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  • History of the Polaroid Camera

    Dec 8

    The things that you grew up with, and look back upon with nostalgia, are probably foreign objects to your children. The games you played outside with the kids in your neighborhood have been replaced by video games (played with kids across the world). Today, teens get out their smartphones so they can take “selfies”. They might not quite underst...

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  • Lesser Used Records

    Dec 1

    Think you searched every official document -- well there just might be some other records you didn't think to try. First, your ancestor may have owned a dog and the hometown they lived in required a dog license. On that official form could be information (address and names) you didn't know about. Another overlooked resource are other census reco...

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  • Collections of U.S. Historic Photos

    Nov 7

    There is a saying: "A photo is a window into the lives of your ancestors." Never were there truer words. Many of us would given anything to have some image of a grandmother, great uncle, etc., but don't give up -- many people have located images of ancestors they never knew existed. Yes, there will be some that were never taken, so of course don't ...

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  • Family Home Movies Day

    Oct 18

    Oh yes - family home movies - whether they are 8 mm, Super 8, 16 mm film, or the old VHS tapes, they can be the most cherished family memories and can not be replaced. It can show a time, event and people that can not be repeated. Some family movies can even date to the early 1920s. However, those memories can be played, relived and shared with gen...

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  • Get Back on Track

    Oct 7

    Yes, it happens you have been away from actively doing your family tree and now you want to kick start the research. Or you have been working on the family history and are running into road blocks. Here are a few suggestions to 'get back on track' and have success. If you haven't already, go to the closest Family History Center (Church of the La...

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  • Vintage Book & Publication Images

    Oct 3

    There is more to knowing your ancestor's past besides their names, dates, and hometown. Many enjoyed reading books, magazines, newspapers and special publications; several of which had illustrations, drawings and photos. Even if you had an ancestor who couldn't read, they did enjoy looking over those drawings and photos of people, events and places...

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  • Census Reporter

    Sep 25

    We love using the state and US Federal censuses - filled with information. Now online is a special site to help you make a little more sense of the info in the census especially related to the people in the family hometown. It won't answer all your questions about your grandparents, but will provide insight to their hometown today. It does not go b...

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  • Curse Words Your Ancestors Used

    Sep 23

    Today, there are many people who express displeasure about the amount of curse words that they hear in TV shows and in popular music. The use of curse words, or swear words, isn't new! Your ancestors used quite a few of them. The curse words of yesteryear sound a whole lot tamer than the swear words you hear today. There is a wonderful blog call...

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  • Remembering 9/11 Anniversaries

    Sep 11

    This is the 13th anniversary of 9/11 -- the tragedy terrorist destruction of people and buildings when planes hit the two World Trade Centers in NYC, the Pentagon in Washington, DC and brought another plane down over Pennsylvania. Altogether, with the police and firemen who tried to save the victims, just under 3,000 died that day. Everyone knows w...

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  • Ways to Inspire Others to Learn their Family History

    Aug 12

    People who are not genealogists aren't always very interested in learning about their family history. Many see the research required as a tedious, time consuming, task. It looks a lot more like “homework” than like something that would be fun. Fortunately, there are ways to inspire people to learn their family history. The trick is to spark the...

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