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Odd Christmas Customs From Newspaper Archives!

 “Old Christmas fare did not include the turkey, now the modern Christmas bird.  In olden days, a roasted peacock took its place on the festive board.” 416 more words

Culture & Identity

Grandpa's Second Wife (Mix/Keesler)

Today’s post is a picture of John Elmer Mix, my great-great-grandfather. He was born 150 years ago (28 Aug. 1864) and died 25 Jan. 1951. According to the note MY grandfather (John Dayton Mix) wrote on the original of this photo, it was taken in 1940. 59 more words


Cheers for 100 Years! Florence Van Pelt and Jesse Bartoo

I couldn’t let the day pass without heralding the wedding of my great-great grandparents, Florence Van Pelt and Jesse Bartoo, who married on February 28, 1914—one hundred years ago today! 285 more words


Surname Saturday: C. W. Rude (Cuba, New York)

For a while, Anna Elizabeth Keller Rude Witter’s father was a brick wall in my search. Fairly early in my genealogical quest, The Kellers of Hamilton Township: A Study in Democracy… 653 more words


1864 Allegany County Poor House

“Of the poor house and its insane inmates in the county of Allegany, Dr. John Norton remarks: “The old block house in which some insane are confined, occupied in part by idiots, is in very bad condition, with no ventilation, old, rotten and filthy, and entirely inadequate for the purposes for which it is used. 470 more words

Mental Illness

Happy Birthday, Grandma Nellie

Now and then, I’ll come across a find that brings a little love to my heart for these people I’ve never met. Here’s one:

My great-great grandmother, Nellie Cornell Smith, was born July 16, 1885, and lived to the age of 83. 100 more words


Tombstone Tuesday: Photo filters reveal names from the Rude-Snyder Cemetery in Cuba, New York

I know… if I’m going to use day-of-the-week prompts, I should focus on posting with more than 6 minutes left of the day in question… 603 more words