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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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  • Cost of Living for our Ancestors

    Feb 13

    Here is an interesting aspect to research and add to information relating to your ancestors -- the cost of daily household items or special purchases. For example do some comparison of the cost of items used by your relatives and see quite a few differences. Of course there would be differences based on regions of the country to factor in also. ...

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  • Slang of the 1970s

    Jan 21

    It may not seem like that long ago, but the decade of the 1970s is 45 years ago, nearly half a century. Many of us along with our parents grew up during those years. Just like any other time frame, there were the unique clothing styles, fads and slang words used as was found in any other decade. It can be helpful when doing family research to be...

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  • Names in Wordle Word Cloud

    Jan 13

      This can be a fun project to work on a cold day this winter. Even if you do not have your family complete (and who does?), you do a long list of given names and / or surnames to create your own word cloud. Using the Wordle web site, it can be easily achieved. The more names you can add, especially repeating a surname, such as Johnson - say...

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  • Flu Season and other Illnesses

    Jan 7

    Holidays are over but many times these winter months can also bring on colds and especially the flu. With the 21st century medicine it is not so much a worry as an inconvenience dealing with the illness. This was not the case for our ancestors. Many people, young and old alike died during this time of year from such diseases. Today in fact many ...

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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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  • Online City – County Directories

    Dec 31

    An often overlooked research in locating where an ancestor lived are the city / county directories. You might only have idea of a region in a state where a relative lived but using directories, just might help narrow down the search. Directories vary over the decades, some providing just a person's name and the city they lived in. Others will in...

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  • Xmas – Origin

    Dec 23

    Many people today prefer that the holiday be written out as 'Christmas' but there a long standing tradition of using the 'X'. In 1436 Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press with movable type. In the early days of printing typesetting was done by hand and was very tedious and expensive. As a result, abbreviations were common. It first was u...

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  • Funny Things Your Ancestors Said

    Dec 19

    Every generation has its own collection of slang words or phrases. Some remain for several generations, others have a 'short life span'. Knowing some of these key words and terms can help you better understand a great grandparent's generation. Also at the next family gathering to see how many people can correctly identify. From the 1910s: ding-b...

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  • The History of Christmas Cards

    Dec 16

    Have you finished sending out all your Christmas cards? Sending Christmas cards out to family and friends is an longstanding tradition. As such, many of us take the time (and spend the money) to send a Christmas card to a long list of people. Some of them may be people we don't even connect with at any other time if the year. Have you ever wondered...

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