October 2017

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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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Profile of the Day: Angela Lansbury

Posted October 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Angela Lansbury

Do you remember watching Murder, She Wrote? Today star Angela Lansbury celebrates her 92nd birthday! On October 16, 1925, legendary actress Angela Lansbury was born to an upper middle class family in London, England. She was the daughter of English stage actress Moyna Macgill and Edgar Lansbury, a politician and timber merchant. Her paternal grandfather, George Lansbury, was the leader of the Labor Party. At the age of 9, Lansbury lost her father to stomach cancer. She turned to film… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Simon

Posted October 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Paul Simon

Today musician and songwriter Paul Simon turns 76! Paul Frederick Simon was born on October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey. His mother was a elementary school teacher and his father was a professional musician and performed on television shows and in clubs. His path to music stardom began at the age of 11 when he first met Art Garfunkel. The two called themselves “Tom & Jerry” and performed at school dances. They even recorded a song, “Hey, Schoolgirl,” and became a… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Use Discussions to Connect With the Community

Posted October 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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If you haven’t yet hopped into Geni’s public discussions, then you’re missing out on a valuable resource – the entire Geni community! Public discussions are the perfect place to ask questions, connect with other Geni users and even reach out for help from other members and volunteer curators. Whether it is a question about a profile or a request for help to fix the tree, public discussions are a great way to interact with others online. There are… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pedro I of Brazil

Posted October 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Pedro I of Brazil

On this day in 1798, Pedro I of Brazil was born in Lisbon, Portugal. Nicknamed  “the Liberator,” Pedro declared Brazil’s independence from Portugal in 1822 and became the country’s first Emperor. Generally known as Dom Pedro, he was the fourth child of King John VI of Portugal and Carlota Joaquina, who was the daughter of King Carlos IV of Spain. When Napoleon conquered Portugal in 1807, the royal family fled to Brazil, Portugal’s largest and wealthiest colony. The outbreak of the Liberal… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted October 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

Today we celebrate the 133rd birthday of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt! Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884 to Elliot Roosevelt and Anna Rebecca Hall. Orphaned by the age of 10, Eleanor was raised by her maternal grandmother, Mary Livingston Ludlow. Her family was a part of New York’s high society and she grew up in a world of immense privilege. She was also the niece of President Theodore Roosevelt through her father,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fridtjof Nansen

Posted October 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Norwegian explorer, scientist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen, who was born on this day in 1861 in Oslo, Norway. A champion skier and ice skater in his youth, Nansen had a passion for adventure from a young age. He studied Zoology in school, which enabled him to combine his scientific interests, his athletic abilities and his sense of adventure in his work. In 1888, Nansen successfully led the first expedition across the interior of Greenland. He later… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leif Erikson

Posted October 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s Leif Erikson Day! The 11th-century Norse explorer is believed to have led the first Europeans to North America, 500 years before Christopher Columbus set sail to the New World. Leif Erikson was the son of Erik the Red and Thjodhild and was likely born in Iceland around 970. He grew up in Greenland, where his father had established the first Norse settlements. Around 1000, Erikson sailed to Norway where he was converted to Christianity by King Olaf Tryggvason and given the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jenny Lind

Posted October 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1820, Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Nicknamed the “Swedish Nightingale,” Lind was one of America’s first female celebrities. A sensation across Europe, Lind was persuaded by American showman P.T. Barnum to undertake a tour in the United States. Barnum succeeded in creating great publicity in anticipation for her arrival. Soon everyone in the country knew of Lind and her upcoming tour. Tickets were in such high demand that Barnum… Read the full story

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World Teachers’ Day: 5 Notable Educators in History

Posted October 5, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s World Teachers’ Day! The day commemorates the hard work and dedication of teachers all around the world. In celebration of World Teachers’ Day, we’re highlighting some of history’s most notable educators. Read about them below and check out more in the Notable Educators project on Geni! 1. Anne Sullivan Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan / Library of Congress Perhaps one of the most famous American teachers in history, Anne Sullivan was known as Helen Keller’s devoted instructor… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert H. Goddard

Posted October 5, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.” On this day in 1882, rocket pioneer Robert H. Goddard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dubbed the “father of modern rocketry,” Goddard is credited with creating, building, and launching the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket. It was his groundbreaking work that helped make spaceflight possible. Goddard was the only surviving child of Nahum Danford… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Buster Keaton

Posted October 4, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1895, iconic silent film star Buster Keaton was born in Piqua, Kansas. Joseph Frank Keaton, VI was the son of Joseph Hallie “Joe” Keaton and Myra Cutler. Born into a vaudeville family, Keaton was destined to follow in his family’s footsteps. By the age of three, his parents had incorporated him into their vaudeville act. His father once worked in a traveling medicine show with Harry Houdini. According to some stories, it was Houdini who… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andy Griffith

Posted October 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Andy Griffith

On this day in 1960, the classic sitcom The Andy Griffith Show premiered for the first time on television. The show starred Andy Griffith as a widower and sheriff of the small town of Mayberry and introduced the world to a 6-year-old Ron Howard as his young son, Opie. Rounding out the cast was actor Don Knotts, who played bumbling deputy Barney Fife, and Francis Bavier as the lovable Aunt Bee. Knotts would win five Emmys for his role, three… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

Posted October 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” On this day in 1869, Mahatma Gandhi was born. Known as “the father of the nation,” Gandhi led India to independence from British rule through nonviolent civil protest. His leadership would inspire movements for civil rights and freedom through non-violent disobedience all around the world. He was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to a Hindu family in the merchant caste. After… Read the full story