August 2018

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Profile of the Day: Princess Diana

Posted August 31, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Princess Diana, who passed away on this day 21 years ago. She was born on July 1, 1961 in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk and was the fourth of five children born to John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Roche. Her family had been closely allied with the British Royal Family for several generations. Both of her grandmothers served as ladies in waiting to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Diana grew up on the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Shelley

Posted August 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary Shelley

Have you read the story of Frankenstein? On this day in 1797, author Mary Shelley was born. She was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on August 30, 1797 in London, England. She was the daughter of philosopher and novelist William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, a writer and women’s rights advocate. Shortly after her birth, Shelley’s mother died, leaving her father to raise her and her older half sister, Fanny Imlay. At the age of 16, she met and married… Read the full story

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FGS 2018 Conference Recap

Posted August 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Last week we had a great time at the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2018 Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The conference took place at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, which was conveniently located across the street from the Allen County Public Library. The library is home to one of the largest collections of genealogical materials in the country. We enjoyed chatting with attendees as they stopped by the Geni booth to learn more about Geni’s World Family Tree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ingrid Bergman

Posted August 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ingrid Bergman

Today we remember legendary film star Ingrid Bergman, who was born on this day in 1915. She passed on her 67th birthday in 1982. Bergman was born on August 29, 1915 in Stockholm, Sweden. After losing both her parents while she was young, Bergman went to live with her aunt and uncle. At the age of 17, she earned a scholarship to the Royal Dramatic Theatre School, but left after a year to pursue her acting career… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Posted August 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have German ancestry? On this day in 1749, German writer, poet and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goeth was born in Frankfurt, then an Imperial Free City of the Holy Roman Empire. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe’s works are considered the beginning of the Sturm und Drang movement in German Romantic literature. His is perhaps best remembered for his two-part poetic drama Faust, which he began around the age of 23 and finished shortly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John McCain

Posted August 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John McCain

Today we remember Senator John McCain, who passed away on August 25 at the age of 81. An American war hero and U.S Senator, McCain is remembered for staying true to his principles and his lifetime of service to the country. McCain was born on August 29, 1936 at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone. In 1958, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy, following in the footsteps of his father and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William I of the Netherlands

Posted August 24, 2018 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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Profile of the Day: Louis XVI of France

Posted August 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Louis XVI of France

On this day in 1754, Louis XVI of France was born at the Palace of Versailles. The French monarch was the last King of France before the fall of the monarchy during the French Revolution. Louis-Auguste was the second son of Louis, the Dauphin of France, and Marie-Josèphe of Saxony, the daughter of Augustus III, the King of Poland. Louis became the Dauphin at the age of 11 after the death of his older brother and his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Claude Debussy

Posted August 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Claude Debussy

French composer Claude Debussy was born on August 22, 1862. Known as the first impressionist composer, Debussy is often regarded as one of the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Debussy was the eldest of five children born to Manuel-Achille Debussy and Victorine Manoury. His father ran a china shop and his mother worked as a seamstress. As a young child, Debussy began taking piano classes and soon it was clear to his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William IV

Posted August 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you found your connection to royalty? On this day in 1765, William IV was born. The third son of King George III and Queen Charlotte, William was never expected to be king. However, in 1830, he ascended to the throne after the death of his brother, George IV. William was born on August 21, 1765 at Buckingham Palace. With two older brothers, George and Frederick, William was not expected to succeed to the throne. At… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Harrison

Posted August 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Benjamin Harrison

On this day in 1833, Benjamin Harrison was born in North Blend, Ohio. Harrison served as the 23rd President of the United States from 1889 to 1893. Harrison was born on August 20, 1833 to John Harrelson and Elizabeth Irwin in North Bed, Ohio. He was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States and first governor of the Indiana Territory. Harrison was seven years old when his grandfather was elected president. His… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Posted August 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

American frontiersman and folk hero Davy Crockett was born on this day in 1786. During his lifetime and even after his death, many of his adventures and exploits were immortalized in larger-than-life stories and almanacs, making him one of the most well known figures in American history. Crockett was born on August 17, 1786 in what is now Greene County, Tennessee. His father, John Crockett, was one of the Overmountain Men, a group of American frontiersmen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Aretha Franklin

Posted August 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Aretha Franklin

Today we remember legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who has passed away at the age of 76. Dubbed the “Queen of Soul,” Franklin is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time. Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis Tennessee. Her father, C.L. Franklin, was a Baptist minister, and her mother, Barbara Siggers, was an accomplished piano player and vocalist. Her parents had a troubled marriage and they separated in 1948. Her mother died in 1952,… Read the full story

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We’re Heading to FGS 2018

Posted August 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Next week Geni will be at the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2018 Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The conference will take place August 22-25, with the exhibit hall opening for everyone on the 23rd. The theme of this year’s conference is “On the Three Rivers – Past, Present & Future.” The conference is being held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center and is conveniently located right across the street from the Allen County Public Library, which holds one… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon I

Posted August 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Napoleon I

Today we remember French Emperor Napoleon I, who was born on this day in 1769. Commonly called Napoleon Bonaparte, the French military commander and emperor conquered much of Europe during his rule, making France one of the strongest empires in Europe until its collapse in 1815. Napoleon was born on August 15, 1769 on the island of Corsica to Carlo Maria di Buonaparte and Maria Letizia Ramolino. Although the family were of minor Corsican nobility, they were not wealthy. His father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: V.S. Naipaul

Posted August 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember award winning writer V.S. Naipaul, who passed away earlier this week on August 11 at the age of 85. He was born Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul on August 17, 1932 in Trinidad and Tobago to Seepersad Naipaul and Droapatie Capildeo. His father was also a writer and worked as a journalist for the Trinidad Guardian. His paternal grandparents had emigrated from India to work as indentured servants on a sugar plantation. Naipaul’s mother was a member of the Capildeo… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Hitchcock

Posted August 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alfred Hitchcock

What’s your favorite Alfred Hitchcock film? On this day in 1899, the legendary filmmaker was born in London, England. Hitchcock was the youngest of three children born to William Hitchcock and Emma Jane Wheland. At the age of 5, Hitchcock’s father once sent him to the local police station with a note asking the officer to lock him up in a cell for a few minutes for behaving badly. For the rest of his life,… Read the full story

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Family History Activities for the Summertime

Posted August 10, 2018 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Now that summer is in full swing, you can take advantage of these long days to do more with your genealogy research. There are plenty of outdoor and indoor activities to get your family more involved and interested in your family history. Here are some activities to keep you and your family occupied this summer: Take a genealogy trip Image: Missouri State Archives Ready for a summer vacation out of town? Take a genealogy-themed trip to visit… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincente Guerrero

Posted August 10, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Vincent Guerrero

On this day in 1782, Vincente Guerrero, a leading general of the Mexican War of Independence and later President of Mexico, was born. A champion of the common people, Guerrero is remembered as one of the most influential leaders in Mexican history. Guerrero was born on August 10, 1782 in Tixtia, a small town in what is today his namesake state of Guerrero in Mexico. He was of Afro-mestizo descent and worked as a mule driver in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary G. Ross

Posted August 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1908, space pioneer Mary G. Ross was born in Park Hill, Oklahoma. Remembered for being the first Native American female engineer, Ross’s contributions would become crucial to the development of the American space program. Ross was the second of five children born to William Ross and Mary Henrietta Moore. Her second great grandfather was John Ross, who was the longest serving Chief of the Cherokee Nation.  In 1928, she received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emilie Flygare-Carlén

Posted August 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Emilie Flygare-Carlén

On this day in 1807, Swedish writer Emilie Flygare-Carlén was born. A popular writer during her lifetime, Flygare-Carlén had endured several personal hardships before turning to literature as a means of supporting her family. She became known for her realistic depictions of family life in Sweden and was widely read both within the country and around the world during the later half of the 19th century. She was born Emilie Smith on August 8, 1807 in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis Leakey

Posted August 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1903, renowned paleoanthropologist and archaeologist Louis Leakey was born. Remembered for his fossil discoveries in Africa, Leakey’s paleoanthropological work would significantly impact our understanding of human evolution. Leakey was born Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey on August 7, 1903 in what is today Kenya. He was the son of British missionaries and grew up among the Kikuyu people. Growing up in Africa, Leakey had a lifelong passion for the study of human evolution…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Fleming

Posted August 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alexander Fleming

On this day in 1881, Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming was born. Fleming is best remembered for discovering penicillin. His accidental find would become one of the most important discoveries in the history of science. Fleming was born on August 6, 1881 at Lochfield farm near Darvel, Scotland. He was the third of four children born to Hugh Fleming, a farmer, and his second wife, Grace Stirling Morton. Fleming spent four years working at a shipping office before attending medical… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Haakon VII of Norway

Posted August 3, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a connection to Norwegian royalty? On this day in 1872, Haakon VII of Norway was born. Regarded as one of the greatest Norwegians of the 20th century, Haakon VII is one of the few monarchs in history to have been elected to the throne. The Norwegian king was born Christian Frederick Carl Georg Valdemar Axel on August 3, 1872 in Denmark at Charlottenlund Palace near Copenhagen. Before becoming the King of Norway,… Read the full story

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The First U.S. Census

Posted August 2, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
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Have you found ancestors in the United States census? Census records are one of the most important resources in genealogy. With the information provided in these records, finding a relative in the census will often open doors to additional discoveries. The very first U.S. census was conducted on August 2, 1790. Every household was visited by a census taker to record information for each person who was within the household on the census day. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wild Bill Hickok

Posted August 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Wild Bill Hickok

On this day in 1876, Wild Bill Hickok, one of the most famous gunfighters of the American Wild West, was killed while playing a game of poker. He was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall. “Wild Bill” was born James Butler Hickok on May 27, 1837 in Homer, Illinois. An outstanding marksman from a young age, Hickok gained notoriety when news spread of his role during the McCanles Massacre in 1861 in Rock… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maria Mitchell

Posted August 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Maria Mitchell

Today we celebrate the 200th birthday of pioneering astronomer Maria Mitchell! Mitchell is best remembered for discovering a new comet, which became known as “Miss Mitchell’s Comet.” She is often recognized as the first professional female astronomer in the United States. Mitchell was born on August 1, 1818 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. The third of ten children, Mitchell grew up in a family of Quakers. Her father was a school teacher and encouraged Mitchell’s interest in astronomy… Read the full story