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Profile of the Day: Charles Schulz

Posted November 26, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember cartoonist Charles M. Schulz who was born November 26, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the only child of Carl Schulz, born in Germany, and Dena Halverson, who was of Norwegian descent. Best known for the beloved comic strip Peanuts, Schulz is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonist of all time. As a child, Schulz loved to draw and sometimes drew his family dog, Spike, who ate lots of… Read the full story

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Thanksgiving: Tips for the Holiday

Posted November 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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This Thursday, everyone across the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving. One of the busiest holidays for travel, people from all over return home to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. While feasting on your Thanksgiving meal this year, take this opportunity to involve your relatives in your family history research. And perhaps create even more lasting family memories! Here are some tips for working family history into your celebrations this year: Before the big day, ask… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ricardo Montalbán

Posted November 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Fantasy Island? On this day in 1920, star Ricardo Montalbán was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He was born Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino to Spanish immigrants Ricarda Merino and Jenaro Montalbán. With a career spanning seven decades, Montalbán tackled a wide variety of roles on both the big and small screen. In addition to his memorable role as Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island, Montalbán also played the iconic Star Trek… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Zachary Taylor

Posted November 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On November 24, 1784, Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States, was born in Barboursville, Virginia. He was born to a prominent family of planters. Before his presidency, Taylor was a career officer in the United States Army and a national hero for his victories during the Mexican-American War. In 1848, he narrowly won the presidential election. As tension over slavery was beginning to build and Taylor fell on the side against slavery. His top priority as president… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Goldie Hawn

Posted November 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Goldie Hawn! Today the actress turns 69. She was born Goldie Jeanne Hawn on November 21, 1945 in Washington D.C. to Laura Steinhoff, a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Edward Rutledge Hawn, a band musician. Goldie got her big break as a regular cast member on the sketch comedy show Laugh-In. Her Laugh-In persona let her easily segue into several popular film appearances, including Cactus Flower, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She would… Read the full story

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The Great Stork Derby

Posted November 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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From time to time, family history researchers may find an odd request in an ancestors will. These can range from requests for large sums of money to be given to the deceased’s pet to a unique request of being buried in a glass box. Charles Vance Millar was a successful Canadian lawyer and financier, who loved jokes and pranks which played on people’s greed. On October 31, 1926, Millar died a bachelor at the age… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Posted November 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 89th birthday. Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, Robert was the seventh child of Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald. After successfully managing his older brother’s presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy appointed him Attorney General. Robert would become one of President Kennedy’s closest advisors during his administration. A year after his brother’s assassination, Robert won a seat in the Senate, with aim to become the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Garfield

Posted November 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any Presidents in your family tree? On November 19, 1831, James Garfield was born in a log cabin in Orange Township, Ohio. Garfield had come from very humble beginnings. His father was a wrestler and died when Garfield was just 18 months old. He was raised by his mother and his uncle and aunt, who lived just next door. In 1881, Garfield was elected the 20th President of the United States. However, his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld

Posted November 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have Finnish ancestors? On this day in 1832, arctic explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld was born in Helsinki, Finland. A member of the prominent Finnish-Swedish Nordenskiölds family, Adolf was one of the most internationally famous Finnish scientists. In 1878, he led the Vega Expedition, which would make history as the first Arctic expedition to navigate through the Northeast Passage. It was also the first voyage to circumnavigate Eurasia. Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld is connected to over 80… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 17, 2014

Posted November 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Ready for this week’s roundup of articles? Check them out below! This may be the oldest surviving photo of a human / CNN The Genealogy Sphere This may be the oldest surviving photo of a human (CNN) – A photo of a Paris street taken in 1838 by Louis Daguerre may be the oldest surviving photo of a live person At L.A. County Cemetery, Unclaimed Dead Await a Final Resting Place (The L.A. Times) –… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XVIII

Posted November 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have French ancestry? On this day in 1755, Louis XVIII was born at the Palace of Versailles. Known as “the Desired,” Louis XVIII was the fourth son born to the dauphin Louis, the son of King Louis XV. For 23 years, he lived in exile, during the French Revolution and the First French Empire, and again during the Hundred Days of Napoleon I’s return from Elba. Louis XVIII remained king for slightly less… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles, Prince of Wales

Posted November 14, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday, Prince Charles! Today he turns 66. Th eldest child Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince was born at Buckingham Palace on November 14, 1948. He is the longest living heir apparent in history and the oldest person to be next in line for the throne since 1714. On July 22, 2013, Charles became a grandfather for the first time with the birth of Prince George. The little tyke will soon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward III of England

Posted November 13, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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On November 13, 1312, Edward III of England was born at Windsor Castle. He was crowned the King of England at the age of 14 after his father, Edward II, was deposed by his mother and her consort Roger Mortimer. Remembered for restoring royal authority after the disastrous reign of his father, Edward transformed the Kingdom of England into one of the most formidable military powers in Europe. In 1337, Edward claimed himself to be the rightful heir… Read the full story

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60 Years Ago, Ellis Island Closed Its Doors

Posted November 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any ancestors who came through Ellis Island? 60 years ago today, Ellis Island closed its doors after welcoming 12 million immigrants to America. Located in Upper New York Bay, Ellis Island served as the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States from 1892 – 1954. On January 1, 1892, a 17-year-old Irish girl named Annie Moore became the first immigrant to set foot through the famous immigration center. She was traveling… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly

Posted November 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Grace Kelly on screen? Today we honor the legendary icon on what would have been her 85th birthday. Grace Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a very affluent family. Her father, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, was once appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt as the National Director of Physical Fitness. Her mother taught physical education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the first female… Read the full story

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Veterans Day: 5 Famous Faces Who Served in the Military

Posted November 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today the U.S. celebrates Veterans Day! Do you have any military veterans in your family? Check out some famous faces you may not have known served in the military: 1. Bea Arthur Bea Arthur Did you know actress Bea Arthur served in the United States Marine Corp during World War II? Before she became a Golden Girl, Arthur served as a truck driver for 30 months as one of the first members of the Women’s Reserve. 2…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George S. Patton

Posted November 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s Veterans Day in the U.S. Today we honor all the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Veterans Day coincides with Remembrance Day, which marks the anniversary of the end of World War I. In honor of the holiday, we highlight General George Patton, who was also born on this day in 1885 in San Gabriel, California. Considered one of the most successful generals in history, Patton was instrumental in the liberation of Germany from… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 10, 2014

Posted November 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Check out this week’s roundup of articles from around the web! A Melancholy List of Edgar Allan Poe’s Debts, From his Bankruptcy Petition of 1842 / Slate The Genealogy Sphere 14 Vintage Baby Girl Names that are Waiting to be Rediscovered (The Huffington Post) – Do you have any of these names in your family tree? Finding Children Between the Census Years (LisaLisson.com) – Great tips on how to find children not recorded in the census… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Burton

Posted November 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching the sizzling chemistry between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on screen? On this day in 1925, actor Richard Burton was born in Pontrhydyfen, Wales. Born Richard Walter Jenkins, Burton grew up in a working class family. His father was a coal miner, who sometimes went on gambling and drinking sprees for weeks. After his mother died when he was two years old, his older sister and her husband took him into their… Read the full story

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Genealogy: Unusual Deaths

Posted November 7, 2014 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Any genealogy researcher will tell you that death certificates and obituaries hold a great deal of valuable information for your family tree. These often contain the name of the deceased, place of residence, place of death, the names of family members and cause of death. It’s always fascinating when you stumble upon an unusual cause of death. Here’s a clipping from The Ocala Evening Star dated April 3, 1908. A woman, Mrs. Anna Ferrer of New York, laughed herself to death while attending… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

Posted November 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie Today we celebrate the life of renowned physicist Marie Curie, who was born on November 7, 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. A pioneer in radiation research, Marie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person (and only woman) to win twice in different fields. She was born Maria Salomea Skłodowska to a family of educators. She… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jefferson Davis

Posted November 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have ancestors who fought in the American Civil War? On this day in 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederacy. Davis was born on June 3, 1808 in Christian County, Kentucky. He married twice, losing his first wife Sara Knox Taylor to malaria only three months into their marriage. Sara was the daughter of his commanding officer, Zachary Taylor, who would later become the 12th President of the United States. In 1845,… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion: Hangout with AJ Jacobs – VIDEO

Posted November 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you miss our Google+ Hangout on Air with best-selling author A.J. Jacobs? Don’t worry, you can catch what you missed in the video below! A lot has happened since AJ first announced the Global Family Reunion. In this hangout, AJ gave us an update on his latest celebrity-cousin discoveries, dished on upcoming television appearances and explained ways for you to get involved. Here are some ways you can help: Connect for the Cure – Help… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Guy Fawkes

Posted November 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is Guy Fawkes Day in the UK! “Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder reason and plot; I know of no reason, why the Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!” On this day in 1605, the infamous Guy Fawkes was thwarted in his attempt to assassinate the Protestant King James I of England. Fawkes was caught in the cellars of the House of Lords with 36 barrels of gunpowder with the intention of blowing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Art Carney

Posted November 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you watch The Honeymooners? Today we remember actor Art Carney, who was born on November 4, 1918 in Mount Vernon, New York. During World War II, Carney was drafted as an infantryman. He was wounded in the leg by shrapnel during the Battle of Normandy. As a result of his injury, Carney walked with a limp for the rest of his life. His right leg was 3/4-inch shorter than his left. After starting in radio,… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 3, 2014

Posted November 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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We hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween! Now to kickstart the month of November, check out our roundup of articles from around the web! Image: 100-Year-Old Notebook Found Encased in Antarctic Ice / Tech Times The Genealogy Sphere 13 Tips for Landing a Wife (in the 19th Century) (mental_floss) – Here are some 19th century tips for landing that special someone Can You Marry Your Cousin? (Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter) – Dick Eastman discusses the question… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sissy Spacek

Posted November 3, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Thirty-eight years ago today, the horror film classic Carrie opened in theaters. The film, starring new comer Sissy Spacek, was based on Stephen King’s best-selling first novel about an outcast teen who uses her telekinetic powers to seek revenge against her tormentors. Born on Christmas day in 1949, Spacek originally pursued a career in music before deciding to become an actor. She received her first Oscar nomination for her breakout performance as Carrie White. In 1980, she… Read the full story

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The History of Halloween

Posted October 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Halloween! A yearly celebration in many countries, Halloween is a fun holiday filled with candy, costumes and parties. But do you know where these Halloween activities originated? From Samhain to Halloween The origin of Halloween dates back the Celtic harvest festival Samhain, which was annually celebrated on November 1. During this time, it was believed spirits or fairies could more easily come into our world. Bonfires were lit and offerings of food and drink were left in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johannes Vermeer

Posted October 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any Dutch ancestry? Today we highlight Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, who was born around October 31, 1632. Although little is known about the early years of his life, records show he was baptized on October 31 in Delft, the Netherlands. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Dutch artists of all time, Vermeer specialized in capturing the domestic life of the middle-class. Some of his famous paintings include “The Milkmaid,” “The Music Lesson”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Winkler

Posted October 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Henry Winkler! Today the actor turns 69. Born on October 30, 1945 in Manhattan, New York, Winkler is the sone of Ilse Anna Maria and Harry Irving Winkler, a lumbar company president. His parents were Jewish and emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1939, on the eve of World War II. Winkler discovered a love for performing at an early age. A classically trained actor, he earned his MFA from the Yale School of… Read the full story

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Photos: Halloween Costumes from the Past

Posted October 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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In just a few days, millions of children and adults will celebrate Halloween. For those looking for a scare, haunted houses and hayrides are frightening and fun activities to partake in. With costumes of all shapes and sizes, families get to enjoy trick-or-treating for candy, costume parties and pumpkin carvings. It wasn’t until the 1930s that Halloween costumes were mass-produced and sold to consumers. Before then, costumes were made by hand. Do you remember what costumes you wore on Halloween? If you’re still… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fanny Brice

Posted October 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On October 29, 1891, original “Funny Girl” Fanny Brice was born in New York City. The third of four children born to Rose Stern and Charles Borach, Brice began performing at a young age. Born Fania Borach, she used the stage name Fanny Brice to avoid being typecast in Jewish roles. She is considered to be one of America’s first female comedy superstars. A gifted singer and comedian, Brice enjoyed a successful vaudeville career before… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jonas Salk

Posted October 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 100th birthday to Dr. Jonas Salk! Today we celebrate the man who developed the first successful polio vaccine. On October 28, 1914, Jonas Edward Salk was born in New York City to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants. An intellectually gifted child, Salk was encouraged by his parents to pursue his education. He earned his degree in medicine from New York University, where he determined he did not want to practice medicine, but pursue medical research. In 1947, Salk… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for October 27, 2014

Posted October 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Ready for Halloween? Check out this week’s roundup of articles to get you pumped for the upcoming week! Image: The Secret in Abraham Lincoln’s Pocket Watch / Mashable The Genealogy Sphere The 16th Century Dance Plague (mental_floss) – Have you heard of the dance plague that may have afflicted our 16th century ancestors? How MyHeritage Uses DNA to Track Family History (Bloomberg) – Watch this interview with MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet announcing MyHeritage’s new partnership with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dylan Thomas

Posted October 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“Though lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.” – Dylan Thomas (1914 – 1953) 100 years ago today, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales. His father, David John Thomas, was a teacher and his mother, Florence Hannah, was a seamstress. He left school at the age of 16 to become a reporter for the South Wales Daily Post. A little over a year later, he quit his job and… Read the full story

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Halloween Postcards

Posted October 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have old postcards in your collection of family history mementos? Before email and texts, postcards were a perfect way to send short messages to family and friends. Because of this, postcards often hold wonderful anecdotes of family memories written in the hand of your relative. Whether your relative was traveling or just sending well wishes during the holidays, postcards bring us an intimate connection with your family’s past. With Halloween season upon us, check out… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Annie Edson Taylor

Posted October 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any daredevils in your family? On this day in 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She was also celebrating her 63rd birthday. Taylor was born on October 24, 1838 in Auburn, New York. She studied to become a school teacher, and at the age of 17, married David Taylor. After her husband died in the Civil War, she eventually moved to Bay… Read the full story

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Your Stories: Photographing Cemeteries in Malaysia

Posted October 23, 2014 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Earlier this month, we shared some great ways to celebrate Family History month. One suggestion was to plan a trip to the cemetery, a fun activity to explore the outdoors and to take in some family history. To help inspire your next cemetery field trip, Geni user Georgette Tan shares her experiences photographing cemeteries in her country of Malaysia. Born in Sarawak in East Malaysia, Georgette works as a journalist with the local English daily,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Carson

Posted October 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Johnny Carson! Today we celebrate the legendary talk show host on what would have been his 89th birthday. John William Carson was born on October 23, 1925 in Corning, Iowa to Homer Lloyd “Kit” Carson and Ruth Hook. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a communications officer in charge of decoding encrypted messages. Carson took over as the host of The Tonight Show on October 1, 1962. For three decades, Carson delighted audiences… Read the full story

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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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