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Profile of the Day: Matt Damon

Posted October 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Matt Damon! Today the star turns 44. Damon was born Matthew Paige Damon in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 8, 1970. He is the second son of Kent Telfer Damon, a stockbroker, and Nancy Carisson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. In 1988, Damon started attending Harvard University. That same year, he made his acting debut with a single line of dialogue in the romantic comedy Mystic Pizza. It wasn’t until 1997 that Damon… Read the full story

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Your Weekly Genealogy Recap

Posted October 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Here’s our weekly recap of articles from around the web! Image: Franklin tree has deep roots / Philly.com The Genealogy Sphere Five brothers and sister over 100 a world record say Irish family (Irishcentral.com) – Could the secret of longevity lie with this Irish family? The Clarke family sees five siblings live to be a hundred. The Legend of What Actually Lived in the “No Man’s Land” Between World War I’s Trenches (Smithsonian Magazine) –… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Yo-Yo Ma

Posted October 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Does music run in your family? Today legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma celebrates his 59th birthday! Born in Paris France to Chinese parents, music was a large part of everyday life in the Ma family. His mother, Marina Lu, was a singer and his father, Hiao-Tsiun Ma, was a violinist and professor of music at Nanjing National Central University. A child prodigy, Ma began performing in front of live audiences at the age of 5 and… Read the full story

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10 Ways to Celebrate Family History Month

Posted October 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Family History Month is here again! Each year, the month of October is devoted entirely to genealogy. There’s no better time to celebrate your family heritage, reconnect with your roots and share what you have discovered with the ones you love. We’ve compiled this handy list of ways you can make the most of this Family History Month! 1. Review your family tree on Geni Take a look at your family tree on Geni and see if there are any… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gwen Stefani

Posted October 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Gwen Stefani! Today the rocker turns 45. Born in Fullerton, California, Stefani rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band No Doubt. She later pursued her own successful solo career and launched the hit fashion line L.A.M.B. Her love of fashion developed at a young age after her mother taught her to sew. Keeping music in the family, she is currently married to British musician Gavin Rossdale. Today you can catch her on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

Posted October 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Mahatma Gandhi, who was born on this day in 1869. Widely described as “the father of the nation” by Indians, Gandhi lead India to independence from British rule through nonviolent civil disobedience. He was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2, 1869 to a Hindu merchant caste family. He studied law in London and spent 21 years in South Africa opposing discriminatory legislation against Indians. It was there that he developed his political leadership skills… Read the full story

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Genealogy Research: Mugshots

Posted October 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any black sheep in your family tree? If your ancestor has an arrest under their belt, police reports may exist that will give you very interesting insights into your relative’s history. Not to mention that a mugshot would be a unique addition to your genealogy record collection! The mugshot was invented by Alphonse Bertillon, a French police officer and biometrics researcher. He applied the anthropological technique of anthropometry to law enforcement, creating an identification… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary I of England

Posted October 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On October 1, 1553, Mary I was crowned the Queen of England. The eldest daughter and only surviving child of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, Mary was the fourth crowned monarch of the Tudor dynasty. After succeeding the short reign of her Protestant half-brother Edward VI, Mary restored England to Roman Catholicism. In the process, she had nearly 300 religious dissenters burned at the stake, earning her the nickname “Bloody Mary.” Her re-establishment of Roman… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ted Danson

Posted September 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Cheers? On this day 32 years ago, the hit sitcom starring Ted Danson premiered on television. Set in a Boston bar “where everybody knows your name,” the show focused on a group of locals who met to drink, relax and socialize. In his breakthrough role, Danson played former baseball player and bartender Sam Malone. He would receive 11 consecutive Emmy nominations, winning the coveted statue twice for his comedic performance. Did you know the… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 29, 2014

Posted September 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Here’s a roundup of family history articles from the past week! Image: Day out at the gallows and other bygone photographic oddities / BBC News The Genealogy Sphere Day out at the gallows and other bygone photographic oddities (BBC News) – A glimpse into the funny side of the people from the Victorian era Why Was Robert Webster, a slave, Wearing What Looks Like a Confederate Uniform? (Smithsonian.com) - The remarkable story of a man who… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Miguel de Cervantes

Posted September 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you read the classic story Don Quixote? On this day in 1547, author Miguel de Cervantes was born in Madrid, Spain. His father was a surgeon and his mother was the daughter of a nobleman. Dubbed “El Príncipe de los Ingenios” or “The Prince of Wits,” Cervantes’s work had a profound influence on Spanish literature. Not much is known about the Spanish author’s early years. He led an adventurous life and enlisted as a soldier in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: T.S. Eliot

Posted September 26, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to T.S. Eliot! On this day in 1888, Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri to an old Yankee family. His grandfather, William Greenleaf Eliot, was most notable for founding Washington University in St. Louis. In 1914, Eliot emigrated to England at the age of 25. It was around this time that he began a lifelong friendship with poet Ezra Pound. He was naturalized as a British subject in 1927. Eliot published… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mark Hamill

Posted September 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Mark Hamill! Today the Star Wars star turns 63. Hamill was born on September 25, 1951 in Oakland, California to Virginia and William Thomas Hamill. He made small appearances on television before catapulting to stardom as the star of George Lucas’s film Star Wars. The 1977 film was an instant hit both domestically and internationally and marked the beginning of one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood history. Hamill has also gone on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jim Henson

Posted September 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching The Muppet Show? Today we remember Muppet creator Jim Henson on what would have been his 78th birthday. He was born James Maury Henson on September 24, 1936 in Greenville, Mississippi to Betty Marcella and Paul Ransom Henson, an agronomist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While in college, he began working as a puppeteer for a local television station. It was there that he first developed his most iconic character, Kermit the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sigmund Freud

Posted September 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Seventy-five years ago today, famed neurologist Sigmund Freud died at the age of 83 from a lethal dose of morphine. Known as the father of psychoanalysis, Freud’s radical and controversial theories about the mind transformed the field of psychology. Freud was born on May 6, 1856 in Freiberg, Austria. At the age of four, his family moved to Vienna, where he would live and work for the remainder of his life. In 1881, he earned… Read the full story

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New on Geni: Multilingual Profiles

Posted September 22, 2014 by Amanda | Comments Off
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Geni’s World Family Tree, now almost 80 million profiles strong, enables people of all nationalities and cultures to work together to discover their shared ancestry. One of the greatest challenges of creating a single family tree of the world is accommodating the many languages spoken by our international community. Today we’re excited to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now supports multilingual profiles. This means you can enter names and biographies in multiple languages, and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne of Cleves

Posted September 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On September 22, 1515, Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of King Henry VIII, was born in Düsseldorf. The match between Anne and the King was urged by his chief minister, Thomas Cromwell. However, shortly after meeting Anne, Henry had misgivings about going through with the marriage, stating that he believed he was mislead about her appearance. He urged Cromwell to find a legal way to avoid the marriage, but doing so was impossible without endangering the vital… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 22, 2014

Posted September 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Enjoy this week’s roundup of articles from around the web! Image: 30 Discoveries About Family History in Spanish Surnames / Mental_Floss The Genealogical Sphere President Obama is Sen. Ted Cruz’s cousin! Really! (CNN) - CNN’s Kelly Wallace chats with AJ Jacobs about the upcoming Global Family Reunion. Watch as AJ shows how everyone’s related using Geni 30 Discoveries About Family History in Spanish Surnames (Mental_Floss) – Have Spanish surnames in your family tree? Check out what… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Tyler Moore

Posted September 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show? On this day 44 years ago, the groundbreaking sitcom starring Mary Tyler Moore premiered on television. The show marked the first time a single, never-married, independent career woman was the central character on TV. The show was an instant hit with audiences and critics. Moore would win 3 Emmy Awards for her performance. Today, the show is remembered as one of the most critically acclaimed programs ever produced. Were you a fan… Read the full story

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Creative Ways to Display Your Family Tree

Posted September 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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One of the most exciting parts of researching your family history is getting the opportunity to share it with others. And part of the fun is coming up with unique and clever ideas to display your family tree, whether it’s a mural on the wall of your home or a shadowbox showcasing your family history. Here are few creative ways to display your family tree: Family Tree Cutout This is a really beautiful family tree showcasing family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Gandolfini

Posted September 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of The Sopranos? Today we remember actor James Gandolfini, who was born on September 18, 1961. He was born to Italian parents Santa Penna, a high school lunch lady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and cement mason. Due to the influence of his parents, he developed a strong sense of Italian American identity and visited Italy regularly. He skyrocketed to fame when he took on the role of Tony Soprano on the hit… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Ritter

Posted September 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Three’s Company? On September 17, 1948, star John Ritter was born in Burbank, California. He was the son of actress Dorothy Fay and Tex Ritter, a singing cowboy/western star. Although he grew up surrounded by show business, Ritter did not intend to follow in his parents’ footsteps. However, after being persuaded to join a drama class, he changed his college major from psychology to theater arts. He got his big break as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter Falk

Posted September 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Columbo? On September 16, 1927, star Peter Falk was born in New York City, New York. A versatile actor, Falk found success on both the small and big screen. He was nominated twice for an Academy Award and won five Emmy Awards, four of which were for his most memorable character, Lt. Columbo. Did you know at the age of 3, Falk had a tumor in his right eye and had to have… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 15, 2014

Posted September 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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What great genealogy breakthroughs did you make this weekend? Let’s kickstart the new week with these articles from around the web! Image: World War One submarine ‘found’ by Australian navy / The Telegraph The Genealogy Sphere Identity of notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper finally revealed (London Evening Standard) – Does recent DNA evidence really reveal the identity of Jack the Ripper? Sisters in Photos (FamilyTree Magazine blog) – Photo detective Maureen Taylor compares the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Agatha Christie

Posted September 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Agatha Christie’s mystery novels? On this day in 1890, the best-selling author was born in Torquay, England to a wealthy upper middle-class family. Educated in her home by her mother, Christie was encouraged to write from a very young age. During World War I, Christie served in a hospital as a nurse while her husband served as a Royal Flying Corps pilot. In 1920, she was finally able to publish her first… Read the full story

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Video: Inspiring Interview with MyHeritage CEO

Posted September 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Last week, MyHeritage founder and CEO Gilad Japhet gave a very inspirational interview with Israel’s leading primetime news program. In the video, subtitled in English, Gilad discusses some of MyHeritage’s wonderful pro bono projects. For those unfamiliar, these projects include discovering heirs for unclaimed assets confiscated in WWII, returning looted art to its rightful owners and our global crowdsourcing project with BillionGraves to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. The story is truly amazing and heart-warming and we wanted to share it… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Hudson

Posted September 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On September 12, 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson began his exploration of what is today the Hudson River while aboard the Halve Maen. Under the employment of the Dutch East India Company, Hudson explored the region to find a shorter route to Asia. His journey up the river not only opened up North America for further exploration, but also established Dutch claims to the region and to the fur trade that prospered there after a trading… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jenny Lind

Posted September 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Swedish connections? On this day in 1850, legendary opera singer Jenny Lind gave her first concert in the United States at the Castle Garden in New York. Known as the “Swedish Nightingale,” Lind was one of the most highly regarded singers of the 19th century. A sensation across Europe, Lind was persuaded by showman P.T. Barnum to undertake a long tour across the U.S. Barnum’s advance publicity made her a celebrity before she arrived in… Read the full story

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Strange Royal Epithets in History

Posted September 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have royal ancestors in your family tree? You may be familiar with some of the epithets that follow their names. An epithet is an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned. Many figures throughout history are remembered and referred to by their epithets, long after they are deceased. A familiar one from history may be Richard the Lionheart, who earned his nickname because of his reputation… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Arness

Posted September 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching the show Gunsmoke? On this day in 1955, the popular Western show premiered on television. Taking over the starring role in the TV adaption was actor James Arness, who would portray Marshal Matt Dillon for the next 20 years. Arness got the role on the recommendation of John Wayne, who introduced him in the prologue of the first episode. With Norwegian and German ancestry, the naturally blond actor had to die his hair darker for the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hugh Grant

Posted September 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Hugh Grant! Today the British actor turns 54. He was born Hugh John Mungo Grant in London, England to Fynvola Susan MacLean and Captain James Murray Grant. Before pursuing a career in theater, Grant studied English literature at Oxford. He achieved international success after staring in the comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral. Since then, he’s gone on to star in several hit films, including About a Boy, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Love Actually. What’s your… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 8, 2014

Posted September 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have a great weekend? Kickstart your week with these articles from around the web. Image: 1900: “Visions of 2000″ / Retronaut The Genealogy Sphere 1900: “Visions of 2000″ (Retronaut) – See how people of the 1900s envisioned the future How a mysterious box of photos sent an Evanston couple halfway around the world (Chicago Reader) – For a quarter century, this couple have been trying to figure out the identity of the photographer responsible for a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patsy Cline

Posted September 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a favorite Patsy Cline song? Today we remember the legendary country singer on what would have been her 82nd birthday. She was born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia to Hilda Patterson Hensely, a 16-year-old seamstress, and Sam Hensley, a 43-year-old blacksmith. Cline was introduced to music at an early age, singing in the church with her mother. As a teen, she left school to help support her family after her father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joan Rivers

Posted September 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember pioneering comedian Joan Rivers, who died September 4 at the age of 81. Never one to shy away from speaking her mind, no subject was off limits to the always self-depreciating and sharply-tongued comic. She was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York to Russian Jewish immigrants Beatrice Grushman and Meyer C. Molinsky. During the 1950s, Rivers began doing stand-up routines in nightclubs. Her career took off after her appearance on the The… Read the full story

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Patents: George Eastman and the Roll Film Camera

Posted September 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember the days when cameras used film rolls? Today most of us take photos digitally, either with our phones, tablets or a digital camera and it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always so easy to snap a picture. Nearly fifty years after the world was first introduced to the daguerrotype, American inventor and entrepreneur George Eastman sought to find a way to make photography less cumbersome and easier for the average person… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Irwin

Posted September 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Steve Irwin, who passed away on this day in 2006 at the age of 44. Known as “The Crocodile Hunter,” Irwin spent much of his life devoted to wildlife conservation and environmentalism. He was born on February 22, 1962 in Victoria, Australia and grew up on a wildlife park owned by his parents. At the age of nine, he began handling crocodiles. Did you know Irwin and his wife Terri spent their honeymoon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: E.E. Cummings

Posted September 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – e e cummings Today we remember poet E.E. Cummings, who died on September 3, 1962 at the age of 67. He was born Edward Estlin Cummings in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Unitarian parents. He went to Harvard University, where his father taught, before leaving to serve in World War I overseas as a volunteer for the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps. During his time abroad,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mark Harmon

Posted September 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of NCIS? Today star Mark Harmon celebrates his 63rd birthday! He was born Thomas Mark Harmon on September 2, 1951 in Burbank, California. His parents were Heisman Trophy winner and broadcaster Tom Harmon and artist Elyse Knox. A gifted athlete, he was the starting quarterback for the UCLA Bruins football team in college. Forgoing a career as a professional athlete after college, he decided to pursue a career as an actor. Throughout… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 1, 2014

Posted September 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who are you researching this Labor Day weekend? Take a break with these articles from around the web! Image: 100 Year Old Life Hacks that Still Work Today / Guff.com The Genealogy Sphere Tuesday’s Tip – Records from Mental Hospitals (Your Swedish Heritage blog) – A great tip to check mental hospital records in your research The Well-Dressed Couple Again and Solving a Group Photo Mystery (Family Tree Magazine blog) – Photo detective Maureen Taylor figures… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ingrid Bergman

Posted August 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Casablanca? Today we remember star Ingrid Bergman, who was born in Stockholm, Sweden on August 29, 1915. She lost both her parents at a very young age; her mother died when she was 3 and her father passed when she was 13. After her father’s death, she was sent to live with an aunt, who died of heart disease only six months later. At 17, she received a scholarship to the Royal… Read the full story

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Etiquette: A 19th Century Guide

Posted August 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Growing up, our parents taught us to be polite and practice good manners - say your “pleases” and “thank yous,” hold the door for others, don’t talk with your mouth full, etc. And as we grew up, we strive to pass along these best practices to our children. During the 19th century, etiquette guides were a booming business. To the people of the Victorian Era, practicing good manners was essential to all social interactions. Many books were written… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Posted August 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have German ancestry? On this day 265 years ago, German writer, poet and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goeth was born in Frankfurt, then an Imperial Free City of the Holy Roman Empire. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe’s works are considered the beginning of the Sturm und Drang movement in German Romantic literature. His is perhaps best remembered for his two-part poetic drama Faust, which he began around the age of 23… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Minnie Driver

Posted August 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tonight’s season finale of the popular genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? features British actress Minnie Driver. Known for her roles in Good Will Hunting and The Riches, Driver will embark on a journey to learn more about the life of her secretive father. She was born Amelia Fiona Driver on January 31, 1970 to Ronnie Driver, a successful businessman, and Gaynor Millington, a designer and former couture model. Her parents separated when she was 6, but it… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Fitch

Posted August 26, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you ever ridden on a steamboat? On August 26, 1791, inventor John Fitch was granted a U.S. patent for the steamboat. Fitch was born January 21, 1743 on a farm that is part of present-day South Windsor, Connecticut. He served briefly during the American Revolution, working mostly as a gunsmith for the New Jersey militia. By 1785, Fitch began working on ideas for a steam-powered boat. Two years later, he successfully demonstrated his steamboat… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for August 25, 2014

Posted August 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Make any great genealogy finds this this weekend? Kickstart your week with these family history articles from around the web! Image: Nephew finds WW2 PoW’s grave in Poland after 29 years / BBC News The Genealogy Sphere Still ‘Drinkable’: 200-Year-Old Booze Found in Shipwreck (LiveScience) – Cheers! Researchers discover well preserved bottle of alcohol in shipwreck 15 Century-Old Toys We Still Want to Buy (mental_floss) – Did your ancestors play with any of these toys? Man… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sean Connery

Posted August 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 84th birthday to Sean Connery! He was born Thomas Sean Connery on August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland to Euphemia McBain, a cleaning woman, and Joseph Connery, a factory worker and lorry driver. Before becoming an actor, Connery’s first job was a milkman at the age of 13. Three years later, he joined the Royal Navy. Connery’s big break came in the role of secret agent James Bond in the film Dr. No. The part would prove… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard III of England

Posted August 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 22, 1485, Richard III of England was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard III served as king of England for only two years. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. When his brother Edward IV died, Richard was named Lord Protector of the realm for Edward’s 12-year-old son. However, before the young king could be crowned, his parent’s marriage was declared invalid,… Read the full story

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Your Stories: Connecting with Norwegian Relatives

Posted August 21, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Discovering your family history is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. We always love to hear stories from our users about their journeys as they research their genealogy. In 2012, Kitty Cooper launched Kitty Cooper’s Blog to keep track of her family’s DNA tests as well as her genealogical research. Written for her relatives with simple step-by-step pictorial explanations, the blog soon became extremely popular for her articles on genetics and genealogy…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Swayze

Posted August 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Dirty Dancing? On this day in 1987, the classic movie starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey was released in theaters. A gifted dancer, Swayze had studied ballet for years under the tutelage of his mother Patsy, who was the director of the Houston Jazz Ballet Company. The surprise box office hit instantly established Swayze as one of Hollywood’s leading men. He would go on to star in many more notable films, including Ghost, Point Break and Donnie Darko. Today… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kelsey Grammer

Posted August 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane on the sitcoms Cheers and Frasier? On tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, the star will explore his family heritage. His journey reveals surprising stories and hardships about his grandmother’s family. Along the way, he also discovers his family’s connection to the Oregon Trail, one of the greatest migrations in American history. Did you know Grammer is related to his former Cheers co-star Ted Danson? Ted Danson is his 12th cousin thrice removed! Before… Read the full story

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