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.
Are you recognizable in your childhood photos?
At MyHeritage, we want to challenge you. Can you guess the identity of famous celebrities from their childhood photos?
On a weekly basis, we'll share a celebrity photo, offer a few clues, and see if you can identify the person.
Can you guess who this is?
Here are a few clues:
- This person has been an actor, businessman and politician.
- This person chose bodybuilding as a career at age 14.
- This person made their American TV debut alongside Lucille Ball.
Think you know the answer? Leave a comment below. You can also ask for more clues that have yes or no answers.
Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, to a family of Irish and German origin, on November 12, 1929. She was named after her father's sister who died as a child.
Her father - John Brendan "Jack" Kelly - was a successful businessman and triple Olympic rowing champion. He won two gold medals at the 1920 Olympics and another at the 1924 games.
It's fun asking people to whom they'd like to be related. Many people answer with a celebrity's name or someone they admire.
I asked our MyHeritage colleagues this question. Their replies included Anne Frank, French resistance fighter Jean Moulin and Albert Einstein.
To whom would you like to be related? Tell us why in the comments below.
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.
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.
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.
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
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Early last week Facebook was frenzied by members eager to find their celebrity doppelganger. MyHeritage’s Celebrity Look-alike application helped many find their celebrity double. Our web application has a unique ability to survey the human face and compare it to a database of thousands of celebrities, helping you find the perfect virtual match!
Finding your alternate has long held a special place in the heart of mankind. Psychologists tend to pin it to the evolution of self-awareness, which trends back into early human history. This enormous history arc was formed in part by Greek mythology and the story of Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection cast on a pond. And Krishna, whose outlandish self-admiration set him to search for his qualities manifest in his mates. Or simply take a look at art commissioned by royalty or nobles dating to early civilization, where you will find figureheads that are painted or sculpted according to their projected demeanor; at once similar in formal features as dissimilar in their portrayal of desired self.