Category Archives: 20th-century

Fun With European Borders

Geographic map of Europe in 1914, published in Brazil. Via Library of Congress.

So you’ve compiled the census returns, checked the church records, located the naturalization documents and ship manifests, and found the name of the town, region, or country in Europe..

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Where did Little Joe go?

My great-grandmother Kathleen never spoke much about her childhood, but she always wondered what happened to her little brother Joe.

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Ocean Liner Menu Cards

Lusitania Menu Card, 1909. From author’s personal collection.

When researching an ancestor who immigrated aboard an ocean liner, you may have asked questions about their life and experience—but did you ever wonder what they ate?

During the massive influx of..

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A Family Auction One Hundred Years Ago Today

I consider myself a west coast woman. Five of my great-grandparents were born on the west coast (three in Southern California, one in Oregon, and one in Washington). A sixth great-grandparent was born in Ohio, but moved to Southern California as a young boy. As for the..

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