How Rudolph Became the Most-Famous Reindeer

How Rudolph Became the Most-Famous Reindeer

Most of our Christmas lore dates back centuries: Santa Claus, the Yule log, caroling, the Christmas tree. The most famous reindeer of all, though, dates only to the 20th century. 1939, to be exact.   The road to reindeer fame That year, Chicago-based Montgomery Ward decided to create a giveaway...Read more
Are You Related to Saint Nick?

Are You Related to Saint Nick?

If the legend of Santa Claus is based on a real person, does that mean Santa had descendants? On December 6, Catholics around the world celebrate the feast of Saint Nicholas, otherwise known as Saint Nick’s Day. Children leave their shoes and stockings out overnight in hopes that they will...Read more
Coming Soon: A Royal Wedding and a New Coat of Arms

Coming Soon: A Royal Wedding and a New Coat of Arms

Hooray, it’s royal wedding time! The British royal family has announced that Prince Harry, second son of the Prince of Wales and younger brother to the Duke of Cambridge, is engaged to American actress Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in spring 2018. Genealogist Charles Kidd, the editor of Debrett’s...Read more
The Biggest Genealogy News Stories of 2017

The Biggest Genealogy News Stories of 2017

I can sum up this post in one short word. Not even a word, really, but three letters: D. N. A. The biggest genealogy stories of 2017 (so far, I guess I should say) are almost all about genetic genealogy. There’ll be another topic or two, but DNA is definitely...Read more
The Return of the Sear’s Wish Book

The Return of the Sear’s Wish Book

The holidays have officially arrived, and this year holds extra excitement as Sear’s has brought back their annual holiday Wish Book – a tradition that the holiday had discontinued in 2011. Sears Wish List images credited to Mike Mozart Richard Sears created his first printed mailer advertisement in 1888, advertising...Read more