Historical Figures

18th century newspapers: Shades of modern social media.

18th century newspapers: Shades of modern social media.

Modern social media has become known for a substantial quantity of inappropriate activity and content, foul language, and being overly personal, all happening because it’s too easy to just ‘let go’ and let emotions take over without stopping to think. This newspaper clipping just goes to show that the same was true of historical media. […]

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Time capsule of 1795: Placed by Paul Revere and Samuel Adams?

Time capsule of 1795: Placed by Paul Revere and Samuel Adams?

A time capsule of 1795 has been discovered in the Massachusetts Statehouse while the water system was being worked on. Removed from the granite cornerstone, it is believed the capsule was placed by Samuel Adams, Governor of Massachusetts, Paul Revere and others at the beginning of construction of the Statehouse during the Revolutionary War period.. […]

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Let’s all work to save and expand our genealogical resources.

I have been researching my family’s genealogy for over twenty years and my appreciation of the tireless and volunteer contributions in the pursuit of genealogy is endless. All of our continuing efforts to expand our own genealogies do contribute to the cumulative effort of us all to save and expand our genealogical resources. At one […]

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False Portraits: In genealogy, don’t take portraits at face value.

False Portraits: In genealogy, don’t take portraits at face value.

  I happened upon this article on the Library and Archives Canada Blog today and was surprised to learn just how prevalent false portraits really are. Although I have been aware that some portraits were false or mythical, I did believe that the majority of them were identified as such. I was aware, however, that […]

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The ancestor quest: humor, poems and prose for Genealogists.

The ancestor quest: humor, poems and prose for Genealogists.

In recognition of October being “Ancestry Month”, I have gathered and transcribed several items of humor, poems and prose for Genealogists that have touched me in some way. The ones I have selected and printed below are my favorites of the hundreds that can be found – and the ones that hit home the most. […]

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Jack the Ripper mystery solved? Don’t trust what you read on the internet.

Jack the Ripper mystery solved? Don’t trust what you read on the internet.

Jack the Ripper mystery solved? Not quite. It’s so true that you can’t believe everything you read on the internet, even from me. Recently, I wrote a post about the DNA analysis of a scarf purported to have belonged to Catherine Eddowes, one of the victims of Jack the Ripper, and which was supposedly present […]

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Christine Blythe
Empty Nest Genealogy
Chilliwack , British Columbia , V2P 5B9 Canada
genealogy, ancestry, family tree, research, transcriptions, sources, images, data

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