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Marriage Records

A marriage record is generally a copy of your marriage license, if it is signed by you and your spouse and witnesses. This paper certifies that you and your spouse are legally married. There are several instances when you might need a copy of your ma...

Family Tree Search: Finding Your History

Starting a family tree can be a rewarding experience for you and your family, but where do you begin? The first step is to gather all possible information about your family from your relatives, including names, relationships, birth dates, death dates...

St. Patrick's Day Fun - Links We Love

Get in the mood for St. Patrick's Day with shamrock shoes and silly glasses. Then ramp up the fun with leprechaun footprints and St. Paddy's cupcakes. -- Alpha Mom Kids need something green to wear but you aren't into shamrocks? Try this cute prin...

Baby's First Moments - Who Remembers?

Quick: Which one is more memorable -- Your child's first day of kindergarten or Princess Diana's crash? If we are to believe a new study out of the U.K., people have stronger, clearer memories of major news events than personal memories. A full 82...

Martin Luther King, Jr. - 5 Websites with Facts for Kids

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day that gives us a chance to stop and remember Dr. King's vision for the people in the United States, as well as a fitting precursor to the inauguration of Barack Obama on Tuesday. If you want to teach your...

Don't know much about history? That's about to change

A few months ago, my older daughter was given a book about castles. Or more specifically, one hypothetical castle, and how it changed over hundreds and hundreds of years, the final page being castle ruins with sightseers crawling all over it. It'...

In wake of shootings, schools practicing lockdowns

When I was a freshman in high school in Louisville, Kentucky, one strange sunny day we were all shoved into classrooms where the doors were locked. We were told to remain silent. It was only then the rumors started flying. Someone had a gun. Someon...

Fiftieth anniversary of the Little Rock Nine

Fifty years ago, nine very brave children went to school. What made those nine different from every other student at Little Rock Central High was a minor physical characteristic -- the color of their skin. In the wake of a Supreme Court decision decl...

Today is Constitution Day

Did you know that today is Constitution Day? On September 17, 1787, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting where they signed the Constitution of the United States of America. In 2004, a federal law was enacted requ...

1970's are history for American Girl

Ellie is constantly asking me to tell stories about my childhood. She is fascinated by my friends, the clothes we wore and the games we played. She finds it incredible that we didn't have cable television, cell phones or microwave ovens and that we p...

Explaining 9/11 to a child

Although my son is not even one year old, there will come a time when I need to sit down and explain to him what happened on 9/11 and why we have memorials, why we remember. At least I think I'll need to. By that time, perhaps, I'll have sorted t...

13-year journey of 23 kids from Harlem

I've looked at the children in my daughter's class before and wondered where they'd be in the future. And, honestly, it is easy to look at them-- young children from (mostly) wealthy suburban families and figure they have the odds in their favor. Hav...

A toy your child should never own

The distinguishing feature of the Marie Antoinette "action figure" is its removable head, so you can re-enact the former French queen's bloody demise over, and over, and over -- to your heart's content! I'm all for historically accurate toys, but I...

Parent vs Parent: No tattoos, temporary or otherwise

A couple of years ago, at a family vacation, one of my sisters-in-law was passing out temporary tattoos to her kids as well as to the rest of the kids. Despite my protests, Jared ended up with one and I kind of had a meltdown. I bolted for the hotel ...

Migrant Mother

I had never heard of the "Migrant Mother" photograph, but apparently I should have. It's apparently one of the most famous photos in American history, and having just discovered the picture, I can understand why. The photo depicts a weary, haunted-lo...

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