5 Family Activities For This Thanksgiving

This Thursday the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving! The holiday is known for bringing together family and friends to share a traditional feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other delicious dishes. Thanksgiving is an excellent opportunity for everyone to give thanks and share stories around the dinner table. With the entire family gathered together, it’s also great time to do a little genealogical digging. Here are five ways to share some family history with your relatives this… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Goldie Hawn

Today we celebrate actress Goldie Hawn’s 73rd birthday! Hawn was born on November 21, 1945 in Washington, D.C. to Laura Steinhoff, a dance school owner, and Edward Rutledge Haw, a musician. Raised in a Jewish household, Hawn was named after her mother’s aunt, Goldie. After getting her start as a dancer, Hawn landed her first notable gig as a cast member on the sketch comedy show, Laugh-In. She soon appeared on the big screen in the film Cactus Flower, for which… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Selma Lagerlöf

Do you have Swedish ancestry? On this day in 1858, Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf was born. In 1909, Lagerlöf became the first female writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Lagerlōf was born on November 20, 1858 in Mårbacka, her family’s estate, in Värmland, Sweden. She was the fifth of six children born to Erik Gustaf Lagerlöf, a lieutenant in the Royal Värmland Regiment, and Louise Wallroth. While working as a school teacher, Lagerlöf… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Meg Ryan

Happy birthday, Meg Ryan! Today the star turns 57. Once dubbed “America’s Sweetheart,” Ryan has entertained audiences on the big screen for decades, most notably in several classic romantic comedies. Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Anna Hyra on November 19, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut to Harry Hyra, a math teacher, and Susan Jordan, a former actress and English teacher. After attending New York University for a year, she dropped out of school to pursue an… Read the full story

Notable Mayflower Descendants

Do you have any ancestors who were on the Mayflower? In 1620, 102 passengers arrived to the New World aboard the Mayflower and established the Plymouth Colony. Today, millions of people can trace their ancestry back to these early settlers. Image: Wikimedia Commons Here’s a look at a few notable Mayflower descendants in Geni’s World Family Tree: George Eastman George Eastman was the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company. He helped bring photography to mainstream audiences with the introduction of the… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Mary Margaret McBride

Today we remember American radio host and writer Mary Margaret McBride, who was born on this day in 1899. Known as “the First Lady of Radio,” McBride’s popular radio shows spanned for more than 40 years with millions of listeners tuning in daily. McBride was born on November 16, 1899 to a farming family in Paris, Missouri. At the age of 16, McBride entered the University of Missouri where she received a degree in journalism…. Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Georgia O’Keeffe

Who are the artists in your family tree? On this day in 1887, American artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The second of seven children, Georgia Totto O’Keeffe grew up on a dairy farm. She was named after her maternal grandfather, George Victor Otto, a Hungarian who had immigrated to the United States. After the death of her husband, O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico where she found inspiration in the New Mexico landscape…. Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Charles, Prince of Wales

Happy birthday to Prince Charles! Today the Prince of Wales turns 70 years old. Prince Charles was born on November 14, 1948 in Buckingham Palace. The eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince became the heir apparent at the age of 3 when his mother became Queen after the death of his grandfather, King George VI. With his mother holding the record of the longest-reigning British monarch, Charles is the… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Stan Lee

Today we remember comic book legend Stan Lee, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. A prolific writer and visionary, Lee co-created some of the most iconic superheroes of all time. Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922 in New York City, New York. His parents were both Jewish immigrants from Romania. As a teen, Lee enjoyed creating stories and had dreams of becoming a writer. He worked several odd jobs, including some time writing… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Ryan Gosling

Happy birthday to Ryan Gosling! Today the Hollywood star turns 38. Gosling was born on November 12, 1980 in London, Ontario, Canada to Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman, and Donna Wilson, a secretary. Gosling caught the acting bug at an early age. At the age of 12, he was cast in the Disney revival of The Mickey Mouse Club. The new generation of mouseketeers featured many future superstars, including Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Britney… Read the full story