First published in 1732 under the pseudonym Richard Saunders, Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack--a guide to both weather forecasts and wise maxims--was a hit with over 10,000 issues sold annually and was published annually up until the year 1757.
Allegedly, Franklin wrote Poor Richard's Almanack as a service to the American people, with the intent to educate the public and inspire their intellectual curiosity. At the time, it would have been common for the almanac to be the only publication a person ever bought; and therefore, it is said that Franklin felt especially indebted to write as much as possible.
At MyHeritage.com we don't just believe that family history pictures should be shared, we live it! (Check out the childhood photos of the MyHeritage management team here.)
In our "Photo of the Week" series we'll be posting a baby or childhood picture of a famous person and seeing if you can figure out who it is.
Let's get started! Check out this childhood picture (click on it to see a bigger version).
Can you guess who this celebrity is?
- This person's career started on TV
- This person is now a Hollywood star
- This person's career has spanned multiple decades
OK - that's enough clues for now. Feel free to ask any questions that we can answer "Yes" or "No" to in the comments and we'll be sure to answer
With the announcement of her engagement to Prince William, Kate Middleton has been catapulted into the limelight, and will likely stay there for many years to come. But while we know a lot about where the Queen-to-be is going, we know rather less about where she came from.
Reports from on recent studies of President Barack Obama's family tree suggest that he and the billionaire investor Warren Buffet, an advisor and supporter of the Obama campaign, are distant cousins.
This evidence has been submitted by genealogists, who report the president and titan of industry share a common lineage in Mareen Duvall, a French emigrant, who moved to Maryland as an indentured servant in the 1650s. The research concludes that Mr. Duvall is Obama's ninth great-grandfather and the Buffet's sixth great-grandfather. This would make the 2010 mega stars 7th cousins three times removed.
With the UK General Election only a week away, people are really starting to size up the Prime Ministerial candidates. We’ve seen endless discussion on their policies, personalities, expenses, and even interactions with the public, but so far relatively little has been said about their genealogy. This post aims to help fill that gap.
We’ve researched the background of the three major party leaders – Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg, and David Cameron. While there’s a lot more information out there than we could possibly fit into a single article, this post should give you a good overview of where the candidates come from. As you’ll see, there are some extraordinary connections among the candidates' roots.
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First, I should point out the Simpsons very own Family Tree:
In the 21st season of The Simpsons, Lisa finds out a bit more about her ancestry in the episode The Color Yellow. A family tree class project is inspired by a tree stump that comes crashing into Principal Skinner's Kia sedan, an event Bart exclaims as a 'mykia' moment. Lisa embodies the project as moment to embrace her noble heritage. But, all signs begin to lead another direction as her early foraging reveals only the troubled and derelict nature of her family. Homer, Lisa's father , attempts to dissuade her her vain attempts to find something wholesome in the Simpson tree, exclaiming the family to be nothing but a "long line of horse thieves, deadbeats, horsebeats, dead thieves, and even a few….alllllcccoholics," as he guzzles his beer with fat peacock like panache.
Last month scientists made some fascinating DNA and genealogy related discoveries about Egypt's most famous pharaoh Tutankhamon. The pharao notorious for his 'curse', which touched everyone coming near him, now seems to have been plagued himself.
Scientists have discovered that the young king, who died at the age of 19 about 1324 B.C, was the product of an incestuous relationship that may have led him to suffer from a weak health which contributed to his early death. This contrary to the many theories which held that the King could have been murdered by rivals, beaten down by an animal or have died in an accident.
It turns that we at MyHeritage are not the only ones that are interested in Barack Obama's family history. This week president Barack Obama had that history mapped out to him when the leader of the Latter Day Saints Church, a US church known for keeping extensive genealogical records for the public to consult, presented him with five books that contain his family's history.
Thomas S. Monson, president of the church, presented Obama with details of his family's genealogy during their meeting at the White House.
Since the tragic news of the death of Michael Jackson many people have taken an interest in his family. So did we.
To give you a small overview of the King of Pop's family, many of whom are famous in their own right, all of which have different and varied histories, happy and sad, we've made a small tree of the family.
In the tree you can find the whole Jackson family- which consisted of ten children - and all the partners that Jacko had throughout his exciting life. The tree is a great illustration of how complicated families can get, when members have different spouses and children with different partners; Micheal Jackson had three different women in his life, among whom famous singer Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley.
Today, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. It is only fitting that today we will look at his family history and see what stories we can unearth - his family includes an African tribal warrior and six American presidents! MyHeritage even shows you how Obama is related to President Bush!
On his father's side, Obama's family goes back 12 generations to Miwiru. He was the grandfather of Owiny, a warrior-leader of the Luo, a tribe that migrated to Kenya about 400 years ago. The Luo fought many wars with the native tribes and the Bantu. After the wars, the Bantu women intermarried with the Luo men, but unfortunately the women's names and details are lost in the fog of history. This line was preserved through oral tradition, and there are very few written records, so precise dates and facts are lost.