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  • Postcards – Seeing in the Past

    Oct 13

    At the Lake County, Illinois Discovery Museum are the Curt Teich Collection of postcards from 1897 to 1978. Teich Archives have over 400,000 postcards of more than 10,000 towns and cities in Canada and United States along with many foreign countries. It includes the largest collection of numerous locations along the famous United States Route 66, t...

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  • Google Tricks

    Oct 7

    On the Internet, a search engine is essential. The most well-known and maybe most used is 'Google'. There is even now the saying; 'Just Google it'. To be more effective in your searching for your family history, here are a few tips or ideas to use the search engine more efficiently. Maybe you need to find a specific phrase or saying, first use q...

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  • Boys in Blue of Illinois

    Mar 5

    During the American Civil War (1861-1865), the 'Boys in Blue' were the Federal Union army soldiers. Those in the Southern Confederacy were considered the 'Boys in Gray'. Both due to the color of the uniform. If you had an ancestor who served from the many Illinois (Union) Army regiments, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library has s...

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  • Add Data to Scanned Family Photos

    Feb 19

      One of the best activities you can do to help preserve the family heritage is to scan the numerous family photos. That includes gathering those collections of photos from other family members. During the cold winter months or in the heat of summer, set aside time to at least start or finish that project. It is so great to have all those ima...

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  • Digital Scrapbook

    Jan 31

    With these very cold and snowy weeks coming in February, it will be an excellent time to get some of the scanning of the vintage family photos. Better yet, start creating on your computer a complete digital scrapbook -- one that can later be shared easily with family members. When the traditional cut and paper scrapbook is put together, there is ...

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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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  • 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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  • Alabama on My Mind – Archive Photos

    Jul 19

    Was the state of Alabama a place of residence for any of your ancestors, then you will want to check out the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History Digital Collections. Of special interest is the Alabama Photographs and Pictures Collection. This large image collection has over 15,000 pictures, illustrations and photographs relating to Alabama ove...

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  • Send Free Vintage Postcards as e-cards

    Jul 8

    The WikiTree.com site has recently added a very nice feature -- one where you can send from their collection a free vintage postcard as an e-card to anyone with an email address. I just sent a birthday e-card today for my cousin, who turns 70 years old today. It is not just birthday postcards available, but a large range of postcards. At the turn ...

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  • Make a Neat Gallery of Words / Names

    May 7

    A fun activity you can do by yourself or with the family is a gallery in different shapes and sizes all containing a collection of names, words, events, etc -- whatever you select. The online site Tagxedo helps you create an interesting design and you put what you want in it. You can select different fonts and colors. Experiment with it. Start wi...

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