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Whether you are new to genealogy or a practiced veteran of the craft, these short clips of information about genealogy and our ancestors should inspire and assist you in moving further on your family tree. Keep them handy when you hit a brick wall or want new inspiration for unique angles to take in your work. With each clip, you will quickly learn what you need to know and be ready to jump back into the ancestor pool with a renewed sense of purpose.
 
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February is deep in the coldest part of winter. While the days are starting to get longer, it's not exactly spring-like yet. With Valentine's Day, along with this unique annual weather, February is the perfect time to tackle a bevy of genealogy projects, like these 10 "must-do" ones. Podcast Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/10-must-do-genealogy…
 
Anne Frances Robbins, who later changed her name to Nancy Davis, married fellow actor Ronald Reagan, and enjoyed a Hollywood life that later became a political one. She went from First Lady of California to First Lady of the United States, and is one of our most popular and best known ones. Here is her story... Podcast Notes: https://ancestralfindi…
 
Rosalynn Smith Carter was our thirty-ninth First Lady, wife of former President Jimmy Carter. Growing up in poverty as the daughter of a farmer and a dressmaker, she entered the political sphere when her Naval officer husband got elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1962. She has been involved in politics and social causes ever since. Here is her…
 
The Bodie Island lighthouse is an important historical landmark in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina. It is actually the third lighthouse to sit on that island, and has recently undergone extensive restoration work to make it safe for the public to visit. This is its story. Podcast Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/the-history-of-the-bodi…
 
Samuel Chase was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Yet, it was not signing that important document that made him famous to history. It was his later career as a US Supreme Court justice. As the only Supreme Court justice to ever be impeached (so far–and he was acquitted in the Senate), his position on the nation’s highest court helped se…
 
Charles Carroll of Carrollton is one of the lesser known signers of the Declaration of Independence. He is best remembered for adding “of Carrollton” after his name on the Declaration, but was well known for other things at the time. In addition to being a passionate supporter of the cause of independence for the American colonies, Charles was one …
 
Erdman Penner was a screenwriter, songwriter, and associate producer for the Walt Disney Company. Born in Canada to a Mennonite father and a Roman Catholic mom, he was an only child with a penchant for artistic pursuits. Moving to America as a young man, he quickly became a valued member of the Disney team. This is his story. Podcast Notes: https:/…
 
Margaret Christine Otis Baker is a local heroine in the town of Dover, New Hampshire. Her amazing colonial American story of captivity, conversion (three times), and a love story that saw her leave behind everything she ever knew to return to the town she’d been abducted from as an infant, is not well known to most Americans. Yet, in Dover, her sto…
 
Little Rock is the capital of Arkansas. It has a long history of human habitation, as well as a rich and varied history of European exploration and settlement. Here is the story of how Little Rock became a town, then a city, and then the state capital of Arkansas. Podcast Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/the-state-capitals-arkansas/ #Genealogy …
 
Phoenix is the capital of Arizona. How did it get to be such a distinguished city? From a seasonal residence for Native hunter/gatherers to a permanent home for farming Natives, Phoenix was not explored by European settlers until the mid-19th century. Now, though, it is a bright, bustling city, and in a short amount of time, too. Here is Phoenix’s …
 
Carter Braxton may not be a well-known signer of the Declaration of Independence, but he was an important one, playing a huge role in Virginia politics for decades before and after the Revolution. A brief tenure at the Continental Congress gave him historical fame, but Carter did much more than sign the Declaration in his long and distinguished car…
 
Josiah Bartlett was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was born in Massachusetts, but spent most of his adult life in Kingston, New Hampshire. That is where he was living when he was asked to be a delegate to the Continental Congress where the Declaration was signed. A physician, politician, and devoted family man, Josiah Bar…
 
James Dodd was the host of The Mickey Mouse Club TV show, and also wrote the show’s famous theme song. The son of a music store owner and a stenographer, he became interested in music at a young age, and pursued a career in both music and acting. This is the story of his life, his career, and how he came to be the host of one of the most famous chi…
 
The long, cold month of January is here, and with it, an excellent opportunity to do some new and interesting genealogy projects that are just perfect for this time of year. Just because it’s freezing and possibly snowy outside doesn’t mean you don’t have plenty of things to do with your genealogy research to keep you busy. In fact, some projects a…
 
Elizabeth “Betty” Bloomer Ford was our thirty-eighth First Lady, the wife of President Gerald Ford. As First Lady, she was an outspoken advocate for feminist causes and women’s rights, as well as for breast cancer awareness, after suffering from it herself and surviving. She is also well known for the creation of the Betty Ford Center for substance…
 
Thelma Ryan was called “Pat” from an early age, and eventually became Pat Nixon, the thirty-seventh First Lady of the United States. A farmer’s daughter, she worked her whole life until her first child was born, doing whatever she could to get by. Her husband, Richard Nixon, fell in love with her on their very first date. Here is her amazing and fa…
 
So, you’ve decided that you want to investigate your family tree and discover what your relatives did during World War II. It’s a great idea, of course, because the war is slowly fading from living memory as the last of those who lived and fought through it die off. In another 28 years, it will be a century since the end of the conflict and there w…
 
Santa Claus is sometimes referred to as St. Nicholas or Chris Cringle. It turns out, St. Nicholas was a real person who was known for kindness, his love of children, and for helping the needy, the ill, and sailors. Here is his true story, as well as how he transformed into our modern day Santa Claus. Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.co…
 
Jimmy Stewart is an American actor best known for playing George Bailey in the classic Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. Yet, there was way more to Jimmy Stewart than just a famous movie role and a successful acting career. Jimmy Stewart was a distinguished member of the US military during WWII, where he won several awards for his service, an…
 
If you live in or near to Cincinnati — or if you’re planning to visit—then you should definitely check out the Dixie Terminal when you have the chance. Some locals are well aware of this building’s existence, but for many, it’s one of Cincinnati’s best-kept secrets. On the outside, it can come across as an unassuming building nestled in among offic…
 
Christmas trees are an expected part of Christmas now, but how did they occupy such a special place in the Christmas celebrations of the western world? Some believe the answer can be found back in ancient Egypt. Here is the story of the modern Christmas tree. Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/history-christmas-tree #Genealogy #Ances…
 
Sharon Baird was one of the original Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club. She was an experienced performer with professional credits before being cast on the show when she was eleven. She also had a full and intriguing career in children’s TV after The Mickey Mouse Club ended. This is her story. Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/s…
 
Doreen Tracey was a Mouseketeer on the original Mickey Mouse Club TV show. She appeared in all three seasons of the original show. She went on to have a brief career in TV guest spots on other shows and as the lead singer of a band that toured American military bases in Vietnam. She did some other interesting and even eyebrow-raising things after h…
 
Claudia “Lady Bird” Taylor Johnson was the wife of US President Lyndon B. Johnson and the daughter of a wealthy Texas family with roots in Alabama. Her childhood was unconventional, as did her school career and her courtship with Lyndon. Here is Lady Bird's intriguing and, quite frankly, remarkable story. Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindin…
 
Jacqueline “Jackie” Bouvier Kennedy was the 35th First Lady of the United States, married to John F. Kennedy. She came from a wealthy socialite family from New York City and went on to become one of the most recognizable, admired, and influential First Ladies of all time. Here is her unique story. Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/a…
 
Kolache! Ever wonder about that baked bread and fruity smell wafting from your grandmother’s kitchen or the local church or farmer’s market? You’re in luck. Your neighborhood is either a community featuring Czech immigrant heritage, or there are Czech immigrant descendants—or people who so thoroughly enjoy this culture and cuisine that they’re taki…
 
Mamie Doud Eisenhower was the 34th First Lady of the United States. From a wealthy Iowa family, she became an Army wife to Dwight D. Eisenhower, and then First Lady of the USA, and the 1st First Lady to be a fashion icon, too. Here is her story. Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/americas-first-ladies-34-mamie-doud-eisenhower/ #Genea…
 
The Traditional Dish from Central and Eastern Europe... Pierogi aren’t just a Polish tradition. They have a long history entwined with Eastern and Central European culture. Learn all about it here! Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/pierogi-the-traditional-dish-from-central-and-eastern-europe/…
 
Main Street USA is the “opening act” at all Disney parks, being the part of the park guests walk through before going through the castle to the primary part of the parks, including the rides and shows. It originally appeared at Disneyland in California, and all the other Main Street USA sections or their equivalents are similar to the first one at …
 
Do you recall the name, Karen Pendleton? She was a founding member of The Mickey Mouse Club's Mouseketeers. She remained with the program for its television run before quitting acting. She went on to live a pretty normal life, but she never forgot her Mickey Mouse Club days and was always excited to go to reunions. This is her story...https://ances…
 
Have you ever ridden on the Disney monorail? From the moment my family boarded the monorail, it was always a fantastic adventure for me. Walt Disney was the one who initially had the idea for the Disney monorail. It opened on June 14, 1959, and was the first monorail system in the Western Hemisphere to run daily. In Walt's opinion, a monorail is a …
 
Bess Wallace Truman was the 33rd First Lady of the United States. The wife of Harry Truman, Bess never wanted the publicity and public scrutiny that came with being the First Lady, but she did what was expected of her with grace and politeness. Here is her story... Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/americas-first-ladies-33-bess-wall…
 
Are you interested in the history of the Salem witch trials of 1692? Do you wonder if you have a genealogical connection to any people involved? It’s a unique distinction since not everyone in New England was involved. If you have an ancestor, you can connect to Salem Village of Danvers in some way; you may have a witch trials connection. Podcast S…
 
Eleanor Roosevelt was more than just the 32nd First Lady of the United States. She was a force of nature. From her hard childhood to the unconventional nature of her relationship with her husband, Eleanor re-defined what it meant to be First Lady. Here is her story... Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/americas-first-ladies-32-eleano…
 
Lou Henry Hoover was the 31st First Lady of the United States. The wife of Herbert Hoover was First Lady when the Great Depression began. She was athletic and confident and introduced some innovations to the office of the First Lady. Here is her story... Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/americas-first-ladies-31-lou-henry-hoover/…
 
Grace Goodhue Coolidge was our 30th First Lady. Wife to US President Calvin Coolidge, she was known for her vivacious, outgoing personality and her simple, dignified White House dinners and social events. A passionate advocate for education for deaf children, she was the 1st First Lady to have a four-year college degree. Here is her story... Podcas…
 
Walter Knott created Knott’s Berry Farm, and Walt Disney created Disneyland. Both parks were near each other, but the two Walters became good friends instead of competing. They were friends long before Disneyland was built. This is the story of their friendship. Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/the-friendship-between-walter-knott-a…
 
Knott’s Berry Farm is an iconic theme park in Orange County, California. It was begun as a restaurant in the 1930s, owned and operated by the Knott family to raise extra money to support their berry farm during the Great Depression. Here’s how it became a beloved theme park attraction. Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/the-history-o…
 
Florence Kling Harding was a formidable First Lady. The first to be divorced before her marriage to a future president, Florence was the driving force behind much of her husband’s life during their marriage. She married Warren Harding though he was an enemy of her father. She also endured his several infidelities and kept moving forward with their …
 
Woodrow Wilson, our twenty-eighth US President, had two First Ladies. His first, Ellen Axson, died in his second year in office. He re-married Edith Bolling near the end of his third year in office. Here are the stories of these two incredible women who were both so fiercely devoted to their husbands. Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.c…
 
Helen Herron Taft was the First Lady of many firsts. As the wife of twenty-seventh US President William Howard Taft, Helen was born into a family with political connections. As First Lady, she shone. Here is her story. Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/helen-herron-taft/Oleh Ancestral Findings
 
Edith Carow was the second wife and First Lady of Theodore Roosevelt. She was a pioneering First Lady in many ways and strong-willed. Her influence over Theodore was well-known. Here is her exciting story. Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/edith-carow-roosevelt/Oleh Ancestral Findings
 
Cubby O’Brien is one of the original Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club and is one of the best-known male Mouseketeers to this day. In addition to being an actor, dancer, and singer on the show, Cubby is a drummer, which has been his primary career for most of his life. This is Cubby’s exciting story. Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfinding…
 
Darlene Gillespie is one of the original Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club. The most popular cast member in the first season, her popularity was usurped by Annette Funicello in the second season and thereafter. Darlene enjoyed a medical career before becoming a petty criminal and even did some jail time before retiring to a respectable life. Th…
 
Annette Funicello is perhaps the best known of the original Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club TV show. In addition to being a Mouseketeer and appearing in guest spots in several Disney movies and TV shows, she also had a career as a singer and as the popular star of a series of beach movies in the 1960s. This is Annette’s intriguing stardom sto…
 
Ida Saxton McKinley was the 25th First Lady of the United States. With a promising beginning, she ended up having a tragic life after marrying William McKinley. Her husband devoted himself to her care and wellbeing. Here is her story. Podcast Show Notes: https://ancestralfindings.com/americas-first-ladies-ida-saxton-mckinley/…
 
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