Monthly Archives: May 2012

Census 1900 and the Alaska-Yukon Goldrush

When tracing your ancestors, should you find a head-of-household gone missing at his old address in the 1900 census, don’t assume he’s deceased!  He may have gone prospecting for gold in the gold rush like our friend, pictured above in … Continue reading

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Ancestry Map in Census 2000

In the 1750s British settlers in Pennsylvania began to fear and resent the fact that a third of their fellow Pennsylvanians were German speakers.  Frederick Muhlenberg, the first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, abstained from voting in … Continue reading

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Google is there to be used, people

One of my most astonishing heart-wrenching finds was an entire family who perished in the Holocaust.  I had read the family letter that explained how George’s sister had run away from Paris to an undisclosed hiding place with her baby. … Continue reading

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“Death be not proud, though some have called thee”

Because I attended two funerals in the last week, sadly, I have death on my mind.  Ironically, we learn a great deal about the lives of people from the recordings of their deaths.  Did they die of cholera or myocardial … Continue reading

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May 18, 1940

Pictured below is just one of the 872,406 fabulous vintage photos recently released by New York City’s Department of Records as reported in this article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2134408/Never-seen-photos-100-years-ago-tell-vivid-story-gritty-New-York-City.html That link only offers a glimpse at some of the more riveting pics;  you … Continue reading

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