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Monday Recap for September 23, 2013

Posted September 23, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment

Start your week off right with these interesting genealogy and family history articles! The Genealogy Sphere DNA Stories: Did She Marry Her Cousin? (The Huffington Post) – Genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak shares how she used DNA testing to tackle her own family history Clues in Cookbooks (Genealogy Tip of the Day) – Great tip to look into the cookbooks of your ancestors for clues Tombstone’s origin a cold case mystery that’s finally solved (The Daily… Read the full story

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Honoring the Past: Jewelry and Your Family Tree

Posted September 19, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments

If you’re lucky enough to have tons of old family photos stored in your home, chances are they are tucked away in a box, perhaps in a closet, never to see the light of day. Your old family photographs are just waiting for you to bring them to light in a creative, unique display in your home. Check out how a few crafty folks have created some beautiful pieces of jewelry to display their family… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 16, 2013

Posted September 16, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Check out some interesting articles you may have missed! The Genealogy Sphere Effective Genealogy Writing: Tips to Attract Family Members to Family History (The Huffington Post) – Are you a genealogy writer? Here are some good tips to attract your family to your genealogy This girl ages into an old woman before your eyes without you noticing ( – An impressive video showing the aging process using a composit of portraits from related, multi-generational family… Read the full story

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A Little Fresh Air – An Odd Invention of the Early 20th Century

Posted September 12, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment

There have been a great many products invented over the years and if you have any imaginative inventors in your family, you may have come across some of their patents during your family history research, some successful, some maybe not so successful. Generally speaking, new inventions intend to provide improvements or benefits to a person’s life. During the early 20th century, people began to move in larger numbers into the cities. Attracted by the promise… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 9, 2013

Posted September 9, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment

Check out some interesting articles from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere Scientists as Kids: 18 Science & Tech Luminaries When They Were Youngsters (Huffington Post) – Check out some childhood photos of famous scientists Do You Have an Artificial Brick Wall? (Reclaiming Kin blog) – Interesting article about you “brick wall” Remembering Mararethe (The Legal Genealogist blog) – Judy Russell remembers the short life of her third great grandparents’ young daughter The map that… Read the full story

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Back to School: Continuing the Family Legacy

Posted September 6, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment

It’s that time of year again! Back-to-school season is upon us in the U.S. as children get ready to start the new school year. Do you have little ones in your family about to start their first day of school? As you are researching your family history, you may find a tradition of relatives, generation after generation, attending the same schools. In many cases, family’s that share deep roots within a community and have stayed relatively… Read the full story

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Recap for September 3, 2013

Posted September 3, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

We hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! Here’s your weekly genealogy round-up to get the new week started. The Genealogy Sphere Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You ( – An interesting article about your ancestors’ sleep patterns American Woodmen – A Black Benevolent Society (My Ancestor’s Name blog) – Learn about the African American fraternal society The American Woodmen. Were your ancestors involved in fraternal societies? Harold and Ruth Knapke, Married 65 Years,… Read the full story

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50 Years Later: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream

Posted August 28, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’” Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. On August 28, 1963, over 200,000 people marched to Washington, D.C. to participate in a peaceful civil rights rally known as the March on Washington. From… Read the full story

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Family Tree Tuesday – Oliver Winchester

Posted August 27, 2013 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
Oliver Winchester

Oliver Winchester was an American businessman and politician. He was known for manufacturing and marketing the Winchester repeating rifle. He discovered that a division of Smith & Wesson firearms was failing financially with one of their newly patented arms during the time he was a clothing manufacturer. Winchester took the opportunity and acquired the Smith & Wesson division (known as the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company) with other stockholders in 1850. The name of the company… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for August 26, 2013

Posted August 26, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Want a quick genealogy fix? Check out a few related articles below! The Genealogy Sphere The Three Critical C’s of Collaboration: Concern, Care, and Comfort (The Huffington Post) – Scott Phillips shares what he believes are the great hallmarks of the genealogy community The Largest Ancestry Groups In The United States (Business Insider) – Interesting to see the break down of the country’s largest ancestry groups based on census data More Amazing Genealogical Myths (Genealogy’s… Read the full story