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Profile of the Day: Steve Jobs

Posted February 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember innovator and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on what would have been his 59th birthday. On February 24, 1955, Steve was born in San Francisco, California to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption. He was adopted by Paul Reinhold and Clara Jobs, who encouraged his education and hobby of tinkering with electronics. Steve’s unique vision and creativity not only led Apple to become one of the most profitable… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter III

Posted February 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On February 21, 1728, Peter III was born Karl Peter Ulrich in Kiel, Germany. Although he didn’t speak much Russian, Peter III was named heir presumptive by his aunt Elizabeth, Empress of Russia, who also arranged for Peter to marry his second cousin, Sophie Friederike Auguste, who then took on the name Catherine. In 1762,  Peter succeeded to the throne, but proved to be an unpopular ruler. He served a mere 6 months as the… Read the full story

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Winter Olympics Sochi 2014

Posted February 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you watching the XXII Olympic Winter Games taking place in Sochi, Russia? Although initial reports depict less than ideal conditions at the games for the first time Olympic hosts, the athletes have brought their A-game as they compete against the best of the best from all over the world. If you’re a big fan of these winter sports, here’s your chance to bring your love of the winter games and genealogy together – the Sochi… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ansel Adams

Posted February 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of photographer Ansel Adams’ work? Today we celebrate the 112th anniversary of the fame photographer’s birth. He was born on February 20, 1902 in San Francisco, California to distinctly upper-class parents. Although his grandfather founded a prosperous lumber business, Adams condemned the industry for cutting down many of the great redwood forests. His photos of the American West helped promote the conservation of the American wilderness. Are you related to Ansel… Read the full story

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Geni and BillionGraves: Digitally Preserving the World’s Cemeteries Together

Posted February 19, 2014 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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We’re excited to announce that Geni has teamed up with BillionGraves to launch a global crowdsourcing initiative to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. In the world of genealogy, gravestones play an important role in telling us information about our ancestors. They can not only provide the name, birth and death date of the deceased, but also the names of close relatives. Epitaphs often provide insight into the person’s life, and may include a brief description… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicolaus Copernicus

Posted February 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any astronomers in your family tree? On February 19, 1473, Renaissance mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland. In one of the most significant astronomical breakthroughs in history, Copernicus formulated a heliocentric model of the universe, which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center. Just before his death, he published his findings in De revolutionbus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of Celestial Spheres). His work caused immediate… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Travolta

Posted February 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday John Travolta! Today the film star turns 60. Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Travolta dropped out of high school to pursue a career in acting. After appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter, he skyrocketed to international fame in the box office hits Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Did you know he is the youngest of six children born to a family of entertainers? His father was a semi-professional football player and his… Read the full story

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted February 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Valentine’s Day! With romance in the air, today is an especially affectionate day of love. It’s also the best time to share the love stories found in our families. Below is a sweet picture from the 1957 inaugural parade. At first glance, you may find it adorable for the capture of President Eisenhower with his grandchildren and Vice President Nixon with his children as they enjoy the parade together. However, it’s even sweeter when you realize the little boy, David… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the birth of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass! Douglass was born into slavery around February 1818. Although the exact date of his birth is not known, later in his life, Douglass celebrated his birthday on February 14. As a slave, he tried to escape from twice before he succeeded. After his escape from slavery, Douglass became one of the most important leaders of the abolitionist movement. Frederick Douglass is connected to over 75… Read the full story

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Family Heirlooms

Posted February 13, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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What’s your favorite aspect of genealogy? For many, one of the best parts is getting to learn the stories behind the items family members leave behind. Reaching far beyond what a census record or land deed can tell us about our ancestors, family heirlooms gives us a more personal connection to who are ancestors were as individuals. Chances are your family has accumulated many family heirlooms throughout the years. These are a great place to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sid Caesar

Posted February 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Yesterday the world lost another great legend. Sid Caesar, one of televisions earliest stars, died at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 91. Sid was born on September 8, 1922 in Yonkers, New York to Jewish immigrants. A pioneer in television, he generated laughs on his live variety show, Your Show of Shows, and its successor Caesar’s Hour. Do you remember watching the funny man on TV? Explore his family tree and perhaps… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Posted February 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s Darwin Day! Each year on the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, the world of science highlights Darwin’s enormous contributions to the field. Charles Darwin was born February 12, 1809 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England in his family home, The Mount. He was born into a prominent English family, his father was a wealthy society doctor and financier and his grandfather was Erasmus Darwin, a renowned botanist. In 1831, Darwin embarked on his famous expedition aboard… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Posted February 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember beloved child star Shirley Temple, who died in her home Monday night at the age of 85. One of the most famous child stars in Hollywood history, Shirley’s signature dimples and precious optimism captivated audiences around the world. She landed her first film contract at the age of 3 and through the 1930s, she starred in a series of films that brought smiles to movie-going audiences. Her movies were especially uplifting as… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for February 10, 2014

Posted February 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Still recovering from RootsTech? Check out these articles from the past week! Image: World War One: How did 12 million letters a week reach soldiers? / BBC News The Genealogy Sphere World War One: How did 12 million letters a week reach soldiers? (BBC News) – Read how letters from home reached WWI soldiers in the battlefield Mystery girl in iconic photo comes to life (MSN News) – Amazing story of how a genealogist identified… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arthur Miller

Posted February 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading the plays by Arthur Miller? On this day in 2005, the American playwright died in his home in Roxbury, Connecticut at the age of 89. Miller is perhaps best remembered for his plays Death of a Salesman, The Crucible and A View from the Bridge. In 1956, he married Marilyn Monroe and later that year, the House of Un-American Activities Committee refused to renew Miller’s passport and called him in to appear before… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Garth Brooks

Posted February 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Garth Brooks? Today the country music superstar turns 52! He was born Troyal Garth Brooks in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Troyal Raymond Brooks, Jr. and Colleen McElroy Carroll. Garth’s integration of rock elements into his recordings and live performances earned him immense popularity. This approach helped him dominate the country music scene and crossover into the mainstream. With record breaking sales, Garth is one of the most successful and best selling… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Marley

Posted February 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember listening to Bob Marley? On February 6, 1945, Jamaican musician Bob Marley was born in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica. Marley achieved international fame for his distinctive vocal style and introduced the world to reggae music. Sadly, he passed away from cancer at the age of 36. Marley sold over 20 million records and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. What’s your favorite Bob Marley song? Explore Bob… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Red Buttons

Posted February 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On February 5, 1919, comedian and actor Red Buttons was born in New York City, New York. The fiery-haired comedian was born Aaron Chwatt to Jewish immigrants Sophie and Michael Chwatt. Did you know Red acquired is famous moniker at the age of 16, while working as a bellhop at Ryan’s Tavern? The combination of his red hair and the large, shiny buttons of his uniform inspired orchestra leader Charles “Dirty” Moore to call him… Read the full story

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MyHeritage Adds 815 Million U.S. Public Records

Posted February 4, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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The good news keeps rolling in! We’re excited to share with you that 815 million U.S. Public Records of people living in the United States have been added to MyHeritage’s growing collection of historical records. You can find these records available to you through Record Matches on your Geni profiles or in SuperSearch™, MyHeritage’s powerful search engine for historical records. With information that spans the last five decades for hundreds of millions of people living… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rosa Parks

Posted February 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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The month of February is Black History Month in the U.S. Today we celebrate the birth of Rosa Parks! On February 4, 1913, the inspirational civil rights activist was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. In 1955, she was thrust in front of the American public when she refused to give up her bus seat for a white passenger. The incident resulted in her arrest and sparked a city-wide boycott, known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for February 3, 2014

Posted February 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Still recovering from yesterday’s Super Bowl party? Treat yourself with these articles from around the web. Image: Loot No Longer / The New York Times The Genealogy Sphere Are You My Cousin? (The New York Times) – Author A.J. Jacobs is organizing the largest family reunion and you’re invited! Geni is proud to be a part of this journey! Loot No Longer (The New York Times) – MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet is featured in The New York… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Norman Rockwell

Posted February 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember American illustrator Norman Rockwell, who was born on February 3, 1894 in New York. Known for his illustrations of everyday American life, Rockwell’s creations were loved by the public. Perhaps one of his most famous images is Freedom from Want, also known as “The Thanksgiving Picture.” The image was a part his “For Freedoms” series, inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech in which he described four basic principles for universal rights…. Read the full story

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Millions of New Records Live on MyHeritage!

Posted January 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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We’re excited to announce that more than 160 million new U.S. and UK historical records have been added to MyHeritage’s growing collection of historical records. These new records are available now in your Record Matches for your Geni profiles and through SuperSearch™, MyHeritage’s powerful search engine for historical records. These records come from hundreds of collections containing vital records for births, baptisms, marriages and deaths, military records, censuses and much more. What’s new?   For the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pete Seeger

Posted January 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Earlier this week, American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died at the age of 94. A fixture of the American music scene, Seeger was pivotal in the revival of American folk music. Over the years, many of his hits, including “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Turn, Turn, Turn,” have since been recorded by several other artists. He is perhaps just as well known for his political activism in support of causes such as international disarmament,… Read the full story

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Chinese New Year: A Celebration of Tradition and Family

Posted January 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Chinese New Year! Today, January 31st, marks the first day of the Year of the Horse on the lunar calendar, which is believed to bring prosperity and wealth. Also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, the holiday is considered one of the most important traditional Chinese holidays, which holds a deep significance to families. Not solely confined to China, the Lunar New Year is celebrated across the world in countries and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Posted January 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 30, 1882, Franklin D. Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York. The Roosevelts were one of the oldest and wealthiest families in the state. With a long line of distinguished ancestors, it was no surprise that Franklin would eventually make it to the highest office in the country. He was the only person to be elected to office four times. As President, he led the country through the Great Depression and World… Read the full story

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Your Stories: Uncovering Finnish Roots Leads to New Family Connections

Posted January 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Debra Jeanne Ryon-Weathers is from North Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born to Helen Jeanne Bay-Ryon-Jarviz and William Eugene Ryon. Debra’s parents met while her father was stationed at the Naval Base in Astoria, Oregon and married when Helen was only 14 years old. When she was three, her mother left the family and started a new life with Gene Jarvis. Her father became a fisherman and worked the sea from Astoria to Alaska in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Oprah Winfrey

Posted January 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 60th birthday, Oprah Winfrey! Born in the rural town of Kosciusko, Mississippi, Oprah’s story is truly a rags to riches journey. She experienced considerable hardship and poverty growing up. While still in high school, she began working at a local radio station, and by the age of 19 was co-anchoring the local evening news. In 1986, she launched her own, widely popular talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which aired for 25 seasons. Along… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Alda

Posted January 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching M*A*S*H? Today star Alan Alda turns 78! He was born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo in 1936 in New York City to Robert Alda (born Alphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D’Abruzzo), an actor and singer, and Joan Browne, a former showgirl. After graduating from college, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Best known for his role as Hawkeye on the hugely popular television series M*A*S*H, Alda was nominated for 21 Emmy Awards and won… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for January 27, 2014

Posted January 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Catch up on what you may have missed in the past week! Image: ‘Lost child of the Titanic and the fraud that haunted her family,’ The Telegraph The Genealogy Sphere Replica miniature homes chronicle 500 years of family history (The Telegraph) – A couple builds miniature models of their ancestors’ home spanning 500 years of family history This Guy Was Exploring His Grandpa’s Attic. What He Found is Mysteriously Awesome…Whoa (Viralnova.com) – A man discovers… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Posted January 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Love classical music? Today we celebrate the birthday of legendary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. A child prodigy, Mozart began composing music and performing before royalty at the age of 5. Sadly, death came at a young age for Mozart. He became gravely ill and died in his home at the age of 35. In his short lifetime, he composed over 600 pieces and remains one… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Diamond

Posted January 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Neil Diamond? On January 24, 1941, the famous singer-songwriter was born in Brooklyn, New York. Neil was quite an accomplished swordsman when he was young. He attended New York University on a fencing scholarship and was a member of the 1960 NCAA men’s championship team. His career has spanned decades, selling over 125 million records worldwide. Some of his most popular hits include, “Sweet Caroline,” “Heartlight,” and “America.” What’s your… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Hancock

Posted January 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s National Handwriting Day! Established in 1977, the day is celebrated on the birthday of the man with the most iconic signature in history, John Hancock. Born in Braintree, Massachusetts, Hancock inherited a profitable mercantile business from his uncle which made him one of the wealthiest men in the Thirteen Colonies. He would become a major figure during the American Revolution and was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. According to legend, Hancock… Read the full story

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Huge Savings on our DNA Tests

Posted January 23, 2014 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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We’re thrilled to announce massive discounts on DNA tests. As technology for DNA analysis has advanced and hit the mainstream, DNA tests for genealogy are now much more affordable. Today we’re happy to say that we are passing on these savings directly to you. With a simple cheek-swab DNA test, you can be on your way to making discoveries you never knew were possible. Discover your origins and find new relatives – DNA matching can… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bill Bixby

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

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Profile of the Day: Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

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

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Monday Recap for January 20, 2014

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

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Franklin

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

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Where to Find What Your Ancestors Looked Like

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

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Profile of the Day: Carole Lombard

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

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth I of England

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

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Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

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

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Monday Recap for January 13, 2014

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

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Profile of the Day: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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

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Your Stories: A Mission to Preserve Her Family History

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

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Profile of the Day: Rod Stewart

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

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Profile of the Day: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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

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Elvis Presley: Long Live the King of Rock & Roll

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

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Hawking

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

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