• 200 Years of Immigration to the U.S.

    May 19

    Over the years, people from various countries have immigrated to the United States. A website called Insightful Interaction has put together a visual guide that shows, at a glance, the number of immigrants that came to America from a certain country or specific area of the world during a particular decade. It includes the number of people obtaining...


  • California’s Old Series Trademarks

    May 4

    You can find some interesting and unexpected things on official Secretary of State's websites. For example, the California Secretary of State website has information about California's Old Series Trademarks. The things a family historian learns about the history of a state could provide insight into what the lives of his or her ancestors were like....


  • 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 ...


  • 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...


  • Leap Year–Leap Day

    Feb 29

      Every four years there is an extra day added to the calendar, always at the end of February and it is February 29. With the seasons and astronomical events (because the Earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days) changing over the years and only in whole numbers, it has become necessary to add the extra day every four years. ...


  • MyHeritage Launched Collection of Old Books

    Jan 27

    There is something special about old books. Many of them are no longer in print and cannot be ordered from your local bookstore or found at your local library. Genealogy societies and organizations might have their own collection of old books, which may not be accessible to those who don't belong to the group. MyHeritage has launched a collection o...


  • Reasons We have a Longer Lifespan than our Ancestors

    Jan 26

    According to the National Institute on Aging, most babies who were born in 1900 did not live past the age of 50. Today, people may live to be 80 years old. There are several reasons why we have a longer lifespan than our ancestors did. Childhood Vaccines The World Health Organization (WHO) states that immunization averts an estimated 2 to 3 mil...


  • Location of Hangings of the 1692 Victims Accursed as Witches

    Jan 20

    It has been recently confirmed through careful research of the exact location back in 1692 where a number of local Salem citizens were sentenced as witches (males and females), some hung and others sent to prison. Their trials were held in February 1692 and the hangings done in the summer months. The hanging site, known as Proctor’s Ledge, is a...


  • Identifying Those Who Sank on the USS Oklahoma

    Jan 19

    The USS Oklahoma was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A total of 429 men died when the ship capsized. The remains were recovered in 1943, but identification proved to be impossible at the time. Today, there is an effort being made to re-examine the bones and identify the those who sank on the USS Oklahoma. The USS Oklahoma as on ...


  • 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...