In the Beginning… A Checklist for Genealogical Neophytes

By Pamela Smith Genealogical research is a profession for some and a hobby for many. With the advent of TV shows such as Who Do You Think You Are? and the multitude of resources available online, there are some interested novices entering the field who need a little help knowing where to start. The following brief overview is for…
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Flag Day History

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to prepare a flag for our new republic. According to a well-known story, George Washington asked a Philadelphia seamstress named Betsy Ross to make a flag for our new country. Although there is no proof that this is the way our first flag came to…
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Memorial Day

For some people, Memorial Day is just the weekend the pools open, marking the beginning of another long, lazy summer. The grill's fired up in the backyard, and later fireflies will wink off and on in the gathering twilight as kids break out the balls and nets for some not so serious fun. While it's…
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The Longest Day: Traditions for the Summer Solstice

Take a moment to savor the summer delights and craft some new traditions while learning the legends of summer. Ancient Stargazers Humans in prehistoric times built monuments to commemorate both the winter and the summer solstices throughout the world. Solstice comes from the Latin words sol meaning sun and sistere meaning to cause to stand still. As the days…
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