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Profile of the Day: Jim Henson

Posted September 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jim Henson

Beloved Muppet creator Jim Henson was born on this day in 1936. Today we remember him on what would have been his 79th birthday. Henson rose to stardom after showcasing his Muppet creations on the popular 1970′s children’s show, Sesame Street. Henson helped bring to life many of the show’s characters including Ernie, Guy Smiley and Kermit. In 1976, Henson launched The Muppet Show and introduced the world to Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and many… Read the full story

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Top Baby Names 100 Years Ago

Posted September 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Choosing a name for your baby can be one of the hardest tasks for soon-to-be parents. Picking out the perfect name can be a lot of pressure. Many parents may look back into their family tree in search for inspiration. Image: Nationaal Archief / Flickr Here’s a look back at the top 5 most popular girl and boy names from 100 years ago according to the U.S. Social Security Administration: Top 5 Female Names of 1915 Mary Helen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Springsteen

Posted September 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bruce Springsteen

Happy birthday, Bruce Springsteen! Today The Boss turns 66. Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey to Doug and Adele Springsteen. He was first inspired to pursue music after watching Elvis Presley’s performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. He skyrocketed to fame in 1975 after releasing his third album, Born to Run. The record sold millions of copies and is often considered to be one of the best rock and roll albums… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Faraday

Posted September 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Michael Faraday

On this day in 1791, English physicist Michael Faraday was born in Surrey, England. Faraday is credited with In making many discoveries in electricity and magnetism. Faraday was the third child born to James and Margaret Faraday. His family was not well off and could only afford him a basic education. At the age of 14, he began an apprenticeship with a local bookseller and educated himself by reading a wide range of scientific books. Despite his limited… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: H.G. Wells

Posted September 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: H.G. Wells

Are a fan of science fiction? On this day in 1866, author H.G. Wells was born in Kent, England. Herbert George Wells was the fourth and youngest child born to Joseph Wells, a shopkeeper and professional cricketer, and Sarah Neal, a former domestic servant. When he was a child, an accident left Wells bedridden with a broken leg. To pass the time, he immersed himself in books and discovered a desire to craft stories of his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Greta Garbo

Posted September 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Greta Garbo

Today we celebrate the life of Hollywood icon Greta Garbo, who was born 110 years ago today. Greta Lovisa Gustafsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden on September 18, 1905 to Anna Lovisa and Karl Alfred Gustafsson. The youngest of three children, Garbo dropped out of school at the age of 13 to care for her ailing father. He would die in 1920 when she was 14. Growing up in poverty, Garbo dreamed of becoming an… Read the full story

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Constitution Day: 7 Facts About the U.S. Constitution

Posted September 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is Constitution Day! On this day, the U.S. observes the adoption of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. The U.S. Constitution / U.S. National Archives Here are seven interesting facts about the Constitution: 1. The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 by 39 delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Some notable signers included George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton. 2. James Madison is often hailed as the “Father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Tubman

Posted September 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harriet Tubman

On this day in 1849, Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in the South. She would go on to lead many others to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Araminta Harriet Ross was one of nine children born to Harriet “Rit” and Ben Ross. She was born into slavery around 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland. On September 17, 1849, Harriet escaped to Philadelphia. She would soon return to Maryland to lead her family and many others to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lauren Bacall

Posted September 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Lauren Bacall on what would have been her 91st birthday. Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 in The Bronx, New York. Her mother emigrated from Romania through Ellis Island, while her father was born in New Jersey to Polish parents. Known for her distinctive voice, Bacall catapulted to stardom opposite Humphrey Bogart in the 1944 film, To Have and Have Not. Despite their 25-year age difference, the couple married in… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Customize Your Tree Preferences

Posted September 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you know you can customize the view of your family tree to your own preferences? Geni’s easy to use family tree interface is customizable so you can choose the family tree view that works best for you. Here are a few tips on what you can see: Starting with the view most are familiar with, the Standard tree view will show each profile’s node, picture (if available) and years of birth and death. Click… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince Harry of Wales

Posted September 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Prince Harry of Wales

Happy birthday, Prince Harry! Today the British royal turns 31. The youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Harry was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London of September 14, 1984. He is currently fifth in line to the throne, after his nephew, Prince George, and his niece, Princess Charlotte. After graduating from school, Harry pursued a career in the military and did two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Harry is also involved in numerous charities… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

Posted September 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key penned the poem that would later become the lyrics to the United States’ national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Key was born on August 1, 1779 at the family plantation in Maryland. His father was a lawyer, a judge and an officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. During the War of 1812, Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British forces while on board the… Read the full story

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Half Sisters Reunited Through Geni

Posted September 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Half-sisters Diana Lee and Yevan Chernoff-Christian were separated for decades until a family friend made a discovery that would bring them together. Image: Yevan Chernoff-Christian and Diana Lee / GlendaleNewsPress A recent article in the Glendale News Press revealed that the sisters were reunited after a friend made a remarkable discovery on Geni. Two years ago, Melanie Kunisch, Yevan’s friend and an avid genealogists, spent some time helping Yevan research her ancestry. After tracing her parents’… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Connick, Jr.

Posted September 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harry Connick, Jr.

Happy birthday, Harry Connick, Jr.! Today the talented singer turns 48. Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. was born on September 11, 1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Harry exhibited his musical talents at an early age, learning the piano at the age of three and performing publicly by the age of five. In 1989, he got his big break when he was asked to provide the soundtrack for the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nathan Hale

Posted September 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1776, Nathan Hale, a solider in the Continental Army, volunteered to spy behind British lines. Nathan Hale was born in Coventry, Connecticut Colony on June 6, 1755. Educated at Yale, Hale joined the Connecticut militia after the start of the American Revolutionary War. Prior to the upcoming Battle of Harlem Heights, General George Washington called for a volunteer to cross enemy lines to gather intelligence. Hale volunteered for the dangerous mission and… Read the full story

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Queen Elizabeth II: The Longest Reigning British Monarch

Posted September 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today Queen Elizabeth II achieves a new milestone – not only is she the United Kingdom’s longest lived monarch, but she now holds the distinction of being the longest reigning monarch in British history. She surpasses Queen Victoria’s record of 63 years, seven months and two days on the throne. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, June 1953 / Library and Archives Canada Just like her second great grandmother, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth II was never… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hugh Grant

Posted September 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 55th birthday, Hugh Grant! Grant was born Hugh John Mungo Grant in Hammersmith, England to a military family. His father was a Captain and served with the Seaforth Highlanders for eight years. His paternal grandfather, Major James Murray Grant, DSO was decorated for bravery and leadership at Saint-Valery-en-Caux during World War II. In 1994, Grant achieved international stardom as the star of hit comedy Four Wedding and a Funeral. He has since continued to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter Sellers

Posted September 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau? On this day in 1925, the iconic comedian was born in Portsmouth, England. Born Richard Henry Sellers, his parents called him “Peter” after his elder stillborn brother. Both of his parents were vaudeville entertainers and Peter often accompanied his parents on the variety show circuit. In 1943, he joined the Royal Air Force and traveled with the entertainment troupe to perform for soldiers during World War II. In… Read the full story

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History of Labor Day

Posted September 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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This Monday, the United States celebrates Labor Day in honor of the contributions and achievements that workers have made. Celebrated on the first Monday of each September, Labor Day was created as a result of the Labor Movement of the late 19th century. Today, the holiday also symbolizes the end of summer and is celebrated with parties, parades and community events. Working in bottling factory / Library of Congress The origins of Labor Day can… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beyoncé Knowles

Posted September 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Beyoncé Knowles

Happy birthday, Beyoncé! Today the singer celebrates her 34th birthday. She was born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles on September 4, 1981 in Huston, Texas to Matthew and Celestine “Tina” Knowles. Her first name is a tribute to her mother’s maiden name, Beyincé. Her maternal grandparents were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles and her sixth great grandfather was Acadian leader Joseph “Beausolei” Broussard. A singer from a young age, Beyoncé catapulted to stardom as a member of the female R&B group Destiny’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard I of England

Posted September 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Richard I of England

On this day in 1189, Richard I of England was crowned king in Westminster Abbey. Born on September 8, 1157, Richard was the third of five sons born to King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was known as Richard the Lionheart for his reputation as a great military leader and warrior. During his reign, Richard spent the majority of his time outside of England. He joined the Third Crusade after the capture… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted September 2, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings? On this day in 1973, author J.R.R. Tolkien died at the age of 81. John Ronald Reuel Tolkein was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa. When he was 4, Tolkien’s father died of rheumatic fever, leaving the family without an income. His mother took Tolkien and his brother to live with her parents in England. She died in 1904. During World War… Read the full story

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Your Stories: From an American Revolutionary War Ancestor to the World Family Tree

Posted September 1, 2015 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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We love hearing from Geni users about their experiences in genealogy. Today we want to share the story of Virginia Lee Oldham (Hopper)’s journey uncovering her family history. She was born in Princeton, Kentucky at the family home on Baldwin Avenue. In 1967, Virginia married Billy Joe Oldham and together, had two daughters, Sara Lee and Heather Jo. Between 1979-1989, Virginia was the owner and instructor of a downtown craft supply store. She was the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Posted September 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Remember the story of Tarzan? On this day in 1875, author Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago, Illinois. Burroughs was the fourth son of George Tyler Burroughs and Mary Evaline Zieger. His father was a businessman and Civil War veteran. He worked a number of different jobs throughout his lifetime, from a pencil sharpener wholesaler to war correspondent during World War II. In 1912, Burroughs published the first of his Tarzan series, Tarzan of the Apes. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Gere

Posted August 31, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Richard Gere

Happy birthday, Richard Gere! Today the actor and activist turns 66. Gere was born on August 31, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Homer George Gere and Doris Ann Tiffany. Did you know he is a Mayflower descendant? His ancestors include Francis Eaton, George Soule, Richard Warren, Degory Priest and Francis Cooke. He rose to fame in the 1980s as the star of the hit films American Gigolo and An Officer and a Gentleman. After a box office slump, Gere bounced back… Read the full story

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Remembering Ingrid Bergman 100 Years Later

Posted August 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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This year marks the 100th birthday of legendary actress Ingrid Bergman. From humble beginnings, Bergman would go on to become one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood history. In honor of the 100th anniversary of her birth, we take a look back on the life of the Hollywood legend. The only surviving child of Justus Bergman and Frieda Adler, Bergman was born on August 29, 1915 in Stockholm, Sweden. She was named “Ingrid” after Princess… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shania Twain

Posted August 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Shania Twain

Happy 50th birthday to Shania Twain! The hit country singer was born on this day in 1965. She was born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, Canada to Sharon and Clarence Edwards. Her parents divorced when she was two and soon after, her mother remarried. Her new stepfather legally adopted Shania and her sisters and changed their last names to Twain. Starting at the age of 8, Twain began singing at bars to help support her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lyndon B. Johnson

Posted August 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to a U.S. President? On this day in 1908, President Lyndon B. Johnson was born. Lyndon Baines Johnson was born on August 27, 1908 in a small farmhouse in Stonewall, Texas. He was the oldest of five children born to Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr. and Rebekah Baines. Perhaps it was inevitable that Johnson would enter the world of politics. His father had served five terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Hours after the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert, Prince Consort

Posted August 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Albert, Prince Consort

On this day in 1819, Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, was born in Schloss Rosenau, Germany. Born Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the Prince was the second son of Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and his first wife, Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. In 1840, he married his first cousin, Queen Victoria, who had inherited the English throne just a few years earlier at the age of 18. Together, the couple had nine… Read the full story

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Are Related – And This is How

Posted August 25, 2015 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may be on opposing sides of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, but perhaps a new familial connection may help bring them a little closer. Yep, that’s right – the current leading GOP candidate, Donald Trump, is related to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton! As revealed today on Extra TV, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are 19th cousins! The unexpected relationship was found through Geni’s World Family Tree, the definitive family tree of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sean Connery

Posted August 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sean Connery

Happy 85th birthday to Sean Connery! Best known as the original James Bond, Connery has starred in a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen. Connery portrayed the iconic British secret agent in a total of seven films, cementing his place in pop culture history. After taking a short break, Connery returned to film in a series of highly acclaimed roles, even winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William I of the Netherlands

Posted August 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William I of the Netherlands

Do you have family ties to Dutch royalty? On this day in 1772, William I of the Netherlands, the first King of the Netherlands, was born. He was the son of William V, Prince of Orange of the Dutch Republic, and Wilhelmina of Prussia. In 1791, he married his first cousin, Wilhelmina, who was the daughter of King Frederik William II of Prussia. After the French invasion of the Dutch Republic, William emigrated with his… Read the full story

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The Earliest Born Person to be Photographed

Posted August 21, 2015 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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If you are lucky, you may have an entire treasure trove of old family photographs tucked away somewhere. Do you know who is the oldest person born to be photographed in your family? Two of the earliest people born known to be photographed are Hannah Gorby (Stilley) and Conrad Heyer. Hannah Gorby (Stilley) The exact date of Hannah Gorby (Stilley) is not known, but it is believed she was born around 1746. The photograph is believed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julian Bond

Posted August 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Julian Bond

Iconic Civil Rights activist Julian Bond passed away on August 15 this year at the age of 75. One of the most prominent leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1960′s, Bond remained a champion of equal rights throughout his life. He was born Horace Julian Bond on January 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee to Julia Agnes Washington and Horace Mann Bond. While a student at Morehouse College during the early 1960′s, Bond helped… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: H.P. Lovecraft

Posted August 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a horror fan? On this day in 1890, author H.P. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Howard Philips Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890 in his family home. He was the only child of Winfield Scott Lovecraft, a traveling salesman, and Sarah Susan Phillips. When he was three, his father was placed in the Providence psychiatric institution, Butler Hospital, where he remained until his death. Lovecraft was raised by his mother, his two… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bill Clinton

Posted August 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bill Clinton

Happy 69th birthday, Bill Clinton! William Jefferson Blythe III was born on August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. His father, William Jefferson Blyth, Jr., was a traveling salesman and died in a car accident three months before his birth. His mother, Virginia Dell, later married Roger Clinton, Sr. At the age of 16, Clinton met President John F. Kennedy while visiting the White House as a Boys Nation senator. His visit is said to have inspired… Read the full story

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The 19th Amendment Ratified

Posted August 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Ninety-five years ago, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, guaranteeing women the right to vote in the United States. The Lowell Sun, August 18, 1920 The long struggle for women’s equal right to vote began with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. Organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lurcretia Mott, the event was the first women’s rights convention of its kind to be held in the U.S. It was here that Stanton first met Susan B. Anthony, who would play a pivotal… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Redford

Posted August 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert Redford

Happy birthday, Robert Redford! Today the actor turns 79. Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936 in Santa Monica, California. He was the only child born to Martha W. Hart and Charles Robert Redford, Sr., a milkman-turned-accountant. After starting out with small roles on television, Redford became a major star after co-starring with Paul Newman in the box office hit Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In 1973, he joined forces again with Newman in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Posted August 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to the great American folk hero Davy Crockett? On this day in 1786, the famous frontiersman was born. Born to John M. Crockett and Rebecca Sullivan Crockett, Davy learned to shoot at the age of 8 and gained a reputation for hunting and story telling. In 1826, he was elected to Congress and served two terms before leaving politics to join the Texas Revolution. He was killed at the Battle of the Alamo… Read the full story

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10 Family History Questions to Ask Your Grandparents

Posted August 15, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
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When researching your family history, one of the greatest resources at your disposal are your living relatives. Your grandparents and other older relatives may just be your closest connection to earlier generations of your family. When your grandparents pass, their knowledge and memories of your family’s history disappear forever. Interviewing your elderly relatives now is not only great for capturing and preserving their stories for future generations, but also a wonderful way to get to know… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Warren G. Harding

Posted August 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Warren G. Harrding

Has your family history research helped you prove any rumors in your family tree? It was recently announced that DNA tests have proven the long standing allegation that the 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding, fathered a child with his mistress, Nan Britton. Harding was born on November 2, 1865 in Blooming Grove, Ohio. In 1920, he became the first sitting Senator to be elected President. During his campaign, he vowed a “return… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Annie Oakley

Posted August 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Annie Oakley

Are you related to the famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley? On this day in 1860, the Wild West star was born. She was born Phoebe Ann Mosey in a cabin near Woodland, Ohio. Oakley honed her remarkable sharpshooting skills as a teen hunting game to support her mother and siblings. She met her husband Frank Butler, a marksman and performer, after beating him in a shooting competition. In 1885, she and her husband joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild… Read the full story

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Patents: Singer Sewing Machine

Posted August 12, 2015 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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On this day in 1851, American inventor Isaac Merrit Singer was granted a patent for his iconic sewing machine. Although not the first to invent the sewing machine, Singer made important improvements to make the machine more practical and efficient than ever before. Sewing with a Singer sewing machine / State Library of Queensland Thanks to increasing affordability and practicality, the Singer sewing machines would find their way into almost every household. Isaac Merrit Singer / Wikimedia Commons Isaac Merrit… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George IV

Posted August 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George IV

Do you have royal blood? On this day in 1762, George IV of the United Kingdom and Hanover was born. The first child of King George III and Queen Charlotte, George became Prince Regent in 1811 during his father’s mental illnesses and ascended to the throne following his death in 1820. George enjoyed living an extravagant lifestyle and at the age of 23, secretly and illegally married Maria Fitzherbert, a twice-widowed commoner and a Roman Catholic. Legally, the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edith Wharton

Posted August 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any writers in your family tree? On this day in 1937, author Edith Wharton died in Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France. Born to a prominent New York family, Wharton was the youngest child of George Frederic Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander. She began writing poetry and fiction as a young girl and even attempted to write her first novel at the age of 11. Although she had a thirst for knowledge and desired a greater… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Smithson

Posted August 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution was created. Founding donor James Smithson, an English chemist and mineralogist, had bequeath his estate to the United States government to create an “establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.” Smithson was born Jacques-Louis Macie in Paris, France circa 1765. The illegitimate child of Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Norhthumberland and Elizabeth Hungerford Keate Macie, Smithson later changed his surname after the death of his parents to his biological… Read the full story

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Genealogy Research: Address Books

Posted August 7, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Genealogy Research: Address Books

Do you still keep a handwritten address book? In today’s world, many people have forgone the old paper and pen for digital preservation of contacts either on the computer or a smartphone. But if you take a closer look at an old address book, you’ll find that they may hold the key to unlocking your family history. Before we carried all our contacts on our phones, we kept the names, addresses and phone numbers of our family, friends and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charlize Theron

Posted August 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today actress Charlize Theron celebrates her 40th birthday! She was born in Benoni, Transvaal Province, South Africa on August 7, 1975 to Charles and Greda Theron. She grew up in an Afrikaans-speaking household on a farm in Benoni. As a child, Charlize studied ballet and was eventually sent to a boarding school in Johannesburg to further her study in dance. After winning a modeling contest at 16, she traveled to the U.S. to begin a career… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucille Ball

Posted August 6, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lucille Ball

Happy birthday to Lucille Ball! Today the beloved actress would have been 104. Lucille Désirée Ball was born on August 6 ,1911 in Jamestown, New York. After her father died of typhoid fever in 1915, the family moved in with her maternal grandparents. She and her brother were later cared for by their step-grandparents after her mother remarried. As a teen, Ball attended the John Murray Anderson School for the Dramatic Arts in New York City,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Alec Guinness

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Profile of the Day: Alec Guinness

Today we remember actor Sir Alec Guinness, who passed away on this day 15 years ago. He was born Alec Guinness de Cuffe on April 2, 1914 in England to Ann Cuff. Although the name of his father was left blank on his birth certificate, some believe his father was Andrew Geddes, a Scottish banker who paid for Guinness’s schooling. During World War II, Guinness served with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. He operated a British Royal… Read the full story

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