16    Dec 20150 comments

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Do you remember with whom you first saw Star Wars? In many homes, watching the Star Wars movies together has become a family tradition. The franchise  — which has been around for almost 40 years — takes many of us back to a familiar, nostalgic place.

The newest Star Wars film, "The Force Awakens", is being released this week after a 10-year hiatus since the last film.

We are always excited about family history discoveries, which is why we love Star Wars. Anakin Skywalker — who later became Darth Vader — had two children, Luke and Leia. Family connections were severed and, for many years, Luke and Leia did not know who their father was. They were not even aware that they were siblings. Continue reading "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" »

6    Dec 201522 comments

Guess Who?

It can be quite difficult to recognize someone from their childhood photo. Although some years have passed since this picture was taken, see if you can guess who this celebrity is:

Here are some clues to help out:

3    Dec 20150 comments

Maxima Chan Zuckerberg: Promise of the next generation

How will your family remember you in 100 years? What are your hopes and dreams for the next generation? We recently wrote about the importance of recording family history and making an effort to leave your children and grandchildren with lasting memories.

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan welcomed their new baby girl, Max, into the world last week. Judging by what they've already accomplished in the short time that they've been parents, they're leaving her quite the legacy.

Continue reading "Maxima Chan Zuckerberg: Promise of the next generation" »

1    Sep 201529 comments

Guess Who?

How well can you recognize famous people from their childhood photos?

Today we're sharing a celebrity photo with a few clues to see if you can figure out who it is:

Can you guess who this is?

Here are a few clues: Continue reading "Guess Who?" »

4    Aug 20153 comments

Remembering Louis Armstrong

(Image credit: Wikipedia)

This month marks the birthday of musical icon Louis Armstrong, known by his nicknames Satchmo or Pops. As an American jazz trumpeter and singer, he was one of the most influential jazz musicians in history.

Renowned for his stage presence and throaty voice as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extended well beyond jazz music, and his charismatic and heartfelt performances.

"He left an undying testimony to the human condition in the America of his time" - Wynton Marsalis

Armstrong was born August 4, 1901, in  New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mary Albert Armstrong (1886–1942) and William Armstrong (1881–1922). He was the grandson of slaves raised on plantations. They spoke English rather than French and, like most slaves, had little idea of their origins. Louis himself grew up in a poverty-stricken rough neighborhood in New Orleans, known as “Back of Town.” When he was only a baby, his father left the family. From then until he was 5, he and his sister Beatrice were taken care of by their grandmother, Josephine Armstrong. At 5, he moved back to live with his mother, and only very rarely saw his father. Continue reading "Remembering Louis Armstrong" »

2    May 201518 comments

The New Royal Baby: Nine things you need to know

Congratulations to the British Royal Family on the latest addition to their family tree!

Taking after her father, uncle and brother, the royal baby was born at  Lindo wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London and will be officially known as the Princess of Cambridge.

In honor of the newest royal arrival, here are some fun facts. Continue reading "The New Royal Baby: Nine things you need to know" »

1    Apr 20151 comment

Not an April Fools’ Joke: Guess Who’s Related? PM David Cameron and Kim Kardashian

As British Prime Minister David Cameron begins his re-election campaign, he's made an interesting revelation about his family history.

In a video interview with Heat, he's confirmed that he and Kim Kardashian, are 13th cousins!

This relationship was originally reported in two articles in the Daily Mail, following research by AJ Jacobs who's been using The World Family Tree on Geni.com (owned and operated by MyHeritage) for his Global Family Reunion project.
AJ will be hosting the world's largest family reunion in New York City on June 6th, 2015.

David Cameron and Kim Kardashian relationship path from Geni.com

David Cameron and Kim Kardashian relationship path from Geni.com (click to see full path)

Continue reading "Not an April Fools’ Joke: Guess Who’s Related? PM David Cameron and Kim Kardashian" »

26    Mar 20159 comments

Live Long and Prosper: Captain Kirk, Spock related!

Last month, we lost the iconic and beloved actor, Leonard Nimoy, who died at age 83. He is most remembered for his iconic role as Mr. Spock in Star Trek.

In honor of his memory, courtesy of Geni.com, we found out that Leonard and his co-star William Shatner are actually related!

Leonard Nimoy is William Shatner's second cousin once removed's wife's first cousin once removed's husband's great niece's husband's fourth cousin's ex-husband.

The connection between Nimoy and Shatner, courtesy of Geni.com. (Click to Enlarge)

Here are some other facts about his life you may have not known: Continue reading "Live Long and Prosper: Captain Kirk, Spock related!" »

20    Mar 20153 comments

Global Family Reunion: Get your tickets now!

The Global Family Reunion is only a few months away and tickets are available now!

If you haven't yet heard, best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is planning the world’s largest family reunion this summer and all 7 billion of his cousins are invited.

What? The largest family reunion that will make history

When? June 6, 2015

Where? New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York

Watch the video below for more information on the Global Family Reunion and how to get involved:

All event proceeds will go toward Alzheimer’s research and education. Learn more about how to purchase tickets, donate or join the Global Family Tree at the Global Family Reunion Festival Page.

Hope to see you all there!

16    Feb 20150 comments

Guest Webinar: AJ Jacobs on the Global Family Reunion

AJ Jacobs - author, journalist and genealogist - is organizing the world's largest family reunion ever, which is set to break the Guinness World Record. His goal? To show that everyone in the world is related.

We recently hosted a webinar with him where he spoke about the Global Family Reunion mega event that will take place June 6, 2015 in New York. As AJ’s cousins, you and the entire human race are warmly invited to participate, and help AJ prove we are all connected.

AJ also spoke about his family history journey to find out as much possible and connect to as many relatives as possible.

Did you miss it? Don't worry! Click the video below to watch the full webinar.

Don’t forget to check our other webinars for tips to help make family history research easier.

Have ideas for other webinars? Let us know in the comments below.

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