story. His...

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  • New Year’s Day Foods for Luck

    Dec 31

    People around the globe plan for the coming year, eager to get off to the best possible start! Many people will "eat for luck", those special foods that, by tradition, are supposed to bring them good luck. Throughout history, people have eaten certain foods on New Year's Day, hoping to gain riches, love, or other kinds of good fortune during the ...

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  • Holiday Interviewing of Relatives

    Dec 27

    Don't miss the opportunity during the holidays to pull aside one or two relatives at a time to begin asking questions about them or ancestors on the family tree. You might only meet with your aunt once or twice a year, use the time when you are together. Some ideas to help with your interviewing: Have a prepared list of questions. Be very spec...

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  • Christmas Day Dinner – Traditional

    Dec 25

    Here are some of the Christmas Day meals prepared at different times in America. This might be that type of special holiday meals you grandparents enjoyed. 1900 Christmas Dinner might have: Clam or Oyster Soup, Celery, Baked Fish, Hollandaise Sauce, Roast Turkey, Oyster Dressing, Celery or Oyster Sauce, Roast Duck, Onion Sauce, Baked Potatoes, S...

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  • Resources for Canadian Genealogists

    Dec 15

    Are you searching for information about your Canadian ancestors? Where you begin looking could depend on where you live. Genealogists who are Canadian might have access to resources that Americans would have difficulty accessing. Veterans Affairs Canada The Veterans Affairs Canada website has some resources that could be useful to genealogists....

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  • Hotel and Restaurant Menus of the 19th Century

    Dec 11

    The University of Houston has made available in digital format and placed online their collection of hotel, restaurant and steamship menus from across the country dating from the mid-1800s. What an opportunity to view the type of foods prepared and served to any of our ancestors who had the opportunity to eat at a restaurant or while traveling on...

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