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Strange Royal Epithets in History

Posted September 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have royal ancestors in your family tree? You may be familiar with some of the epithets that follow their names. An epithet is an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned. Many figures throughout history are remembered and referred to by their epithets, long after they are deceased. A familiar one from history may be Richard the Lionheart, who earned his nickname because of his reputation… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 8, 2014

Posted September 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Have a great weekend? Kickstart your week with these articles from around the web. Image: 1900: “Visions of 2000″ / Retronaut The Genealogy Sphere 1900: “Visions of 2000″ (Retronaut) – See how people of the 1900s envisioned the future How a mysterious box of photos sent an Evanston couple halfway around the world (Chicago Reader) – For a quarter century, this couple have been trying to figure out the identity of the photographer responsible for a… Read the full story

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Patents: George Eastman and the Roll Film Camera

Posted September 4, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment

Do you remember the days when cameras used film rolls? Today most of us take photos digitally, either with our phones, tablets or a digital camera and it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always so easy to snap a picture. Nearly fifty years after the world was first introduced to the daguerrotype, American inventor and entrepreneur George Eastman sought to find a way to make photography less cumbersome and easier for the average person… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 1, 2014

Posted September 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Who are you researching this Labor Day weekend? Take a break with these articles from around the web! Image: 100 Year Old Life Hacks that Still Work Today / The Genealogy Sphere Tuesday’s Tip – Records from Mental Hospitals (Your Swedish Heritage blog) – A great tip to check mental hospital records in your research The Well-Dressed Couple Again and Solving a Group Photo Mystery (Family Tree Magazine blog) – Photo detective Maureen Taylor figures… Read the full story

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Etiquette: A 19th Century Guide

Posted August 28, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment

Growing up, our parents taught us to be polite and practice good manners - say your “pleases” and “thank yous,” hold the door for others, don’t talk with your mouth full, etc. And as we grew up, we strive to pass along these best practices to our children. During the 19th century, etiquette guides were a booming business. To the people of the Victorian Era, practicing good manners was essential to all social interactions. Many books were written… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for August 25, 2014

Posted August 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Make any great genealogy finds this this weekend? Kickstart your week with these family history articles from around the web! Image: Nephew finds WW2 PoW’s grave in Poland after 29 years / BBC News The Genealogy Sphere Still ‘Drinkable’: 200-Year-Old Booze Found in Shipwreck (LiveScience) – Cheers! Researchers discover well preserved bottle of alcohol in shipwreck 15 Century-Old Toys We Still Want to Buy (mental_floss) – Did your ancestors play with any of these toys? Man… Read the full story

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Your Stories: Connecting with Norwegian Relatives

Posted August 21, 2014 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Discovering your family history is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. We always love to hear stories from our users about their journeys as they research their genealogy. In 2012, Kitty Cooper launched Kitty Cooper’s Blog to keep track of her family’s DNA tests as well as her genealogical research. Written for her relatives with simple step-by-step pictorial explanations, the blog soon became extremely popular for her articles on genetics and genealogy…. Read the full story

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The World’s Earliest Photos

Posted August 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Nothing brings a genealogist more joy than the discovery of old family photographs. These pictures give us faces to the names on our family trees and bring with them stories that help enhance our understanding of how our relatives once lived. Today, we can instantly preserve and share memories with anyone around the world with just a click of a button. However, while it’s hard to imagine now, it hasn’t always been so easy to snap a… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for August 18, 2014

Posted August 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Take a break from your Monday grind with these fascinating articles from the past week! Image: 100 Years On: Uncovering the Identities of Missing WW1 Soldiers / Readers Digest UK The Genealogy Sphere Long-lost family Bible returned to East Vandergrift woman ( – After 40 years, a family Bible is finally returned Heartrending letter exhausted First World War soldier penned to his wife just weeks before he was killed which she carried in her handbag… Read the full story

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Remembering a Hollywood Legend

Posted August 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
Bacall, Lauren

Yesterday, Hollywood lost yet another iconic figure, actress Lauren Bacall, who passed away at the age of 89. The husky-voiced actress was considered one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 in the Bronx, New York. She was the only child of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, who later legally changed her surname to Bacall, and William Perske. Both of her parents were Jewish. Her mother emigrated… Read the full story