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Profile of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

Posted June 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Seventy years ago, thousands of Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy in an offensive that would help lead to the defeat of the Third Reich and the end of World War II in Europe. One brave soldier present that day was Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., the eldest son of President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt was the only general on D-Day to land by sea with the first wave of troops with the aid of a cane and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mark Wahlberg

Posted June 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Mark Wahlberg! Today the Academy Award nominee turns 43. He was born Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg in Dorchester, Massachusetts and is the youngest of nine children. His first experience with fame came when his older brother Donnie found success as a member of the boyband New Kids on the Block. Soon he began recording music as Marky Mark, headlining the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Mark successfully transformed his career from… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie

Posted June 4, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday, Angelina Jolie! Today the award winning star turns 39. She’s currently staring in Maleficent, a re-imagining of Disney’s classic Sleeping Beauty villain. Did you know that her daughter Vivienne plays a young Aurora in the movie? Many of the young children on set were so scared of Angelina’s portrayal of Maleficent that they were unable to perform the scene. Because of her physical resemblance to the character, and being the only child not afraid of… Read the full story

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We’re Heading to Jamboree 2014!

Posted June 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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We’re excited to attend the 45th annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree taking place this week from June 6 – 8 in Burbank, California! The theme to this year’s Jamboree is Golden Memories: Discovering Your Family History. And this year’s heritage focus will be on European ancestors. If you’re planning to attend, come see the MyHeritage and Geni teams at booth #308. We love meeting users, so be sure to stop by and say hi! MyHeritage… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Duke and Duchess of Windsor

Posted June 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 3, 1937, the duke of Windsor married Wallis Simpson at the Château de Candé in France. Only a few months earlier, the Duke abdicated the British throne after news of the couple’s engagement threatened to cause a constitutional crisis early in his reign. Edward was born in 1896 and was the eldest son of King George V. Upon his father’s death, he succeeded to the throne and proclaimed his intent to marry Wallis. The British… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for June 2, 2014

Posted June 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Catch up on some family history news with these articles from around the web! Image: Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WW1 soldiers / The Telegraph The Genealogy Sphere Here’s How People 100 Years Ago Thought We’d Be Living Today (Wired) – Check out these vintage postcards of how people thought we’d be living today D-Day remembered: Striking then-and-now photographs that capture how northern France was devastated 70 years ago – and how… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ann B. Davis

Posted June 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Farewell, Alice. Yesterday, June 1, actress Ann B. Davis died at the age of 88. She was born May 5, 1926 in Schenectady, New York to Marguerite and Cassius Davis. She had an identical twin sister named Harriet. Davis was best known for her role as beloved housekeeper Alice on The Brady Bunch. For five seasons, she donned her trademark light blue maid’s uniform and white apron and entertained television audiences around the country, often scoring… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hernando de Soto

Posted May 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 30, 1539, Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto landed in Florida. Born to a noble but poor family, de Soto was drawn to the glory and wealth garnered from military fame. A key figure in the successful conquest of Peru, he returned to Spain a wealthy man. In 1938, he set sail to North America with a fleet of 10 ships and a crew of 700 men in search for gold. His expedition… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Posted May 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember laughing at the comedic genius of Bob Hope? He was born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903 in Eltham, England. With a career spanning over 60 years, Hope conquered almost every entertainment medium, including vaudeville, radio, stage, and television. He appeared in over 70 films and shorts, authored numerous books and hosted the Academy Awards a record-setting 18 times. Between 1941 – 1991, he made 57 tours for the USO, bringing his… Read the full story

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Webinar: The Biggest Family Reunion Ever – VIDEO

Posted May 28, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Did you miss our webinar with best-selling author A.J. Jacobs? Don’t worry – now you can watch the entire webinar below! AJ gave us a great overview of his journey into his family history and his upcoming attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the largest family reunion ever. Check how you’re related to AJ on Geni with the AJ Jacobs Cousin Connector and follow the Global Family Reunion project on Geni to meet… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maya Angelou

Posted May 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary poet, writer and civil rights activist Maya Agnelou, who has died at the age of 86. Beloved and admired by many, Angelou made literary history when she published her best-selling memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, in 1969 and became the first African-American woman to have a non-fiction best-seller. She was a prolific writer, penning more than 30 books, and received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011…. Read the full story

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Memorial Day: Free Access to Military Records

Posted May 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Each year the U.S. celebrates Memorial Day in honor of the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the U.S. military. In celebration of the holiday, MyHeritage is providing free access to millions of military records all weekend, from May 23 – 26. Celebrate this Memorial Day by learning more about your military ancestors. Journey back in time to some of the most important conflicts in world history that not only impacted… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rosemary Clooney

Posted May 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 23, 1928, singer and actress Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky. A successful jazz vocalist, Clooney first rose to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit “Come On-a My House.” One of five children, she and several of her siblings became successful entertainers, as did their children. Today, her nephew, George Clooney, is one of the most highly sought after stars in Hollywood. Rosemary Clooney is connected to over 75… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted May 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? On this day in 1859, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Supported by wealthy uncles, Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst, at the age of 9. He studied medicine at the University of Ediniburgh Medical School and it was there that he began writing short stories. Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes publication appeared in 1887. Doyle would go… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion: How are you related to A.J. Jacobs?

Posted May 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is organizing the largest family reunion in history and you’re invited! Image: United Purpose A.J. Jacobs is a journalist, an editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, and author of four New York Times bestsellers. You may recognize him from his book, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, in which he chronicles the year he attempted to follow all of the rules in the Bible…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cher

Posted May 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Cher! Today the music legend turns 68. Cher was born in El Centro, California on May 20, 1946. She rose to stardom as part of a singing act with her husband, Sonny Bono. The duo was best known for the hit song “I Got You Babe” and their immensely popular variety show The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. After the couple divorced, Cher embarked on her own, producing more chart toppers such as… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for May 19, 2014

Posted May 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you have any genealogy breakthroughs this weekend? Have some fun with these articles from around the web. Image: Found after 500 years, the wreck of Christopher Columbus’s flagship the Santa Maria / The Independent The Genealogy Sphere Still Paying for the Civil War (The Wall Street Journal) – Over a century later, families continue to receive Civil War benefits Exclusive: Found after 500 years, the wreck of Christopher Columbus’s flagship the Santa Maria (The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted May 19, 2014 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Today we remember Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who passed away May 19, 1994 from cancer. She was born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier on July 28, 1929 in Southampton, New York. In 1953, Jackie married John F. Kennedy in a lavish ceremony, which was considered the social event of the season. During her husband’s presidency, she was the youngest first lady in nearly 80 years. Her keen sense of fashion made her a fashion icon worldwide. To this… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Fonda

Posted May 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Yours, Mine and Ours? On this day in 1905, star Henry Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska. Fonda was the patriarch of a family of famous actors, including children Jane and Peter Fonda and granddaughter Bridget Fonda. With a nearly 50-year career in the movies, Fonda is widely considered one of the greatest actors in history. Some of his other classic films include The Grapes of Wrath, 12 Angry Men, and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: L. Frank Baum

Posted May 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you love the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz while you were growing up? Author L. Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856 in Chittenango, New York. A popular children’s book writer, Baum is best remembered for his story of Dorothy and her dog Toto and their adventure home after a tornado transports them to the magical land of Oz. First published on May 17, 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a commercial and critical… Read the full story

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Does Longevity Run in Your Family?

Posted May 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Does longevity run in your family tree? Just recently, the world’s oldest living man was identified as 111-year old New Yorker Alexander Imich. The secret to his longevity? Imich credits good genes, a healthy diet and perhaps the fact that he and his wife never had children. His closest relative is an 84-year-old nephew. Image: NBC New York Imich was born on February 4, 1903 in Poland. Check out a few significant events that occurred the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bobby Darin

Posted May 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember the song “Splish Splash”? On May 14, 1936, singer Bobby Darin was born in the Bronx, New York. Darin recorded his first mega hit “Splish Splash” in 1958, and followed with a string of best selling records that brought him world fame. He was raised by his grandparents, who he believed were his parents for most of his life. When his mother became pregnant at the age of 16, the family hatched the plan to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President James K. Polk

Posted May 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have ancestors who served in the Mexican-American War? On May 13, 1846, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved President James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico in the wake of a dispute over Texas. The Republic of Texas had declared their independence from Mexico after the Texas Revolution, and sought to join the United States as a new state. Boundary disputes lead to increasing tension between the two nations, eventually escalating to war. After… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for May 12, 2014

Posted May 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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We hope everyone had a very enjoyable Mother’s Day weekend. Jump start the new week with these fascinating family history stories from around the web! Image: Woman finds  love letter 6 decades old and tracks down soldier who wrote it / The Washington Post The Genealogy Sphere Rudyard Kipling and the century-old WWI mystery (The Star) – The story of the disappearance of Rudyard Kipling’s disappearance while in combat in 1915 France After His Death,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katharine Hepburn

Posted May 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a favorite Katharine Hepburn movie? On May 12, 1907, the legendary actress was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Katharine came from wealthy and progressive family. Her father was a noted urologist and proponent of educating the public about venereal diseases and her mother headed the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association. With her headstrong independence and unconventional attitude, Katharine came to epitomize the “modern woman” in 20th century America. Throughout her long and notable career,… Read the full story

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Mother’s Day: Famous Moms

Posted May 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day in the U.S. Variations of Mother’s Day have been celebrated at different times throughout history all over the world. The official celebration of Mother’s Day in the U.S. began in the early 20th century thanks to the efforts of a woman named Anna Jarvis. A few years after the death of her mother, Anna was inspired to organize a day to not only honor her mother, but… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.M. Barrie

Posted May 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember the story of Peter Pan? On May 9, 1860, playwright J.M. Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland. James Matthew Barrie was the ninth child of ten born to a conservative Calvinist family. He moved to London to pursue a career as a novelist and playwright. It was there that he first met the Llewelyn Davies boys, who would inspire him to write of the mischievous boy who can fly and never grow up…. Read the full story

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A Look Back: V-E Day

Posted May 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have World War II veterans in your family tree? On May 8, 1945, the Allied nations celebrated Victory in Europe Day. Millions throughout Western Europe took to the streets to celebrate the unconditional surrender of the Nazis, which effectively marked the end of World War II in Europe. Check out some interesting facts about V-E Day: The official act of military surrender was signed on May 7, 1945 After the suicide of Adolf… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Melissa Gilbert

Posted May 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Little House on the Prairie? Today star Melissa Gilbert turns 50! Born in Los Angeles, California, Melissa grew up in the entertainment business. She was adopted by actor Paul Gilbert and actress Barbara Crane, the daughter of The Honeymooners creator Harry Crane. She began her career at a young age, appearing in numerous commercials and guest spots on television. In 1974, she landed the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder on the series… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eva Peron

Posted May 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 7, 1919, Eva Perón, one of the most influential women in South American history, was born in the rural village of Los Toldos, Argentina. With little-to-no money, she moved to the nation’s capital at the age of 15 to pursue a career as a model and actress. In 1945, she married Juan Perón, who became president of Argentina the following year. As the First Lady of Argentina, Eva used her position to fight for women’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Clooney

Posted May 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday George Clooney! The newly engaged actor is still looking good at 53. George was born in Lexington, Kentucky on May 6, 1961 to Nina Bruce, a city councilwoman, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and game show host. After finding success on the television show ER, Clooney transitioned to the big screen as the star of several box office hits. His work behind the scenes has also brought him plenty of award recognition…. Read the full story

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Webinar: The Biggest Family Reunion Ever – You’re Invited

Posted May 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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We are excited to announce an exclusive webinar with A.J. Jacobs, well-known author, editor and genealogist. Hear first-hand about A.J.’s own journey to his past, and his upcoming attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the largest family reunion in history. A.J.’s mission to break the Guinness world record for the largest family reunion was recently reported in the New York Times and in interviews on NPR and CBC Radio. Using Geni and MyHeritage, A.J…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Spock

Posted May 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you or your parents use Benjamin Spock’s parenting advice book Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care? On this day in 1903, the American pediatrician was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Published in 1946, the parenting book is one of the best-selling books of all time. Throughout its first 52 years, Baby and Child Care was the second-best-selling book, next to the Bible. At the time of publication, his ideas about childcare were a great… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert, Prince Consort

Posted May 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 1, 1851, the Great Exhibition opened at the Crystal Palace in London. Conceived by Prince Albert, the exhibit was the first in a series of World’s Fair exhibitions of culture and industrial innovation. When Prince Albert married Queen Victoria at the age of 20, he found himself constrained by his position as consort. Over time, he adopted many public causes, such as educational reform and a worldwide abolition of slavery. Prince Albert also… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willie Nelson

Posted April 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 81st birthday to Willie Nelson! Born during the Great Depression and raised by his grandparents, Willie developed a love for music at an early age. At the age of 6, his grandfather bought him his first guitar and by 7, he had written his first song. Throughout his childhood, Willie earned money by performing at local dance halls and taverns. In 1950, he joined the United States Air Force. Willie gained fame during the… Read the full story

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Harry Houdini Registers for the Draft

Posted April 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you come across a World War I draft registration card in your genealogy research? These draft cards can hold a wealth of genealogical information. In 1917, the United States passed the Selective Service Act, which allowed the government to raise a national army through a nationwide draft. From 1917 – 1918, every male between the ages of 18 – 45 living in the United States were required to sign up for the draft, regardless… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jerry Seinfeld

Posted April 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Jerry Seinfeld! Can you believe today the comedian turns 60? Jerry was born Jerome Allen Seinfeld on April 29, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. His father was a sign maker of Hungarian Jewish descent and his mother is of Syrian Jewish descent. He got his start in stand-up comedy while in college. In 1988, Jerry developed the hit sitcom Seinfeld with fellow comedian Larry David. The show proved to be a huge success, running… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for April 28, 2014

Posted April 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Everyone have a wonderful weekend? See what articles you may have missed last week! Image: Drones help find World War II’s missing soldiers / Engadget The Genealogy Sphere Drones help find World War II’s missing soldiers (Engadget) – Search uses drones to find missing soldiers of World War II Spotlighting a law that stripped U.S.-born women of citizenship (LA Times) – A look into the Expatriation Act of 1907 that required a woman who married… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harper Lee

Posted April 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading To Kill a Mocking Bird? On April 28, 1926, author Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama. A classic of modern American literature, Lee’s novel was an immediate success with both critics and the public. She would go on to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for her one and only novel. Did you know Harper Lee was childhood friends with author Truman Capote? She helped serve as Capote’s research assistant for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

Posted April 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a jazz fan? Today we celebrate legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald’s birthday! The “Queen of Jazz” was born in Newport News, Virginia on April 25, 1917 to William and Temperance Fitzgerald. At the age of 17, she made her singing debut at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Her performance set her career in motion and onto a path of stardom. Her extraordinary vocal range and her ability to improvise in her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Adams

Posted April 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you ever used the Library of Congress for your genealogy research? On this day in 1800, President John Adams approved legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress,” thus establishing the Library of Congress. The initial books came from London and the collection was housed in the new Capitol. In 1814, invading British troops had set fire to several government buildings, including the Capitol, destroying… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Shakespeare

Posted April 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a lover of Shakespeare? Today we celebrate the 450th birthday of the great bard, William Shakespeare. Although the exact day of his birth is not known, record of his christening at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon show he was baptized on April 26, 1564. From this, scholars believe he was born on April 23, 1564. Considered one of the most influential writers in history, his writing is the second most quoted next to… Read the full story

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Happy Earth Day!

Posted April 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Earth Day! Each year on April 22, the world marks the anniversary of what many consider to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. Today marks the 44th observance of the event, which is celebrated in more than 192 countries, making it the largest and most celebrated environmental event worldwide. Together more than a billion people around the world are working to build a cleaner and healthier world for generations to come.  You… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isabella I of Castile

Posted April 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have ancestors that hail from Spain? On this day in 1451, Isabella I of Castile was born in Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Spain. As queen of Castile and León, she and her husband, Ferdinand II of Aragon, brought stability to the kingdoms that became the basis for the political unification of Spain under their grandson, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. In 1492, Isabella and Ferdinand sponsored Christopher Columbus‘ westward expedition to the… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for April 21, 2014

Posted April 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have a wonderful Easter weekend? Catch up on some family history articles you may have missed this past week! Image: Ethnic America, mapped: Your country’s biggest ancestral populations / The Washington Post The Genealogy Sphere The uplifting story behind a blunt obituary (Sverigesradio.se) – The story behind the simple death notice of Stig Kernell, written before his death Ethnic America, mapped: Your county’s biggest ancestral populations (The Washington Post) – A very cool map that… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth II

Posted April 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 88th birthday to Queen Elizabeth! She was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, in London. At the time of her birth, no one would have predicted that she would someday become queen. Her father, Prince Albert, succeeded to the throne after his brother, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne six months into his reign. Queen Elizabeth II is one of the longest reigning monarchs in the history of Great Britain. By… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

Posted April 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On the night of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere began his infamous ride to warn American colonists that British forces were advancing toward Lexington and Concord. Revere and fellow rider William Dawes successfully reached Lexington to warn Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock before setting out towards Concord. Along the way, they were joined by Samuel Prescott, a young patriot. Of the three men, Prescott was the only one to arrive to Concord to warn… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: The Brothers Grimm

Posted April 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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This week, the U.S. celebrates National Library Week. In honor of this literary celebration, we’re highlighting folktale storytellers the Brothers Grimm. Did you know Jacob Grimm also served as royal librarian for Napoleon Bonaparte‘s brother, Jérôme, King of Westphalia? Influenced by the rise of German romanticism in the 19th century, Jacob and his brother Wilhelm collected and recorded the folklore of their region, with an emphasis on recording German oral storytelling. Their collection would later be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wilbur Wright

Posted April 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any aviators in your family tree? On April 16, 1867, Wilbur Wright was born in Millville, Indiana. One half of the famous Wright Brothers, Wilbur and his brother Orville had shared a passion and curiosity for flight at a young age. Together they invented the world’s first successful airplane, making the first successful man-powered airplane flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. The brothers always shared credit for their inventions… Read the full story

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Tax Records in Genealogy

Posted April 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin While we all dread doing our taxes year after year, there’s at least one good thing about them – when it comes to genealogy, tax records can hold a variety of information about our relatives. If there’s one record you can rely on for consistency, it’s the annual tax records that are diligently recorded and kept. These records… Read the full story

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