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Profile of the Day: Matthew Henson

Posted April 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Does your family tree have an adventurous streak? On this day in 1909, explorers Matthew Henson and Robert Peary were the first men to reach the North Pole. Matthew Henson was born on August 8, 1866 to freeborn black sharecroppers on a farm in Nanjemoy, Maryland. In 1887, Henson met Peary and was recruited to join Peary’s surveying expedition to Nicaragua. Soon Henson became Peary’s “first man” on expeditions. Henson holds the distinction of being… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Spencer Tracy

Posted April 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1900, actor Spencer Tracy was born. Considered one of the biggest stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Tracy captivated audiences with his impressive range and his frequent collaborations with fellow Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn. Spencer Bonaventure Tracy was born on April 5, 1900 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A rambunctious child, Tracy was place in the care of Dominican nuns at the age of 9 in the hopes of transforming his behavior. At the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Downey, Jr.

Posted April 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert Downey, Jr.

Happy birthday, Robert Downey, Jr. Today the star turns 51. Born into a creative household, the Iron Man star grew up in New York City’s Greenwich Village. As a child, he was exposed to drugs by his father, filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr. He would eventually overcome his drug addiction, but not before he spent several months in prison for drug related charges. As an actor, he has won great praise for his work. In 1992, he earned his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Debbie Reynolds

Posted April 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Debbie Reynolds

Remember watching the dynamic team of Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain? Today Reynolds celebrates her 84th birthday! Born Mary Frances Reynolds, she is the daughter of Maxine Harmon and Raymond Francis Reynolds, who was a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. A proud supporter of scouting, Reynolds was once a Girl Scout herself and a troop leader. Today, a scholarship is offered in her name to high school age Girl Scouts. After… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johann Sebastian Bach

Posted March 31, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Does music run in your family? On March 31, 1685 (N.S.), composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany. Considered one of the greatest composers of all time, Bach had music in his blood. He came from a family of musicians, stretching back generations. Bach’s second great grandfather, Veit Bach, was a baker, miller and founder of the Bach musical dynasty. He played the cittern and passed on his love for music to his son, Johannes Bach. Johannes would become… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Posted March 30, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have artists in your family tree? On this day in 1853, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh was born in Zundert, Netherlands. He shared the name Vincent with his paternal grandfather and stillborn brother, who died a year before his birth. Despite his family’s status as an upper-middle class family, van Gogh lived much of his life in poverty in pursuant of his art. Although today he is considered one of the greatest artists in history, van… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President John Tyler

Posted March 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: President John Tyler

On March 29, 1790, John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States, was born in Charles City, Virginia. Born to a prominent and influential Virginia family, Tyler was one of the last presidents to hail from Virginia’s elite aristocracy of planters. Tyler’s time at the White House was unique. In 1840, the newly elected President, William Henry Harrison, died of illness only one month into his presidency. Tyler, who was serving as Vice President, then became… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Reba McEntire

Posted March 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Reba McEntire

Are you a country music fan? Today American country music singer Reba McEntire turns 61. She was born on March 28, 1955 in McAlester, Oklahoma to Jacqueline and Clark Vincent McEntire. Named after her maternal grandmother Reba Estelle Smith, the music legend learned to sing and play guitar at a young age. Her father and grandfather were both champion steer ropers, so as a child, she would sing at rodeos along with her siblings. During… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Aretha Franklin

Posted March 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Aretha Franklin

Happy 74th birthday, Aretha Franklin! The Queen of Soul was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. The daughter of Barbara and Clarence LaVaughn Franklin, Aretha was singing ever since she was a small child. She sang in her church choir before making her first gospel recordings at the age of 14. After her initial success in gospel music, Aretha signed on to a major record label which catapulted her career and earned her worldwide fame…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth I

Posted March 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to the Tudors? On this day in 1603, Queen Elizabeth I died at the age of 69. She was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn and succeeded to the throne after the death of her elder sister Queen Mary I. The last of the Tudor monarchs, Elizabeth I’s reign was known as the Elizabethan Era and is regarded as a golden age of English history. Her reign… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Henry

Posted March 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Patrick Henry

“Give me liberty or give me death!” On this day in 1775, Patrick Henry uttered his famous line in a speech made to the Second Virginia Convention. It was Henry’s impassioned words that was said to have convinced the delegates at the convention to pass a resolution that would mobilize arms against encroaching British forces before the start of the American Revolutionary War. Among the delegates in attendance were George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Considered one of the Founding… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Reese Witherspoon

Posted March 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Reese Witherspoon

Happy birthday, Reese Witherspoon! Today the actress turns 40. Born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, Reese grew up in Tennessee and began her career as a child actor. From early roles in Election and Legally Blonde to her Academy Award winning role as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, Reese has found much success on film in a variety of roles. Reese recently celebrated her 40th birthday with a star-studded bash, which included a private concert from her cousin Taylor… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Matthew Broderick

Posted March 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Matthew Broderick

Happy birthday, Matthew Broderick! Today the actor turns 54. Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in Manhattan, New York to a creative family. His mother, Patricia Blow, was a playwright, actress and painter, while his father, James Broderick, was an actor best known for starring in the television series Family. While researching his ancestry, Broderick discovered that his second great grandfather, Robert Martindale, was a Union Soldier who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grover Cleveland

Posted March 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Grover Cleveland

Did you know Grover Cleveland is the only U.S. President to serve non-consecutive terms? He served as the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. Stephen Grover Cleveland was born on March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, New Jersey. The fifth of nine children, he was named Stephen in honor of the first pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell, where his father was a pastor at the time. He didn’t begin using the name… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Saint Patrick

Posted March 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s St. Patrick’s Day! This Irish holiday marks the anniversary of the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. On this day, people all around the world come together to celebrate Irish culture and heritage. Captured by pirates as a teen, St. Patrick returned to his home in Ireland a missionary to spread the teachings of Christianity. Many legends surround St. Patrick, including the tale of how he banished all snakes from Ireland…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pat Nixon

Posted March 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Pat Nixon

Today we remember former First Lady Pat Nixon on what would have been her 104th birthday. Nixon was born Thelma Catherine Ryan on March 16, 1912 in Ely, Nevada. She was given the nickname “Pat” by her father as a reference to her birthdate and Irish ancestry. She later dropped her first name and used “Pat,” and sometimes “Patricia,” though she never legally changed it. She grew up on a small truck farm in California, and by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andrew Jackson

Posted March 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to a U.S. President? On this day in 1767, Andrew Jackson was born near the border of North and South Carolina. The 7th President of the United States, Jackson was born near the end of the colonial era. His parents. Andrew and Elizabeth Jackson, had emigrated from Ireland just two years before Jackson was born. His father died three weeks before his birth. Only 13 during the American Revolution, Jackson worked informally as a militia… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert Einstein

Posted March 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Albert Einstein

Happy birthday, Albert Einstein! Today marks the 137th birthday of the brilliant physicist. Albert Abraham Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany. His parents were Pauline Koch and Herman Einstein, a salesman and engineer. In 1880, the family moved to Munich where his father and his uncle Jakob founded Elektrotechnische Fabrik J. Einstein & Cie, a company that manufactured electrical equipment based on direct current. In 1905, Einstein completed his PhD in Switzerland while working at a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Posted March 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Are you familiar with the story of Frankenstein? On this day in 1818, author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley first published her best known Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born in London, England in 1797 to Mary Wollstonecraft, a feminist philosopher and writer, and journalist William Godwin.  In 1814, she met poet Percy Shelley. The couple traveled around Europe for some time and struggled with financial difficulties and the death of their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Chuck Norris

Posted March 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Chuck Norris

Happy birthday, Chuck Norris! Today the star turns 76. Carlos Ray Norris was born in Ryan, Oklahoma to Wilma Scarberry and Ray Norris, who was a World War II Army soldier. In 1958, Norris joined the U.S. Air Force as an Air Policeman. It was while he was based in South Korea that he began training in martial arts. After he was discharged, Norris rose to fame as a martial artist and opened his own Karate school…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clara Rockmore

Posted March 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Does anyone in your family play the theremin? Today we celebrate the 105th birthday of master theremin performer Clara Rockmore. She was born Clara Reisenberg on March 9, 1911 in Vilnius, Lithuania, which was then a part of the Russian Empire. A talented violinist growing up, Rockmore was forced to give up the instrument due to health problems caused by malnutrition. After her family fled to the United States, Rockmore met Léon Theremin, inventor of the world’s first electronic… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland

Posted March 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland

Do you have royal connections? On this day in 1702, Anne Stuart, sister of Mary II, became Queen regnant of England, Scotland and Ireland. She was the second daughter born to James II and VII and his first wife, Anne Hyde. When Anne’s father was deposed in the Glorious Revolution, her brother-in-law, William III, and her sister, Mary II, became joint monarchs. Although the sisters had been close, they became estranged over the years. After… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Penn

Posted March 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Penn

Do you have Quaker ancestors? On this day in 1681, Charles II of England granted William Penn a land charter for a large piece of land in America, which would become Pennsylvania. William Penn was the son of Margaret Jasper and English Admiral Sir William Penn. Admiral Penn took part in the restoration of Charles II and was eventually knighted and served in the Royal Navy. In 1861, Charles II granted Penn a large piece of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

Posted March 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have inventors in your family tree? On this day in 1847, inventor and engineer Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. The inventor of the first practical telephone, Bell’s work was heavily influenced by his life at home. Both his mother and his wife were deaf, while his father, grandfather and brother concentrated their work on elocution and speech. In 1876, Bell received the patent for the telephone with the assistance of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jon Bon Jovi

Posted March 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jon Bon Jovi

Happy birthday, Jon Bon Jovi! Today the rocker turns 54. John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. was born on March 2, 1962 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. His parents, John Francis Bongiovi, Sr. and Carol Sharkey, met while in the Marines. Interestingly, his mother was also a former model and one of the first Playboy bunnies. Jon’s interest in music began when he was young, and by his early teens, he knew he wanted to be a rock… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Justin Bieber

Posted March 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Justin Bieber! Today the pop star turns 22. Bieber was born on March 1, 1994 in London, Ontario, Canada. From a young age, Bieber showed a special talent for music. Growing up, he learned to play the piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet. At the age of 12, his mother uploaded a video of Bieber performing at a local singing competition to YouTube so their family and friends to see. As she continued to upload more… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonardo DiCaprio

Posted February 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Leonardo DiCaprio

Congratulations to Leonardo DiCaprio for finally winning his first Oscar! The six-time Academy Award nominee finally took home the coveted prize for Best Actor for his role in the film, The Revenant. The film was inspired by the experiences of American frontiersman Hugh Glass, who had been left for dead by his companions after being mauled by a grizzly bear. Years in the making, DiCaprio earned his first Oscar nomination 22 years ago in 1994. When accepting the award, the audience… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Buffalo Bill Cody

Posted February 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have cowboys or lawmen in your family tree? On this day in 1846, Buffalo Bill Cody was born in the Iowa Territory. Though born in the U.S., Cody spent much of his childhood growing up in his father’s hometown in Canada before the family moved to the Kansas territory. Buffalo Bill’s life was filled with fascinating adventures, making him a legendary figure of the American Wild West. At the age of 14, he became a rider… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Harrison

Posted February 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Harrison

Do you have a favorite Beatles song? Today we remember George Harrison, who was born on February 25, 1943 in Liverpool, England. The youngest of four children, much of Harrison’s early life was filled with music. He first joined Paul McCartney and John Lennon at the age of 14 when the group was still called the Quarrymen. Forming the Beatles with the addition of drummer, Ringo Starr, the rock group released their first hit single,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wilhelm Grimm

Posted February 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you enjoy reading fairy tales growing up? Today we remember Wilhelm Grimm, who was born 230 years ago today. Wilhelm Carl Grimm was born on February 24, 1786 in Hanau, Germany. The younger half of the famous Brothers Grimm, Wilhelm began his professional career studying law at the University of Marburg alongside his brother Jacob. The brothers remained close throughout their lives and dedicated many years collecting and documenting German folktales together. They would later… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: W.E.B. Du Bois

Posted February 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: W.E.B. Du Bois

On this day in 1868, civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Du Bois is often considered one of the most influential proponents of civil rights during the first half of the 20th century. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868 to Alfred and Mary Silvina Du Bois. His mother’s family was a part of a small, free black community in Great Barrington and had long… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Drew Barrymore

Posted February 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Drew Barrymore! Today the actress turns 41. Drew Blythe Barrymore was born into the famous Barrymore dynasty of actors. The granddaughter of legendary actor John Barrymore, Drew descends from a long line of performers. John Barrymore’s siblings, Lionel and Ethel, were also renowned stage actors. Not only that, her great grandparents, Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew, were accomplished stage actors as well. Her second great grandparents, John and Louisa Lane Drew, owned and ran their own… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James F. Reed

Posted February 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1847, the first rescuers reached the surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of American pioneers stranded in the snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Leading the ill-fated wagon train to California were George Donner and James F. Reed. In the spring of 1846, parties led by Reed and Donner joined together to head west to California. Along the way, several other families joined the wagon train. After arriving at Fort… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Travolta

Posted February 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Travolta

Happy birthday, John Travolta! Today the star turns 62. John Joseph Travolta was the youngest of six children born to Salvatore Travolta and Helen Cecilia Burke. He grew up in a family of entertainers and at 16, dropped out of high school to pursue an acting career in New York. He got his first taste of success when he was cast as Vinnie Barbarino on the television sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter. Just a few short years later, he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

Posted February 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

On this day in 1801, Thomas Jefferson was elected the third President of the United States over his running mate, Aaron Burr, who also happened to be his 11th cousin. The election of 1800 was one of the most intense and contentious elections in U.S. history and exposed one of the flaws in the original Constitution. The then Vice President Thomas Jefferson had defeated President John Adams, but due to the rules outlined in the Constitution,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Taylor Swift

Posted February 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Congratulations to Taylor Swift, who took home the Grammy award for Album of the Year on Monday night! She is the first woman to win the coveted award twice. In her much buzzed about acceptance speech, Swift took a moment to send an empowering message to young women everywhere. She said, “I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Posted February 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 207th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Celebrated as Darwin Day throughout the world, the day commemorates Darwin’s enormous contribution to science. Charles Robert Darwin was born on February 12, 1809 at his family’s home in Shrewsbury, England. His family was wealthy and well known in English society. His paternal grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, was an abolitionist and a key thinker of the Enlightenment movement. While his maternal grandfather, Josiah Wedgewood, was a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

Posted February 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio and was the youngest of seven children born to Samuel Ogden Edison, Jr. and Nancy Matthews Elliott. His father was an exiled political activist from Canada and had taken part in the unsuccessful Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837. A prolific inventor,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jefferson Davis

Posted February 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jefferson Davis

Do you have ancestors that fought for the Confederacy during the American Civl War? On this day in 1861, Jefferson Davis was notified by telegraph that he had been chosen as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America. Although he was the strongest and first choice to lead the new Confederate States, Davis was reluctant to take the position. He was at his plantation gardening when he received the news that he was unanimously… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President William Henry Harrison

Posted February 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: President William Henry Harrison

Are you related to a U.S. President? On this day in 1773, President William Henry Harrison was born on a plantation in Virginia. The ninth President of the United States, Harrison was the last U.S. president to be born as a British subject before American Independence. He was the youngest son of Benjamin Harrison V and Elizabeth Bassett and his family were prominent political figures. His father was a member of the Continental Congress and signed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laura Linney

Posted February 5, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Laura Linney

Happy birthday, Laura Linney! Today the Emmy Award winning actress turns 52. Laura Leggett Linney was born on February 5, 1964 in New York. Her father was well known playwright, Romulus Zachariah Linney IV. She graduated from Brown University in 1986 and studied acting at the Juilliard School. Linney started out in minor film and television roles such as Lorenzo’s Oil, Dave and General Hospital. Her big breakthrough was her role in The Truman Show as Jim Carrey’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Karen Carpenter

Posted February 4, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Karen Carpenter

Today we remember singer Karen Carpenter, who died on February 4, 1983. She is best known as the lead singer of the Carpenters – a duo act with her brother, Richard Carpenter. They had two hit singles “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun”. Karen was born on March 2, 1950 in New Haven, Connecticut. In June 1963 her family moved to Downey, California. She attended Downey High School where she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Blackwell

Posted February 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Blackwell

Do you have any doctors in your family tree? On this day in 1821, Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in the United States, was born in Bristol, England. Elizabeth was raised in a liberal household with a strong emphasis on education. In 1832, her father moved the family to United States and when he died in 1838, he left the family in great debt. To help make ends meet, Elizabeth, her older sisters, and her mother opened… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Posted February 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you read Ulysses? On this day in 1882, author James Joyce was born in Dublin, Ireland. James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born on February 2, 1882 to John Stanislaus Joyce and Mary Jane Murrary. Joyce grew up in an unstable household due to his father’s drinking. A bright child, Joyce taught himself Norwegian so he could read the works of Henrik Ibsen in their original language. Regarded as one of the most influential and important authors… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

To kick off Black History Month, today we celebrate the life of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland around February 1818. Although the exact date of his birth is not known, he chose to celebrate it on February 14. Years later, after escaping to the North, he took the surname Douglass. As a child, he secretly taught himself to read and write, believing that “knowledge is a pathway… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Selleck

Posted January 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Tom Selleck! Today the popular actor turns 71. Thomas William Selleck was born on January 29, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan. An athlete growing up, Selleck attended the University of Southern California on a basketball scholarship. He studied business administration before shifting his focus to acting. He got his big break when he was cast as the star of the detective series, Magnum, P.I. The show was a big success and earned Selleck an Emmy for Outstanding… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: W.B. Yeats

Posted January 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Irish ancestry? On this day in 1939, renowned Irish poet William Butler Yeats died in Menton, France. W.B. Yeats was born on June 13, 1865 in Dublin, Ireland to John Butler Yeats and Susan Mary Pollexfen. His mother had come from a wealthy merchant family, who owned a milling and shipping business. Yeats grew up in a creative and artistic family; his father had abandoned his studies of law to become an artist… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

Posted January 27, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

Remember the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? 184 years ago today, author and photographer Lewis Carroll was born. The eldest son in a family of 11 children, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson spent much of his childhood reading books. He enjoyed entertaining the children of his close friend, Henry George Liddell, and spent much time delighting them with stories of fantastic adventures. Liddell’s daughter, Alice, became the inspiration for Carroll’s most famous character, Alice, and her adventures… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ellen DeGeneres

Posted January 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ellen DeGeneres

Happy birthday, Ellen DeGeneres! Today the beloved comedian and talk show host turns 58. She was born Ellen Lee DeGeneres on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana. Ellen got her start in comedy doing stand-up at small clubs and coffee houses. In 1986, Ellen made her first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson where she became the first female comedian to be invited by the iconic host to join him for an onscreen chat. Today,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Virginia Woolf

Posted January 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who is your favorite author? On this day in 1882, English author Virginia Woolf was born in Kensington, England. She was born Adeline Virginia Stephen to well-educated and well-connected parents. Her father, Sir Leslie Stephen, was a notable historian, author and mountaineer. Her mother, Julia Prinsep Stephen, was the niece of famous photographer Julia Margaret Cameron and the first cousin of the temperance leader Lady Henry Somerset. Considered one of the greatest modernist writers of… Read the full story

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