Author: Amanda

Amanda is the Social Media Coordinator at Geni. If you need any assistance, she will be happy to help!

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Posted June 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Today we remember baseball legend Lou Gehrig, who was born on this day in 1903. Considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, Gehrig was nicknamed “the Iron House” for his durability. He set the record for most consecutive games played and led his team to six World Series titles. He was born Heinrich Ludwig Gehrig in Manhattan, New York to German immigrant parents. From an early age, Gehrig showed a natural talent for sports. He earned… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Paul McCartney

Posted June 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Paul McCartney

Happy birthday, Paul McCartney! Today the legendary musician turns 76. Jams Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England. His mother, Mary Patricia Mohin, was a midwife and his father, James McCartney, was a jazz trumpet player and pianist. At the age of 14, his mother died of an embolism shortly after undergoing an operation to stop the spread of cancer. Her death had a profound impact on his life and would become… Read the full story

Fun with Genealogy »

Before They Were Stars: Yearbook Photos of Famous Faces

Posted June 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
owinfrey_1971

In many parts of the world, the end of the school year means students receive their yearbooks to sign and remember the year they’ve had. Years from now, they will be able to look back at these yearbooks to remember what happened during this unique moment of their lives. Yearbooks are also fantastic records to explore for genealogy, too. With these school records, you can learn about what clubs and activities family members were a part of and see… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Edvard Grieg

Posted June 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edvard Grieg

Today we remember Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, who was born on this day 175 years ago. Considered one of the leading Norwegian composers of the Romantic Era, Grieg successfully brought the music of Norway to international audiences. Grieg was born on June 15, 1843 in Bergen, Norway to Alexander Greig, a merchant and vice-consul in Bergen, and Gesine Judithe Hagerup, a music teacher. Grieg grew up in a very musical family. He was first taught to play… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Posted June 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
hbstowe2

“So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” According to legend, these are the words President Abraham Lincoln said upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the popular anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, shortly after the start of the American Civil War. The novel’s vivid depiction of the realities of slavery is often credited with helping to change the public’s opinion of slavery and fuel the abolitionist cause leading into the… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon

Posted June 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon

Have you found your connection to a Titanic passenger? On this day in 1863, English fashion designer and survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon was born. She was considered one of the leading fashion designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Lady Duff-Gordon was born Lucy Christiana Sutherland on June 13, 1863 in London, England to Douglas Sutherland, a civil engineer, and Elinor Sounders. After her first marriage, Lady Duff-Gordon began working as a dressmaker… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank Today we remember Anne Frank, who was born on this day 89 years ago. Annelies Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany to Otto and Edith Frank. The family lived in Frankfurt until Anne was five. In 1933, the family fled to Amsterdam after the Nazi party came to power. On her… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Jacques Cousteau

Posted June 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jacques Cousteau

Have you ever been scuba diving? Today we remember famous oceanographer and explorer Jacques Cousteau, who was born on this day in 1910. A pioneer of marine conservation, Cousteau studied all forms of life in the water and documented his extensive investigations in books and films. Jacques-Yves Causteau was born in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, France to Daniel and Elizabeth Cousteau. In 1930, he entered the French naval academy and graduated as a gunnery officer. However, a serious car accident… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted June 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born on this day in 1867 in the farming town of Richland Center, Wisconsin. Considered one of the greatest architects in history, Wright has designed some of the most iconic buildings in the world. He was born Franklin Lincoln Wright on June 8, 1867 to William Cary Wright, a music teacher and minister, and Anna Lloyd Jones, a country school teacher. He was given the middle name “Lincoln” after Abraham Lincoln,… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Virginia Apgar

Posted June 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
apgar 2

On this day in 1909, American obstetrical anesthesiologist Virginia Apgar was born. Known as the inventor of the Apgar score, Apgar is credited with saving the lives of millions of newborn babies. Apgar was born on June 7, 1909 in Westfield, New Jersey. She developed her interest in science partly from her father, who was an amateur astronomer and inventor. In 1949, Apgar became the first woman to become a full professor at the Columbia University College of… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: John Trumbull

Posted June 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Trumbull

Do you have American Revolutionary War ancestors? On this day in 1756, artist John Trumbull was born. Trumbull is often referred to as “The Painter of the Revolution” for his iconic historical paintings and portraits. Trumbull was born in Lebanon in colonial Connecticut on June 6, 1756 to Jonathan Trumbull and Faith Robinson. His father served as the Governor of Connecticut Colony, and then after the American Revolutionary War, served as the Governor of the state of… Read the full story

Community »

Jamboree 2018 Recap

Posted June 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Jamboree 2018 Recap | Geni

We had a fun time at the 49th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree! From May 31 – June 2, a few members of the Geni team headed over to the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, California to participate in this exciting and engaging conference. The Geni booth before the doors opened For the first time, the exhibit hall was open on the Thursday, which is usually reserved for DNA Day. This year the day was packed with… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Posted June 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Today we remember Robert F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. After winning the California presidential primary, Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968. He would succumb to his wounds 26 hours later. Kennedy was the seventh child born to Joseph Kennedy, Sr. And Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. During his brother’s presidency, Kennedy served as the Attorney General of the United States and was one… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: George III

Posted June 4, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George III

What’s your connection to royalty? On this day in 1738, George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland, was born. George III was Great Britain’s longest living and reigning monarch until the reign of his granddaughter, Queen Victoria. The eldest son of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and Augusta of Saxa-Gota, George was born two months prematurely and was not expected to survive. When his father died unexpectedly in 1751, George became the heir-apparent to his… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted June 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Happy birthday, Marilyn Monroe! Today we remember the legendary film icon on what would have been her 92nd birthday. Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles California to Gladys Pearl Baker. Soon after her birth, Marilyn’s surname was changed to Baker. With her mother unable to care for her, Marilyn spent much of her childhood in foster homes. At 16, she married her first husband, a merchant marine, and began working in a munitions factory…. Read the full story

News »

Introducing Our New HTML Tree on Geni

Posted May 30, 2018 by Amanda | 11 Comments
Introducing Our New HTML Tree on Geni

We’re proud to announce a long awaited improvement for Geni users – our new HTML tree is now available on all tablet and mobile devices! The new HTML tree replaces our HTML5 version of the tree, which was previously available for devices that do not support Flash. In the past, the HTML5 tree presented users with a very limited version of the family tree, which did not provide users with the best experience for working… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Mel Blanc

Posted May 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
blanc

Remember watching Bugs Bunny cartoons? On this day in 1908, voice actor Mel Blanc was born in San Francisco, California. Known as “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” Blanc brought to life some of the most iconic cartoon characters during America’s golden age of animation. While working for Warner Bros., Blanc created the voices for about 90 percent of the studio’s cartoons, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat and… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Posted May 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
jfk_oval-fb

How are you related to the Kennedy’s? On this day in 1917, John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Remembered as one of the most beloved presidents in the history of the United States, Kennedy’s leadership and accomplishments continues to inspire generations years after his death. Kennedy was the second of nine children born to Joseph “Joe” Kennedy and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald. He was named in honor of his maternal grandfather, John Francis Fitzgerald, who… Read the full story

Genealogy Research »

Memorial Day: Remembering Our Military Ancestors

Posted May 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
memorialday

Today the U.S. celebrates Memorial Day to honor of the men and women who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Many people will take this time to visit cemeteries to honor our fallen soldiers. The holiday is often celebrated with large parades and family barbecues as we also welcome the unofficial beginning of summer. Image: Kathleen T. Rhem, U.S. Army This long weekend also presents a great opportunity to research your military ancestors. Here are a few ideas on… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted May 25, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
remerson 2

Do you have a poet in your family tree? On this day in 1803, American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts. The son of Rev. William Emerson and Ruth Haskins, Emerson was named after his mother’s brother Ralph and his father’s great grandmother, Rebecca Waldo. He is descended from Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley. In fact, he carried the mitochondrial DNA of Tilley, since he is descended from an… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Bob Dylan

Posted May 24, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bob Dylan

Happy birthday, Bob Dylan! Today the iconic musician turns 77. A gifted songwriter, Dylan is often considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the world. Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. When Dylan first began performing in college he took on the name “Bob Dylan” after the poet Dylan Thomas. During the 1960s, Dylan became known as the voice of an entire generation. He was the songwriter of… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Bonnie & Clyde

Posted May 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bonnie and Clyde

On this day in 1934, infamous outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot and killed in an ambush by police in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Between 1932-1934, the famous gangsters captured the attention of the American public as they traveled throughout the country committing robberies and murders. The media coverage of their dangerous actions was intense and the couple used this to their advantage. After evading capture for two years, they were finally stopped as they drove… Read the full story

Community »

Join Geni at Jamboree 2018!

Posted May 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
0031-jammed

Will you be at the 49th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree next week in Burbank, California? Geni will be there May 31 – June 2, 2018 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. We look forward to this fun conference every year! A few changes are in store for this year’s conference. By popular demand, this year, the exhibit hall will be open a day early on Thursday, May 31 during the Genetic Genealogy Conference. Jamboree will then… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted May 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Arthur Conan Doyle

Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? On this day in 1859, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A prolific writer, Doyle is best remembered for his creation of private detective Sherlock Holmes. He wrote four novels and over fifty short stories featuring the fictional detective. Doyle was born to a prosperous Irish family. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, where he first began writing short stories…. Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Charles Lindbergh

Posted May 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Lindbergh

On this day in 1927, Charles Lindberg completed the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh completed the flight in his custom built single-engine monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis, from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York to Paris, France in 33 and a half hours. Lindbergh was born on February 4, 1902 in Detroit, Michigan to Charles August Lindbergh, a former Congressman, and Evangeline Lodge Land. From a young age, Lindbergh showed an… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Nicholas II of Russia

Posted May 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicholas II of Russia

On this day in 1868, Nicholas II of Russia was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. The last Emperor of Russia, Nicholas II’s reign saw the Russian Empire fall from one of the greatest powers in Europe and into economic and military ruin. Nicholas II was the eldest son of Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna. He was closely related to several monarchs in Europe, including King George V of England, who was his first cousin. In 1894,… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Maureen O’Sullivan

Posted May 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Maureen O'Sullivan

Do you remember watching Tarzan? On this day in 1911, Irish actress Maureen O’Sullivan was born. Often considered Ireland’s first film star, O’Sullivan is perhaps best remembered for her portrayal of Jane in six Tarzan films. O’Sullivan was born in Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland to Mary Eva Frazer and Charles Joseph O’Sullivan, who was an officer in the Connaught Rangers and served in World War I. Growing up, she went to school in Dublin where she was classmates with future Academy Award winning actress… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Tamara de Lempicka

Posted May 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Tamara de Lempicka

Do you have Polish ancestry? Today we remember Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka, who was born on this day 120 years ago. Known as “The Baroness with a Brush,” Lempicka gained fame for her bold Art Deco portraits of aristocrats and celebrities. Lempicka was born Maria Górska on May 16, 1898 in Warsaw, Poland. Her father was a Russian Jewish lawyer and her mother was a Polish socialite. As a young child, Lempicka developed a strong… Read the full story

Fun with Genealogy »

10 Ways to Celebrate World Family History Day

Posted May 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
10 Ways to Celebrate World Family History Day

It’s World Family History Day! World Family History Day is celebrated on on May 15 of each year and it falls on the same day that the United Nations observes its International Day of Families. This is the perfect day to dive into your genealogy research and share with your relatives all of the amazing things you have uncovered about your family history. In honor of World Family History Day, check out our list of fun ways you can make… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Emily Dickinson

Posted May 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
dickinson2

“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” Poet Emily Dickinson died on this day in 1886 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Although her family were prominent members of the community, Dickinson lived much of her life as a recluse at the family homestead built by her paternal grandfather, Samuel Fowler Dickinson, in Amherst. Her grandfather was a prominent lawyer and helped establish the foundations for Amherst College. Her father, Edward, was an active politician and… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: George Lucas

Posted May 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
lucas3

Happy birthday, George Lucas! Today the Star Wars creator turns 74. The iconic filmmaker was born George Walton Lucas, Jr. on May 14, 1944 in Modesto, California. He was the son of Dorothy Bomberger and George Walton Lucas,Sr. As a teen, he formed an interest in filmmaking and car-racing. He spent much of his years in high school racing cars until experiencing a near-fatal car crash at the age of 18. Although he left racing behind,… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Irving Berlin

Posted May 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Irving Berlin

Do you remember the songs “White Christmas,” “Blue Skies” or “Anything You Can Do”? They all were written by legendary composer and lyricist Irving Berlin, who was born on this day in 1888. Berlin was born Israel Isidore Baline in Tyumen, Siberia in the Russian Empire. One of eight children, Berlin and his family fled to the United States to escape Jewish persecution. The family settled in New York City in 1893, where Berlin worked to help support his… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Fred Astaire

Posted May 10, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
astaire 2

Today we remember Hollywood icon Fred Astaire, who was born on this day in 1899. Remembered as one of the most influential dancers in the history of film and television musicals, Astaire’s impressive career spanned a total of 76 years. Astaire got his start as a dancer at the tender age of four. By the age of six, he was performing along with his sister Adele as a popular vaudeville act. The siblings changed their name from “Austerlitz” to “Astaire”… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: J.M. Barrie

Posted May 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: J.M. Barrie

Remember the story of Peter Pan? On this day in 1860, author J.M. Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland. Barrie was born James Matthew Barrie to David Barrie and Margaret Ogilvy. The ninth of ten children, Barrie was drawn to storytelling as a small child. He first found work as a writer and journalist, but discovered his work in theater increasing as time passed. During his third play, he met a young actress named Mary Ansell and… Read the full story

Community »

Genealogy Conferences: NGS 2018 Recap

Posted May 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
IMG_7844

We’re back from Grand Rapids, Michigan where the Geni team was at the National Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Conference. Over 2,000 people were in attendance for the genealogy conference, which took place May 2-5 at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was exciting to introduce Geni to those who were still unfamiliar with the concept of the World Family Tree and they were quickly intrigued by the idea of connecting the… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

Posted May 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Hidalgo 2

Do you have Mexican ancestry? On this day in 1753, Mexican Roman Catholic priest and leader of the Mexican War of Independence, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, was born. Hidalgo was the second child born to Don Cristóbal Hidalgo y Costilla and Doña Ana María Mandarte Villaseñor. In 1779, he entered the priesthood and later became the parish priest in Dolores, Guanajuato. Hidalgo worked hard for the people of his community and promoted economic activities that would… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Robert Browning

Posted May 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
rbrowning 2

On this day in 1812, English poet and playwright Robert Browning was born in London, England. A prolific poet, Browning was known as one of the leading Victorian writers of his era. Browning was the only son born to Sarah Ann Widermann and Robert Browning, who worked as a clerk for the Bank of England. His paternal grandfather was a slave owner in the West Indies, but Browning’s father opposed slavery, thus forgoing the family’s fortune. His father… Read the full story

Featured Project »

5 Things to Know About Cinco de Mayo

Posted May 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
cincodemayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! The Mexican holiday is primarily observed in the United States and parts of Mexico as a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. Many don’t realize that the holiday also commemorates the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Image: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University / Flickr In honor of the holiday, here are 5 things to know about the history of Cinco de… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn

Posted May 4, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Audrey Hepburn

Do you have a favorite Audrey Hepburn movie? On this day in 1929, the iconic actress was born in Brussels, Belgium. She was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston to Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston and Baroness Ella van Heemstra, a Dutch aristocrat and the daughter of Baron Aarnoud van Heemstra. Audrey took up ballet at a young age, and by 1944 was a very proficient dancer. During World War II, she would secretly dance for groups of people to… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Bing Crosby

Posted May 3, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bing Crosby

Happy birthday, Bing Crosby! Today marks the 115th birthday of the legendary star. He was born Henry Lillis Crosby, Jr. on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington. The fourth of seven children, Crosby loved to listen to music on his phonograph as a child and enjoyed reading the comedy feature “The Bingville Bugle” in the Sunday edition of the Spokesman-Review. His love for the comic earned him the nickname “Bingo from Bingville,” which eventually shortened to “Bing.” Crosby’s… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Catherine the Great

Posted May 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Catherine the Great

On this day in 1729, Russian Empress Catherine the Great was born. Although she is remembered as one of Russia’s most renowned and longest-ruling female leaders, Catherine was not born in Russia. She was born Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst in Stettin, Pomerania, in the Kingdom of Prussia and was the eldest daughter of a minor Prussian prince. At the age of 15, Catherine married the grandson of Peter the Great and heir to the Russian throne, Peter III. After… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

Posted May 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

Frontierswoman and sharp-shooter Calamity Jane was born on this day in 1852. The legend of Calamity Jane was known throughout the Wild West. However, little hard facts are known about her life and much of what was said was likely embellished or fabricated by writers and storytellers of the day. She was born Martha Jane Cannary in Princeton, Missouri and by the age of 12, both of her parents had died. The eldest of six children, Martha… Read the full story

Community »

Come See Geni at NGS 2018

Posted May 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
NGS2018-logo

This week we’ll be in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the National Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Conference. This exciting conference will take place May 2-5, 2018. Will you be there? NGS 2018 is the perfect opportunity to learn from over 175 lectures on a variety of genealogy topics for all skill levels. Explore the exhibit hall and come visit Geni at booth 206! We’re excited to share the power of collaboration in Geni’s World Family Tree and meet Geni… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Juliana of the Netherlands

Posted April 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Juliana of the Netherlands

Do you have Dutch ancestry? On this day in 1909, Juliana of the Netherlands  was born. She reigned as Queen of the Netherlands from 1948 until her abdication in 1980. Born in the Hague, Juliana was the only child of Dutch monarch Queen Wihelmina and Prince Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Juliana was the first Dutch royal baby to be born since her mother’s birth in 1880. Her mother had suffered two miscarriages and one still birth, raising the prospect of a… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Samuel F.B. Morse

Posted April 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
smorse 3

On this day in 1791, inventor Samuel F.B. Morse was born. Morse revolutionized long distance communication with his invention of the single-wire telegraph and the development of Morse code, a code using pulses and pauses to deliver messages quickly over vast distances. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts on April 27, 1791. He was the first child of Jedediah Morse and Elizabeth Ann Finley Breese. His father was a Calvinist pastor and a notable… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Carol Burnett

Posted April 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Carol Burnett

Happy birthday, Carol Burnett! Today the funny actress turns 85. Known for her legendary comedic chops, Burnett became a household name as the star of The Carol Burnett Show. The show ran for 11 seasons and marked the first time a TV variety show was hosted by a woman. Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 26, 1933 to Joseph Burnett, a movie theater manager, and Ina Creighton, a publicity writer for movie studios. At… Read the full story

Fun with Genealogy »

15 Interesting Facts About DNA

Posted April 25, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
15 Interesting Facts About DNA

It’s DNA Day! Celebrated each year on April 25, DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. In honor of the 15 year anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project, here are 15 interesting facts about DNA: 1. The discovery of structure of DNA would not have been possible without the work… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

Posted April 25, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

On this day in 1917, American Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia. One of the most beloved Jazz vocalist of all time, Fitzgerald had an extraordinary vocal range spanning three octaves. Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917 to William Fitzgerald and Temperance Fitzgerald. From a young age, she was passionate about dancing and singing and spent hours listening to Jazz records her mother brought home. She suffered many hardships during her childhood, especially after… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Posted April 24, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
montgomery 2

Do you remember reading Anne of Green Gables? On this day in 1942, author Lucy Maud Montgomery died at the age of 67. Montgomery was born on November 30, 1874 in Clifton in Prince Edward Island, Canada to Hugh John Montgomery and Clara Woolner Macneill. When she was 21 months old, her mother died of tuberculosis and she was placed in the care of her maternal grandparents. An only child, Montgomery found solace in writing during… Read the full story

Community »

It’s A Boy! Royal Baby No.3 is Born

Posted April 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
royalbaby3 -2

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! The royal couple welcomed their third child, a healthy baby boy, on April 23, 2018 at 11:01 local time at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, West London. The prince weighed 8 pounds and 7 ounces. Welcome to the family. pic.twitter.com/nKSd5kh5bZ — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018 While the public awaits for the official announcement of the prince’s name, here are some interesting facts about the newest addition to… Read the full story

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ... 51 52   Next »