November 2017

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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.