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  • Eastman Photo Collection

    Jan 23

    Everyone is familiar with Eastman when it comes to film and photos. To preserve such a legacy, there is the George Eastman Museum. It was George, a pioneer of popular photography and a leader in the development of motion picture film, who saw the need to preserve everyday and the unusual events on film. The Museum has a vast array of photos. One o...


  • Remember the Early 20th Century

    Jan 13

    Are you focused solely on your ancestors' lives during the 1800s and 1700s ?? Yet, you need to figure out how many of your direct ancestors were alive in the first half of the twentieth century (1900-1950)? Try this to see further: make a list of all your direct ancestors, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on, who were alive between ...


  • The Crinolinemania Craze

    Jan 7

    Yes, there were many crazes (fads) even in the 19th century, termed the Victorian Era. It was Queen Victoria of England, who took the throne in 1837, ushering in the Victorian period. Crinolines (lighter hoop skirts) were patented in the late 1850s, and quickly gained widespread popularity. The Victorian Era ended in 1901, at which point the thro...


  • California Birth Records 1905-1995

    Jan 5

    Do you have any relative born in the state of California between 1905 and 1995 (most of the 20th century)? Those records are in the form of an index collection which includes the name of the child, name of the mother, date of birth, and county and covers about 24,614,871 California births. The index is part of the online 'American'. ...


  • Your Ancestors Used Those Words?

    Jan 3

    Just like many things (buildings, technology, food, clothing styles, transportation, etc), words and phrases change over the years.   One area to have changed a good deal are the use of certain words and what they meant. Since the United States was a British colony for decades, many of their words and phrases were also used in America. There a...


  • New Years’ Day Open House

    Jan 1

    Celebrations, like any holiday, were marked by different traditions of our ancestors. In the Colonial-era (1700s) Americans greeted the New Year, (January 1st) with informal social gatherings often held in "open" houses. This custom originated in New Netherlands (New York) and quickly became popular in other parts of the country. So the celebrating...


  • A Little Productive Time Pays Dividends

    Dec 31

    For the new year here are ideas to increase your knowledge of your ancestors. How about setting aside a short period of time once a week, every other weekend or even once a month to do some research on your family tree? Here are a few approaches: Create a 'To-Do List' - start with just a few of the resources (census, state archives, military reco...


  • Cultural Christmas Customs

    Dec 23

    The different traditions and customs for the way Americans celebrate Christmas has actually a variety of many cultural traditions from other nations. Here are a few such cultural celebrations for Christmas as done by most Americans today. Those of German heritage have given much to the celebration of Christmas. There is the beginning of decorating...


  • Photos Over the Years

    Dec 17

    As you have done your family history research and covered many decades, some family relatives may have followed in the same occupation as their ancestors - a family tradition. Using the 'Old Photo Archive' online site you can view vintage photos of individuals at specific occupations at different time frames. They have about 80 plus categories to ...


  • Any Notorious and Famous Ancestors?

    Dec 11

    The idea you have a celebrity or infamous person in your family tree is one of the most intriguing aspects of doing one's family history. Of course, if doesn't mean you will but it can be fun searching. A free online site titled; '' just might give you a starting point. Here the creator, Rich Hall, has done most of the research on cel...