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.
We're proud to announce that the entire collection of U.S. Federal Censuses is now available on MyHeritage.
These censuses span every decade from 1790-1930 and complement the existing 1940 U.S. Census, which you can search already on MyHeritage.
The collection is the nation’s largest and most important set of records including a huge searchable index and all scanned images of the original census documents, covering some 520 million names.
When we launched SuperSearch - MyHeritage's family history search engine - in June, it created quite a stir in the developer community.
So much, in fact, that we decided to organize a technology conference in our offices where we recently welcomed some 60+ software developers from leading technology companies.
Marilyn Monroe died 50 years ago on Sunday, August 5. In her short 36-year life, she achieved international stardom both on and off the big screen.
Born Norma Jeane Mortenson in Los Angeles on June 1, 1926, her surname was later changed to Baker, the family name of her mother's first husband.
Marilyn's birth certificate (below) lists Martin Edward Mortensen as her father.
Marilyn did not believe Martin was her father. She was once shown a photo of her father, whom she thought resembled Clark Gable. As a child, she pretended that Gable was her father.
She adopted the stage name of Marilyn Monroe - Monroe was her mother's maiden name.
On Friday morning, the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree exhibit hall opened to crowds. More than 1,600 family history fans had registered for the event.
Conference-goers arrived to find great deals on genealogy products, ask questions and receive answers to family history questions, as they mingled with friends from everywhere at this event.
Jamboree’s venue at the Burbank Marriott is excellent; this conference is well organized.
The MyHeritage booth was busy and we welcomed Joel Weintraub, co-developer of the popular 1940 Census ED Finder tools on stevemorse.org.
Joel demonstrated original 1940 census forms, enumerator training manuals, postcards left at homes where no one answered the door, and other original documents.
Joel found the items on eBay, along with other historical items he showed to us and at his 1940 Census presentation.
His program was interesting, as it took many humorous turns and also went deeply into the inner workings of the 1940 census. He described some issues, including some people’s refusal to answer questions and the process to complete the national count. You can search all the census images online at MyHeritage.com/1940census.
Dick (Richard Wagstaff) Clark, American radio and television personality died yesterday.
Born November 30, 1929, in Bronxville, New York, he died of a massive heart attack in Santa Monica, California, on April 18, 2012.
Best known as the host of the long-running teen music show - American Bandstand - watched religiously every afternoon by millions of US teens when they came home from school. The show is credited by many as the forerunner of reality TV shows like "American Idol." Later, he also created "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" and even a game show - "Pyramid."
The release of the 1940 US Census (available on MyHeritage) earlier this month provides an inside view into the lives of those who lived at the time. Clark was 10 years old when the enumerator came to call.
Many users have shared their 1940 Census discoveries and we are happy to be part of this historical moment. We wrote about the celebrity discoveries we made. We want to know whom you've found in the census? (You can see all census images at www.myheritage.com/1940census.)
How did you feel when you found that record? Do you have an interesting story about that person? Let us kinow in the comments section below.
Introducing the latest version of the MyHeritage app! With version 1.2, you can search billion of records on-the-go, including ALL images from the 1940 U.S. Federal Census and our constantly updated searchable index.
The mobile-friendly interface makes it easy to browse records on iPhone, iPad and Android devices, including birth, marriage, military, immigration, government, death, census and other historical records from around the world.
Yesterday we completed the uploading of all 1940 Census images. Users around the world have been searching the census for free and have already found their ancestors’ records at www.MyHeritage.com/1940Census.
We couldn’t resist researching the records of celebrities who were alive in 1940. Thanks to our fantastic team of genealogists, we made some exciting discoveries and we invite you to see the census images below:
His father was a carpenter, and his mother was a seamstress, and little did they or the enumerator know what lay ahead for this 5 year old boy – Elvis.
It’s been an incredible ride.
We’re proud to announce that MyHeritage is the first commercial site to have all the 1940 US Census images available for searching for free! Please let us know what you find on www.myheritage.com/1940census.
Now that we’ve completed the images, we’re continuing with the indexing. Yesterday, the first indexed records were made available - Bristol County, Rhode Island. The index is searchable by names, facts and other criteria, all for free!