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  • Family Heritage Month

    Jul 28

    The month of August is known as 'Family Heritage Month.' So what is family heritage? By definition: Researching your family tree would help you gain a sense of your personal heritage. It is those cultural traits passed down through the generations from great grandparents to grandparents to parents. It can include personality and skill traits, such ...

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  • Shocking Things to Learn about Your Ancestors

    Jul 21

      Sometimes you think you know all about your great grandmother or a great uncle, but the part that might shock you the most to learn is their everyday life style, the social customs of the day. Things have changed over the last 50 plus years and so has how people act in their everyday lives. Here are some examples of some surprising element...

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  • Family Researchers – Use of Time. Try these Six Steps…

    Feb 20

      Everyone needs to set aside time to work on their family tree. It can make a lasting contribution to knowing our ancestral lineage and definitely additional information more about those relatives who helped get us where we are today. Nothing helps be more productive then having a few suggestions of how to wisely use your time in relationsh...

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  • Canadian Gravesites

    Feb 15

    With the United States and Canada as neighbors as well as many people having moved to one or the other country over the decades, it is important to have family history resources for both countries. You never know when a missing ancestors from Newfoundland was in New York for a few years and then returned to Canada or a native from Michigan travel...

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  • Winter Time — Do Those Relative Interviews

    Feb 9

    One of the most valuable resources could be a phone call away. It is relatives that you can interview, ask questions, exam their photo collection, etc to learn more about your family lineage. With this being winter time and many people are home, making a phone call, maybe a visit to a relative to interview them is great timing. If calling, make ...

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  • How to Tell a First Cousin from a Second Cousin

    Jan 20

    Most people can easily identify who their great-grandparents are. It isn't incredibly difficult to figure out who your aunts and uncles are (and to sort out which are “blood relatives”). Cousins, however, can be more difficult to figure out. Here are some tips to help you tell a first cousin from a second cousin. It might be just fine to int...

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  • Slang of the 1960s

    Jan 9

    The 1960s was such a transition from established-traditional lifestyles to a more carefree-anything goes attitude. You surely have relatives who lived during that decade and remember it well. As with every decade there are certain words and phrases one can associate with the era. The words can come from events happening, music styles, cultural ...

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  • Skills Your Great Grandparents Had That You Don’t

    Jan 6

    It seems like every generation laments about how little the younger generations know. In general, this complaint is about the skills that the older generations learned and the younger generations don't know how to do. There are several skills that your great grandparents had that you probably have no idea how to do. Writing Letters Today, peo...

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  • New Years Day Postcards

    Jan 1

    The tradition of sending postcards was equal to sending Emails, Twitters or Facebook messages today. It was a simple and easy way to stay in touch, express feelings and an offer of something pretty, funny or charming for a friend of family member to have. The hay day of sending postcards was from the 1890s to the 1920s. Every holiday, season or sp...

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  • Thanksgiving Meals—Vintage

    Nov 26

    To get an idea of what your ancestors might have had for their Thanksgiving meal go to the local newspapers. Using Chronicling America (free), Newspapers.com and NewspaperArchives (both with a free trial and fee based) and plugging in a specific year or range of years and locations can producing some interesting information. Use some key words...

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