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Video: Undeveloped Film Rolls from WWII Discovered

Posted January 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Can you image discovering rare, undeveloped photographs from WWII and then being the first person to ever view them? Recently, photographer Levi Bettweiser made such a discovery after coming across 31 undeveloped rolls of film shot by a soldier during World War II. Bettweiser launched the Rescued Film Project in an effort to find and rescue old and undeveloped rolls of film. In 2014, he found the undeveloped batch of rolls at an auction in Ohio. Other than the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Alda

Posted January 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Alan Alda! Today the star turns 79. He was born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo on January 28, 1936 in New York City. The son of an actor, it was only a matter of time before Alda decided to pursue a career in show business. In 1972, he took on his most memorable role as Hawkeye Pierce on the hit television show M*A*S*H. The series would become one of the most popular comedies in television history… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.D. Salinger

Posted January 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading The Catcher in the Rye? On this day five years ago, author J.D. Salinger died at the age of 91 in his home in Cornish, New Hampshire. Jerome David Salinger was born on New Year’s Day, 1919 in New York City. He began writing at a young age, publishing several short stories before serving in World War II. In the spring of 1942, Salinger was drafted into the army. He saw combat in… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for January 26, 2015

Posted January 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have a great genealogy-filled weekend? Check out our roundup of articles from around the web! The Crowded Cemeteries of Hong Kong / The Guardian The Genealogy Sphere The Crowded Cemeteries of Hong Kong – in pictures (The Guardian) – See these amazing pictures of the crowded cemeteries of Hong Kong 109-Year-Old Woman Says Secret to Long Life is Avoiding Men (The Huffington Post) – Does longevity run in your family tree? The oldest living woman in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Newman

Posted January 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Ninety years ago today, legendary actor Paul Newman was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio. A versatile actor and entrepreneur, Newman showed an early interest in theater. He made his Broadway debut in 1953 and eventually segued into television and film. Some of his most memorable films include Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cool Hand Luke and The Sting. In 1958 he married actress Joanne Woodward, and they remained married for 50 years, until his death in 2008…. Read the full story

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7 Things You May Not Know About Winston Churchill

Posted January 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death. Considered one of the greatest leaders in history, Churchill was a master orator and statesman. In honor of this momentous anniversary, here are some things you may not have known about Winston Churchill: 1. He comes from an aristocratic family Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family. His 6th great grandfather was John Churchill, the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Dean Anderson

Posted January 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching MacGyver? Today star Richard Dean Anderson turns 65. Anderson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Stuart Jay Anderson and Jocelyn Rhae Carter. In the early days of his career, he worked as a whale handler in a marine mammal show, a musician in medieval dinner theater and as a street mime and juggler. He finally received his first role on the daytime soap General Hospital. He rose to fame after snagging the lead role… Read the full story

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10 Unusual Gravestones

Posted January 22, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
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If you have taken a stroll through a cemetery, you may notice a few graves that are not quite like the others. Many families choose unique markers that are reflective of who the person was when they were alive, while others offer grand tributes to the deceased. Have you come across one? Check out these unique gravestones: 1. Goff Memorial at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington D.C. 2. Holding hands – this couple was reunited once… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Victoria

Posted January 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Does royalty run in your veins? Today we remember Queen Victoria, who died on January 22, 1901. Her 63-year reign, the longest in British history, is frequently referred to as the Victorian era and was a period of great expansion, prosperity, and advancement. At the time of her birth, she was fifth in the line of succession. Her father died in 1820, the same year as her grandfather, King George III. After the death of her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cecil B. DeMille

Posted January 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary director Cecil B. DeMille on the 56th anniversary of his death. A director and producer of both silent and sound films, DeMille was known for his often lavish and epic films. He was born on August 12, 1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts. His family was very much involved in theater; his father was a playwright and his mother ran an acting workshop. During the early days of film, DeMille was a dominate figure, directing many of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Buzz Aldrin

Posted January 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 85th birthday to Buzz Aldrin! On January 20, 1930, Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey to Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Sr. and Marion Gaddys. His nickname “Buzz” originated in his childhood; his younger sister mispronounced the word “brother” as “buzzer” and the name stuck. The family later shortened it to Buzz. As the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, Aldrin made the first manned lunar landing in history and was the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today the United States celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! On this day, the nation observes the birthday of the great Civil Rights leader. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. A pastor, humanitarian and activist, King played a pivotal role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. His inspiring work led to the end of segregation in the South and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ivan IV of Russia

Posted January 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1547, Ivan IV of Russia, commonly known as Ivan the Terrible, was crowned tsar of Russia. He was the first tsar of all of Russia. The grandson of Ivan the Great, Ivan IV’s long reign saw the transformation of Russia into a vast, multiethnic empire. His territorial conquests spanned far and wide, making Russia the largest nation on the planet. Accounts of his complex personality vary. He was an able diplomate, a… Read the full story

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The Boston Molasses Disaster

Posted January 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Ninety-six years ago today, one of the strangest disasters in history occurred in Boston, Massachusetts. On January 15, 1919, 2.3 million gallons of molasses poured down the streets of Boston, killing 21 people. The Boston Post, January 16, 1919 The tragedy became known as the Boston Molasses Disaster. The disaster occurred at the Purity Distilling Company facility in the North End neighborhood of Boston. During this time, molasses was the standard sweetener in the country. It… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter Christen Asbjørnsen

Posted January 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Norwegian ancestry? On January 15, 1812, Norwegian writer and zoologist Peter Christen Asbjørnsen was born in Christiana (now Oslo), Norway. Working alongside his close friend, Jørgen Moe, the duo collected and published Norwegian folklore. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, the pair collected the fairy tales and legends of Norway. Together they published Norske Folkeeventyr (Norwegian Folktales). Their work had a significant influence on Norwegian culture and their names became synonymous for Norwegian folk stories. Asbjørnsen and Moe followed the… Read the full story

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Genealogy Research: Tips to Stay Organized

Posted January 14, 2015 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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We’ve all been there – surrounded by a mountain of paper work as we’re trying to break through that brick wall or uncover that elusive ancestor. A snippet of a newspaper or an old photograph can easily get lost amongst the clutter. How can you avoid getting lost in the mess of research? Check out these tips to stay organized and help you keep track of your family history research. Do it as you go The best way to stay… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benedict Arnold

Posted January 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have ancestors who fought in the American Revolutionary War? On this day in 1741, infamous American Revolutionary War General Benedict Arnold was born in Connecticut. Before the war, Benedict Arnold was a successful business man. He joined the Continental Army as soon as the war broke out and was distinguished for his bravery and skill as a leader. Despite his successes, Arnold was passed over for promotion by the Continental Congress. His growing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Dempsey

Posted January 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Patrick Dempsey! Today the Grey’s Anatomy star turns 49. Dempsey was born in Lewiston, Maine on January 13, 1966. An adept juggler, Dempsey once tied for second place in a national juggling competition. He discovered a love for acting at a young age and by the late 1980s, Dempsey was a star. With hits like the romantic comedies, Heaven Help Us and Loverboy, Dempsey became a teen heartthrob. He later transitioned to television, and found a resurgence of… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for January 12, 2015

Posted January 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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We hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating the holidays! Now read up on some fantastic articles you may have missed! Image: Coins, newspapers found as time capsule is opened / The Boston Globe The Genealogy Sphere The Edwardian Sartorialist (Mashable) – Take a look at fashion trends from the streets of London c. 1905-1908 Japanese family who tended Briton’s grave for 140 years finally learn his identity (The Guardian) – For 140 years, a Japanese… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jean Stapleton

Posted January 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching All in the Family? On this day in 1971, the classic sitcom premiered on television. Staring Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton, the groundbreaking show tacked many controversial issues including racism, women’s liberation and the Vietnam War. For five consecutive seasons, All in the Family was the #1 watched show on television. Throughout it’s run, the show won multiple awards and was the first sitcom to have all of its lead actors win Emmys. Today,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joan Baez

Posted January 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Joan Baez! Today the American folk singer turns 74. Baez was born in Staten Island, New York to Albert Baez and Joan Bridge. Her father was born in Mexico, while her mother was born in Scotland. Albert Baez was noted physicist and made important contributions to the early development of the X-ray microscope. An activist and songwriter, Baez often used her music to express her social and political views, often promoting nonviolence, civil… Read the full story

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Surnames: The Meaning Behind the Name

Posted January 8, 2015 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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What’s behind a name? Typically, surnames are passed down through many generations, creating a web of connected family members. The use of surnames is common in most countries around the world, but did you know they didn’t always exist? During the 13th and 14th centuries in Britain, hereditary surnames were adopted, first amongst the aristocracy and then eventually everyone. These early surnames were often derived from patronymics, places, personal characteristics and occupations. Because of this, surnames can give… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted January 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday! The King of Rock and Roll was born on January 8, 1935 in a two-room shotgun house built by his father in Tupelo, Mississippi. From his very humble beginnings, Elvis would go on to become one of the world’s greatest music legends. Elvis catapulted to stardom after his infamous appearance on the Milton Berle Show, where he sang his hit “Hound Dog” while suggestively gyrating to the music…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicolas Cage

Posted January 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Nicolas Cage! Today the actor turns 51. Born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, Nicolas is the son of literature professor August Floyd Coppola and Joy Vogelsang, a dancer and choreographer. Nicolas discovered his love for acting at 15 after attending a summer class at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. The nephew of iconic director Francis Ford Coppola, Nicolas changed his name to forge his own identity separate from his famous pedigree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Morse

Posted January 6, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you know Morse code? On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph transmitted electric pulses over wires, enabling people to send messages over vast distances. Morse would eventually develop a code using pulses and pauses, which we now know as Morse code. Morse’s invention revolutionized long distance communication, reaching the height of its popularity during the 1920s and 1930s. Did… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion: Holiday Photo Contest

Posted January 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is organizing the largest family reunion in history and he’s inviting all 7 billion of his cousins to the party! During this holiday season, the Global Family Reunion team is holding a fun holiday photo contest. Winners will receive some amazing prizes! AJ Jacobs Entering the contest is easy. All you need to do is submit a photo holding an “I am a Cousin” sign by January 9, 2015 to info@worldfamily.us. There are six categories to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: King C. Gillette

Posted January 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1855, American inventor King C. Gillette was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The inventor of the best selling version of the safety razor, today, Gillette’s name is still synonymous with razor blades. Raised in Chicago, Illinois, Gillette and his family had survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but lost most of their possessions. To help his family, Gillette became a traveling salesman. It was during this time that he… Read the full story

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A Look Back at 2014

Posted December 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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As we prepare to welcome in the new year, now is the perfect time to reflect on some of the amazing things we have accomplished in 2014. And what a year it’s been! Take a walk down memory lane with us as we reflect on the highlights from 2014. The year got off to an exciting start when we teamed up with best-selling author AJ Jacobs on his journey to hold the world’s largest family reunion in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Burns

Posted December 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s New Year’s Eve! It wouldn’t be a New Year’s celebration without hearing the holiday’s signature song, “Auld Lang Syne.” Did you know Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote “Auld Lang Syne” in 1788? The song was set to the tune of an old Scottish folk song and was never intended to be a holiday song. Nevertheless, the song gained enormous popularity and it became tradition to sing the song to cherish old friends, bid farewell to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helge Ingstad

Posted December 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On December 30, 1899, Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad was born in Meråker, Norway. Ingstad and his wife, archaeologist Anne Stine, were the first to prove that the Vikings had reached North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus. In 1960, Ingstad discovered the remnants of a Viking settlement in the L’Anse aux Meadows of Newfoundland, Canada. The settlement has been dated to approximately 1,000 years ago and is the only known site of a Norse or Viking village… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 29, 2014

Posted December 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s our last genealogy recap for 2014! Check out these articles you may have missed over the holidays. Image: The Couple That Took the Same Christmas Portrait for 40 Years / The Atlantic The Genealogy Sphere The Couple That Took the Same Christmas Portrait for 40 Years (The Atlantic) – Anne and Richard Wagner took a photo in front of their tree every year from 1900 to 1942 ‘Bay Area’s Titanic’: 1901 shipwreck near Golden… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Goodyear

Posted December 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On December 29, 1800, inventor Charles Goodyear was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He invented and developed a process to vulcanize rubber in 1839. The oldest of six children, Goodyear was a descendant of Stephen Goodyear, one of the founders of the colony of New Haven in 1638. For years, Goodyear experimented with natural rubber, trying to make the material more reliable and stable for industrial use. Despite his crippling debt, Goodyear succeeded when he accidentally discovered… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander I

Posted December 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any Russian heritage? On this day in 1777, Alexander I of Russia was born in Saint Petersburg. Between 1801 – 1825, Alexander reigned as Emperor of Russia, leading the empire during the chaotic period of the Napoleonic Wars. He succeeded to the throne after his father was murdered. Both he and his younger brother Constantine were raised by their grandmother, Catherine the Great. Some sources allege that Catherine had planned to remove her… Read the full story

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New: Enhanced Photo Uploader

Posted December 22, 2014 by Amanda | 4 Comments
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Today we are excited to announce an easier and faster way to upload family photos on Geni! Whether you want to upload a few photos or hundreds at once, you can drag and drop photos from anywhere on your computer to share with your relatives on Geni. Image credit: U.S. National Archives Just in time for the holidays, we’ve simplified the process of uploading your family photos to make it easier than ever to share… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ludwig van Beethoven

Posted December 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of classical music? On this day in 1808, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 made its world premiere in a mammoth concert at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. The conditions of the four-hour concert were very difficult. With freezing temperatures in the theater and little rehearsal time, the orchestra did not play very well. Their poor performance had even forced Beethoven, who was also acting as conductor, to stop the music and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Dickens

Posted December 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On December 19, 1843, Charles Dickens’s Christmas classic A Christmas Carol was first published in London. An instant success, Dickens’s novella significantly influenced the rejuvenation of the old Christmas traditions of England. Since it’s publication, the story has never been out of print. Children all around the world grow up hearing the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his spiritual visitors, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Do you remember reading A Christmas Carol while… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steven Spielberg

Posted December 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Steven Spielberg! Today the iconic director turns 68. Born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Spielberg got his start making films at an early age. Throughout his early teens, he made amateur 8mm adventure films with his friends, even earning his first Boy Scout merit badge for a Western film he created. After the successful release of Jaws, Spielberg became a household name. The film became the first movie in history to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Simón Bolívar

Posted December 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On December 17, 1830, Venezuelan military and political leader Simón Bolívar died at the age of 47. Considered one of the most influential politicians in the history of the Americas, Bolívar played an instrumental role in Latin America’s successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire. Bolívar’s surname was derived from the Bolívar aristocrats from the Basque Country La Puebla de Bolívar in Spain. In the sixteenth century, the family settled in Venezuela and prospered. Born into wealth, Simón… Read the full story

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The Boston Tea Party

Posted December 16, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Do you have ancestors who participated in the Boston Tea Party? 241 years ago today, dozens of American colonists boarded three ships in Boston Harbor and threw 342 crates of tea overboard in protest of the Tea Act. An iconic event in American history, the Boston Tea Party helped pave the way for the American Revolution. “No taxation without representation.” Organized by the Sons of Liberty, the political protestors, some disguised as Native Americans, took to the wharf to destroy an entire shipment… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Austen

Posted December 16, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Do you remember reading Pride and Prejudice? On December 16, 1775, author Jane Austen was born in Steventon, England. The Austens were a large, close knit family. Jane’s parents, George and Cassandra Austen, were members of substantial gentry families. Early on, Jane would write poems, stories and plays for her family’s amusement. It wasn’t until Jane was in her thirties that she publish her first novels. From 1811-1816, Jane anonymously published what would be known as… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 15, 2014

Posted December 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have a great weekend? Check out our genealogy roundup of articles! Image: Childhood Friends Reconnect After World War II, Japanese Interment Separated Them / Stripes.com The Genealogy Sphere MyHeritage Wants to Bring Genealogy to the Mainstream with Instant Discoveries™ (TechCrunch) – Our parent company MyHeritage has launched Instant Discoveries™! Watch the video to see people making family history discoveries in seconds Childhood Friends Reconnect After World War II, Japanese Internment Separated Them (Stripes.com) – The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Posted December 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Gone with the Wind? 75 years ago, the epic film premiered in Atlanta, Georgia. The movie starred Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as the Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara. The day of the film premiere was a statewide holiday in Georgia. Hundreds of thousands of people descended on the theater to watch the stars arrive. However, not all the stars of the film were allowed to attend. Hattie McDaniel had been barred from attending… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edvard Munch

Posted December 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Norwegian ancestry? On December 12, 1863, famous Norwegian painter, Edvard Munch, was born in a farmhouse in Løten, Norway. After his mother died in 1868, Edvard and his siblings were raised by his father, who often entertained the children with vivid ghost-stories and tales of Edgar Allan Poe. Between 1893 and 1910, Edvard created his most famous piece, The Scream. He created four versions, two paintings and two pastels. His piece is perhaps one of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brenda Lee

Posted December 11, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Is the song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” on your holiday playlist? Today, the voice behind the popular Christmas song, Brenda Lee, celebrates her 70th birthday! She was born Brenda Mae Tarpley on December 11, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia. She began singing at the age of two, earning candy and coins for singing at the local candy store, and won a singing contest at the age of 6. Her family was poor, and when her father died… Read the full story

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Family History Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Posted December 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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The holiday season is upon us! Are you still shopping for gifts for your relatives? Here are some ideas for the perfect gift for relatives interested in learning more about your family history. 1. Family photo album Make copies of old photos you have in your possession and put them into a family history photo album. This would make a perfect gift for the entire family! 2. Scrapbook supply kit Scrap booking and genealogy were… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emily Dickinson

Posted December 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” – Emily Dickinson On this day in 1830, poet Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. With deep ancestral roots in New England, Emily lived much of her reclusive life in her family’s homestead in Amherst. Reluctant to meet with people in person, many of her friendships were carried through correspondence. A prolific poet, Emily wrote over 1800 poems, but published less than… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Donny Osmond

Posted December 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Donny Osmond! Today the former teen idol turns 57. Born Donald Clark Osmond on December 9, 1957 in Ogden, Utah, Donny showed a flair for performing at a very young age. He joined his older brothers to form the musical group The Osmonds and quickly stood out for his lead vocals. In the 1970s, Donny branched out on his own with hits “Puppy Love” and “Go Away Little Girl.” He later partnered with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sammy Davis, Jr.

Posted December 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember famous Rat Pack performer Sammy Davis, Jr. on what would have been his 89th birthday. Samuel George Davis, Jr. was born in Harlem, New York to Sammy Davis, Sr., an African-American entertainer, and Elvera Sanchez, a tap dancer of Afro-Cuban descent. Davis began his career in show business as a small child dancing in his father’s vaudeville act. During World War II, he served in the U.S. army, where he faced strong racial… Read the full story

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Strange Inventions From the Past

Posted December 5, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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There have been a lot of great inventions throughout history that have made significant impacts on our lives. From the invention of photography to the creation of the smartphone, numerous devices have changed the way we interact and communicate with the world. Of course, for every successful invention, there are tons that couldn’t quite make it to production. While some proved to be impractical and cumbersome, others turned out to be rather bizarre. Here are a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Custer

Posted December 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have ancestors that served in the American Civil War? On this day in 1839, Union General George Armstrong Custer was born in New Rumley, Ohio. Did you know that during the Civil War, the press frequently nicknamed him “The Boy General” in reference to his promotion to brigadier general at the age of 23? Despite his strong reputation for his bravery and heroism during the Civil War, Custer is perhaps best remembered for his… Read the full story

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