By Trayce Duran
There are new terms being thrown around on a daily basis. I’m of an older generation and it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends. So let’s go exploring and pick a relatively new term that came into popularity around 2004-2005 and see where it leads.
What comes to mind when you think of life hacks?
Are they a current trend?
Have generations used them for centuries?
What are ‘life hacks’ anyway?
Here is Wikipedia’s definition: Life hack (or life hacking) is any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life. 
OK, that makes sense to me, and I love the idea. But is this really new to me, and do I actually use them? Maybe even use them everyday? Have I seen others take advantage of these time saving options? Have I seen life hacks in the lives of those who have passed on prior to 2004, like my parents, aunts, uncles, even my Grandmother (who passed away in 1974)? She had never heard of life hacks!
So first let’s ask what life hacks do I personally use today?
Now let’s take a look back to my Grandmother, affectionately known as Mom, born in 1891:
What did we learn as we explored ‘life hacks’? While the term is relatively new, the concept can be found throughout generations, often seen in old magazines under a moniker such as ‘tips for housewives,’ and as we look back in time we are sure to find some pretty useful ways to become more efficient and better organized.
 Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Life Hacks, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_hack (accessed 30 May 2019).
Eric is owner of Eric J. Duran Genealogy Services. He spent a year interning with Kane Detective Agency, a private investigations firm, where he learned investigative techniques including research strategies, database searches, and public record research. Eric has completed Boston University’s Certificate Program in Genealogical Research, and serves clients using stringent methodologies borrowed from both fields.