by Bob Fields

On March 1:

Glenn Miller (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

David Niven (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Ron Howard (Image Credit: Wikipedia)







1732 – William Cushing, American Supreme Court Justice (d. 1810).
1848 – Augustus Saint-Gaudens*, Irish-American Beaux-Arts sculptor known for his many Civil War monuments and numismatic designs (d. 1907).
1904 – Glenn Miller*, American swing bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra) (d. 1944) (“In the Mood“, “Moonlight Serenade“, “Chattanooga Choo Choo“).
1910 – David Niven*, English actor (d. 1983) (Around the World in 80 Days, The Pink Panther, Separate Tables).
1917 – Robert Lowell, American, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1947 and 1974 (d. 1977).
1922 – Yitzhak Rabin,  5th Prime Minister of Israel, 1994 Nobel Peace Prize laureate for the Oslo Accords (d. 1995).
1922 – William Gaines*, American publisher (d. 1992) (Mad magazine).
1924 – Deke Slayton*, American pilot and Mercury Seven astronaut, NASA’s first Chief of the Astronaut Office (d. 1993).
1927 – Harry Belafonte*, American singer-songwriter, actor, and activist (Calypso, Carmen Jones, Island in the Sun).
1935 – Robert Conrad*, American actor (The Wild Wild West, Black Sheep Squadron).
1954 – Ron Howard*, American actor, director, and producer (The Andy Griffith Show, Happy Days, A Beautiful Mind).
1987 – Kesha* (Ke$ha), American singer-songwriter.
1994 – Justin Bieber, Canadian (not American) singer.


Massacre at Vassy (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Leopold II (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Jackie Coogan (Image Credit: Wikipedia)








1562 – Massacre of Vassy: Twenty-three Huguenots are murdered by Catholics, marking the start of the French Wars of Religion which lasted until 1598.
1792 – Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor, a moderate proponent of enlightened absolutism (b. 1747).
1911 – Jacobus Henricus van ‘t Hoff*, Dutch chemist, 1901 Nobel Prize laureate for his discoveries in physical chemistry, the first such award (b. 1852).
1984 – Jackie Coogan, American actor (b. 1914) (The Kid, Uncle Fester on The Addams Family).

Other Events:

Salem Witch Trials (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Antoine-Henri Becquerel (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Joseph Stalin (Image Credit: WikiTree)








293 – Emperor Diocletian* and Maximian* appoint Constantius Chlorus and Galerius* as Caesars, the beginning of the Tetrarchy.
1642 – Georgeana, Massachusetts (now York, Maine), becomes the first incorporated city in the U.S., by charter of King Charles I.
1692 – Sarah Good*, Sarah Osborne and Tituba* are brought before local magistrates in Salem Village, Massachusetts, beginning the Salem witch trials.
1781 – The U.S. Continental Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation of sovereign states, its first constitution.
1790 – The first U.S. census is authorized.
1815 – Napoleon returns to France from his banishment on Elba, beginning the Hundred Days and his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
1845 – President John Tyler signs a bill authorizing the U.S. to annex the Republic of Texas.
1872 – Yellowstone National Park is established as the world’s first national park.
1893 – Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio waves in St. Louis, Missouri.
1896 – Henri Becquerel* discovers radioactivity.
1917 – The U.S. releases the Zimmermann Telegram to the public, which proposes a German alliance with Mexico in exchange for Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico.
1932 – Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, the infant son of the aviator, is kidnapped. His body was discovered 2 months later.
1936 – The Hoover Dam is completed on the Colorado River.
1941 – World War II: Bulgaria signs the Tripartite Pact, allying itself with the Axis powers.
1946 – The Bank of England is nationalised.
1947 – The International Monetary Fund begins financial operations.
1953 – Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and collapses; he dies four days later.
1954 – Castle Bravo, a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb, is detonated on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, the most powerful detonation by the United States (one-third the energy of the Tsar Bomba).
1961 – American President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.
1966 – Venera 3: Soviet space probe crashes on Venus, the first spacecraft to land on another planet’s surface.
1974 – Watergate scandal: Seven are indicted for their role in the Watergate break-in and charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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by Bob Fields

On February 28:

General Montcalm (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Linus Pauling (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Vincente Minelli (Image Credit: Wikipedia)








1155 – Henry “the Young King”, son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine, the only crowned associate King in the history of England (d. 1183).
1712 – Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, French general in North America during the Seven Years’ War, who died at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in Quebec (d. 1759).
1833 – Alfred von Schlieffen, German field marshal, whose ‘Schlieffen Plan‘ was implemented by Germany at the beginning of WW1 (d. 1913).
1901 – Linus Pauling, American chemist and activist, one of the founders of the fields of quantum chemistry and molecular biology, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry and Peace (d. 1994).
1903 – Vincente Minnelli*, American director and screenwriter, husband of Judy Garland and father of Liza Minnelli (d. 1986) (Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris).
1906 – Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, American gangster (d. 1947).
1915 – Zero Mostel*, American actor (d. 1977) (Fiddler on the Roof, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Producers).
1923 – Charles Durning*, American character actor (d. 2012) (The Sting, Dog Day Afternoon).
1930 – Leon Cooper*, American physicist and academic, 1972 Nobel Prize laureate in Physics for superconductivity and synaptic plasticity.
1931 – Gavin MacLeod*, American actor (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Love Boat).
1939 – Daniel C. Tsui*, Chinese-American, 1998 Nobel Prize laureate in Physics for the microstructures of semiconductors and solid-state physics.
1940 – Mario Andretti*, Italian-American race car driver.
1942 – Brian Jones*, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Rolling Stones) (d. 1969).
1948 – Bernadette Peters*, American Broadway and film actress, singer, and author.
1948 – Mercedes Ruehl*, American actress (The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers).
1953 – Paul Krugman*, American, 2008 Nobel Prize laureate in Economics for patterns of international trade and economies of scale.


Cuauhtémoc (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Cosimo II de' Medici (Image Credit: WikiTree)

USS Princeton Explosion (Image Credit: Wikipedia)









1525 – Cuauhtémoc*, the last Aztec ruler, tortured and killed by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés (b. 1495).
1621 – Cosimo II de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, patron of Galileo (b. 1590).
1844 – A gun on USS Princeton explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing eight people, including the Secretary of State and Secretary of the Navy. President Tyler barely escaped.
1936 – Charles Nicolle*, French bacteriologist, 1928 Nobel Prize laureate, who identified lice as the transmitter of typhus (b. 1866).
1977 – Eddie “Rochester” Anderson*, American actor (b. 1905) (The Jack Benny Program).
1986 – Olof Palme*, 26th Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm (b. 1927).
2006 – Owen Chamberlain*, American physicist, 1959 Nobel Prize laureate for the discovery of antiprotons(b. 1920).
2009 – Paul Harvey*, American radio host (b. 1918) (The Rest of the Story).
2011 – Jane Russell*, American actress (b. 1921) (The Outlaw).
2013 -Donald A. Glaser, American physicist and neurobiologist, 1960 Nobel Prize laureate for the invention of the bubble chamber  (b. 1926).

Other Events:

John Wesley (Image Credit: WikiTree)

DNA Structure (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Gulf War ends (Image Credit: Wikipedia)









1784 – John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
1854 – About 50 slavery opponents met in Ripon, Wis., to call for creation of a new political group that becomes the US Republican Party.
1885 – The American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) is incorporated.
1922 – The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt.
1953 – James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the double-helix chemical structure of DNA.
1991 – The first Gulf War ends. Iraq pledges to accept all United Nations resolutions concerning Kuwait.
2013 – Pope Benedict XVI* resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church, the first pope to do so since 1415.

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Greetings fellow WikiTreers!

Welcome to the February 2015 edition of News from the Tree, our monthly report on new features and changes around the site, notes on community leaders, tips, etc.

What’s New?

Tree-N-Tools Pages

Our Family Tree pages have been expanded into Family Tree and Genealogy Tools pages. For short, our WikiTreer-in-Chief dubbed these the TNT pages, for Tree ‘n Tools. And because we’d like to think they’re dynamite. (Ba-dum-ching.)

The Tree and Tools page is intended to be a comprehensive, easy-to-follow introduction to the variety of tree views, widgets, features, and tools here on WikiTree. It’s customized to the person being viewed, and the person viewing the page.

You can access the TNT pages from your My WikiTree drop-down menu.  Scroll below the tree and you will see an extensive list of links and explanations.

WikiTree @ RootsTech 2015

RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover and share their family stories and connections through technology. It is held in Salt Lake City, Utah and this year took place from 11 Feb – 14 Feb.

It was a special year since RootsTech teamed up with the Federation of Genealogical Societies to hold two conferences in one place. Over 22,000 people attended!

We were fortunate to have several team members and supervisors come together, some even getting to meet for the first time including Chris WhittenEowyn Langholf, Tami GlatzKitty Smith, Karen Tobo, Abby Glann, Peter Roberts, Michael Stills, Mags Gaulden and Michelle Hartley.

Michelle and Abby

Peter, Mags and Michael

Chris and Kitty


We were able to make some great connections, present two live demos of WikiTree and chat with many, many wonderful people who stopped by our booth.

You can check out all the photos in our WikiTree @ RootsTech 2015 Facebook album.

Who’s New?

We’re delighted to announce four new WikiTree Leaders! Here’s a little about each of them:

Family History Photo of the Week Winner: Jack Leonard Long

Patrick Barnum has been a WikiTreer since May 2014 and is the Project Leader of our brand new Latin American Roots Project.  He’s also started a Barnum One Name Study.  He is the webmaster of the website “Barnum Family Genealogy” and the compiler and editor of Barnum Genealogy: 650 Years of Family History  and Barnum Genealogy, 2nd Edition.

Patrick also served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1998.  Thanks for your service, Patrick!

Cheryl Hammond has been with us since July of 2013 and is active in our Puritan Great Migration, Magna Carta and DNA projects.  She’s a proud native fourth-generation Seattleite.  In her words, “I’m a software developer, so I tend to think analytically. Sifting through mountains of complex, conflicting data is my idea of a fun weekend. No surprise I’ve been researching family histories as a hobby since the mid-1990s.”

Myrtis Jane Bishop, a WikiTreer since July 2014, is the State Coordinator for the Mississippi Cemeteries sub-project. She recently came in second place in the January 2015 Free For All Challenge and was recognized for creating more profiles than anyone else in the challenge!

Myrtis served in the United States Navy from 1971 to 1997.  Thank you for your service, Myrtis!

Lisa Franklin has been WikiTree-ing since 2012 and is fast approaching 30,000 contributions!  She has started a Franklin One Name Study and is active in many of our projects including Westward Ho and Magna Carta.  Lisa is also one of our generous genealogists and offers help to anyone seeking local assistance with Texas Research.  She’s had many genealogy-related books published with strong focus on Alabama research.

Mentor Tips

  • Want a good way to get your cousins interested in WikiTree?  Up there in your “My WikiTree” drop down menu (top right of your profile page) scroll down to “Anniversaries” and click on it.  This page lists special days of everyone in your Watchlist, by month and date.  Look around for an interesting or special ancestor and send out a happy birthday note to your family members with your ancestor’s WikiTree profile link! You can also send out WikiTree e-cards.
  • If your research includes anyone that might be historically-significant, check carefully to see if there is a project that might include them. There’s a chance that a profile has already been started and your help is needed in improving it. For example, the European Aristocracy Project has almost all kings and queens of Europe and their families. All US presidents and Mayflower passengers are already here. Please check with the relevant project for naming conventions and other information.  For a full list of projects, click here.

Project Updates

We just launched a new Latin American Roots Project, with sub-projects planned for the countries of Central and South America.  The purpose of this project is to collaborate in posting to WikiTree the profiles of individuals and families directly associated with one or more of the 20 Latin American nations. The project is open to anyone who has an interest in the history or genealogy of Latin America.

The Black Sheep Project is coming along nicely, under the leadership of Sally Stovall, with help from Terry Wright and Paula J.  If you’ve got outcasts, outlaws, or outlandish folks in your family tree, this might be the project for you!

The Magna Carta Project continues to furiously update familial lines, knock out mythological ancestries, and create great profiles for those ancestors who trace back to Magna Carta Surety Barons. They have a great work space here.

Our One Name Studies Project continues to expand.  There are currently 178 surnames in the project!  See the full surname list here.  If you don’t see the surname you are looking for, maybe you’ll consider initiating the study.

Community Accomplishments

Top 10 contributors for last month:

WikiTree Club 1000 January 2015

  1. Myrtis Jane Bishop (11,503 edits in January)
  2. Kirsty Ward (11436)
  3. Robert Hathaway (9311)
  4. Michael Sheffield (7976)
  5. Antonia Anonymous (6630)
  6. Greg Rose (5630)
  7. Susan Tye (5569)
  8. Patricia Menton (5383)
  9. Sally Stovall (5214)
  10. Linda Gauvin (5194)

Super Star recipients (recognized by a Leader for extraordinary contributions that go far beyond what is normally seen on WikiTree):

Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication: Myrtis Jane Bishop, Patrick Barnum, and Robert Hathaway!

 New Member Comments

Family History Photo of the Week Winner: George Woods

When a guest volunteers to become a full member we ask them to leave a comment telling a little about how and/or why they’d like to volunteer with WikiTree.  We get some really great responses.  Comments such as:

  • “I started my family history research in 2000. I recently inherited thousands of photos from my grandmother which I feel belong to history, not just to me. I’ve been working to scan and upload those photos as often as I have time. It’s really opened my eyes to so much family history and inspired me to work on research again.” – Tonya
  • “I have reached WikiTree through Cyndi’s List and I am very interested to join in the collaboration described on this site. I have been researching my family history for many years using a subset of the mission “… to connect all of my namesakes on a single family tree accessible to anyone researching my ancestors.” I am intrigued by the broader notion of One Family Tree and would like to volunteer as a contributor to your mission.” – George
  • “I want to contribute with a lot of data I got from my father, Claus Rathje, after his death. He has spent many years exploring and setting up the family trees in private records, but it’s time to share to the benefit of more people.” – Lars
  • “I found out about this site by visiting your booth at RootsTech 2015. I am home now and couldn’t wait to contribute my family information and explore all that WikiTree has to offer. I love the idea of an honor code and can’t wait to be helpful! ” – Amanda

Anyone can view these comments on the Volunteer Feed.

If you have a few minutes to spare they are fun to read through and a great way to find people with interests similar to your own or researching the same surnames/locations. When you see a comment that resonates for you, click the thank-you link or post a comment to make them feel welcome to WikiTree.

Thanks for all you do WikiTreers. You’re the best.

The WikiTree Team and Leaders

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by Bob Fields

On February 22:

Charles VII of France (Image Credit: WikiTree)

George Washington (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Frederic Chopin (Image Credit: WikiTree)








1300 BC – Ramesses II, Egyptian pharaoh (d. 1213 BC).
1403 – Charles VII [Valois] of France, “the victorious”, who was crowned in 1429 after victories by Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years War and French civil war (d. 1461).
1645 – Johann Ambrosius Bach, German violinist and composer and father of Johann Sebastian Bach (d. 1695), and Johann Christoph Bach, German pianist and composer (d. 1693).
1732 – George Washington, American Revolution general, 1st US President (d. 1799).
1778 – Rembrandt Peale, American painter, acclaimed for his likenesses of Washington and Jefferson (d. 1860).
1810 – Frédéric Chopin, Polish pianist and composer (d. 1849).
1857 – Robert Baden-Powell, English general and Baron and co-founder of The Scout Association (d. 1941).
1892 – Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet and playwright, received the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (d. 1950) (Renascence and Other Poems).
1914 – Renato Dulbecco*, Italian virologist, 1975 Nobel Prize laureate for his work on oncoviruses that can cause cancer (d. 2012).
1918 – Robert Wadlow*, American, the tallest person in history at 8ft 11in (d. 1940).
1936 – J. Michael Bishop*, American biologist, 1989 Nobel Prize laureate for his work on how retroviral oncogenes form malignant tumors from normal genes.
1950 – Julius Erving*, “Dr. J”, American basketball player.
1962 – Steve Irwin, Australian zoologist and television host (d. 2006) (The Crocodile Hunter, Ocean’s Deadliest).
1975 – Drew Barrymore, American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter (50 First Dates).


David II of Scotland (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Amerigo Vespucci (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Andy Warhol (Image Credit: Wikipedia)










1371 – David II, King of Scotland 1329-1371, the last male of the House of Bruce (b. 1324).
1512 – Amerigo Vespucci, Italian cartographer and explorer, chief of navigation of Spain, who first demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia’s eastern outskirts (b. 1454).
1890 – John Jacob Astor III, American businessman, the wealthiest member of the Astor family in his generation (b. 1822).
1965 – Felix Frankfurter*, US Supreme Court justice who helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union (b. 1882).
1987 – Andy Warhol*, American painter and photographer (b. 1928).
2002 – Chuck Jones*, American animator, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1912) (Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies).

Other Events:

Robert II of Scotland (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

French Revolution of 1848 (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Jefferson Davis (Image Credit: WikiTree)









1371 – Robert II [Stewart] becomes King of Scotland, beginning the Stuart dynasty.
1819 – Spain sells Florida to the US for five million U.S. dollars.
1847 – Mexican-American War: The Battle of Buena Vista – 5,000 American troops defeat 15,000 Mexicans. It was Zachary Taylor‘s greatest victory of the war.
1848 – The French Revolution of 1848 begins. It led to the end of the Orleans monarchy and establishment of the French Second Republic.
1855 – The Penn State University is founded in State College, Pennsylvania.
1862 – Jefferson Davis is officially inaugurated for a six-year term as the President of the Confederate States of America in Richmond, Virginia.
1889 – President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as US states.
1909 – The sixteen battleships of the Great White Fleet return to the US after a voyage around the world.
1915 – World War I: Germany institutes unrestricted submarine warfare.
1948 – Communist coup d’état in Czechoslovakia.
1958 – Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic.
1980 – Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York, the US Olympic hockey team defeats the Soviet Union 4-3.
2006 – Britain’s biggest robbery: £53m is stolen from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.

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