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]
Our resident expert Josh Taylor explains the initial steps in starting your family history. From interviewing living relatives to documenting your research, these tips will get you started and give you the best shot at making discoveries for years to come.
Thousands of British women found love during the Second World War. American and Canadian troops stationed in Britain during the War gained a reputation as being ‘overpaid, overfed, oversexed and over here’. British women married these servicemen in huge numbers, with approximately 100,000 wedding Americans and a further 45,000 marrying Canadians. Once the war was over and peace secured the… [Read more]
We just wanted to give a quick update on the addition of British newspapers to findmypast.com. Our teams are working diligently to ensure the newspaper collections are successfully integrated within findmypast.com according to our high standards of quality records and images.
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.
The number and frequency of sailings to the US shows how lucrative the transatlantic trade was, with various routes served by competing shipping lines. There were regular sailings from Southampton, Glasgow, Queenstown (Cobh of Cork) and other ports, but not all travellers to America went via American ports such as New York and Philadelphia. The alternative option, especially if your… [Read more]
1940 was a busy year for Wendell Willkie, who was competing for the Republican Presidential nomination against Senator Robert Taft of Ohio, Senator Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan, and Thomas E. Dewey of New York City. Before June’s convention the nominee had not been decided (an interesting comparison to this year’s current 2012 Republican primary field). Willkie would go on to… [Read more]
While have had some fun finding celebrities, presidents, and others in the 1940 Census, we have also been hard at work finding our own families. Brian Speckart, findmypast’s marketing manager located his mother, living in Richfield, Sevier County, Utah. Luckily enough she was asked the supplemental questions (though being only a few weeks old, she wasn’t able to provide much… [Read more]
Today, April 5, 2012 marks what would have been the 104th birthday of Bette Davis. While we have continued to post our finds in the 1940 census over the past few days, we have yet to find Bette Davis and are inviting you to help us look! Here are the details: The first person to find Bette Davis in the… [Read more]