Genealogy Friday: 5 Things to Consider in Creating a New Holiday Custom

The holidays are upon us and the spirit of the season.  However, after the true reason for the season {the birth of Christ,} come the most important part of the season.  Spending time with family. Each family has their own … Continued

Christmas Stories: The Night Before Christmas

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The Night Before Christmas was first published as “A Visit from St. Nicholas”. The more popular title is from the first line of the poem, “Twas the night before Christmas…” The poem tells the story that “On Christmas Eve night, while his … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Keeping the Memory Alive

Daddy died before my niece and nephews were born.  But, we try to take the time to tell the children about him. I was pleasantly surprised recently when one of my nephews referred to him and even recognized his picture, … Continued

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