Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- The Time Capsule

Hey genea-fanatics, it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you deign to accept it (come on, it's fun!), is to:

1) Go to the dMarie Time Capsule Website -

2) Select a date in your family history that you want to know about. You might pick a birth date or wedding date of your parents or grandparents.

3) Enter the date into the search form, and select the news, songs, toys, books and other things that you want to feature.

4) Share the date, why you picked it, and the results of your Time Capsule study on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a comment or post on Facebook.

Here's mine:

I chose my grandparents (Frederick Walton Seaver and Alma Bessie Richmond) marriage date - 21 June 1900. I found out that the news of the month included:

* Jun 1 - British army occupiers Pretoria South-Africa
* Jun 8 - Start of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of the 6 Napoleons"
* Jun 12 - German Navy Law calls for massive increase in sea power
* Jun 13 - China's Boxer Rebellion against foreigners & Christians
* Jun 14 - Hawaiian Republic becomes the US Territory of Hawaii
* Jun 26 - Dr Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever

The United States President was William McKinley and there was no Vice-President (Garret Hobart had died in 1899).

Prices in 1900 included:

* Bread: 3 cents
* Milk: 30 cents per gallon
* Car: $500
* House: $4,000
* Stamp: 2 cents
* Average Income: $637 per year

Toys Used in 1900:

* Ouija Boards
* Tiddledy Winks
* Gund Soft Toys
* Parcheesi
* Cap Guns
* Snakes and Ladders

Top Books in 1900:

* Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
* Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

That's enough! What year should I do next?


Bill West said...

Randy, mines at :

Check out the links for performances
of the songs!

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Hi Randy - I'm actually home tonight, so I'll play! Here's mine:

Anonymous said...

Here's mine:

Chris Staats said...

Whelp - as usual, I took a little liberty with the rules. I prefer to think of it as "going the extra mile". my wife just says I'm goofy. Either way, mine is now up on my blog: