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Profile of the Day: Bill Bixby

Posted January 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching My Favorite Martian? On this day in 1934, star Bill Bixby was born in San Francisco, California. A fourth-generation Californian of English descent, Bixby was the only child of Wilfred Everett and Jane Bixby. His career spanned over three decades, in which he appeared on stage, film and television. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the TV series My Favorite Martian and The Incredible Hulk. Did you know Bill… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

Posted January 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Civil War ancestors? Today marks the 190th birthday of Lt. General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The Confederate soldier was born January 21, 1824 in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). Considered one of the most gifted tactical commanders in U.S. history, Jackson’s death proved to be a set back for the Confederacy, greatly affecting its military prospects and moral. The American Civil War is often referred to as a war of “brother against brother.”… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for January 20, 2014

Posted January 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Celebrate the holiday with these fascinating articles! Image: 10 Animations that show how faces age over time / TwistedSifter.com The Genealogy Sphere 11 Little-Known Worlds For Specific Family Members (Mental Floss) – Did you know English had these words for specific family members? Digging for their lives: Russia’s volunteer body hunters (BBC News) – These volunteers undertake the dangerous task of finding soldiers killed during World War II Merle Barwis is Canada’s last remaining link… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today the United States celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Commemorating what would have been the 85th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., today we honor the legacy of the iconic civil rights leader. He was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. As the leading advocate of nonviolent protests during the United States Civil Rights Movement, King sought to bring an end to racial discrimination through peaceful… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Franklin

Posted January 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a history buff? On January 17, 1706, Benjamin Franklin was born in colonial Boston, Massachusetts. He was born to Josiah Franklin, a native of England and soap maker, and his second wife Abiah Folger. Franklin excelled in a variety of fields as an author, printer, political theorist, postmaster, scientist, inventor and diplomat. A Founding Father of the United States, Franklin helped draft one of the most important documents in American history, the Declaration of… Read the full story

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Where to Find What Your Ancestors Looked Like

Posted January 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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If you’re lucky enough to have old photographs of your ancestors in your possession, then you already have a unique peak into the past. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case when researching your family history. Never fear – there are plenty of other ways you can find out what your ancestors may have looked like. Let’s examine a few places you can find a photo or description of how your ancestors may have looked. Naturalization… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carole Lombard

Posted January 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actress Carole Lombard, who passed away on January 16, 1942 at the age of 33. The third child born to Frederic and Elizabeth Peters, Lombard is best remembered for her roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. In 1939, she married Clark Gable in Kingman, Arizona. She died in a tragic plane crash while returning home from a World War II War Bond tour. Devastated by his wife’s death, Gable joined… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth I of England

Posted January 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 15, 1559, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey after the death of her sister, Queen Mary I of England. The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth would go on to reign for 44 years, in what would be dubbed by historians as the “Elizabethan Era.” Remembered as one of history’s greatest monarchs, Elizabeth’s reign brought England an age of stability, prosperity and discovery. Elizabeth I is connected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

Posted January 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? Today we remember author Lewis Carroll, who died January 14, 1898 at the age of 65. Although born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, he used the pen name Lewis Carroll to publish his books. Carroll loved to entertain children and had spent much time delighting his friend Henry George Liddell’s children with stories. It was Liddell’s daughter, Alice, who would serve as the inspiration of “Alice” in his tales. She was also the… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for January 13, 2014

Posted January 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Looking for something to perk up your Monday? Take a look at these interesting articles from around the web! Image: 10 Surprising Laws Passed During the First World War / Imperial War Museum The Genealogy Sphere Family who spent more than 60 years apart are reunited…after discovering they lived just yards away from each other (DailyMail UK) – Amazing story of a family reunited and discovered they were neighbors Holocaust Survivor Meets Her Liberator Nearly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Posted January 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a Seinfeld fan? Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born January 13, 1961 in Manhattan, New York to Judith, a writer and special needs tutor, and billionaire Gérard Louis-Dreyfus. Her second great grandfather, Léopold Louis-Dreyfus founded a French commodities and shipping conglomerate in 1851. For 9 years, she made us laugh as Elaine Benes on the hit television show, Seinfeld. Today she continues to tickle our funny bone as the star of Veep, for which she most… Read the full story

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Your Stories: A Mission to Preserve Her Family History

Posted January 10, 2014 by Amanda | 5 Comments
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Jennifer Lynn Young loves genealogy. Born in San Jose, California, Jennifer has held a variety of professions, from the graphic arts to owning a bookstore and her passion for genealogy has helped unite her many interests. She’s even working towards her certification as a genealogist, which she will complete this spring. At the family homestead, 1945 Her passion for genealogy didn’t begin with such enthusiasm at first. A proud fifth-generation Californian, Jennifer was always fascinated… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rod Stewart

Posted January 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Rod Stewart? Today the music legend turns 69. Born January 10, 1945 in London, England, Stewart was the youngest of five children. He excelled at soccer in his youth, however, when his ambitions to become a professional soccer player were thwarted in the summer of 1960, Stewart decided to pursue a career in music. His distinctive voice set him apart from other artists of the era and over his long… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Posted January 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge! Today the Duchess turns 32. She was born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton in Reading England to Michael Middleton, a pilot, and Carole Goldsmith, a flight attendant. The past year has been a whirlwind for Kate and her husband, Prince William, with much media frenzy surrounding her pregnancy. On July 22, 2013, the royal couple welcomed their first son, George Alexander Louis. Explore the royal family tree on Geni and see how you’re… Read the full story

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Elvis Presley: Long Live the King of Rock & Roll

Posted January 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the birth of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Considered one of the most celebrated and successful musicians of all time, Elvis not only transformed the field of popular music, but was the catalyst for the cultural revolution that was rock and roll. On January 8, 1935, Elvis Aron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi to Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Smith. Elvis was born at home in his family’s two-room shot-gun house built… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Hawking

Posted January 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the 72nd birthday of the brilliant theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking! Hawking was born January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England. Born into a family of thinkers, both of his parents attended the University of Oxford. At 21, while studying at the University of Cambridge, he was diagnosed with ALS. Despite his debilitating illness, Hawking has done groundbreaking work in the fields of physics and cosmology and is best known for his work regarding black… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katie Couric

Posted January 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Katie Couric! Today the popular journalist and talk show host turns 57. Born in Arlington, Virgina to Elinor Tullie and John Martin Couric, Katie has long been one of America’s favorite news correspondents. For 15 years, she co-anchored the highly successful morning news show Today before leaving to become the first woman to anchor CBS Evening News alone. Her maternal grandparents, Bert Hene and Clara Froshin, were the children of Jewish immigrants from… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for January 6, 2014

Posted January 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Hope everyone had a great time welcoming in the New Year! Let’s start 2014 off with these articles you may have missed: Image: BBC The Genealogy Sphere 10 dangerous things in Victorian/Edwardian homes (BBC) – Interesting list of 10 things we couldn’t imagine in our homes today History comes calling as soldier’s dogtag surfaces (UnionLeader.com) – A World War II dogtag is returned to family Century-old remains returned to Ceres family (Modbee.com) – With the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rowan Atkinson

Posted January 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Mr. Bean? Today Rowan Atkinson celebrates his 59th birthday! Born in Consett, England, Atkinson was the youngest of four brothers. Consistently named one of the funniest British comedians of all time, Atkinson found great success portraying the hapless Mr. Bean on television and film. Did you know Atkins is also a serious scholar? He earned a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering at The Queen’s College at Oxford. Check out Rowan… Read the full story

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Discover Your Family History in Postcards

Posted January 3, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Many people send postcards to loved ones while on a family vacation, traveling or just to say “hello.” Today, we often send short messages to each other digitally through text messages or emails. While new technologies have made communication virtually instantaneous, the custom of sending a handwritten messages is becoming a lost art. There’s nothing quite like discovering an old postcard from your relatives written in their own hand. A postcard not only provides you with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted January 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading The Hobbit as a child? On January 3, 1892, author J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After the death of his father, Tolkien’s mother moved the young family back to England. As a young man, Tolkien served in World War I and fought in the Battle of the Somme. Tolkien brought his passion for linguistics into his writing by incorporating languages of his own creation into his storytelling. He created… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Asimov

Posted January 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate what would have been the 94th birthday of science fiction author Isaac Asimov! Born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov in Petrovichi, Russia, Asimov immigrated with is family to the U.S. as a toddler. A fan of science fiction since he was young, Asimov wrote his own stories at 11 and by the age of 19, was selling stories to science fiction magazines. Known as one of the most prolific writers in history, he wrote… Read the full story

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A Look Back at 2013

Posted December 31, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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As we prepare to welcome in the new year, we thought it would be fun to reflect on some of the amazing things we have accomplished in the last 12 months. We’re proud of the many exciting new features we introduced this year to help you research your family history. While we all work together to build the largest and most accurate family tree of the world, genealogy research on Geni has never been faster or… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Denver

Posted December 31, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember John Denver, who was born December 31, 1943 in Roswell, New Mexico. The folk musician was born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. to Erma Louise and Lt. Col. Henry John, Sr., an Air Force officer who set three speed records in the B-58 Hustler bomber and earned a place in the Air Force Hall of Fame. An avid environmental activist, Denver spent much of the later years of his life focused on humanitarian… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 30, 2013

Posted December 30, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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We hope everyone had a very happy holiday! Before we start the new year, check out some interesting articles from around the web: Image: O’Connor Family Photo/Masslive.com The Genealogy Sphere Family Tree: Memories of Christmases past help document genealogy (Masslive.com) – Sharing a lifetime of Christmas memories Century-old cremains create Modesto mystery (Modbee.com) – A corner tries to find the family of a woman who died in 1906 Trove of Information From the 1930s, Animated by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rudyard Kipling

Posted December 30, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading The Jungle Book? This day in 1865, author Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, in the Bombay Presidency of British India. His experiences in India, as both a young child and years later as a young adult, highly influenced much of his writings. Regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story, today Kipling’s children’s books are regarded as enduring classics of children’s literature. He was awarded the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President Harry S. Truman

Posted December 26, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember President Harry S. Truman, who died on December 26, 1972 at the age of 88. Truman was born in Larmar, Missouri and spent most of the early years of his life on a farm. He succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt died after months of declining health. Under Truman, the U.S. successfully concluded World War II. President Truman is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Looking Back: Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

Posted December 24, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember writing letters to Santa Claus? As a child, many of us believed in the jolly man from the North Pole. If we were good children, Santa would bring us presents on Christmas day. But there were always those who would shed doubts in our belief. One of the most famous editorials ever to be published is the story of a young Virginia O’Hanion and her quest to know if there really was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Natalie Wood

Posted December 24, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching a young Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th Street? At the tender age of eight, Natalie won the hearts of audiences as Susan Walker, the little girl who comes to believe in Santa Claus. Within a few months of the film’s release, she became so popular that Macy’s invited her to appear in the store’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Today the film is still a Christmas favorite. Does the movie make… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 23, 2013

Posted December 23, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Get into the holiday spirit with these great articles from around the web! Image: BBC The Genealogy Sphere Bristol Airport lost teddy bear family is identified (BBC News) – The family of a lost teddy bear found in Bristol Airport with a photograph dated 1918 has been identified 5 Fun Ways to Record Family Memories (ParentInformer.com) – Great tips on how to record your family memories Why Was My Black Ancestor Listed as a Slave Owner?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bing Crosby

Posted December 23, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Ranked as one of the best Christmas songs of all time, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is a holiday staple for most families. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Bing’s version is the best-selling single in history, with an estimated 100 million copies sold worldwide. He first performed the song live Christmas Day in 1941. The single was later featured in the 1954 classic White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Stewart

Posted December 20, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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What’s your favorite holiday film? On this day 67 years ago, the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life premiered in New York City. Starring James Stewart as George Bailey, the film has become a must-see event for many every Christmas. Did you know the movie was Stewart’s first starring vehicle after returning from World War II? He would earn his third Academy Award nomination for what many consider one of the defining roles of his career…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emily Brontë

Posted December 19, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember author Emily Brontë, who died December 19, 1848. The fifth child of Reverend Patric Brontë and his wife, Maria Branwell, Emily was not the only creative one in the family. Her two sisters, Charlotte and Anne, enjoyed literary success as well. She published her defining work Wuthering Heights under the pseudonym Ellis Bell in 1847. It would be her first and only published novel. She died a year later of tuberculosis at the… Read the full story

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Crafty Ways to Bring a Little Family History to Your Holiday

Posted December 18, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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The holidays are always a fun time to share with your family. It’s also the perfect time to share your ancestors stories with your relatives. Check out some crafty ways to spice up your holiday decor with some family history memories. Wrap It Image credit: Sweet Paul Do you have old family photos at home? Scan your photos to create homemade wrapping paper for your relatives. Sweet Paul Magazine offers a quick tutorial to turn… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brad Pitt

Posted December 18, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Brad Pitt! Can you believe the star is turning the big 5-0? Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma and grew up in Springfield, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri as a journalism major, but felt a love for film that he couldn’t ignore. Just two credits shy of graduating, Pitt left Missouri and headed to Hollywood to become an actor. Today he is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable stars and actively involved… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Dickens

Posted December 17, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember Charles Dickens‘ Christmas classic A Christmas Carol? On this day in 1843, Dickens’ novella was published for the first time and since then, the comforting story has never been out of print. Over the years, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation after his spiritual visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come has been adapted multiple times into a variety of mediums including stage, television and film. The… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 16, 2013

Posted December 16, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Start your week with some interesting articles from around the web: What Kids Learn From Hearing Family Stories – The Atlantic (cdnsure/Flickr) The Genealogy Sphere What Kids Learn From Hearing Family Stories (The Atlantic) – Sharing family tales from the past has great education benefits for children Potter’s Field Records and Genealogy Research (a3Genealogy blog) – Tips on how to find Potter’s Field burial records Have We Found the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island? (National… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter O’Toole

Posted December 16, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Peter O’Toole, who passed away this weekend, at the age of 81. He was born in 1932, with some sources giving his birthplace as Connemara, Ireland while other’s report Leeds, England. Even O’Toole himself wasn’t sure of his birthplace or date, noting that while he accepted August 2 as his birthdate, he had a birth certificate from each country, with the Irish one giving a June 1932 birthdate. One of Hollywood’s most… Read the full story

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Old Photographs: Hidden Mothers

Posted December 13, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Since the camera was first invented, people have always desired to capture special moments in time to remember for years to come. Capturing the perfect family photo can often be difficult, especially when you have very young children. Even at the best of times, trying to get a baby to hold still for a photo can be an almost impossible task. But in today’s world, you have the luxury of taking multiple digital photographs until… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dick Van Dyke

Posted December 13, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Dick Van Dyke! Today the lovable actor turns 88. He was born in West Plains, Missouri, but grew up in Danville, Illinois. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he became a radio announcer, later transferring to the Special Services entertaining troops. Over the course of his long and impressive career, he has starred in many memorable roles on both the small and big screen, including the films… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frank Sinatra

Posted December 12, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Ol’ Blue Eyes? On this day in 1915, Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. The only child of Sicilian immigrants, Sinatra knew he wanted to be a singer at a very young age. From his early days crooning in night clubs to his award-winning performances on the big screen, Sinatra became one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century. The epitome of cool, Sinatra was considered… Read the full story

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MyHeritage Adds Millions of Nordic Records

Posted December 11, 2013 by Amanda | Comments Off
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Researching your Nordic heritage? We’re excited to announce millions of digitized records from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland have been added to MyHeritage’s burgeoning collection of historical records. Spanning from as early as the 1600s, these records are available now through MyHeritage’s SuperSearch™ and will be matched to your Geni profiles using MyHeritage’s powerful Record Matching technology. These collections contain over 90 million names and include birth, death, marriage and baptism records as well as census… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor

Posted December 11, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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This day in 1936, Edward VIII abdicated the English throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson. His relationship with the twice-divorced socialite was controversial from the start and the announcement of the couple’s engagement caused a constitutional crisis only months into his reign. The British government, the Church of England and the public widely condemned his desire to marry Simpson. As the King and the titular head of the Church of England, Edward VIII was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Melvil Dewey

Posted December 10, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember using the Dewey Decimal Classification system at the library? 162 years ago today, the mastermind behind the library cataloging system, Melvil Dewey, was born in Adams Center, New York. Dewey’s system forever changed the cataloging of books and library materials, and made it easy for patrons and librarians to find any particular book and return it to its proper place on library shelves. The system is currently used in at least 135… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 9, 2013

Posted December 9, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Wet your genealogy appetite with these great stories from around the web: The Soldier Who Just Refused to Give Up / DailyMail UK The Genealogy Sphere The Soldier Who Just Refused to Give Up (DailyMail UK) – The inspiring story of a World War I hero’s loss and struggle for survival Uncovering records that link the slaveholder and enslaved (Examiner.com) – Robin Foster shares what clues you can follow to untangle the link between slaves… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kirk Douglas

Posted December 9, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate actor Kirk Douglas‘ 97th birthday. He was born Issur Danielovitch to poor, Russian Jewish immigrants in Amsterdam, New York on December 9, 1916. He grew up as Izzy Demsky, a surname the family adopted in the United States, and changed legally changed his name to Kirk Douglas before entering the Navy during World War II. After the war, he pursued a career in acting and discovered work on the stage before finding… Read the full story

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

Posted December 6, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember former South African president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. Devoted to ending apartheid, Mandela served as an inspiration to many for his message of reconciliation and forgiveness, and a peaceful end to years of segregation.  “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roy Orbison

Posted December 6, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember the hit song “Oh, Pretty Woman”? Today we remember music legend Roy Orbison, who passed away on December 6, 1988 in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Growing up in Texas in a working-class family, Orbison showed an interest in music early in life. For his sixth birthday, we was given a guitar that would make music a part of his life forever. Considered one of the most influential musicians in history, Orbison was inducted into… Read the full story

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The End of Prohibition

Posted December 5, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Eighty years ago today, Prohibition ended in the United States, lifting the national ban of alcohol throughout the nation. Between 1920 – 1933, the production, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages was prohibited across the country. Although the motivation to pass the 18th Amendment to the U.S. constitution was to curb the adverse effects of drinking on society, the Prohibition had the unintended consequence of stimulating a rampant underground of organized and widespread criminal activity. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Van Buren

Posted December 5, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you know who was the first U.S. President to be born a United States citizen? Martin Van Buren, the 8th President of the United States, was born December 5, 1782 in Kinderhook, New York. Before President Van Buren, all previous presidents were born in the British colonies before the American Revolution, and therefore were British subjects. His third great grandfather, Cornelis Maessen van Buren came to the Americas in 1631 from what is today… Read the full story

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