Tag Archives: ancestors

Surnames

One’s family names / surnames are always interesting to research. Not only learning the origins of a surname, its original spellings or variations but especially if there were any notable or famous individuals who shared that surname in their ancestral lineage. Using the online ‘Master Surname List‘ by Famous Kin site there might quite of […]

Hugs and Kisses

You surely have come across ancestor’s letters and cards which had at least one or two ‘X’s’ and ‘Os’ on them We all recognize those marks / symbols as ‘hugs and kisses’. Yet, how did that practice or custom begin? The “X” on letters stands for ‘kisses’, which dates back to the Middle Ages (about […]

Civil War Diary

It is fascinating to read the pages written by a soldier in the field during the American Civil War (1861-1865), what were the hardships the had to endure. There are many of such diaries to survive over 150 years. However, you don’t always hear of dairies from those on the home front, those women and […]

Voting was Wild in the 1870s and 1880s

Think politics and elections are wild now in the 21st century, they were crazy wild in the 1870s and 1880s in America. Yet, roughly 30 to 40% today turn out to vote. The Federal mid-term elections for your ancestors back in the 1880s had roughly 80% of the voting public turned out – now that […]