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  • 1941-1945 Yearbooks

    Nov 19

    From the National World War II Museum, they have a site online titled "See You Next Year." It refers to the school yearbooks produced across the United States during the war years of the early 1940s. Presently there are some 42 but more are being added. From the youth, some who then went off for military training and to serve during the war, the...

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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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  • Old Phone Books

    Nov 5

    When searching for cousins, great aunts, or grandparents, it can be very helpful to find an address of where they did or presently live. The online site titled 'Old Phone Book' can take you back 20 years to 1994 and allows you to search across the United States for individuals who were listed in a phone book. Keep in mind the family or person yo...

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  • Pronounce That !

    Nov 1

    So many family surnames, it can be headache to keep them all straight. It could be even more difficult to pronounce the name correctly. Using the online site 'Hear Names', you can hear the pronunciation for most surnames and given names. Not only can you hear a name spoken in English, but you even have it said in another language. There are seve...

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  • Familypedia

    Oct 29

    Just like having an encyclopedia on family ancestors, the online site of Familypedia, is a web site with 167,770 online articles about deceased individuals plus another 277,546 genealogy-related pages and growing! People are encouraged to create a new web page for any individual at any time. The best is that any user can also edit each existing ...

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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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  • Comical Family History Sayings

    Oct 5

    Every hobby or occupation has its funny and humorous sayings -- genealogy (family history) is no exception. Here is a sampling and see how many describe you and your family research to a 'T'. Genealogy is all about 'chasing your tale.' If your family members won’t talk about a particular relative (a black sheep) that means it is really int...

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  • Props in Photos – Real Life?

    Oct 1

    When gathering, scanning then labeling your vintage photos, don't always believe everything in a photo, especially those before and just after the beginning of the 20th century. It was quite common to have one's portrait or a group family photo taken by a photographer and props were added. There might be a radio in the scene, but the family didn't...

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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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  • Let Me Ask You This, Grandma

    Sep 27

    Stop - Make the Time to ask certain family related questions of your parents and grandparents before it becomes to late. However, there is a right way to approach a relative so they don't feel overwhelmed. First, they may not feel like talking about themselves - being modest is a big factor. So start slow and do have patience. Always explain why...

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