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16
Jan

A Snapshot of Courage for MLK and a Vintage Family Photo of a Man Bravely Spoke Truth to Power

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My grandfather once opened his home to a young MLK; he was jailed for it. When he delivered sermons calling for equality, the Birmingham police lined his pews to intimidate. He delivered his message just the same. He kept a secret journal on police bombings of the city’s black upper class, from 1945 to 1955; […]

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13
Jan

When All You Want to Do is Take a Nap, but Someone Snaps your Photo Instead

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We hope your weekend looks a lot like this. Yesterday marked a big birthday for my dad. As I was thinking of him, I looked through my baby book and came across this picture, which I had previously overlooked. The image was captured in 1963, and I learned that he had just come home from […]

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28
Dec

A Love Story for the Ages, Told by One Simple Snapshot of my Grandparents

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This is one of my all-time favorite family photos. My grandparents on my father’s side both died when I was very young. My grandma was diagnosed with ALS years before I was born (she was only 58), and by the time I could remember her, she couldn’t move much or talk at all. Her eyes […]

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27
Dec

This Family Photo is a Glimpse into My Parent’s Early Years as a Couple

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Mom & Dad, Christmas, 1969. I’m unsure what I like best about this photo…from the actual popcorn mom popped and threaded with a needle, by hand, to string around the tree, or the real candy canes hung on the branches, or the homemade gingerbread cookies that she baked then tied onto the tree branches. The […]

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12
Dec

Four Ways You Can Tap into The Power of The Cloud to Enrich Your Family History Projects and Create a Collaborative Experience for Loved Ones

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Collaborating with loved ones makes family history research more meaningful. When my family first started working on our family tree, we were using different website services and only occasionally emailing or calling each other with updates. A few times a year, we would meet up, pass around folders of printed information and review homemade family trees. That process would […]

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06
Dec

Rediscovering a Priceless Family Photo that Was Lost and Then Found Again

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This is a photo of my aunt, my grandmother and my mother taken around 1942 or so in Huntsville, Alabama. My aunt, the young girl on the left, kept this photo with her every minute when she was sent to live with her aunt and uncle in Falmouth, Kentucky one summer after a bout with […]

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23
Nov

Why Knowing Your Family History Makes You a Stronger, More Resilient Person

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A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you. -Brigitte Bardot This is my great-great Aunt Lenore. She was one of those ladies that all children loved, and who loved all children. Going to her little apartment in Davenport, Iowa was delightful. It was even […]

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18
Nov

Tricks and Tools for Removing Family Photos from Sticky, Deteriorating Magnetic Photo Albums

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The tell-tale signs are appearing – a yellow, brown or hazy fog is starting to emerge. These are the inevitable symptoms of aging magnetic photo albums. And many families have an abundance of albums like these, languishing on shelves around the world. Magnetic photo albums were a popular storage method for photos throughout the 1970s, 1980s […]

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16
Nov

Sisters with their Beloved Family Pet in the late 1950s

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My Dad owned a delicatessen in the city and our family lived next door to the store in a two-family home. In the summer of 1957, we were getting ready to move out to the suburbs since my Mom was pregnant with my brother and we needed more space. This picture of my sister and me […]

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16
Nov

Reliving Simple Memories by Time Traveling with Old Family Photos

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Sitting on my Mom’s lap, circa 1940s. I love so much about this photo, from the wallpaper to the chair, to the curtains. Being the oldest of six children, I had special times with mom. I don’t remember how old I was in this photo, but I’m guessing my sister, Lark, may have been down […]

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