Genealogy Blogging Beat – Friday, 17 April 2015

By official proclamation of our nation’s governors, 17 April has been designated as “Ellis Island Family History Day.” Sponsored by The Statue of Liberty– Ellis Island Foundation, Inc, this annual day recognizes the achievements and contributions made to America by Ellis Island immigrants and their descendants. Historically, Apr 17 marks the day in 1907 when more immigrants were processed through the island than on any other day in its colorful history: 11,747 people. In addition, the Foundation has established the “Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards,” which are given annually to a select number of Ellis Island immigrants or their descendants who have made a significant contribution to the American experience.

By official proclamation of our nation’s governors, 17 April has been designated as “Ellis Island Family History Day.” Sponsored by The Statue of Liberty– Ellis Island Foundation, Inc, this annual day recognizes the achievements and contributions made to America by Ellis Island immigrants and their descendants. Historically, Apr 17 marks the day in 1907 when more immigrants were processed through the island than on any other day in its colorful history: 11,747 people. In addition, the Foundation has established the “Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards,” which are given annually to a select number of Ellis Island immigrants or their descendants who have made a significant contribution to the American experience.

Today is Friday, 17 April 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Bay of Pigs Invasion – Anniversary, Ellis Island Family History Day, and National Haiku Poetry Day.

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Bill Paxton featured on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

Bill Paxton uncovers the life of an ancestor who was a war hero in an historic battle on Who Do You Think You Are?, this Sunday, April 19th at 10/9c on TLC.
Bill Paxton researches his paternal lineage, uncovering the life of an ancestor who was a war hero in an historic battle; and struggling with the morality of actions his four times great-grandfather took. This new episode of Who Do You Think You Are? airs this Sunday, April 19 at 10/9c on TLC.

Bill Paxton sets off to research his paternal lineage during the Revolutionary War. Following thepath of his four times great-grandfather, Bill finds captivating, first-hand accounts of wartime battles and records of a man who helped shaped politics and society. But he struggles to reconcile this ancestor he admired with a man who skirted distressing moral boundaries.

The Bill Paxton episode airs on Sunday 19 April 2015, 10:00 pm Eastern / 9:00 pm Central on TLC. Check your local television listings for the exact time in your location.

Photo credit: Photo courtesy of TLC. Used by permission.

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Genealogy Bargains for Thursday 16 April 2015

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