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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ancestor Trading Cards

I just found the coolest thing on Pinterest -- Ancestor Trading Cards. This website will tell you how it's done:

 
Update (4/20/2016) : These cards are similar to the Kansas State Historical Society's Trading Cards: click here for details about them.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Paper Trail: Postcards

What’s the official name for postcard collecting? Deltiology. Postcards are the third-largest collectible, behind coins and stamps according to the Flea Market Style magazine. Postcards reflect history and cultural customs with pictures that depict buildings, travel destinations, advertising, and photographs of people like your ancestors.

To date old postcards, therefore getting the approximate date your ancestral photograph might have been taken, this list gives the general times as to when these type of cards became available or were popular.

US Post Cards -- to 1898

Private Mailing Cards (1898-1901)

Undivided Back (1901-1907)

Divided Back (1907-1915)

White Border (1915-1930)

Linen (1930-1945)

Chrome (1939-Present)

Real Photo Postcards (1900-Present)
 
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I compiled a "Paper Postcard Unit Study" for our son when he was homeschooled. Click here if you would like to review it.
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Update: There will be a Postcard Show coming to Lenexa, Kansas on June 24-25, 2016. My hubby and I went to one in Lenexa several years ago and I could not believe the variety of postcards that were being sold. In addition to the historic genre, they had artsy postcards and papers as well. Check out this website for other shows being held near you. You might just find a missing relative's photo, a photo of their business, the church they attended, or an event they participated in just like the postcard we found on vacation below. This mountain in Colorado was named for one of my hubby's distant Stout cousins, Zebulon Montgomery Pike. To read a short biography of his life, click here.


D. Noble. Cooper Post Card Co., Colorado Springs, CO, USA.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Missouri Cemetery Law

Here is the current Missouri Law concerning protection of cemeteries and the consequences of defacing or destroying any part therein:

From the Missouri Revised Statutes -- Chapter 214, Cemeteries, Section 214.131 (passed into law in 1987).

Tombstones, fences, destroying or mutilating in abandoned family or private cemetery, penalty--abandoned or private burying ground, is defined as

214. 131. Every person who shall knowingly destroy, mutilate, disfigure, deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument or gravestone, or other structure placed in any abandoned family cemetery or private burying ground, or any fence, railing, or other work for the protection or ornamentation of any such cemetery or place of burial of any human being, or tomb, monument, or gravestone, memento, or memorial, or other structure aforesaid, or of any lot within such cemetery is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. For the purposes of this section and subsection I of section 214.132, an "abandoned family cemetery" or "private burying ground" shall include those cemeteries or burying grounds which have not been deeded to the public as provided in chapter 214, and in which no body has been interred for at least twenty-five years.

Source: "History Spotlight: MoSGA Fights to Protect Abandoned Cemeteries." By Martha Henderson, MoSGA Historical Director. Show Me State Genealogical News, Columbia, MO, Spring 2014. Vol. 35, No. 1.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Heritage Rubber Stamps

 
Brand: Craft Smart #409173
Found this tombstone rubber stamp in the bargain bin at our local Michaels Craft Store this afternoon (1/3/2016). Must be a leftover from last Halloween, but it works just perfect as a decorative element for heritage photo scrapbook albums. 
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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Ancestral Sayings

  1. A birth certificate shows that you were born, a death certificate shows that you died, but a scrapbook shows that you lived.
  2. All in the Family
  3. A man is born with his relations; he picks out his friends for himself.
  4. Ancestors Activist
  5. Ancestors run in my family
  6. Ancestors R US
  7. Ask me about my ancestors!
  8. Beware! Genealogy Fever is Contagious!
  9. Blessed is the man who hears the gentle voices call him grandfather.
  10. Born to be an Ancestor!
  11. Clan Chronicler
  12. Days gone by.
  13. Every family is a history in itself and even a poem to those who know how to search its pages.
  14. Families are tied together with heart strings.
  15. Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at the people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future. 
  16. Family History: A Neverending Story!
  17. Family Skeleton
  18. Finding my roots bit by bit
  19. Folk Finder
  20. Forebears & Heirs Genealogy’s Law = The one document you need to prove your ancestor’s line is lost due to fire, flood, or war!
  21. Genealogy: A Celebration of Heritage
  22. Genealogy: A Key to the Past.
  23. Genealogists are ancestrally challenged!
  24. Genealogists are into Relative Riches
  25. Genealogists are pioneers into the past!
  26. Genealogists are Time Travelers
  27. Genealogists are Tree Tracers.
  28. Genealogy is my cup of tea!
  29. Genealogy Detective
  30. Genealogy Fever: It's Inherited!
  31. Genealogy: Life in the Past Lane!
  32. Genealogists Haunt Cemeteries
  33. Genealogy is a Past-time.
  34. Genealogy -- Piecing together the Past
  35. Genealogists Invest in Family Bonds!
  36. Genealogists look for lost leaves.
  37. Gone Ficheing!
  38. Grandma's are antique little girls.
  39. Hangin’ with the Family.
  40. Have Roots, Will Travel
  41. Heritage Hunter
  42. =HEIR+MAIL=
  43. He who has the most surnames in the end "WINS!"
  44. How blessed I am, how fortunate I've been that you are my Daughter-in-law and also my friend!
  45. I'm the crazy aunt everyone warned you about
  46. In Loving Memory.
  47. It’s all in the Genes!
  48. Leaves of Time
  49. Love and laughter makes a happy family.
  50. My family tree is full of nuts.
  51. My life in a nutshell.
  52. My Roots.
  53. One Big Happy Family.
  54. Our family is like fudge sweet with a few nuts in it.
  55. Our family is a patchwork of memories and love.
  56. So Many Ancestors, So Little Time!
  57. Success is relative. The more success, the more relatives!
  58. The best antiques are grandparents.
  59. There are many treasures in Grandma’s attic, but the old button box is my favorite.
  60. This is our branch of the family tree.
  61. This is what an awesome dad (brother, uncle, granddad) looks like!
  62. Treasured Times
  63. When A Child Is Born, So Is a Grandmother
  64. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
  65. Years Gone By
  66. You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your relatives.
  67. You won’t make a place in the sun by sitting in the shade of the family tree.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Descendant Sayings

  1. A Daughter (son) is a gift of Love
  2. Civil War Descendant
  3. Descendant of the American Revolution
  4. Granddaughters are forever . . . I'm so glad you're mine.
  5. Granddaughter, You are very dear to me. Please always journey life safely!
  6. How blessed I am, how fortunate I've been that you are my Daughter-in-law and also my friend!
  7. I'm the big brother.
  8. I smile because you're my sister. I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it
  9. Just Brothers -- You mess with him, you'll mess with me!
  10. Mom likes me best!
  11. My life in a nutshell.
  12. My sister has the best sister in the world!
  13. The kind of ancestors we have had – is not as important as the kind of descendents our ancestors have.
  14. Veteran Descendant

 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Short Quotes

“All true civilization is ninety percent heirlooms and memories—an accumulation of small but precious deposits left by the countless generations that have gone before us. ~ Robert I. Gannon. S.J.
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"A people that takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants."– Macauley.
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“By the early nineteenth century, the naming of sons for preachers whom parents admired had become a common practice; the names “Dow” and “Linzie,” so common in Appalachia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, originated with the Methodist circuit riders Lorenzo Dow and Marcus Lindsay.” ~ John Sparks, The Roots of Appalachian Christianity.
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"Each tradition weaves its own colorful, thick-spun thread into the inimitable fabric of a family, strengthening it through." ~ Wendy Connelly
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"Family traditions mark time in a happy way and give a sense of both anticipation and continuity. Research shows that traditions, routines, and rituals boost physical and emotional health. And they're fun." ~ Gretchen Rubin
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“Fortunes are amassed and dissipated: dynasties rise and pass away, but one’s name is yet safely transmitted from father to son—an inheritance of today from a remote, and otherwise unknown ancestry.” ~ Bowditch
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Gemstone Label: You, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house. 1 Peter 2:5a
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Home is where the heart is. ~ Pliny the Elder
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How dear to my heart are the scenes of my childhood when fond recollection presents them to view. ~ S. Woodworth.
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If a man cares not for his roots, how then can he care for his branches? ~ Doyle M. Davis
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If you don’t know your family’s history, you are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ~ Michael Chrichton
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I’ll note you in my book of memory. ~ William Shakespeare.
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Inheritance is priceless. Heritage is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast. ~ Charles Dickens
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“Little grains of sand make the earth; little drops of water make the ocean, and little bits of genealogy make the history of the world.” ~ Alexander Brown.
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"Let's be a channel of blessing to all our family." ~ Rev. Daniel Daida
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“Man is but the sum of his ancestors.” ~ Emerson
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Memory is the guardian of all treasures. ~ Cicero
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No society is so precious as that of one's own family. ~ Thomas Jefferson.
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Parents should consciously organize the history of their family into a story of divine providence; they should not let the events of family history simply be lost or forgotten." ~ Kent & Barbara Hughes, Disciplines of a Godly Family.
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Our ancestors are very good kind of folks; but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with. ~ R. B. Sheridan, 1775.
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Remember always that all of us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionaries. ~ F. D. Roosevelt.
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There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings. ~ Hodding Carter, Jr.
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“Those who do not treasure the memory of their ancestors, do not deserve to be remembered by posterity.” ~ Edmund Burke.
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Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we shall have each other. ~ Joshua Loth Liebman
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"Unless you make notes as to the sources of your information they may not be available later for rechecking. Trust nothing to memory. Information that cannot be checked, compared or examined in the original will not bear much weight in genealogy. Be ready to back up all statements with the facts in black and white. Thus being able to check sources of information is one means of determining the accuracy or competence of a report." ~ Harry W. Mills, Mt. Sterling, KY. Advocate
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We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us. ~ Oliver Wendall Holmes
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We hold the firm conviction that family is ministry and that the most effective spread of the gospel occurs through family. We are also convinced that we were never more effective in evangelism then when we had children at home. ~ Kent & Barbara Hughes, Disciplines of a Godly Family.
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What is research but a blind date with knowledge. ~ Will Henry.
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"When parents and children cultivate traditions, every time they go back to that tradition it renews the emotional energy and bonding of the past." ~ Stephen Covey.
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Why pay money to have your family tree traced? Go into politics, and your opponents will do it for you. ~ Mark Twain.
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Without genealogy, the study of history is lifeless. ~ John Fiske