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Profile of the Day: Cary Grant

Posted January 18, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actor Cary Grant, who was born on this day 115 years ago. The legendary actor was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Bristol, England. He had an unhappy childhood and at the age of 13, left home to perform as a juggler in a comedy and acrobatic troupe. After coming to the United States, Grant began performing in vaudeville shows. In 1932, he signed a contract with Paramount Pictures and changed his name to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Betty White

Posted January 17, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Betty White

Happy birthday, Betty White! Today the beloved actress turns 97! Betty White was born on January 17, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois. During the Great Depression, her family moved to California. Shortly after graduating from high school in 1939, White made her TV debut in an experimental television show in Los Angeles. In the early 1950s, White became one of the first female producers in Hollywood when she launched her first television series, Life with Elizabeth. Throughout the 1960s,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carole Lombard

Posted January 16, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Carole Lombard

On this day in 1942, actress Carole Lombard died in a plane crash at the age of 33. At the time of the tragic accident, Lombard was returning home from a World War II war bond tour. Lombard was born Janice Alice Peters on October 6, 1908 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. At the age of 12, she landed her first on screen role in the silent film, A Perfect Crime. By 16, she had signed her first studio… Read the full story

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The Boston Molasses Disaster

Posted January 15, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 15, 1919, one of the strangest disasters in history occurred in Boston, Massachusetts when 2.3 million gallons of molasses poured down the streets of Boston, killing 21 people. The tragedy became known as the Boston Molasses Disaster or the Great Boston Molasses Flood. The Boston Daily Globe, January 16, 1919 / MyHeritage SuperSearch The disaster occurred at the Purity Distilling Company facility in the North End neighborhood of Boston. During this time, molasses was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 15, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we remember civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 90th birthday. King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to Martin Luther King, Sr., a Baptist pastor, and Alberta Williams King, a former schoolteacher. A gifted student, King enrolled in Morehouse College at the age of 15. An inspiring leader, King sought to bring an end to racial discrimination through non-violent protest and civil disobedience. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

Posted January 14, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

Remember reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? On this day in 1898, author Lewis Carroll died at the age of 65. The famous author was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. He was the third of eleven children born to Charles Dodgsen, a clergyman, and Frances Jane Lutwidge. Growing up, Carroll was an avid reader and suffered from a stutter that would last most of his life. He was also gifted mathematician… Read the full story

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5 Family History Research Goals for 2019

Posted January 11, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
5 Family History Research Goals for 2019

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to sit down and layout what you want to accomplish in your family history research this year. If you’re having trouble figuring out where to start, here are some genealogy research goals you may want to keep in mind for 2019. 1. Create research plans This year strive to create a research plan before jumping into your tree. With a specific focus in mind, you will be able to better… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Hamilton

Posted January 11, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alexander Hamilton

Today we remember Founding Father of the United States Alexander Hamilton, who was born on January 11, 1755 or 1757. The exact year Hamilton was born in unknown, since historical records have shown his year of birth as both 1755 and 1757. Hamilton was born in Charlestown on the island of Nevis, then a part of the British West Indies. Both he and his brother, James Jr., were born out of wedlock to Rachel Faucette and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rod Stewart

Posted January 10, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a favorite Rod Stewart song? Today the legendary artist celebrates his 74th birthday. He was born Roderick David Stewart in London, England on January 10, 1945. The youngest of five children, Stewart excelled at soccer and had dreams of becoming a professional soccer player before choosing to follow his passion for music instead. After dropping out of school at the age of 15, Stewart held a wide variety of odd jobs, including a brief stint working… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joan Baez

Posted January 9, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Joan Baez

Happy birthday, Joan Baez! Today the American folk singer turns 78. Baez was born on January 9, 1941 in Staten Island, New York to Albert Baez and Joan Bridge. Her mother was born in Scotland while her father was born in Mexico. Baez’s father was noted physicist and made important contributions to the early development of the X-ray microscope. An activist and songwriter, Baez often used her music to express her social and political views,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted January 8, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Today we remember iconic singer Elvis Presley on what would have been his 84th birthday. The King of Rock and Roll was born on January 8, 1935 in a two-room shotgun house built by his father in Tupelo, Mississippi. From his very humble beginnings, Elvis would go on to become one of the world’s greatest music legends. Elvis catapulted to stardom after his infamous appearance on the Milton Berle Show, where he sang his hit “Hound Dog” while… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicolas Cage

Posted January 7, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicolas Cage

Happy birthday to Nicolas Cage! Today the actor turns 55. The versatile actor was born Nicolas Kim Coppola on January 7, 1964 in Long Beach, California. His father, August Coppola, was a literature professor and his mother, Joy Vogelsang, was a dancer and choreographer. By the age of 15, Cage had discovered his love for acting. Wanting to distance himself from his famous uncle, director Francis Ford Coppola, he changed his surname to “Cage” after the comic book… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Newton

Posted January 4, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1643, Isaac Newton was born. Considered one of the most significant scientific figures in history, Newton revolutionized our understanding of the world. Newton was born prematurely three months after the death of his father, also named Isaac Newton. When he was three, his mother remarried and Newton was sent to be raised by his maternal grandmother. A gifted student, Newton especially excelled at mathematics. He would go on to make great advancements in the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucretia Mott

Posted January 3, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lucretia Mott

On this day in 1793, abolitionist and women’s rights activist Lucretia Mott was born. A pioneering social reformer, Mott was a central figure of the abolitionist and suffragist movements until her death in 1880. Mott was born Lucretia Coffin on January 3, 1793 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Her fourth great grandfather, Peter Folger, was one of the first settlers of Nantucket and the maternal grandfather of Benjamin Franklin. This makes Mott and Franklin first cousins four times removed. The second… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Florence Lawrence

Posted January 2, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Florence Lawrence

On this day in 1886, actress Florence Lawrence was born. Often referred to as “The First Movie Star,” Lawrence holds a unique place in film history as the first actress to have her name used to promote her films. Lawrence was born Florence Annie Bridgewood on January 2, 1886 in Ontario, Canada. Her father. George Bridgewood, was a carriage builder while her mother, Charlotte “Lotta” Dunn, was a vaudeville actress and director of the Lawrence Dramatic Company…. Read the full story