February 2007

We’re Illuminated!

Wow! In 1916, Baltimore, Maryland became the first U.S. city to be illuminated by gas burning lights. The first gas burning lamps had to be lit by hand, but soon became automatic. Imagine what impact these new gas lights would have had on your ancestors’ lives! Factories could stay open longer, and thus, produce more. People could walk around at night because the streets were safer when lit up. The

Who is St. Valentine?

The history of Valentine’s Day, celebrated on February 14 each year, is surrounded by mystery. The modern St. Valentine’s Day contains both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with Valentine’s Day? Well, the Catholic Church has at least three different saints named Valentine/ Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend says that Valentine was a priest in Rome during

LostCousins Expands to the U.S.!

Now the LostCousins family history site has expanded into the United States. See my previous post titled “Lost Cousins is Completely Free Until 2007” for more details about LostCousins. LostCousins has now added the ability to find matches to others who are researching the same ancestors who are listed in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census that you are researching. You can search for your relatives in the 1880 census for