May 2014

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Profile of the Day: Hernando de Soto

Posted May 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 30, 1539, Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto landed in Florida. Born to a noble but poor family, de Soto was drawn to the glory and wealth garnered from military fame. A key figure in the successful conquest of Peru, he returned to Spain a wealthy man. In 1938, he set sail to North America with a fleet of 10 ships and a crew of 700 men in search for gold. His expedition… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Posted May 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember laughing at the comedic genius of Bob Hope? He was born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903 in Eltham, England. With a career spanning over 60 years, Hope conquered almost every entertainment medium, including vaudeville, radio, stage, and television. He appeared in over 70 films and shorts, authored numerous books and hosted the Academy Awards a record-setting 18 times. Between 1941 – 1991, he made 57 tours for the USO, bringing his… Read the full story

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Webinar: The Biggest Family Reunion Ever – VIDEO

Posted May 28, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Did you miss our webinar with best-selling author A.J. Jacobs? Don’t worry – now you can watch the entire webinar below! AJ gave us a great overview of his journey into his family history and his upcoming attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the largest family reunion ever. Check how you’re related to AJ on Geni with the AJ Jacobs Cousin Connector and follow the Global Family Reunion project on Geni to meet… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maya Angelou

Posted May 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary poet, writer and civil rights activist Maya Agnelou, who has died at the age of 86. Beloved and admired by many, Angelou made literary history when she published her best-selling memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, in 1969 and became the first African-American woman to have a non-fiction best-seller. She was a prolific writer, penning more than 30 books, and received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011…. Read the full story

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Memorial Day: Free Access to Military Records

Posted May 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Each year the U.S. celebrates Memorial Day in honor of the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the U.S. military. In celebration of the holiday, MyHeritage is providing free access to millions of military records all weekend, from May 23 – 26. Celebrate this Memorial Day by learning more about your military ancestors. Journey back in time to some of the most important conflicts in world history that not only impacted… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rosemary Clooney

Posted May 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 23, 1928, singer and actress Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky. A successful jazz vocalist, Clooney first rose to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit “Come On-a My House.” One of five children, she and several of her siblings became successful entertainers, as did their children. Today, her nephew, George Clooney, is one of the most highly sought after stars in Hollywood. Rosemary Clooney is connected to over 75… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted May 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? On this day in 1859, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Supported by wealthy uncles, Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst, at the age of 9. He studied medicine at the University of Ediniburgh Medical School and it was there that he began writing short stories. Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes publication appeared in 1887. Doyle would go… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion: How are you related to A.J. Jacobs?

Posted May 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is organizing the largest family reunion in history and you’re invited! Image: United Purpose A.J. Jacobs is a journalist, an editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, and author of four New York Times bestsellers. You may recognize him from his book, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, in which he chronicles the year he attempted to follow all of the rules in the Bible…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted May 21, 2014 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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Today in 1932, aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. She started the flight on May 20, 1932 from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and intended to fly to Paris, but do to bad weather she landed in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland. Earhart received the Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress, the Cross of Knight of the Legion of Honor from the French Government and the Gold Medal… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cher

Posted May 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Cher! Today the music legend turns 68. Cher was born in El Centro, California on May 20, 1946. She rose to stardom as part of a singing act with her husband, Sonny Bono. The duo was best known for the hit song “I Got You Babe” and their immensely popular variety show The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. After the couple divorced, Cher embarked on her own, producing more chart toppers such as… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for May 19, 2014

Posted May 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you have any genealogy breakthroughs this weekend? Have some fun with these articles from around the web. Image: Found after 500 years, the wreck of Christopher Columbus’s flagship the Santa Maria / The Independent The Genealogy Sphere Still Paying for the Civil War (The Wall Street Journal) – Over a century later, families continue to receive Civil War benefits Exclusive: Found after 500 years, the wreck of Christopher Columbus’s flagship the Santa Maria (The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted May 19, 2014 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Today we remember Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who passed away May 19, 1994 from cancer. She was born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier on July 28, 1929 in Southampton, New York. In 1953, Jackie married John F. Kennedy in a lavish ceremony, which was considered the social event of the season. During her husband’s presidency, she was the youngest first lady in nearly 80 years. Her keen sense of fashion made her a fashion icon worldwide. To this… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Fonda

Posted May 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Yours, Mine and Ours? On this day in 1905, star Henry Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska. Fonda was the patriarch of a family of famous actors, including children Jane and Peter Fonda and granddaughter Bridget Fonda. With a nearly 50-year career in the movies, Fonda is widely considered one of the greatest actors in history. Some of his other classic films include The Grapes of Wrath, 12 Angry Men, and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: L. Frank Baum

Posted May 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you love the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz while you were growing up? Author L. Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856 in Chittenango, New York. A popular children’s book writer, Baum is best remembered for his story of Dorothy and her dog Toto and their adventure home after a tornado transports them to the magical land of Oz. First published on May 17, 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a commercial and critical… Read the full story

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Does Longevity Run in Your Family?

Posted May 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Does longevity run in your family tree? Just recently, the world’s oldest living man was identified as 111-year old New Yorker Alexander Imich. The secret to his longevity? Imich credits good genes, a healthy diet and perhaps the fact that he and his wife never had children. His closest relative is an 84-year-old nephew. Image: NBC New York Imich was born on February 4, 1903 in Poland. Check out a few significant events that occurred the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bobby Darin

Posted May 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember the song “Splish Splash”? On May 14, 1936, singer Bobby Darin was born in the Bronx, New York. Darin recorded his first mega hit “Splish Splash” in 1958, and followed with a string of best selling records that brought him world fame. He was raised by his grandparents, who he believed were his parents for most of his life. When his mother became pregnant at the age of 16, the family hatched the plan to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President James K. Polk

Posted May 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have ancestors who served in the Mexican-American War? On May 13, 1846, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved President James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico in the wake of a dispute over Texas. The Republic of Texas had declared their independence from Mexico after the Texas Revolution, and sought to join the United States as a new state. Boundary disputes lead to increasing tension between the two nations, eventually escalating to war. After… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for May 12, 2014

Posted May 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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We hope everyone had a very enjoyable Mother’s Day weekend. Jump start the new week with these fascinating family history stories from around the web! Image: Woman finds  love letter 6 decades old and tracks down soldier who wrote it / The Washington Post The Genealogy Sphere Rudyard Kipling and the century-old WWI mystery (The Star) – The story of the disappearance of Rudyard Kipling’s disappearance while in combat in 1915 France After His Death,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katharine Hepburn

Posted May 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a favorite Katharine Hepburn movie? On May 12, 1907, the legendary actress was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Katharine came from wealthy and progressive family. Her father was a noted urologist and proponent of educating the public about venereal diseases and her mother headed the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association. With her headstrong independence and unconventional attitude, Katharine came to epitomize the “modern woman” in 20th century America. Throughout her long and notable career,… Read the full story

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Mother’s Day: Famous Moms

Posted May 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day in the U.S. Variations of Mother’s Day have been celebrated at different times throughout history all over the world. The official celebration of Mother’s Day in the U.S. began in the early 20th century thanks to the efforts of a woman named Anna Jarvis. A few years after the death of her mother, Anna was inspired to organize a day to not only honor her mother, but… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.M. Barrie

Posted May 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember the story of Peter Pan? On May 9, 1860, playwright J.M. Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland. James Matthew Barrie was the ninth child of ten born to a conservative Calvinist family. He moved to London to pursue a career as a novelist and playwright. It was there that he first met the Llewelyn Davies boys, who would inspire him to write of the mischievous boy who can fly and never grow up…. Read the full story

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A Look Back: V-E Day

Posted May 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have World War II veterans in your family tree? On May 8, 1945, the Allied nations celebrated Victory in Europe Day. Millions throughout Western Europe took to the streets to celebrate the unconditional surrender of the Nazis, which effectively marked the end of World War II in Europe. Check out some interesting facts about V-E Day: The official act of military surrender was signed on May 7, 1945 After the suicide of Adolf… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Melissa Gilbert

Posted May 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Little House on the Prairie? Today star Melissa Gilbert turns 50! Born in Los Angeles, California, Melissa grew up in the entertainment business. She was adopted by actor Paul Gilbert and actress Barbara Crane, the daughter of The Honeymooners creator Harry Crane. She began her career at a young age, appearing in numerous commercials and guest spots on television. In 1974, she landed the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder on the series… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eva Peron

Posted May 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 7, 1919, Eva Perón, one of the most influential women in South American history, was born in the rural village of Los Toldos, Argentina. With little-to-no money, she moved to the nation’s capital at the age of 15 to pursue a career as a model and actress. In 1945, she married Juan Perón, who became president of Argentina the following year. As the First Lady of Argentina, Eva used her position to fight for women’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Clooney

Posted May 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday George Clooney! The newly engaged actor is still looking good at 53. George was born in Lexington, Kentucky on May 6, 1961 to Nina Bruce, a city councilwoman, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and game show host. After finding success on the television show ER, Clooney transitioned to the big screen as the star of several box office hits. His work behind the scenes has also brought him plenty of award recognition…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tammy Wynette

Posted May 5, 2014 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On May 5, 1942, country musician Tammy Wynette was born in Bounds, Mississippi. Her birth name was Virginia Wynette Pugh, she decided to use the stage name Tammy Wynette once she was signed with Epic Records. Wynette’s best known song was “Stand by Your Man” and she was called the “First Lady of Country Music”. She charted 23 No. 1 songs in the late 1960s to early 1970s which included “Stand by Your Man”, “Take… Read the full story

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Webinar: The Biggest Family Reunion Ever – You’re Invited

Posted May 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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We are excited to announce an exclusive webinar with A.J. Jacobs, well-known author, editor and genealogist. Hear first-hand about A.J.’s own journey to his past, and his upcoming attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the largest family reunion in history. A.J.’s mission to break the Guinness world record for the largest family reunion was recently reported in the New York Times and in interviews on NPR and CBC Radio. Using Geni and MyHeritage, A.J…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Spock

Posted May 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you or your parents use Benjamin Spock’s parenting advice book Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care? On this day in 1903, the American pediatrician was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Published in 1946, the parenting book is one of the best-selling books of all time. Throughout its first 52 years, Baby and Child Care was the second-best-selling book, next to the Bible. At the time of publication, his ideas about childcare were a great… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert, Prince Consort

Posted May 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 1, 1851, the Great Exhibition opened at the Crystal Palace in London. Conceived by Prince Albert, the exhibit was the first in a series of World’s Fair exhibitions of culture and industrial innovation. When Prince Albert married Queen Victoria at the age of 20, he found himself constrained by his position as consort. Over time, he adopted many public causes, such as educational reform and a worldwide abolition of slavery. Prince Albert also… Read the full story