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]
Findmypast.com has discovered records linking the family of Reese Witherspoon to nearly every major American conflict since the American Revolution. Service records indicate Witherspoon ancestors were active in the service during conflicts including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Creek Indian War, the Civil War, World War II, and the Vietnam and Korean conflicts. As America reflects on… [Read more]
…from the past. The lost Great Gatsby silent film. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, has been at the heart of America’s literary pride since 1925. Since it’s debut, the best-selling novel has been repurposed for every artistic medium possible, sometimes to the chagrin of Fitzgerald’s ‘purest’ fans. While we rush off to the theater to see Baz Luhrmann’s modern… [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.
Historical records offer us a unique look into the truly unforgettable events that shape our past. Records bring events to life through the individual stories of the people involved. Family tree researchers can find ancestors in countless scenarios of history including among the millions of soldiers who fought during World War I or in the boom of marriages and births… [Read more]
There are many famous names and figures amongst the Passenger Lists, from every conceivable walk of life. One man, who appears twice in the our UK Passenger Lists, was a giant of the film industry, whose surname is synonymous with both a hugely lucrative entertainment empire and a cartoon mouse. Happy birthday to the iconic film producer, director, screenwriter, voice… [Read more]
Earlier this year, our colleagues at genesreunited.co.uk (findmypast.com’s sibling site under parent company brightsolid) used marriage and birth records to predict William and Kate’s first child to arrive on Aug. 27, 2013. While the palace has not announced a due date, the masses have connected clues to form a widely accepted due date of summer 2013 – pretty close to… [Read more]
The fictional character 007 lights up the silver screen again this week in the new Skyfall thriller. While sipping martinis and dreaming about owning an Aston Martin, the findmypast.com team delved into real life James Bonds.
Welcome to the findmypast 1940 Census Hunt – Week 2! Each week findmypast presents a weekly 1940 Census Hunt, a chance to put your 1940 census browsing skills to the test. The first person to complete the challenge, and e-mail their results (a short step-by-step description of how you found each individual and a copy of the census images) to firstname.lastname@example.org… [Read more]