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Election Cake, Anyone? – Talented Tuesday

Cast your vote then eat cake?  That’s a tradition to perpetuate! Old World Levain (OWL) Bakery is supporting a resurgence of election cake baking this year. Their initiative “Make America Cake Again” is described as “a collaboration and celebration among bakeries, food professionals, home bakers, scholars, and educators across the country.” No need to pick… Continue reading Election Cake, Anyone? – Talented Tuesday

Databases · State Specific Research · Websites

Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Motivation Monday

Kick off your fall research season with the Try-It! Illinois Database Trial! If you’re an Illinois resident with internet access of any kind, you are eligible to access the immense amount of information available during the this year’s trial. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the… Continue reading Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Motivation Monday

Photographs · Technology Tools · Websites

Using Algorithmia’s Free Photo Coloration Tool – Thrifty Thursday

I spent a few hours today testing and playing around with Algorithmia’s free online photo coloring tool.  Marketing itself as a deep learning tool for app developers, Algorithmia is a boon for genealogists who are looking for a cheap and easy way to colorize their old photos. You may have been looking for an easy way to… Continue reading Using Algorithmia’s Free Photo Coloration Tool – Thrifty Thursday

Online Classes · Webinar · Websites

Shake Up Your Summer with Free Online Genealogy Classes and Webinars- Follow Friday

Who says you’re too cool for summer school?  Summer is a great time to pick up new genealogy skills! FutureLearn announced a second edition of Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree to their summer schedule.  The response to the first course in March was positively overwhelming, with over 26,000 genealogists participating in the coursework.  This summer’s class is… Continue reading Shake Up Your Summer with Free Online Genealogy Classes and Webinars- Follow Friday

Technology Tools · Websites

Unique University and College Directories – Talented Tuesday

Were your ancestors bringing home top marks or were they flunking out? Gradating from higher education is a huge accomplishment.  The pursuit of higher education was a goal for our ancestors.  Not all of them had the financial resources to attend studies beyond high school. At the beginning of the 20th century, fewer than 1,000… Continue reading Unique University and College Directories – Talented Tuesday

Local History and Genealogy · Webinar · Websites

Your Ancestor Doesn’t Have to be a Serial Killer to have Records at the Courthouse – Thriller Thursday

Not everyone who passed through a courthouse has a criminal record.  The  phrase ‘going to the courthouse,’ has a strong connotation of either getting a quick civil wedding or a heinous criminal trial.  One could argue that the only time any law-abiding person has business at a courthouse is to pick up a copy of a… Continue reading Your Ancestor Doesn’t Have to be a Serial Killer to have Records at the Courthouse – Thriller Thursday

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What did your ancestors say about Valentine’s Day? – Treasure Chest Thursday

What words of love were shared between your loved ones on Valentines Day?   American culture has been quite attached to Valentines Day ever since the first Miss Esther A. Howland created our country’s first “fancy” valentine in 1849.  Valentine’s Day was a popular holiday in the United Kingdom, and it soon catapulted to popularity here in… Continue reading What did your ancestors say about Valentine’s Day? – Treasure Chest Thursday