A break from the pedigree
In anticipation for the upcoming X-Men movie, “The Wolverine”, we came to a realization that the entire X-Men saga is driven by genealogy. Since the comics hit shelves in 1963, the on-going theme of the story and the source of most conflicts is genetics and family history. New mutant characters have a combination of abilities passed down through generations of other… [Read more]
Celebrities are notorious for giving unorthodox names to their offspring. While unusual first names make family historians happy, the recent announcement of Kanye West’s and Kim Kardashian’s daughter, North West, has caused the usual onslaught of critical conversations across the internet. To be fair, celebrity parents do have a history of tossing out traditional baby name books and christen their… [Read more]
In the spirit of mother’s day, we wanted to look back on moms of the past whose selfless acts made headlines. We found 15,748 articles recounting extraordinary acts of heroism and sacrifice women made for their family within the collection of British, US and world newspapers on findmypast.com, an archive covering nearly 300 years of world history. While… [Read more]
It’s that time of year again! As the days become more temperate, love birds start to tie the knot across the globe. Throughout history, May and June have been the most popular months for weddings and the time of year we congratulate all the couples we know for the success of their unions.
Happy Anzac Day! Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, held on the anniversary of the Gallipoli landing on the 25th April each year. It is a day to honour those that sacrificed their lives, those that came home and all the families affected by wars all around the world. ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand… [Read more]
For those of you attending Rootstech 2013 family history and technology conference in Salt Lake City, you may have picked up an issue of the findmypast Post. On page three you can find a crossword puzzle to fill time between sessions once you visited every booth in the exhibit hall. If you weren’t able to make it to Salt Lake,… [Read more]
Tyler chats about fashion history with guest expert and fashion history buff, Paulette Uris (his mother). Putting the family in family history. Fashion in the mid to late 1800′s can often be hard to grasp. Because clothing was much more expensive and and old items were more often repaired, fashion trends lasted longer than today. Listen in on how to… [Read more]
Ever participate in – or even hear about – ‘A Pigeon Eating Wager’? Odds are, most likely not, but that is just one of the strange headlines you can read about in the collection of British newspapers on findmypast.com. Through an exclusive partnership with the British Library, brightsolid is digitizing 50 million pages of British newspapers, from 1700 to 1950, over the… [Read more]
With the official day of love around the corner, many have looked back at the past year and may have wondered if Cupid took a hiatus—at least when it comes to celebrity couples. As award season takes hold (the native stomping grounds of power couples), there will be some notable couples that will walk alone after a decade of union and a split in 2012.
As genealogists often do, I found myself wandering through a cemetery on my vacation. This particular cemetery was in Boston’s North End, an area that has seen much of U.S. history, and the headstones were riddled with evidence to prove it. Understandably, one who is strolling through a grave site armed with wax, rubbing paper, cameras, a few pieces of… [Read more]