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Occupations are one of the most coveted gems of genealogy research -- they give us a glimpse in to the daily lives of our ancestors in a way that few other raw details can. But if you've spent some time digging through old records you've probably come across jobs that you have never heard of, most likely because their necessity has faded away with time. You've probably even found yourself frantically googling some of these positions to gain a better...

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WWI draft card

By Susan Wallin Mosey I try to be a cheerful and upbeat genealogist—but once in a while, even a real peach of a human being like myself just has to let off some steam.  Lately, four old and familiar issues in particular are really getting on my nerves, genealogically speaking… 1. The missing 1890 census.  Honestly, nearly an entire census lost?  How did this happen?  In all the United States of America in 1921, from sea to...

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By Susan Wallin Mosey This is part 3 of a 3 part series. Read part 2 here. Excerpts from the childhood of my mother-in-law, Donna Garver Mosey (one of fourteen children), in her own words: Mom did the milking, since Dad didn’t like working with the twelve cows.  We sold the cream but not milk—we didn’t have the cooling required for milk.  The man picked up the cream once a week.  We had real butter at home,...

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By Susan Wallin Mosey Excerpts from the childhood of my mother-in-law, Donna Garver Mosey, in her own words. This is part 2 of a 3 part series, read part 1 here. At school we had a recess at 10:30 and 2:30, and a one-hour lunch break at noon.  Reading was my favorite subject.  I remember what an awful time I had with long division, though!  I could do short division, but not long…  We played anti-over, where we...

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genealogy quotes

Here are 15 of our favorite quotes about family history. We hope you enjoy them! 1. Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors. - Ralph Waldo Emerson 2. If you are lucky enough to be a genealogist, you are lucky enough. - Ruth Padilla 3. Friends come and go, but relatives tend to accumulate. - Unknown...

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By Susan Wallin Mosey More died from flu than from bullets that year… That was the sad truth in America in 1918.  World War I was raging, but so was an influenza epidemic like the world had never seen.  Theodore Peterson—my great uncle Ted—was an engineering student at the University of Nebraska when duty called.  He never made it to Europe. Although this photograph taken at his funeral is heart-wrenching to me, so too are the words...

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Discover Your Ancestors Magazine

Thank you to Andrew Chapman, editor of Discover Your Ancestors, for sharing this news about their annual print issue. The 4th annual print edition of Discover Your Ancestors is a unique collection of original articles, written by experts, on a wide range of family and social history themes. Inside you’ll find a wealth of information and inspiration, helping you to trace your ancestors back through time and understand what their lives were actually like. Each issue of...

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d joshua taylor

Thank you to the family history research site Crestleaf for contributing this guest post. When most people think of genealogy, they tend to think of an older demographic or those who have ample time on their hands to conduct family history research. But genealogist and co-host of Genealogy Roadshow, D. Joshua Taylor, knows that these genealogical stereotypes are just that — stereotypes! In fact, this young genealogist started his genealogical studies at the tender young age of 10 and...

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Even a “man of the cloth” can be a black sheep...  Consider the case of Rev. George Washington Hays. I used to be church historian at the church where I grew up.  One summer I decided to read all the board minutes, starting at the beginning—1858.  Not far into the project, my eyes were drawn to the word “alcoholic”— and I knew I had a story. Rev. Hays was born in Macomb, Illinois in 1837, son of...

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