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Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

April 18th, 2014 12:21pm EDT
Paul Revere's ride
On the night of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere began his infamous ride to warn American colonists that British forces were advancing toward Lexington and Concord. Revere and fellow rider William Dawes successfully reached Lexington to warn Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock before setting out towards Concord. Along the way, they were joined by Samuel Prescott, a young patriot. Of the three men, Prescott was the only one to arrive to Concord to warn the militia there. Revere was eventually detained by the British on the way to Concord, but by then, the three me...

Profile of the Day: The Brothers Grimm

April 17th, 2014 12:59pm EDT
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
This week, the U.S. celebrates National Library Week. In honor of this literary celebration, we’re highlighting folktale storytellers the Brothers Grimm. Did you know Jacob Grimm also served as royal librarian for Napoleon Bonaparte‘s brother, Jérôme, King of Westphalia? Influenced by the rise of German romanticism in the 19th century, Jacob and his brother Wilhelm collected and recorded the folklore of their region, with an emphasis on recording German oral storytelling. Their collection would later be known as Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Versions of these folktales contin...

Profile of the Day: Wilbur Wright

April 16th, 2014 12:22pm EDT
Wilbur Wright
Wilbur Wright
Do you have any aviators in your family tree? On April 16, 1867, Wilbur Wright was born in Millville, Indiana. One half of the famous Wright Brothers, Wilbur and his brother Orville had shared a passion and curiosity for flight at a young age. Together they invented the world’s first successful airplane, making the first successful man-powered airplane flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903.
The brothers always shared credit for their inventions and remained close throughout their lifetime. Wilbur would later serve as president of the Wright Company, and f...

Tax Records in Genealogy

April 15th, 2014 5:48pm EDT
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
- Benjamin Franklin

While we all dread doing our taxes year after year, there’s at least one good thing about them – when it comes to genealogy, tax records can hold a variety of information about our relatives.
If there’s one record you can rely on for consistency, it’s the annual tax records that are diligently recorded and kept. These records can come in handy, especially when you’re missing census records for your ancestor. In fact, tax records pre-date census records and because they are taken annually, they ca...

Profile of the Day: Leonardo da Vinci

April 15th, 2014 12:39pm EDT
Leonardo da Vinci
On April 15, 1452, famed inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci, Italy. An Italian Renaissance polymath, his genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest painters of all time; some of his famous works include the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. His technological ingenuity was unparalleled, conceptualizing designs for flying machines and tanks well ahead of his time.
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Monday Recap for April 14, 2014

April 14th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
Have a great genealogy-filled weekend? Check out these family history articles you may have missed?

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The Genetics of Procrastination (MotherBoard) – Scientists discover that your penchant for procrastination may be in the genes
Watch L.A., Paris and Sao Paulo Grow in These Pretty Visualizations (Gizmodo) – Amazing visualizations of growing populations over time
100-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Plucked From Baltic Sea (NPR) – The unbelievable story of how a 100 year old message in a bottle was found

Profile of the Day: Abraham Lincoln

April 14th, 2014 12:31pm EDT
Abraham Lincoln
On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth. Mortally wounded, President Lincoln was carried to a lodging house across from the theater. He would die early the next morning, making him the first U.S. president to be assassinated. The attack came just days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War.
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Profile of the Day: Stephen Colbert

April 11th, 2014 12:36pm EDT
Stephen Colbert
Congratulations to Stephen Colbert! It was announced yesterday that the talented host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report will be succeeding David Letterman as the host of the The Late Show after Letterman retires in 2015. Funny must run in the family, it tuns out Letterman is Colbert’s 7th cousin once removed!
Letterman will be celebrating his 67th birthday on April 12. Maybe the pair can make it a family affair with a double celebration.
What do you think of Colbert taking the reins?

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Profile of the Day: Paul McCartney

April 10th, 2014 12:10pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Do you remember where you were when you heard The Beatles were breaking up? On this day in 1970, Paul McCartney announced he was leaving The Beatles. McCartney’s songwriting partnership with John Lennon was one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. By the end of 1969 and into the beginning of 1970, their working relationship had fallen apart and the group as whole began to disintegrate. After the band’s break-up, the members pursued their own solo careers. McCartney continued to find success as a solo artist, becoming one of the highest-selling performers of all time.

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April 9th, 2014 3:40pm EDT
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