Today’s Pick comes from our Notables Project:  prolific English writer H. G. Wells, born on this day, September 21, in 1866,  who brought us classics such as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds.

From his profile: “Herbert George Wells was born at Atlas House, 46 High Street, Bromley, in Kent. Called “Bertie” in the family, he was the fourth and last child of Joseph Wells (a former domestic gardener, and at the time a shopkeeper and professional cricketer) and his wife, Sarah Neal (a former domestic servant).

In 1891, Wells married his cousin Isabel Mary Wells; the couple agreed to separate in 1894 when he fell in love with one of his students, Amy Catherine Robbins (later known as Jane), whom he married in 1895. He had two sons with Jane: George Philip (known as “Gip”) in 1901 (d.1985) and Frank Richard in 1903 (d.1982). The marriage lasted until her death in 1927.

Wells died of unspecified causes on 13 August 1946 at his home at 13 Hanover Terrace, Regent’s Park, London, aged 79. He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on 16 August 1946, his ashes scattered at sea near Old Harry Rocks. A commemorative blue plaque in his honor was installed at his home in Regent’s Park.”

Science fiction historian John Clute describes H.G. Wells as “the most important writer the genre has yet seen”.

View the full profile of H.G. Wells.



by Eowyn the Forest Elf

Today’s Pick is the notable “Buffalo Bill” Cody and part of our Westward Ho! Project.

From his profile: “William Frederick Cody was born on February 26, 1846 on a farm just outside Le Claire, Iowa, the son of Isaac and Mary Ann Bonsel (Laycock) Cody. William was baptized in the Dixie Union Chapel in Peel County, Ontario, Canada in 1847, this church was built on land donated by his grandfather, Phillip J Cody.

During the Civil War, Bill served first as a Union Scout in campaigns against the Kiowa and Comanche, and later enlisted in the 7th Kansas Calvary. He served as a private in Company “H” from 1863 to the end of the war in 1865.Bill earned his nickname, Buffalo Bill, after the Civil War when he had a contract to supply Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with buffalo meat. He is said to have killed 4,282 American Bison (Buffalo) in eighteen months during 1866-67.

In 1883, Buffalo Bill started his own show,Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, which was a touring circus. In 1893, Cody changed the title to “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World”. The show began with a parade on horseback, with participants from horse-culture groups that included US and other military, American Indians, and performers from all over the world in their best attire. Turks, Gauchos, Arabs, Mongols and Georgians, displayed their distinctive horses and colorful costumes. Sitting Bull appeared with a band of 20 of his braves.

Besides his touring shows, Bill Cody was instrumental in the founding of Cody, Wyoming. He fought for a hunting season and other restrictions to protect the diminishing buffalo. He and his associates introduced an irrigation system by diverting water from the Shoshone River, which failed due to lack of money for a holding system.

Bill Cody died of kidney failure on January 10, 1917, in Denver, Colorado, the day after he was baptized into the Catholic Church.”

View the full profile of “Buffalo Bill” Cody.



by Eowyn the Forest Elf

Ken Burns’ latest film “The Roosevelts” An Intimate History” is airing this week on PBS so in conjunction with that, today’s Pick comes from our U.S. Presidential Project and features the Roosevelt family!   The film focuses on Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor Roosevelt, all of whom have wonderful profiles on WikiTree.

Theodore Roosevelt

From his profile: “Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt was characterized as being a depressed, neurotic, imperalistic and opportunistic individual. He served as Governor of NY, was married twice, became Vice President under McKinley and was the youngest President as he was 42 years old when he took the office.

September 14, 1901, is when Theodore Roosevelt became president. The way he became president was because president McKinley was assassinated.

President Roosevelt wasn’t only a vice president or a president, he was also a deputy sheriff in Dakota Territory. He was also police commissioner of New York City, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and Colonel of the Rough Riders. All this happened by the age of 42.

His main hobbies and interests were reading, and adventures. He especially loved to read science, nature, and hunting books because he found them very amusing and interesting. Roosevelt was truly a widely-recognized man, and was a true honor to society. He was considered a true American hero, the example that people should live by.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

From his profile: “Franklin Delano Roosevelt (often called FDR) was the thirty-second president of the United States. He served from 1933 through 1945. Assuming the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves. He brought hope as he promised prompt, vigorous action, and asserted in his Inaugural Address, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Following the example of his fifth cousin, President Theodore Roosevelt, whom he greatly admired, Franklin D. Roosevelt entered public service through politics, but as a Democrat. He won election to the New York Senate in 1910. President Wilson appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and he was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1920.

In the summer of 1921, when he was 39, disaster hit-he was stricken with poliomyelitis. Demonstrating indomitable courage, he fought to regain the use of his legs, particularly through swimming. At the 1924 Democratic Convention he dramatically appeared on crutches to nominate Alfred E. Smith as “the Happy Warrior.” In 1928 Roosevelt became Governor of New York. He was elected President in November 1932, to the first of four terms.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

From her profile: Eleanor was.. “was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from 1933 to 1945 during her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office. President Harry S. Truman later nicknamed her the “First Lady of the World” in tribute to her human rights achievements.

Though widely respected in her later years, Roosevelt was a controversial First Lady for her outspokenness, particularly for her stands on racial issues. She was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences, write a syndicated newspaper column, and speak at a national convention; on a few occasions, she publicly disagreed with her husband’s policies. She launched an experimental community at Arthurdale, West Virginia for the families of unemployed miners, later widely regarded as a failure. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Japanese Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees.”



by Eowyn the Forest Elf

Today’s Pick comes from our Notables Project, Henry Louis Gates, host of genealogy TV series “Finding Your Roots”.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was born September 16, 1950 in Keyser, West Virginia to Henry Louis Gates, Sr., and Pauline Augusta Coleman. His family is descended from the Yorubi nation of Benin. While playing touch football at the age of 14, Henry was injured, fracturing the ball and socket joint in his hip. The doctor misdiagnosed, calling it psychosomatic instead, so that when the physical damage did finally heal, his right leg was two inches shorter than his left.

Henry is is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Not only that, he has also created 13 documentaries, authored 16 books, written innumerable articles and is a literary scholar, filmmaker, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder.

As if that wasn’t enough (!) Mr. Gates also serves as editor-in-chief of while also overseeing the Oxford African American Studies Center, the first comprehensive scholarly online resource in the field. He’s hosted several PBS mini-series and his six-part PBS documentary series, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross”, tracing 500 years of African American history, earned the 2013 Peabody Award and NAACP Image Award. Season two of his genealogical series “Finding Your Roots” is set to air in fall of 2014.

Henry Gates has been the recipient of 53 honorary degrees and numerous academic and social action awards. He was listed in Time among its “25 Most Influential Americans” in 1997 and Ebony magazine listed him among its “100 Most Influential Black Americans” in 2005. In 2010, Gates became the first African American to have his genome fully sequenced.

View the full profile of Henry Louis Gates.



by Eowyn the Forest Elf

Today’s Pick comes from our Notables Project and is Agatha Christie, also known as “Queen of Crime”.  She was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright.  The Guinness Book of Worlds Records lists her as the best selling novelist of all time!

Agatha Christie (as a child)

From her profile:  “Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born September 15, 1890 in Torquay, Devon, England, the daughter of Frederick A. Miller and Clara (Boehmer) Miller. She was the sister of Margaret F. Miller and Louis M. Miller.

Archibald Christie and Agatha wed on December 24, 1914 in London. He was an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. Their marriage was a turbulent one. Agatha and Archibald did have a child, Rosalind Christie Hicks. Not long after the death of Agatha’s mother, she discovered Archibald was having affair. She disappeared for 11 days! The fact that she was a famous mystery writer made her disappearance all the more mysterious.

Many people speculated that the double tragedy of losing her mother and betrayal of her husband was too much to face. Agatha was divorced by 1928. She later married Max Mallowan in 1930. This was a much happier marriage and they remained married until her death. Agatha Christie died on 12 January 1976 at age 85 from natural causes at her Winterbrook House in the north of Cholsey parish.”

View the full profile of Agatha Christie.


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