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 […]
Interesting finds24th July 2013
As the world waits with bated breath for the birth of the heir to the British throne, findmypast.com, an international leader in online family history, has uncovered His or Her Royal Highness’ celebrity cousins.
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 […]
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 […]
…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 […]
A look at the number of extraordinary heroic acts through out history by mothers as recorded in the world’s newspapers
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 […]
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.
“I was just almost numb because after all this time I have been looking for her and here she was right in front of me,” Griffin said about the search for Tabitha, “and I just found everything about her by just typing in those names. It is amazing when you see the marriage, and then all the rest of it, and how it all fits in so easily.”
Isn’t it exciting to find out you have a famous historical icon in the far-off depths of your family tree? But when you brag to your friends, what do you call this famous ancestor? “Thomas Edison is the great-uncle of my great-great-grandfather’s third cousin!” Confusing, right? Actually, if you’re familiar with the system we use […]
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. […]
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 […]