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  • Hometown Traditions at Christmas Time

    Dec 25

    Just like our ancestors had different traditions and customs within their own family, so would each hometown vary in how their celebrated the holidays. One tradition that is found throughout the decades in the 20th and into the 21st centuries is that of Christmas parades, many of which have carried on this traditions for 60 plus years. There wil...

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  • Hints to Get Grandma to ‘Talk’

    Dec 15

    With the family getting together over the next few weeks, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about some the family tales, stories and legends. Of course that is not always easy to get a grandparent, great aunt or uncle to open up and starting telling some family stories. So here are a few suggestions to get the conversation started. First...

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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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  • Did You Think To Ask?

    Nov 25

    Thanksgiving is in two days, and you will be visiting with different family members over the next few days or by the December holiday season. So this is your opportunity, don't miss it. Focus on one or a couple different relatives to ask the following - the most often forgotten questions to make the family history more complete. Be prepared befo...

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  • Grandma Used It

    Nov 17

    As antiques can be referred to as 'old dusty objects' they were also very important everyday objects with a purpose for our ancestors. Of course today, if such an object is no longer used, its name and purpose can be lost to the ages. Yet to better understand the life led by our relatives, whether 50 years or 150 years ago, we have to understand wh...

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  • Heart Breaking Photos of 1930s-40s

    Sep 29

    As part of the economic recovery forged by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, professional photographers were sent across the United States to record on photo film the life, events, conditions and spirit of Americans during the 1930s. Since the beginning of the Great Depression, the end of 1929, people across the country had a rough time just putting...

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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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  • Family Church – Religion

    Sep 9

    Often overlooked are the numerous resources connected or relating to a family's church or religion. It not just the fact if a family was Presbyterian, Baptist, Catholic, etc, but more what valuable bits of information can be contained by checking the family's church. First is to see if there was a family Bible, here is where the generations' of ...

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  • Canadian Photos – 19th Century to end of 20th

    Aug 7

    Related FamilyTree.com genealogy blogs: Nationalization Index for Canada Library & Archives of Canada /> The Toronto, Canada Public Library has placed one million Canadian photos online as a digital archive. To the right side is the list of seven different categories of photos. They go from people, places in Toronto, buildings, farms, ...

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  • Small Town News

    Jul 31

    Related FamilyTree.com genealogy blog links: New York Newspapers Various Hometown Newspapers   The printed newspapers are going by the wayside with media being in digital form now, but luckily the print newspaper was a steady staple of most hometowns for decades. Those reporters wrote about the community, its people, society events, good a...

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