Traditions of Christmas: Christmas Lights

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The idea and shape and form of Christmas lights have greatly transformed themselves since their inception in the 17th Century. In 17th Century Germany, the idea of decorating a Christmas tree with lights began in which small candles were attached … Continued

Genealogy Friday: What if My Ancestor were a Tory

Last week, we discussed where to find records for our Revolutionary War Ancestors.  We often think of these ancestors as the patriots who fought for independence. However, there were also many Tories on hand.  Tories was the name used in … Continued

Genealogy Friday: How Do I Find My Revolutionary Ancestors?

Our revolutionary ancestors are those that served in the American Revolution.  But, where can I find their records?   Fold 3—has the Revolutionary War Rolls {but many are missing} Ancestry.com—also has the Revolutionary War Rolls {1775-1783} DAR–The Daughters of the … Continued

Christmas Stories: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

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  As we explore the traditions of Christmas, let’s also take a look at the history behind some of the most popular Christmas stories of all time. What better way than to start with a popular tradition for many, The … Continued

Traditions of Christmas: Christmas colors

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We all know that red and green are the traditional colors to represent Christmas, but how did these colors become the symbols of the most wonderful time of year? The colors of red and green were chosen from nature.  When … Continued

Mayflower Voyage: Stepping onto the New World

With the compact signed, the time had now come to explore the New World. The day after the Mayflower Compact was signed was a Sunday, so the people took time to pray and worship. The shallop that was on board … Continued