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My Ancestor’s Menu: Researching Food History in Newspapers

When was the last time you ate out? How often did you eat out as a child? While for some of us eating in a restaurant was a rare treat growing up because of where we lived or finances, eating out in today’s world is a more common occurrence. For modern families whose time is overscheduled, sitting down to a meal that mom prepared (with love) can seem like something out of the 1950s. Increasingly we are relying on restaurants to help with our cooking chores.

Although it can seem like going out to eat is more of a recent phenomenon, the truth is that our ancestors, depending on circumstance, may have enjoyed a meal out once in a while. Restaurant menus found in newspapers show the types of food available to your ancestors. Read more: http://bit.ly/2jIIJNJ

Aberdeen American (Aberdeen, South Dakota), 18 April 1909, page 5.

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Ye Olde Genealogy Faire in Alberta

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In this article, Gena Philibert-Ortega talks about the upcoming (April 22-23) Alberta Genealogical Society (AGS) Conference in Alberta, Canada, where she will be making a presentation.
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Why Are You Compiling Your Family History?

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In about 1965, I was teaching a beginner course in family history at the Darien Historical Society in Darien, Connecticut. I asked the class one night: why was it that they were interested in documenting their family history?
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Deciphering 19th Century Handwriting and Type in Records & Newspapers

Newspapers and handwritten records (such as the census) from the 19th century can be hard to read. For example: here we have Eliza Markham living with her husband and family in Gerry, Chautauqua County, New York, as recorded in the 1855 New York State Census. Read more: http://bit.ly/2iueUAR


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1855 New York State Census
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Today We Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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In this article, Gena Philibert-Ortega searches old newspapers to learn more about the life, work, and assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Please Tell Me This Old Newspaper Article Is a Joke

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This 1786 newspaper article, titled “Directions for Landlords,” is a joke – isn’t it? Oddly, it sounds like the way landlords have treated me over the years.
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There’s No Place Like Home – a Log Cabin Home

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I was impressed by the log cabin imagery invoked by Daniel Webster in his speech of 19 August 1840, as published in this 1840 newspaper article.
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Bold Flight by Howard Hughes Sets New Speed Record

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Howard Hughes was a dashing and daring aviator in his 30s, designing and building his own aircraft and setting many air speed records. On 19 January 1937, he set one of those records: the transcontinental speed record, flying across the country in 7.5 hours at an average speed of 332 miles per hour.
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Family Reunions: Planning Yours & Researching Ancestors’ Reunions

As your thoughts begin drifting toward spring, start thinking about organizing your family’s annual reunion – and if you desire a strong attendance, don’t delay.

Not only are they a lot of fun, but family reunions are a goldmine to genealogists. Present-day family reunions provide a great opportunity to talk to your extended family, while records and newspaper notices about past family reunions can fill in details on your family tree – and provide plenty of clues for further family searches. Read more: http://bit.ly/2jM1tca

Photo: Photographer Carol M. Highsmith’s family reunion at the log cabins where her Grandfather and Great Grandfather were born in Wentworth, North Carolina. Source: Carol M. Highsmith. Credit: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
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Astronaut Gene Cernan, Last Man on the Moon, Dies

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America lost one of its aviation heroes yesterday when Eugene Andrew “Gene” Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died in a hospital in Houston, Texas, at the age of 82. Cernan, commander of the Apollo 17 mission, walked on the moon on 14 December 1972, one of only a dozen men who have walked on the lunar surface.
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Alaska Archives: 31 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

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If you are researching your ancestry from Alaska, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online AK newspaper archives: 31 titles to help you search your family history in “The Last Frontier,” providing coverage from 1869 to Today. There are more than 1.1 million articles and records in our online Alaska newspaper archives!
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Researching Legal, Probate & Court Records Found in Newspapers

When reading your daily newspapers, are there certain sections you skip over? For many people there is the tendency to skip over the legal notices, typically found in the back of the paper, densely squeezed together and printed in a too-small font. As readers we may think: “why should I read the legal notices?” But as genealogists it would be a mistake to skip over them – they can be a great source of family history information. Read more: http://bit.ly/2js6TsH


Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 22 May 1914, page 16
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GenealogyBank is a genealogy website that is home to the largest online newspaper archive dedicated to family history research in the United States. 

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Search over 7,000 newspapers that provide first-hand accounts about your ancestors that simply can't be found at other genealogy websites. Visit GenealogyBank today and discover the story of your family's past like never before.
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