April 2017

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Profile of the Day: James Monroe

Posted April 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James Monroe

On this day in 1758, James Monroe was born in his family home in Westmoreland County, Virginia. A Founding Father of America, Monroe was elected the 5th President of the United States. During the American Revolution, Monroe left college to join the Continental Army. He served as part of General George Washington’s army at the Battle of Trenton, where he was severely wounded. As president, Monroe oversaw major westward expansion of the U.S. With the Monroe Doctrine,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant

Posted April 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant

On this day in 1822, President Ulysses S. Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio. He was born Hiram Ulysses Grant in Point Pleasant, Ohio to Jesse Root Grant, a tanner, and Hannah Simpson. Grant had deep roots in early America. His fifth great grandparents, Matthew and Priscilla Grant arrived at the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. His great grandfather, Noah Grant, served in the French and Indian War, where it was believed he died during… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucille Ball

Posted April 26, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lucille Ball

Today we remember comedy legend Lucille Ball, who passed away on this day in 1989 at the age of 77. Born on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York, Ball had an itch to perform at a young age. She enrolled in a New York City drama school where she was classmates with actress Bette Davis. However, she was dismissed from the school after a short period due to her shyness to perform. She began… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Guglielmo Marconi

Posted April 25, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Guglielmo Marconi

Do you have Italian heritage? On this day in 1874, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi was born in Bologna, Italy. He was known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and radio telegraph system. Marconi was born on April 25, 1874 into an Italian noble family. He was the second son born to Giuseppe Marconi, a wealthy Italian aristocrat landowner, and Anna Fenwick Jameson, who was Irish and Scottish. His great grandfather was John Jameson, the founder of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbra Streisand

Posted April 24, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Barbra Streisand

Happy 75th birthday to Barbra Streisand! Barbara Joan Streisand was born on April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. With music running in her family, it was of no surprise that Streisand would also be a gifted singer. Her mother, Diana Ida Rosen, was a soprano singer when she was young before later becoming a school secretary. Her maternal grandparents emigrated from the Russian Empire, where her grandfather had been a cantor. Streisand knew she wanted to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Posted April 21, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Happy 91st birthday to Queen Elizabeth II! The Queen is not only Britain’s longest reigning monarch, but also the longest serving living monarch in the world today. She was born on April 21, 1926 during the reign of her paternal grandfather, King George V. Her father was the second son of the King, and thus at the time of her birth, no one would have expected her to one day become queen. Did you know the Queen… Read the full story

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Geni is Heading to NERGC 2017

Posted April 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Next week, Geni will be heading to the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium 2017 Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. Held every other year, this year’s conference will focus on “Using the Tools of Today & Tomorrow to Understand the Past.” NERGC 2017 will take place April 26-29, 2017 at the MassMutal Center in Springfield. The exhibit hall will be open April 27-29 and will be open to the general public. Geni will be there at booths B,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Chester French

Posted April 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Prolific sculptor Daniel Chester French was born on this day in 1850. He is best remembered for the design of his most famous piece, the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial. Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, French spent his childhood growing up in Concord, Massachusetts with writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott as neighbors. In fact, it was thanks to Alcott’s sister Abigail that French pursued a career as a sculptor. Considered one of America’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pierre Curie

Posted April 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Pierre Curie

On this day in 1906, French physicist Pierre Curie died at the age of 46. Known for his groundbreaking work in radioactivity alongside his wife, renowned physicist Marie Curie, Pierre is often regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern physics. Pierre was born on May 15, 1859 in Paris, France to Eugene Curie and Sophie-Claire Depouilly. His father was a physician and taught Pierre science and mathematics at an early age. In 1903, Pierre… Read the full story

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5 Reasons Why You Should Use Tax Records for Genealogy Research

Posted April 18, 2017 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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No one looks forward to doing their taxes year after year. However, since everyone is expected to pay their taxes each year, tax records make an excellent resource for genealogists. Ohio 1826 tax records / MyHeritage SuperSearch Here are 5 reasons why tax records are great for genealogy research: 1. They are consistent. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, expect death and taxes.” Everyone is expected to diligently… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

Posted April 18, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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As the British began their approach towards Lexington and Concord on the night of April 18, 1775, Patriots Paul Revere and William Dawes set out on horseback to warn the American colonists of the approaching British troops. The British had planned to capture Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who were known to be hiding in Lexington, and confiscate supplies stored by the Massachusetts militia at Concord. Revere and Dawes set out on different routes towards… Read the full story

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Survivors of the Titanic: The Two Waifs of the Sea

Posted April 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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When the RMS Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, over 1,500 people died in what was one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. Of the estimated 2,240 passengers and crew on board, over 700 survived. Amongst the survivors where two young French boys who were tossed into a lifeboat by their father, who had died in the disaster. Unable to speak English, the identity of the boys was a mystery. The boys were at first misidentified as Louis and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Abraham Lincoln

Posted April 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Abraham Lincoln

On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while watching a play at the Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Just five days earlier, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, signaling the end of the American Civil War. The President had gone for an evening out with his wife to watch a production of Our American Cousin at the Ford… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Mosher Butts

Posted April 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy National Scrabble Day! Scrabble Day is observed each year on the birthday of Scrabble inventor Alfred Mosher Butts, who was born on April 13, 1899 in Poughkeepsi, New York. During the Great Depression, Butts had lost his job as an architect. A fan of puzzles and crosswords, Butts set out to design a board game that would utilize chance and skill by combining the elements of anagrams and crossword puzzles. He initially called the game “Lexiko”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beverly Cleary

Posted April 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 101st birthday to author Beverly Cleary! Beverly Atlee Bunn was born on April 12, 1916 in McMinville, Oregon. An only child, Cleary spent the early years of her life on her family’s farm before moving to Portland, Oregon at the age of 6. A passionate reader, Cleary had aspirations to become a children’s librarian after graduating high school. Cleary began writing children’s books with the goal of creating characters that young readers could relate to. She… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William III of England

Posted April 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William III of England

On this day in 1689, William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of England, Scotland, and Ireland. The couple reigned together until Mary’s death in 1694 at the age of 32. Born in The Hague in the Dutch Republic, William was the only son of William II, Prince of Orange, and Mary, Princess Royal. His mother was the eldest daughter of King Charles I and the sister of King Charles II and King… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Melvil Dewey

Posted April 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you visited the library recently? This week is National Library Week in the United States, which makes it the perfect time to highlight librarian Melvil Dewey, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal system of library classification. Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey was born on December 10, 1851 in Adams Center New York. He was the fifth and youngest child of Joel Dewey and Eliza Green. At the age of 21, Dewey invented the Dewey Decimal… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Will Keith Kellogg

Posted April 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you enjoy a bowl of corn flakes for breakfast? On this day in 1860, Will Keith Kellogg, breakfast cereal inventor and founder of the Kellogg Company, was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. Kellogg began his career selling brooms before joining his older brother, John Harvey Kellogg, to help run the Battle Creek Sanitarium. His brother was a doctor and together, the brothers worked on developing a better, easily digestible nutritious meal for the sanitarium’s patients…. Read the full story

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World War I: The U.S. Declares War

Posted April 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did your family serve in World War I? On this day 100 years ago, the United States entered World War I and joined the Allies in the fight against Germany. Called the “War to End All Wars,” the Great War would be unlike any war ever seen before. East Oregonian, April 6, 1917 / Library of Congress Upon the announcement, President Woodrow Wilson called on all citizens to volunteer their services to the country. The president declared the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Edwin Peary

Posted April 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1909, explorer Robert Edwin Peary and his assistant, Matthew Henson, reached what they determined to be the North Pole. Peary was born on May 6, 1856 in Cresson, Pennsylvania to Charles Nutter Peary and Mary Dole Wiley. He joined the U.S. Navy Civil Engineers Corps before beginning his career as an explorer. Determined to become the first person to reach the North Pole, Peary studied the survival techniques of the Inuits… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bette Davis

Posted April 5, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bette Davis

Happy birthday, Bette Davis! The legendary actress was born 109 years ago today. Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born on April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts. With dreams of becoming a performer, Davis moved to New York City to study acting. Did you know future star Lucille Ball was one of her classmates in drama school? She began her career in theater before landing her first role in the film Bad Sister. By 1935, Davis had won her first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dorothea Dix

Posted April 4, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1802, activist and social reformer Dorothea Dix was born in Hampden, Maine. The first of 3 children born to Joseph Dix and Mary Bigelow, Dix left home to live with her wealthy grandmother in Boston at the age of 12. By the age of 14, she became a school teacher and began her own school. She continued to teach for many years, but her health often forced her to take breaks throughout her career. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Doris Day

Posted April 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Doris Day! Today the actress turns 95. Day got an interesting birthday surprise this year when she learned she was actually turning 95 and not 93. The Associated Press obtained her birth certificate which revealed that she was actually born in 1922, making her two years older than what she believed. Day originally thought she was born in 1924. In a comment on her birthday surprise, Day said “I’ve always said that age is just… Read the full story