Thursday, February 28, 2013

1790 Was The First US Federal Census That Was Recorded

[THROWBACK THURSDAY] 1790 was the first US Federal Census that was recorded. Here is an image of the 1790 census with my GGGGG-Grandfather, Thos Burns (Thomas Burnes) listed as the head of household in this city and state. Who loves these historical census records?

"Connect the Dots" -Sarah

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mardi Gras Celebrations Started on February 27, 1827

On this day, February 27, 1827 students with masks and costumes danced through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana marking the beginning of the Mardi Gras celebrations.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My Favorite Family History Trip EVER!

My favorite family history trip EVER! Here I am (wearing pink as usual) with my 4th cousins in front of our Great, Great, Great Grandparents 180 year old home. Flying across the country, meeting cousins and falling through the front porch of this home was priceless. September 8, 2009.

Who wants to go on a family history trip? Where would you go?

In 1950, the average mealtime in America lasted 90 minutes.

Did you know that 60 years ago, the average mealtime in America lasted 90 minutes? Today: the average mealtime is 12 minutes. How long does your average family meal last?

Monday, February 18, 2013

Presidents' Day was originally called "Washington's Birthday"

"PRESIDENTS' DAY" was originally called "WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY", a federal holiday that began in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington. This was the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen and is still called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally, Presidents’ Day was celebrated on February 22; Washington’s actual birthday.

On January 1, 1971, the federal holiday changed to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, as an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Legend Of Valentine's Day - St. Valentine defender of LOVE

The legend of Valentine’s Day goes back to 270 A.D., when the Roman Emperor Claudius II banned marriages and engagements because he decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families. However, a Holy Priest believed in love and took a dangerous stand to secretly perform marriages. His name just happened to be St. Valentine. Unfortunately, his actions were discovered by the Emperor and St. Valentine, the defender of love and marriage, was found guilty and imprisoned with the ultimate threat of death as punishment for his deeds. While in prison, St. Valentine fell in love with the jailor’s daughter. As he was being taken away to be executed he left his true love a love note signed, “Love, your Valentine”.
St. Valentine was executed on February 14, around 270 A.D.

Side note: There are three different Valentines in history executed for defending their beliefs.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Grace Kelly American Actress becomes Princess Grace of Monaco

The American Actress Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco on April 18, 1956 in the Palace throne room of Monaco. She and Rainier had 3 children:

  • Caroline Louise Marguerite, Princess of Hanover, born January 23, 1957, and now heiress presumptive to the throne of Monaco
  • Albert II, Prince of Monaco, born March 14, 1958, current ruler of the Principality of Monaco
  • Princess St├ęphanie Marie Elisabeth, born February 1, 1965.
Princess Grace died at the age of 52 on September 14, 1982 from a stroke she had while driving with her daughter Stephanie. The stroke caused a severe car accident and she died the following day; her daughter survived. Prince Rainier of Monaco never remarried and was buried alongside her in the Grimaldi family vault following his death in 2005.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

The Beatles Arrive in America on February 7, 1964

ON THIS DAY, February 7, 1964 THE BEATLES arrived at the John F. Kennedy airport in New York. Three thousand screaming fans greeted them as they step off the airplane onto American soil for the first time and "Beatlemania" had begun. Who is a BEATLES fan?

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Antique Blow Dryer

TIME WARP TUESDAY: Presenting the "Antique Blow Dryer".
Who remembers using one of these? Or seeing mom or grandma use one?

"Let's Keep Connecting The Dots" -Sarah