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  • 1906–Photos of Everyday People

    Oct 14

    How things can change and others events remain the same after one hundred years. Viewing photos can really help put us back in another time and place, providing us today with a sense of how our ancestors lived. Generally we only see photos from the turn of the 20th century as formal portraits, staged images in a conventional studio. However, ther...

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  • Patriot Day 9/11

    Sep 11

    With such a national tragedy as occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington, D. C. and the fields of southwestern Pennsylvania, everyone's lives were deeply affected. Now that it is the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, some people may be ready to talk more about their feelings and reactions that day and the weeks that followed. ...

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  • End of the Month Routine

    Aug 31

    This was a long month, just like July was with only one major holiday.  So with the end of the month, if you have not done so already, this would be an excellent time to make sure you have done a complete computer backup of your family history research. If you use a software program such as FamilyTree Maker, make a backup of the entire family bran...

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  • Collect Ancestral Signatures

    Jun 26

    A really interesting collection to have with your family history are the signatures of your ancestors. Not all of your relatives will have available signatures because mostly they did not know how to read or write. Those are the ones who simply had to sign their name with an ‘X’, known as making their mark, were then witnessed by someone who di...

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  • Transcribe Old Documents

    Jun 24

    As you gather the vital records, letters, diaries and journals there are a couple things you should do.  If you have the scanning equipment, do a scan of the complete document and label the image. Keep those in a computer folder for the family lineage it belongs to. You will find you want to refer back to information on that document several times...

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  • Smile for the Camera

    Jun 8

    Most of us have one or more old family photos, I’m talking very old, dating back to the 19th century. Did you stop to look that no matter who is in the photo or the occasion, that no one is smiling?  First, think about it, neither are any portraits that were painted by artists, before photography became available, is a person smiling. That is be...

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  • Lost and Found Family Treasures

    Apr 29

    It is amazing how many of a family’s heirlooms; such as photos, journals, silverware, letters, samplers, Bibles, etc. can eventually belong to a collector, be in an antique shop, sold in an auction or in a yard sale. Fortunately, there are many individuals who have made it their mission to attempt to get such family artifacts - their ‘treasures...

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  • The Eradication of an Ancestor’s Cemetery

    Jan 18

    That sounds pretty harsh, not only the closing to any further burials, but then the eradication and total destruction of a cemetery where one’s ancestors have been at peace and rest for decades.  The very thought does not even sound possible, but it is true and it has happened, even in more recent times. It might be imaginable that a tiny pri...

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  • Preservation of Newspapers, Scrapbooks and Photos

    Jan 2

    Sometimes it can be amazing now long certain heirlooms we possess have lasted over the years. Yet, the question arises, how many have faded, been torn or even crumbled and lost to the ages?  So that is why it is so important to make every effort to preserve those documents, photos and paper items now. Newspapers were never meant to last. They w...

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  • Why Keep Old Family Stuff (Oh, I Mean Heirlooms)?

    Oct 17

    Some families are very fortunate that many personal items from their grandparents or earlier ancestors have remained in the family lineage and passed down over the decades. In some cases there is so much that has been saved, that some people feel overwhelmed keeping so much of someone else’s property or stuff. However, there are solutions to k...

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