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Hi WikiTreers,

Welcome to a new installment of “Meet our Members.” It’s time to get to know another awesome member of our community: Meet Robert (Bob).

Robert Keniston has been a member of our community since August 2013.  He is quite active in projects such as U.S. History, Database Errors and the Rangers. He has also written over 50 biographies in our Bio Builders challenges and has been a winner in our Sourcerers and Connections challenges.

Surnames you are researching?

Keniston and all the variants, Harrington, Marine.

Locations you are researching?

Massachusetts, and County Galway, Ireland.

When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?

The genealogy bug bit me in 1977, with the mini series “Roots”. It’s all Alex Haley’s fault.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

My favorite ancestor is my 2nd great-grandfather, Isaac Kennaston. He is the earliest of my ancestors that I have a picture of. It is a family picture taken in 1895. It’s interesting to see similar features in the faces that are the same as current family members.

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down.

I’ve only had one real brick wall, my 3rd great-grandfather, Daniel Kinnaston. He is still a brick wall, but I’ve put a few cracks in it. He was born in Vermont, about 1795. Vermont records are really scarce, unless your family was memorialized in a published genealogy.

If you could pick one person in history to be related to, who would it be and why?

Actually I’m already related to a noted person in history, Nathan Hale. He was willing to give his life for a principle, and the freedom of future generations.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I enjoy woodworking, reading, computers, and walks with my wife, Susie. The woodworking keeps me out of trouble, and the walks are great exercise.

How long have you been on WikiTree and how active are you?

I joined WikiTree August 22, 2013. I’ve been pretty active right from the beginning. The day after I joined WikiTree, I joined the Profile Improvement Project (PIP).  I’m really involved in it. I’m currently involved in all three challenges that fall within the boundaries of PIP: Sourcerers, Biographers, and Connectors. I’m also a Ranger, Data Doctor, Coordinator for Massachusetts in the US History Project, and I do a little Mentoring.

What are some of the features/aspects of WikiTree that you love/don’t love as much?

I enjoy the collaboration and assistance that you get when you join WikiTree. I can’t say there is anything I don’t like, but I wish we had more sort options on lists.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

When in doubt or confused, ask for help. It’s out there for everyone. Remember, the only stupid question is one that is not asked.

If you could leave one message for your descendants, what would it be?

Get records of everything.

To get to know Bob even better, catch him in this Saturday’s (1 April) LiveCast at 3pm EDT.


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by Bob Fields

On March 26:

Robert Frost (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Gucci (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Tennessee Williams (Image Credit: WikiTree)











1749 - William Blount, North Carolina politician, signer of the U.S Constitution (d. 1800).
1773 - Nathaniel Bowditch, American mathematician, credited as the founder of modern maritime navigation (d. 1838).
1874 - Robert Frost, American poet and playwright (d. 1963) (“The Road Not Taken“).
1875 - Syngman Rhee*, South Korean journalist and politician, 1st President of South Korea (d. 1965).
1881 - Guccio Gucci*, Italian fashion designer, founded Gucci (d. 1953).
1911 - Tennessee Williams, American playwright, author, and poet (d. 1983) (A Streetcar Named DesireCat on a Hot Tin RoofDeath of a Salesman).
1914 - William Westmoreland*, American general, commander in Vietnam (d. 2005).
1931 - Leonard Nimoy, American actor (d. 2015) (Spock in Star Trek).
1985 - Keira Knightley, English actress (Pirates of the Caribbean).


Ludwig van Beethoven (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Walt Whitman (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Cecil Rhodes (Image Credit: WikiTree)











1649 - John Winthrop, English lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1587).
1797 - James Hutton, Scottish geologist and physician, originated the theory of uniformitarianism (b. 1726).
1827 - Ludwig van Beethoven, German pianist and composer (b. 1770).
1892 - Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist, and journalist (b. 1819).
1902 - Cecil Rhodes, English-South African colonialist, businessman and politician, 6th Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (b. 1853).
1923 - Sarah Bernhardt, French actress and screenwriter (b. 1844).
2011 - Geraldine Ferraro*, American congressman, first female Vice-Presidential candidate (b. 1935).

Other Events:

Iwo Jima (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Jonas Salk (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Peace Treaty (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1812 – A political cartoon in the Boston Gazette coins the term “gerrymander” to describe oddly shaped electoral districts designed to help incumbents win reelection.
1830 – The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.
1945 – World War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima ends as the island is officially secured by American forces.
1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis.
1971 - East Pakistan proclaimed its independence, taking the name Bangladesh.
1975 - Hue, South Vietnam, falls to the North Vietnamese communists.
1979 - Anwar al-SadatMenachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.
2000 - Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.

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On March 25:

David Lean (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Howard Cosell (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Elton John (Image Credit: WikiTree)










1347 – Saint Catherine of Siena*, Italian philosopher and theologian (d. 1380).
1827 - Stephen B. Luce*, American Admiral, founder and president of the Naval War College (Luce Hall) (d. 1917).

1867 - Arturo Toscanini*, Italian-American cellist and conductor (d. 1957).
1881 - Béla Bartók*, Hungarian pianist and composer (d. 1945).
1908 – Sir David Lean, English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1991) (The Bridge on the River KwaiLawrence of ArabiaDoctor Zhivago).
1914 - Norman Borlaug*, American agronomist and humanitarian, father of the Green RevolutionNobel Prize laureate (d. 2009).
1918 - Howard Cosell*, American sportscaster, journalist, and author (d. 1995).
1921 - Simone Signoret*, French actress, the first French person to win an Academy Award, in 1959 (d. 1985).
1928 - Jim Lovell, American captain, pilot, and astronaut.
1934 - Gloria Steinem, American feminist activist, co-founded Ms. magazine.
1942 - Aretha Franklin*, American singer-songwriter and pianist (“Respect“, “Natural Woman“, “Think“).
1947 - Elton John*, English singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor.
1965 - Sarah Jessica Parker*, American actress, producer, and designer (Sex and the City).


Frederic Mistral (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Claude Debussy (Image Credit: WikiTree)

King Faisal (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1911 – In New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire kills 146 garment workers.
1914 - Frédéric Mistral, French lexicographer and poet, 1904 Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1830).
1918 - Claude Debussy*, French composer (b. 1862).
1975 - Faisal of Saudi Arabia* is shot and killed by a mentally ill nephew (b. 1906).

Other Events:

Richard I (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Slave Trade Act (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

European Economic Community (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1199 - Richard I “the Lionheart” is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France, leading to his death on April 6.
1306 - Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scots (Scotland).
1584 – Sir Walter Raleigh is granted a patent to colonize Virginia.
1634 - Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by the second Lord Baltimore.
1774 - Boston Port Act: British Parliament closes the port of Boston, and demands the city’s residents pay for the tea dumped into Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party.
1807 – The Slave Trade Act becomes law, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire.
1821 – Traditional date of the start of the Greek War of Independence.
1941 – The Kingdom of Yugoslavia joins the Axis powers with the signing of the Tripartite Pact.
1957 - Treaty of Rome: The European Economic Community is established.
1965 – Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King Jr. successfully complete their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, on the third attempt.
1995 - WikiWikiWeb, the world’s first wiki, is made public by Ward Cunningham*.

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