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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Thursday, 1 January 2015

Dec 28, 1945. The US Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance and urged its frequent recitation in America’s schools. The pledge was composed in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister. At the time, Bellamy was chairman of a committee of state school superintendents of education, and several public schools adopted his pledge as part of the Columbus Day quadricentennial celebration that year. In 1954 the Knights of Columbus persuaded Congress to add the words “under God” to the pledge. In 2002 a federal appeals court found the pledge unconstitutional for use in public schools due to the “under God” phrase, but the Supreme Court reversed the case for procedural reasons and did not comment on the issue of constitutionality.

On 1 January 1892, Ellis Island was opened as an immigration processing center for those arriving in the United States, replacing Castle Garden. Over the years more than 20 million individuals were processed through the stations.
Today is Thursday, 1 January 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Data Backup Day, New Year’s Day, Commonwealth Formed – Australia, Ellis Island Opens – Anniversary, Emancipation Proclamation Takes Effect – Anniversary, First Baby Boomer Born – Anniversary, and Alfred Stieglitz Birthday – Anniversary.

Daily Blogging Prompts

Many genealogy and family history bloggers like to post to their blogs every day, but at times are at a loss for ideas. Take your inspiration from today’s Daily Blogging Prompts below – click on each prompt for a description. Prompts are a great way to create new content and you can participate in a community effort with other genealogy bloggers.

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