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Profile of the Day: Curly Howard

Posted October 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember catching episodes of The Three Stooges? On this day in 1903, Curly Howard was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was born Jerome Lester Horwitz and was the fifth of the five Horwitz brothers. As the youngest child, his brothers nicknamed him “Babe.” He didn’t acquire the nickname “Curly” until joining his brothers in their vaudeville act as one of the Stooges. Known as the most outrageous member of The Three Stooges, Curly’s comedic… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Nobel

Posted October 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Swedish connections? 181 years ago today, Swedish chemist and inventor Alfred Nobel was born in Stockholm, Sweden. The fourth son of Immanuel Nobel, an inventor and engineer, and Karolina Andriette Ahlsell, Alfred was the one of eight children born to the couple. Only he and his three brothers survived past childhood. His third great grandfather, Olof Rudbeck, was a Swedish scientist and writer. Alfred developed an interest in technology through his family, especially… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for October 20, 2014

Posted October 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Ready for this week’s roundup of articles? Check them out below! Image: Rare photo shows Robert E. Lee’s slave, Selina Gray – the hero of Arlington House / The Washington Post The Genealogy Sphere Rare photo shows Robert E. Lee’s slave, Selina Gray – the hero of Arlington House (The Washington Post) – An incredible find! Rare photograph discovered on Ebay has been acquired by the National Park Service In defense of family history (The Guardian)… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Petty

Posted October 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 64th birthday to Tom Petty! The lead vocalist of the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Thomas Early Petty was born October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida. His love of rock and roll music began at the age of ten when he met Elvis Presley on the set of his film Follow That Dream. He began playing with local bands in his teens, but didn’t find success until joining the Heartbreakers in 1975. The following year, the band… Read the full story

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The London Beer Flood of 1814

Posted October 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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When doing genealogy research, you may come across significant disasters that occurred during your ancestors’ lifetime. These significant incidents can include fires, such as the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 or natural disasters, such as the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. One of history’s more bizarre disasters occurred 200 years ago today when over 323,000 gallons of beer flooded the streets of the London parish of St. Giles. The date was October 17, 1814 in the parish of St. Giles, London,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rita Hayworth

Posted October 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary actress and dancer Rita Hayworth on what would have been her 96th birthday. She was born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York. Hayworth was the oldest child of two dancers, Eduardo Cansino, Sr. and Volga Hayworth. Her paternal grandfather was Antonio Cansino, a renowned Spanish classical dancer. She was dancing professionally by the age of 12. Joined by her father on stage, the pair performed in nightclubs… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Oscar Wilde

Posted October 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde was born 160 years ago today. Known for his intellect and wit, Wilde was one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He was born Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. His parents were successful intellectuals. His father, William Wilde, was a doctor and an accomplished author and his mother, Jane Francesca, was a poet. In 1841, his father was appointed as the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucille Ball

Posted October 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching I Love Lucy? 63 years ago today, the classic sitcom starring Lucille Ball premiered on television. The comedy originally ran from October 15, 1951 to May 6, 1957, and spawned several specials after the series ended. The show also starred Ball’s real-life husband Desi Arnaz as husband Ricky Ricardo and the Ricardo’s best friends and neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz, played by William Frawley and Vivian Vance. It was the first television… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion: Hangout with AJ Jacobs

Posted October 14, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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We’re excited to announce our upcoming Hangout On Air with best-selling author AJ Jacobs! AJ Jacobs is throwing the world’s largest family reunion in history and he’s inviting every one of his 7 billion cousins to the party! Come hangout with AJ as he shares the latest Global Family Reunion updates and answers questions from the community. Joining AJ will be GFR Cousin Coordinator Eowyn Langholf and a few Geni Curators to discuss the successes and challenges… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Penn

Posted October 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have early American ancestors? On this day in 1644, William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, was born in London, England. His father, Sir William Penn, was an English admiral and his mother, Margaret Jasper, was the daughter of a rich merchant. An early advocate of democracy and religious freedom, Penn received a royal charter in 1681 to form a new colony in America. As a Quaker, Penn had been imprisoned several times for resisting the Church of England…. Read the full story

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Monday Recap for October 13, 2014

Posted October 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you get any genealogy work done over the weekend? Kickstart the new week with these interesting articles from around the web! Image: George Spencer Millet: The Boy Who Was Kissed to Death / Slate The Genealogy Sphere Trench Life Explained in this Interactive Graphic (MadeFromHistory.com) – A great interactive graphic explaining life inside the trenches of World War I How Iceland’s Genealogy Obsession Leads to Scientific Breakthroughs (The Atlantic) – Iceland’s knack for family history… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Simon

Posted October 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Paul Simon! Today the legendary singer-songwriter turns 73. Simon was born on October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey to Hungarian Jewish parents. His road to musical stardom began at the tender age of 11, when he met Art Garfunkel. The young musicians performed together in their sixth grade production of Alice in Wonderland. At 13, the duo were soon singing under the name “Tom & Jerry.” In 1964, they were signed by Columbia Records… Read the full story

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Unusual Terms for Your Family Tree

Posted October 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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In many languages, what we call our family members is dependent on age and gender and can get pretty complicated to the non-native speaker. In comparison, the English words we use can seem pretty straightforward. Typically, English uses mom and dad, brother and sister, aunt and uncle, grandma and grandpa, etc. And words such as ‘cousin’ are used generally and can refer to a male or female cousin from your maternal or paternal line. Seems pretty easy right? But… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brian Wilson

Posted October 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember the song “Good Vibrations”? On this day in 1966, the hit single was released by American rock band the Beach Boys. The song was composed and produced by Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson with fellow band member Mike Love contributing lyrics. Wilson has recounted that the original idea for the title “Good Vibrations” came from his mother, who had explained to him as a child that dogs sometimes bark at people in response to their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles X

Posted October 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have French connections in your family tree? On October 9, 1757, Charles X of France was born at the Palace of Versailles. As the youngest male in the family, Charles seemed unlikely to ever become king. However, when his eldest brother died unexpectedly in 1761, Charles moved up in the line of succession. He was the younger brother of reigning Kings Louis XVI and Louis XVIII, supporting the latter while in exile. He would… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Matt Damon

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

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Your Weekly Genealogy Recap

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

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Profile of the Day: Yo-Yo Ma

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

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Profile of the Day: W. K. Kellogg

Posted October 6, 2014 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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Today we remember W. K. Kellogg, who passed away on this day in 1951. He was best known as the founder of the Kellogg Company, which produces a wide variety of breakfast cereals. Kellogg was born Will Keith Kellogg on April 7, 1860 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He helped his brother, John Harvey Kellogg run the Battle Creek Sanitarium which was where they pioneered the process of making flaked cereal. In 1906, Kellogg founded the Battle… Read the full story

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10 Ways to Celebrate Family History Month

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

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Profile of the Day: Gwen Stefani

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

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Profile of the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

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

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Genealogy Research: Mugshots

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

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Profile of the Day: Mary I of England

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

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Profile of the Day: Ted Danson

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

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Monday Recap for September 29, 2014

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

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Profile of the Day: Miguel de Cervantes

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

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Profile of the Day: T.S. Eliot

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

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Profile of the Day: Mark Hamill

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

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Profile of the Day: Jim Henson

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

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Profile of the Day: Sigmund Freud

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

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New on Geni: Multilingual Profiles

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

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Profile of the Day: Anne of Cleves

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

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Monday Recap for September 22, 2014

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

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Profile of the Day: Mary Tyler Moore

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

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Creative Ways to Display Your Family Tree

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

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Profile of the Day: James Gandolfini

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

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Profile of the Day: John Ritter

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

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Profile of the Day: Peter Falk

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

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Monday Recap for September 15, 2014

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

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Profile of the Day: Agatha Christie

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

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Video: Inspiring Interview with MyHeritage CEO

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

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Profile of the Day: Henry Hudson

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

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Profile of the Day: Jenny Lind

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

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Strange Royal Epithets in History

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

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Profile of the Day: James Arness

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

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Profile of the Day: Hugh Grant

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

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Monday Recap for September 8, 2014

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

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Profile of the Day: Patsy Cline

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

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Profile of the Day: Joan Rivers

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