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  • WDYTYA – Next Episode is Feb. 24th

    Feb 16

    No episode this Friday, February 17th, the next one is the following Friday, February 24th with the actor Blair Underwood on NBC at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time.  There were many surprises in store for Underwood as he journeyed to his original roots in the continent of Africa and then to his southern roots in America. There is always something ne...

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  • Baby Names – Popular Ones Over the Ages

    Jan 10

    There will be several new babies born the first part of January - New Year Babies - and it is always interesting to see what a child will be named.  We all have ancestors with some very unusual given names that make us stop to think --- what were their parents thinking? I have a set of great grandaunts in one family where the females all had rhym...

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  • A Potpourri of Genealogical Data

    Dec 29

    It is nice to come across an online site that has a large selection of sources and information for the family researcher.  Since 2006 there has been such a site titled Genealogy Trails which has compiled genealogical information from numerous sources. What makes this so amazing is that the collection of transcribed names, families, dates, facts, t...

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  • Pandemics and Your Ancestors-Part 2 – 20th Century

    Dec 14

    By the early 1900s there was a sharp decline in diphtheria and influenza.  With use of vaccination, smallpox was much less a threat. Areas were being cleaned up. The medicine sciences were learning the causes and treatments for some diseases. Yet, there would still be some major pandemics.  In Hawaii and then San Francisco the citizens suffered a...

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  • Pandemics and Your Ancestors – Part I

    Dec 12

    When an epidemic of an infectious disease kills thousands of humans across vast regions it is referred to as a ‘pandemic’.  It is far less common in the world in the 21st century, however throughout history in every location in the world our ancestors could find themselves in the midst of a pandemic. By understanding some of these regional and...

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  • History and Your Ancestors from Tennessee

    Nov 14

    An amazing online site titled; ‘Tennessee Virtual Archive’   has a superb series of collections which span the 19th and 20th century history, people, events and culture of Tennessee. This region dates back to the 18th century when it was part of North Carolina and even the short-lived State of Franklin which would ultimately become part of th...

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  • Panorama of Cincinnati in 1848

    Nov 4

    The mighty Ohio River flows alongside the city of Cincinnati, Ohio.  This city which looks south into Kentucky was first settled in 1788 and formally became a city in 1819.  With the advent of steam navigation on the Ohio River in 1811 and the building of the Miami and Erie Canal, the city witnessed a tremendous growth. It developed quickly, with...

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  • Additional Civil War Records from FamilySearch

    Oct 31

    So many family researchers have ancestors who were part of the American Civil War (1861-1865) that we are always looking for new and additional resources to help confirm or provide new information about those soldiers who served.  The FamilySearch web site had just added recently many new records, free to the public. There are now millions of new ...

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  • The Photo Faces of America

    Oct 13

    The United States Library of Congress has joined with the online photo site ‘Flickr’ to help bring the massive collection of photo images to the homes of researchers. Inspecting this homepage offers up such a variety of topics. Known as the Library of Congress’ Photostream, there are seventeen major set of photos.  They range from images...

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  • Getting the Most from the U. S. 1880 Federal Census

    Oct 5

    The 1880 U.S. Federal Census, under U.S. President was Rutherford B. Hayes, was the tenth enumeration of the United States population and represented more than a 30% growth in the country compared to the 1870 census. Many of our ancestors came from Europe, Canada, South America or Asia during the 1860s and 1870s, so it is understandable the nation...

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