1    Sep 201528 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.

10    Jan 20150 comments

Guest Webinar: Global Family Reunion with A.J. Jacobs

The Global Family Reunion mega-event is only a few months away!  Join well-known author, journalist, editor and genealogist A.J. Jacobs in a free webinar, as he talks about his mission to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest family reunion in history.

A.J. will discuss his family history discoveries on his genealogical journey, his quest to see how everyone is related, and give tips to jumpstarting your own family history research.

Register for free here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5784140710650302465.

Continue reading "Guest Webinar: Global Family Reunion with A.J. Jacobs" »

29    Dec 20140 comments

The Global Family Reunion: Holiday photo competition

In case you haven't heard about it, journalist and author AJ Jacobs is on a mission to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest family reunion.

AJ decided to embark on a family history journey. His quest is to see how everyone is related and, so far, he's made exciting discoveries of cousins and relatives from around the world.

AJ Jacobs, creator of the World's Largest Family Reunion

To top it off, he's inviting the whole family to celebrate this summer at the largest family reunion - on June 6, 2015, in New York.

Family history is all about uncovering clues of your family's past and bringing people together who share a common heritage. The holiday season is the perfect time to get together with the family, preserve those moments and recount family memories.

As family reunions and holidays go hand-in-hand, the Global Family Reunion is offering a chance for AJ's "cousins" to win some amazing prizes. Continue reading "The Global Family Reunion: Holiday photo competition" »

22    Jul 20140 comments

A Happy Royal Birthday: Prince George turns 1

Can you believe it’s been one year since Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born?

The royal prince will be celebrating in style with his family with a Peter-Rabbit themed birthday party and spend his birthday at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

In honor of Prince George’s birthday, here are some fun facts you may not have known: Continue reading "A Happy Royal Birthday: Prince George turns 1" »

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