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The End of Prohibition

Posted December 5, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
Evil spirits be gone! Prohibition shut down St. Louis Breweries but didn't stop the flow of alcohol

Eighty years ago today, Prohibition ended in the United States, lifting the national ban of alcohol throughout the nation. Between 1920 – 1933, the production, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages was prohibited across the country. Although the motivation to pass the 18th Amendment to the U.S. constitution was to curb the adverse effects of drinking on society, the Prohibition had the unintended consequence of stimulating a rampant underground of organized and widespread criminal activity. The… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 2, 2013

Posted December 2, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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We hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! Here’s a quick roundup of some interesting articles you may have missed: Image: Mabel’s War: Diaries of World War I nurse / Daily Mail UK The Genealogy Sphere A life remembered: Ninety years later, marker placed on infant’s grave ( – After ninety years, a gravestone is finally placed on an infant’s grave Mabel’s War: Diaries of World War One nurse reveal lives of horrifically injured soldiers… Read the full story

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Famous Descendants of the Mayflower

Posted November 28, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy Thanksgiving! A holiday known just as much for bringing families together as the food everyone partakes in, Thanksgiving holds a special place in the hearts of America. The First Thanksgiving The very first Thanksgiving can be traced to 1621. In 1620, the 102 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower arrived to the New World. After enduring a harsh winter where only half of the Mayflower‘s original passengers and crew survived, the settlers were aided the next spring… Read the full story

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5 Family Activities For This Thanksgiving

Posted November 27, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
Happy Thanksgiving

This Thursday the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving! As a day reserved for family and friends to come together and share a traditional feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and other delicious dishes, Thanksgiving is also an opportunity for everyone to give thanks and share stories. With the entire family gathered together, it’s a great time to do a little genealogical digging. Here are five ways to get your family to share some family history this holiday:… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 25, 2013

Posted November 25, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Take a genealogy break with these great articles from the past week! How My Sister Tracked Down a Family for Old Photos Found in a Thrift Store Dresser / Family Tree Magazine The Genealogy Sphere How My Sister Tracked Down a Family for Old Photos Found in a Thrift Store Dresser (Family Tree Magazine blog) – A treasure trove of photos discovered in a dresser is reunited with its family Scattered by storm, mementos find… Read the full story

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Remembering John F. Kennedy

Posted November 22, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was fatally shot by a sniper while traveling with his wife, Jacqueline, in an open motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Celebrated as one of the most beloved Presidents of the United States, his death shocked the entire nation. In honor of his memory, let’s take a look at his life and legacy as we remember him on the anniversary… Read the full story

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Royal Family: Celebrating 66 Years of Marriage

Posted November 20, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Today Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary! The couple met when the then Princess Elizabeth was only 13 years old. It was love at first sight for the young princess and throughout her teen years, the pair continuously exchanged letters. In 1946, Prince Philip asked King George VI for his daughter’s hand in marriage. The King granted his request provided any formal engagement was delayed until Elizabeth turned 21 the following April. On November… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 18, 2013

Posted November 18, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Check out some great genealogy articles! Image: How fast could you travel across the U.S. in the 1800s? / The Genealogy Sphere 5 Genealogy Research Techniques That Have Nothing To Do With Documents (The Ancestor Hunt blog) – Awesome research tips that go beyond documents Youngest WW1 soldier fought in the Somme aged 13 (DailyMail) – Documents reveal the youngest soldier to fight in the trenches was 13. He fought for six weeks before… Read the full story

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Death Certificate of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Posted November 15, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

One of the most important records in genealogy is an individual’s death certificate. Bursting with vital information, death certificates can be that key document to unlocking your family’s long standing mysteries and brick walls. Let’s discover what information can be found in death certificate by taking a close look at the death certificate of Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura Ingalls Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder was born February 7, 1867 in… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 11, 2013

Posted November 11, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment

It’s Veterans Day in the U.S. Spend a few minutes this holiday by checking out these great articles! The Genealogy Blog Manhattan’s Forgotten Graveyards, Under Public Parks, Famous Hotels and Supermarkets (The Huffington Post) – He’s a chilling thought, while visiting one of New York’s many parks and squares, it’s likely you’re standing on land that was once a cemetery Mugshots from the 1920s are Significantly Cooler Thank Mugshots from Today ( – See some fascinating… Read the full story