While MyHeritage.com was at the recent Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Springfield, Illinois, chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz had an opportunity to visit the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum.
I was part of a detailed tour of the facility with Gwen Podeschi, history reference librarian.
Opened in October 2004, the library is maintained via state funds. Its main goal is to collect and preserve family and personal (non-official) correspondence and material of Abraham Lincoln and other Illinois state personalities. It holds more than 12 million historical items including 1,100 oral histories, 2 million manuscripts and 3,000 old and contemporary maps.
Collections also include early Mormon history, anti-slavery, coal miners’ accidents, train accidents and the 1893 World Colombian Exposition.
The library is home to the largest Lincoln documents database and such items as the documents of trials in which Lincoln was involved. The legal collection is fascinating as it also preserves the lists of juries in every case tried. If your relatives lived in Springfield, this can be a good resource as they may have served on one of those juries.
The law practice collection is not open to the public, but librarians are more than happy to help visitors find the information they seek. Appointments are suggested, and the collection is searchable via the Internet.
Two weeks ago the world was moved by the tragic death of Amy Winehouse, one of the best English singing talents ever. Many fans paid their respects, including singer George Michael who deemed her "the most soulful vocalist England has ever seen."
Many cried at what was clearly an early departure for such a young artist and the mourning, for many, still continues. At MyHeritage we have decided to pay tribute to Amy by doing what we do best and present her family history for posterity…
Many people stumble across family secrets in their lives, but this week we’ve seen revelations from someone far more public than most. Oprah Winfrey, appearing on her television show on Monday, revealed that she has a long-lost half-sister. You can see a little of this encounter below:
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.