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Profile of the Day: Steven Spielberg

Posted December 18, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Steven Spielberg! Today the legendary director turns 71. Known for his blockbuster and award-winning films, Spielberg has directed and produced many of the most popular movies in history. Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio to an Orthodox Jewish family. His mother, Leah Posner, was a concert pianist and restauranteur, and his father, Arnold Spielberg, worked as an electrical engineer. His paternal grandparents were emigrants from the Ukraine, who settled in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gustave Eiffel

Posted December 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day 1832, French architect and engineer Gustave Eiffel was born in Dijon, France. He is perhaps best remembered for his work to build the Eiffel Tower, which bears his name. Originally constructed for the 1889 Universal Exposition, today the tower has become one of the most recognizable structures in the world and an iconic symbol of France. Eiffel was born Alexandre-Gustave Bönickhausen on December 15, 1832 to Catherine-Mélanie Moneuse and Alexandre Bönickhausen. His ancestors had originally emigrated… Read the full story

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Meghan Markle’s Roots Connect to Some Surprising Relatives

Posted December 14, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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When news of Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle broke, we shared how the newly engaged couple were related through Geni’s World Family Tree. With excitement still in the air, we thought it would be fun to share a few more of Meghan’s surprising relatives. Recently, our parent company, MyHeritage, shared the news that Meghan was related to William Shakespeare and Winston Churchill through her English roots. This was possible thanks to Geni’s World Family Tree, which connects over 120… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nostradamus

Posted December 14, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Nostradamus

On this day in 1503, French astrologer Nostradamus was born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Provence, France. Nostradamus believed he could predict the future and documented his predictions in his book, The Prophecies. Since its initial publication, many people have believed that his predictions have come true or will come true in the future. Not much is known about the early years of Nostradamus’s life. He was born Michel de Nostradame and excelled in school where he studied medicine. He spent many… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Todd Lincoln

Posted December 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary Todd Lincoln

On this day in 1818, Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady of the United States and wife of Abraham Lincoln, was born in Lexington, Kentucky. She was the fourth of seven children born to Robert Smith Todd and Elizabeth Parker and came from a prominent slaveholding family in Kentucky. Her paternal grandfather, Levi Todd, and his two brothers, fought in the American Revolutionary War. Early Kentucky pioneers, Todd and his brothers founded Lexington after the war. In 1839,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edvard Munch

Posted December 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edvard Munch

On this day in 1863, Norwegian painter Edvard Munch was born in Løten, Norway. He is perhaps best known for his 1893 painting, The Scream, which is often considered one of the most recognizable works of art in modern history. Munch was the second of five children born to Christian Munch and Laura Catherine Bjølstad. In 1868, his mother died of tuberculosis and a few years later, his sister died of the disease as well at the age of 15…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Max Born

Posted December 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the 135th birthday of German physicist and mathematician Max Born, who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics. In 1954, Born won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to the field. Born was born on December 11, 1882 in Breslau in what was then a part of the German Empire (now Wroclaw, Poland). He was the son of Gustav Jacob Born, a prominent German histologist and medical author, and Margarethe… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sammy Davis, Jr.

Posted December 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sammy Davis, Jr.

On this day in 1925, legendary singer and actor Sammy Davis, Jr. was born in Harlem, New York. He is perhaps best remembered as a member of the famous Rat Pack, along with his friends, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Davis got his start as a small child in his father’s vaudeville act. He learned to dance and soon became a part of the Will Mastin Trio with his father and performer Will Mastin. While serving in the army during… Read the full story

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Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Posted December 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Seventy-six years ago today, Imperial Japanese Naval Air forces attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, which left more than 1,100 people wounded and 2,403 people dead. The surprise military attack was a profound shock to the American people and immediately drew the United States into World War II. Pearl Harbor under attack on December 7, 1941 / National Archives and Records Administration In his address to Congress the day following the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Posted December 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Do you have pioneer ancestors? On this day in 1873, author Willa Cather was born in Winchester, Virginia. Cather is perhaps best remembered for her vivid portrayal of frontier life on the Great Plains in her novels, O Pioneers! and My Ántonia. Wilella Sibert Cather was born on her maternal grandmother’s farm in the Back Creek Valley near Winchester, Virginia. Although most may think of her as a Nebraskan, her family did not move to the frontier… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William II of the Netherlands

Posted December 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William II of the Netherlands

Do you have Dutch ancestry? On this day in 1792, William II, King of the Netherlands, was born. He was the eldest son of William I, the first King of the Netherlands, and Wilhelmine of Prussia, the daughter of King Frederick William II of Prussia and William I’s first cousin. In 1816, he married Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia, the youngest sister of Alexander I of Russia. Following his father’s abdication of the throne in 1840, William II became… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Van Buren

Posted December 5, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1782, Martin Van Buren, the 8th President of the United States, was born in Kinderhook, New York. Did you know that he was the first President to be born a U.S. citizen? All previous presidents were born in the British colonies before the American Revolution, and were therefore British subjects. Van Buren was the son of Dutch parents and although the Van Buren family had been in America for several generations, Dutch was still the primary language… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jeff Bridges

Posted December 4, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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The Dude celebrates his 68th birthday today! Actor Jeff Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California. The Academy Award winning actor made his big screen debut as a baby in the 1951 film, The Company She Keeps. He was born into a Hollywood family; his father was actor Lloyd Bridges and his mother was actress and writer Dorothy Bridges. Growing up, he and his older brother Beau made occasional appearances on their father’s television shows, Sea Hunt… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rosa Parks

Posted December 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Rosa Parks

“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” 62 years ago today, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her act of defiance would become one of the defining moments of the American Civil Rights movement. On December 1, 1955, Parks was riding home from a long day of work on a segregated bus. After the whites-only section was filled, the bus… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mark Twain

Posted November 30, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mark Twain

What’s your favorite Mark Twain book? On this day in 1835, the author and humorist was born in Florida, Missouri. Today he is still considered one of the most popular and beloved writers in American literature. Samuel Langhorne Clemens was the sixth child born to John Marshal Clemens and Jane Lampton. He later adopted the pen name Mark Twain, which was derived from the riverboat term “mark twain.” By the fifth grade, he had dropped out of school and took… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gertrude Jekyll

Posted November 29, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Gertrude Jekyll

Today’s Google Doodle honors British horticulturist and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll on her 174th birthday. Considered one of the most well known and influential garden designers in history, Jekyll created over 400 gardens throughout Europe and the United States. Jekyll was born on November 29, 1843 in London, England. She was the fifth of seven children born to Captain Edward Joseph Hill Jekyll and Julia Hammersley. Her brother, Walter, was a friend of author Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson would… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Washington Irving

Posted November 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading the short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”? On this day in 1859, author Washington Irving died in his home at the age of 76. Irving was the youngest of eleven children born to William Irving, Sr. and Sarah Sanders. He was born just as the American Revolution came to its end and was named after the hero of the revolution, George Washington. At the age of 6, he had the opportunity to attend… Read the full story

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are Related!

Posted November 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged! Did you know that Prince Harry and Megan are also related? Discover how in Geni’s World Family Tree. According to the official announcement, the couple will marry in the spring of next year. They were introduced by a mutual friend and have been together for over a year. While making their debut as an engaged couple outside of Kensington Palace, Prince Harry revealed that he knew she was the one from the moment they met.

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Lee

Posted November 27, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Bruce Lee

Are you a fan of martial arts movies? On this day in 1940, actor and martial arts legend Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco, California. Considered one of the most influential martial artists of all time, Lee is often credited with helping to change the way Asians are depicted in American films. His father was a leading Hong Kong Cantonese opera singer and film actor. At the time of Lee’s birth, his father was on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: David Cassidy

Posted November 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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We’re sad to hear of the passing of David Cassidy, who died Tuesday at the age of 67. One of the biggest musical and television stars of the 1970s, Cassidy will perhaps be forever remembered as the star of the musical television series, The Partridge Family. Cassidy was born on April 12, 1950 in New York City, New York to singer and actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward. After his parents divorced, his father married actress… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Voltaire

Posted November 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Voltaire

On this day in 1694, French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire was born. Considered one of France’s greatest writers, Voltaire’s advocacy of civil liberties and social reform would go on to influence the thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions. François-Marie Arouet was the youngest of five children born to François Arouet and Marie Marguerite Daumard. In 1718, he adopted the name “Voltaire,” which was an anagram of Arovet Li, the Latinized spelling of his name and the initial… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edwin Hubble

Posted November 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edwin Hubble

On this day in 1889, astronomer Edwin Hubble was born in Marshfield, Missouri. Regarded as one of the most important astronomers in history, Hubble was the first to discover the existence of other galaxies in the universe beyond the Milky Way. Hubble was born to Virginia Lee James and John Powell Hubble on November 20, 1889. Growing up, he was known for his athletic abilities and participated in a number of sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and track…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicolas Appert

Posted November 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicolas Appert

Do you or your family can and preserve fruits and vegetables? You can thank French chef Nicolas Appert, who was born on this day in 1749. Appert, also known as the “Father of Canning,” invented the airtight food preservation method in the early 19th century. During the Napoleonic Wars, the French government offered a cash prize to an inventor who could develop a new method of preserving food. Appert experimented for 14 years until he successfully developed his method of preserving… Read the full story

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Mother and Daughter Reunited Thanks to MyHeritage DNA

Posted November 16, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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In a very special live segment on Good Morning America, a mother and daughter were reunited for the first time in over 30 years thanks to MyHeritage DNA. In 1986, Angie Oracoy placed her daughter, Meribeth, up for adoption. Only 19 years old at the time, the young mother never had the chance to hold her daughter before she was taken away. Angie hoped Meribeth would be adopted by a loving family who could give her daughter the life that she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Posted November 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Today we remember legendary actor Clark Gable, who died on this day in 1960 at the age of 59. Known as the “King of Hollywood,” Gable starred in more than 60 films, but is perhaps best remembered as Rhett Butler in the Civil War epic Gone With the Wind. Born William Clark Gable on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, Gable had early aspirations to become an actor. After dropping out of school at 16,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Blake Shelton

Posted November 15, 2017 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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People magazine recently named country music star Blake Shelton 2017′s Sexiest Man Alive. Are you a fan? Explore his family tree on Geni and discover how you’re related! The Oklahoma native was born Blake Tollison Shelton on June 18, 1976 to Richard Shelton, a used car salesman, and Dorothy Byrd, a beauty salon owner. His father served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Honor Guard. At 14, he lost… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Claude Monet

Posted November 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have French ancestry? On this day in 1840, French Impressionist painter Claude Monet was born in Paris, France. A leading figure of the Impressionist movement, Monet’s work transformed French painting in the late 19th century. He was born Oscar Claude Monet on November 14, 1840 to Claude Adolphe Monet and Louise Justine Aubrée. As a child, Monet was known locally for sketching charcoal caricatures and often drew members of his town’s community. A prolific painter, Monet’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Louis Stevenson

Posted November 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading Treasure Island? On this day in 1850, author Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A literary celebrity in his lifetime, today Stevenson is one of the most translated authors in the world. Stevenson was the child of Margaret Balfour and Thomas Stevenson, a leading lighthouse engineer and meteorologist. Lighthouse engineering was a family profession. In addition to his father, two of his uncles also designed lighthouses as well as his paternal grandfather,… Read the full story

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Veterans Day: Celebrate and Honor Those Who Served

Posted November 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On November 11, the United States celebrates Veterans Day to give thanks, honor, and celebrate the brave men and women who have served in the nation’s armed forces. Originally observed as Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who died while in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Morton Stanley

Posted November 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” Those were the first words uttered by journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley when he found missing explorer David Livingstone on November 10, 1871 in present-day Tanzania. Born John Rowlands in Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales, Stanley immigrated to the United States at 18 and changed his name. During the American Civil War, he served in both the Confederate and Union armies. After the war, he became a journalist. In 1871, he was commissioned by The New York… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward VII

Posted November 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edward VII

Have you found your connection to royalty? On this day in 1841, King Edward VII was born in Buckingham Palace. The eldest son of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, Edward VII held the record for the longest serving heir-apparent in British history at 59 years, until he was surpassed by his second great grandson Prince Charles in 2011. He was named Albert Edward after his father and his maternal grandfather, Prince Edward Duke of Kent and Strathearn. He was known… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

Posted November 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Irish ancestry? 170 years ago today, Irish author Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland. In 1897, Stoker published his most famous novel, Dracula. Although he didn’t originate the concept of the vampire, Stoker’s Dracula came to define the undead creature in its modern form. Stoker was born Abraham Stoker on November 8, 1847 to Abraham Stoker, a civil servant, and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley. The third of seven children, Stoker spent the early years… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

Posted November 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate Polish physicist Marie Curie, who was born 150 years ago in Warsaw, Poland. Not only was the pioneering scientist the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, but also the first person to win twice in two different fields. She was born Maria Skłodowska on November 7, 1867 and was the fifth and youngest child of Bronisława Boguska and Władysław Skłodowski, both well-known teachers. While studying in Paris, France, she met her husband,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Adolphe Sax

Posted November 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Adolphe Sax

On this day in 1814, Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, was born in Dinant, in what is today Belgium. Sax was born Antoine-Joseph Sax to Marie-Joseph Masson and Charles-Joseph Sax, a maker of wind and brass instruments. As a young child, Sax faced many near-death experiences. He was struck in the head by a brick, swallowed a needle, fell onto a burning stove, survived a fall from three flights up, accidentally drank some sulfuric acid, and… Read the full story

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Tips for Overcoming Your Brick Walls

Posted November 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Tips for Overcoming Your Brick Walls

Sometimes when you hit a brick wall in your genealogy research, you may feel like there is no hope in overcoming it. However, there may be a few things to try that you may have overlooked. Here are a few quick tips on how to overcome your brick walls: Review what you have Go back and review what you know about your ancestor. Take some time to to create a timeline during your review to get a better picture of your… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Annie Oakley

Posted November 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Annie Oakley

On this day in 1926, legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley died at the age of 66. A major star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, Oakley gained fame by showcasing her excellent marksmanship abilities. She was born Phoebe Anne Mosey on August 13, 1860 in a cabin in Darke County, Ohio. She was the fifth of seven surviving children born to Jacob Mosey and Susan Wise. Oakley honed her sharpshooting skills at a young age, learning… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Antoinette

Posted November 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marie Antoinette

On this day in 1755, Marie Antoinette was born in Vienna, Austria. She was the 15th child born to Empress Maria Theresa, the ruler of the Habsburg empire, and Frances I, Holy Roman Emperor. At 15 years old, Marie Antoinette married the future French king Louis XVI to secure an alliance between the Habsburg Empire and France. After the death of Louis XV in 1774, Louis XVI ascended to the French throne and Marie Antoinette became Queen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Crane

Posted November 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading The Red Badge of Courage? Author Stephen Crane was born on November 1, 1871 in Newark, New Jersey.

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Profile of the Day: Michael Landon

Posted October 31, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Michael Landon

Remember watching Little House on the Prairie? On this day in 1936, star Michael Landon was born in Queens, New York. He was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz to Peggy O’Neill, a dancer and comedy actress, and Eli Maurice Orowitz, a theater manager and publicist. Once he started acting school, he changed his name to “Michael Landon” after finding the name in a phone book. In 1959, he landed his first starring role on television on the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Winkler

Posted October 30, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henry Winkler

Today “The Fonz,” Henry Winkler, celebrates his 72nd birthday! Winkler was born on October 30, 1945 in Manhattan, New York to Ilse Anna Marie Hadra and Harry Irving Winker, who emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1939. From a young age, Winkler had a passion for acting and earned a MFA from Yale School of Drama in 1967. He caught his big break when he was cast as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on the hit television show Happy… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt

Posted October 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt

Have you found how you’re related to a U.S. President? On this day in 1858, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, was born. Born into the prominent and wealthy Roosevelt family in New York, Roosevelt was nicknamed “Teddy” when he was young. He suffered from poor health as a child, but by his teens he was able to maintain a physically active lifestyle and become known as an avid outdoorsman. In 1901, Roosevelt was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Doc Holliday

Posted October 26, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Doc Holliday

On this day in 1881, gunslingers Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp found themselves involved in the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. On October 26, 1881, the long simmering feud between the outlaw Cowboys, Ike and Billy Clanton, and Tom and Frank McLaury, and town Marshal Virgil Earp, and lawmen Morgan and Wyatt Earp, erupted in a 30-second shootout in Tombstone, Arizona. Holliday was a good friend of Earp’s and was assisting as a temporary policeman at the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fats Domino

Posted October 25, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Fats Domino

Today we remember music legend Fats Domino, who passed away at the age of 89. One of rock and roll’s earliest pioneers, Domino’s unique music style influenced generations of musicians. He was born Antoine Domino, Jr. on February 26, 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The eighth child of Antoine Caliste Domino and Marie-Donatille Gros, he was born in his family’s home with the assistance of his grandmother, who was a midwife. His family was Creole and spoke French Creole… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Annie Edson Taylor

Posted October 24, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Teacher Annie Edson Taylor had a unique way of celebrating her 63rd birthday on October 24, 1901. On that day, Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She was born on October 24, 1838 in Auburn, New York and was one of eight children. Taylor grew up comfortably and studied to become a school teacher before marring at the age of 17. However, after her husband died in the Civil War,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Carson

Posted October 23, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johnny Carson

Heeere’s Johnny! Today we remember late-night host Johnny Carson on what would have been his 92nd birthday. Do you remember watching the “King of Late Night”? Carson was born on October 23, 1925 in Corning, Iowa to Homer Lloyd Carson and Ruth Elizabeth Hook. He showed a talent for entertainment at a young age and performed public magic shows as “The Great Carsoni.” At the age of 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bela Lugosi

Posted October 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bela Lugosi

Do you remember the first scary movie you ever saw? Today we remember  horror movie icon Bela Lugosi, who was born 135 years ago today in Lugos, Hungary. Dubbed the King of Horror, Lugosi was a dominant figure of 1930′s horror. He most notably portrayed Count Dracula, which to this day is still considered by many to be the definitive portrayal of the vampire legend. Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Deszõ Blaskó on October 20, 1882 and was the… Read the full story

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10 Ways to Find Your Ancestor’s Death Information

Posted October 19, 2017 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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One of the most basic pieces of information a genealogists may search for is an ancestor’s date of death. However, sometimes family history researchers are unable to locate a death certificate for an ancestor. Good thing there are many other options available to locate an ancestor’s death information! If you’re searching for an ancestor’s death information, you may want to consider exploring these valuable resources: 1. Newspapers and obituaries The Harlowton News, October 27, 1911 Search through old newspapers for obituaries and death notices,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isabella I of Castile

Posted October 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1469, Isabella I of Castile married Ferdinand II of Aragon. Their marriage brought stability to the kingdoms and paved the way for the unification of Aragon and Castile into the single country of Spain. Isabella was born on April 22, 1451 to John II of Castile and Isabella of Portugal. Isabella and Ferdinand were second cousins, both descending from John I of Castile. Since they were both so closely related, their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

Posted October 18, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

On this day in 1931, prolific inventor Thomas Edison died at the age of 84. At the time of his death, Edison held over 1,000 patents and saw many of his inventions make a significant impact on the world. Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. He was the seventh child of Samuel Ogden Edison, Jr. and Nancy Matthews Elliott. At 16, he became a telegraph operator and gained an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arthur Miller

Posted October 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1915, American playwright Arthur Miller was born in Harlem, New York. Arthur Asher Miller was born to Augusta Barnett and Isidore Miller. His father owned a successful women’s clothing manufacturing business and the family lived a comfortable lifestyle until nearly losing everything during the Great Depression. In 1956, he married for the second time to actress Marilyn Monroe. Their high profile relationship thrusted him into the Hollywood spotlight. Shortly after, he was called to… Read the full story

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