Category Archives: Genealogy Fun

5 Fun Family History Activities for the Holidays

Make Your Holiday Get Together Memorable with These Genealogy Activities

Family History Activities & Projects for the HolidaysThe holiday season is a wonderful time to gather with our loved ones. It may even be the only time of year that you can visit with certain family members who live far away. This is why the holidays offer the perfect opportunity to gather around relatives to talk about genealogy and your family tree.

Make your holidays even more memorable this year by trying out some of these fun family history activities at your annual get together.

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Popular Halloween Costumes Your Family Members Actually Wore (1950s – 1970s)

Vintage Halloween Costumes Your Relatives Wore in the 50s, 60s and 70s

Popular Halloween Costumes 1950s, 1960s, 1970sHalloween is just around the corner! And while the usual witches, ghosts and cat costumes will certainly make their rounds, you may want to think outside the box and borrow some costume ideas from your relatives who grew up in the 50s, 60s or 70s. And if you celebrated Halloween during any of those decades, you could always revive one of your old costumes to make a unique splash at your next Halloween gathering.

As you flip through old family photo albums to add relatives and their stories to your family tree, you will undoubtedly see that Halloween costumes have changed a lot throughout the years. But one thing is always certain year after year: dressing up for Halloween is fun, no matter your age! Here are just some of our favorite popular and trendy costume ideas from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

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The Declaration of Independence Signers: 7 Fascinating Facts

Did You Know These Things About the Signers of the Declaration of Independence? 

Declaration of Independence Signers FactsIndependence Day, or the Fourth of July, will soon be observed by countless Americans with fireworks shows, backyard barbecues and family reunions all across the country.

As a proud American citizen, you already know that we celebrate this day because of the adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. But you may not know much about the 56 men who signed the Declaration or even where they came from.

To celebrate Independence Day, we have provided some fascinating facts about some of the signers of the Declaration of Independence that will help you learn more about American history — and perhaps even help you uncover a long-lost ancestor!

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12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds: April 2016 Recap

The Most Fascinating Family Finds for April 2016

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Happy May! We started the 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds blogging challenge one year ago to give our readers a helpful nudge to stay on track with their family history research and blogging goals. And we’re thrilled that those of you who participated were inspired to blog about your findings — and they were fascinating!

Just as you did throughout the last year, you posted some truly fascinating family discoveries on your blogs in April. Here are just a couple of those incredible stories.

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12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds: March 2016 Recap

The Most Fascinating Family Finds for March 2016

Crestleaf.com's 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds February 2016

April marks month 11 of our 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds blogging challenge! We started the challenge to give our readers a helpful nudge to stay on track with their family history research and blogging goals. And we’re thrilled that many of you are stepping up to the plate by researching your family history and documenting your findings along the way.

And just as you did in June, July, AugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember, January and February, you posted some truly fascinating family discoveries on your blogs in March. Here are just a couple of those incredible stories.

Note: Participating in a genealogy blogathon can help you stay on track with your genealogy goals! You can enter the challenge at any time. Click here for Crestleaf.com’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds blogging challenge rules, and learn how to easily submit your own entries for our final recaps!

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12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds: February 2016 Recap

The Most Fascinating Family Finds for February 2016

Crestleaf.com's 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds February 2016

March marks month 10 of our 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds blogging challenge! Can you believe it? We started the challenge to give our readers a helpful nudge to stay on track with their family history research and blogging goals. And we’re thrilled that many of you are stepping up to the plate by researching your family history and documenting your findings along the way.

And just as you did in June, July, AugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember, and January, you posted some truly fascinating family discoveries on your blogs in February. Here are just a couple of those incredible stories.

Note: Participating in a genealogy blogathon can help you stay on track with your genealogy New Year’s resolutions! You can enter the challenge at any time. Click here for Crestleaf.com’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds blogging challenge rules, and learn how to easily submit your own entries for future recaps! 

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10 Most Popular African-American Surnames

These Are Some of the Most Common Surnames in America – Is Yours One of Them?

10 Most Popular African-American Surnames

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If you’ve been researching your African-American family history, you’ve likely noticed that it comes with some challenges — especially when trying to find surnames! But while it can be more difficult to find African-American surname records prior to the Civil War, you can still search the United States census for surnames of your ancestors. In fact, we did some digging into the U.S. census ourselves to discover the most popular African-American surnames in America.

In honor of African-American History Month, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 most common African-American last names, and meanings. And who knows? You may be able to utilize this list of popular African-American surnames to discover some of your own long-lost ancestors!

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7 Valentine’s Day Traditions of Your Victorian Ancestors

Victorian Valentine’s Day Traditions Show We Celebrate in Similar Ways

Victorian Valentine's Day TraditionsValentine’s Day is just around the corner! And while this day of romantic love may not be considered a public holiday in many parts of the world, it is still celebrated all over as a time to show our fondness for sweethearts, friends and family. The history of Valentine’s Day, though shrouded in somewhat of a mystery, began before the Victorian era. But, by the time your Victorian ancestors were born, Valentine’s Day was beginning to become quite the popular holiday.

If you know anything about your Victorian ancestors, you’ve likely come across some of their strange interests. But despite the odd things that they were into, your ancestors from the Victorian era were also sweet, sentimental (and okay, a little weird!) when it came to celebrating Valentine’s Day.

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12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds: January 2016 Recap

The Most Fascinating Family Finds for January 2016

Crestleaf.com's 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds January 2016

Last summer, we announced our 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds blogging challenge in hopes that we could give you a helpful nudge to stay on track with your family history research and blogging goals. We’re happy to see so many of you stepping up to the plate by researching your family history and documenting your findings along the way.

And just as you did in June, July, AugustSeptemberOctoberNovember and December, you kicked your genealogy New Year’s resolutions into high-gear by posting some truly fascinating family discoveries on your blogs in January. Here are just a few of the highlights!

Note: Participating in a genealogy blogathon can help you stay on track with your genealogy New Year’s resolutions! You can enter the challenge at any time. Click here for Crestleaf.com’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds blogging challenge rules, and learn how to easily submit your own entries for future recaps! 

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12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds: December 2015 Recap

The Most Fascinating Family Finds for December 2015

Crestleaf.com's 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds

Last summer, we announced our 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds blogging challenge in hopes that we could give you a helpful nudge to stay on track with your family history research and blogging goals. We’re happy to see so many of you stepping up to the plate by researching your family history and documenting your findings along the way.

And just as you did in June, July, AugustSeptemberOctober and November, you posted some fascinating family discoveries on your blogs in December. Here are just a few of the highlights!

Note: Participating in a genealogy blogathon can help you stay on track with your genealogy New Year’s resolutions! You can enter the challenge at any time. Click here for Crestleaf.com’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds blogging challenge rules, and learn how to easily submit your own entries for future recaps! 

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