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Today is February 22.

Familypedia people who were born on this day

 FatherMotherBirth place
Thomas Ainsworth Anlezark (1839-1928)James Anlezark (1806-1874)Matilda Hawthorn (1821-1880)Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
Charles Arbuthnot (1737-1820)James Arbuthnot (-1770)Margaret Gordon (c1710-)Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Cecilia Ashenden (1858-1926)William Ashenden (1829-1867)Sarah Blackman (1834-1877)Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
Remember Baker (1712-1737)John Baker (1681-1750)Sarah Hurlbut (1681-1751)Woodbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States of America
Pietro Barbo (1417-1471)Niccolò Barbo (bef1417)Polixena Condulmer (bef1417)Venice, Republic of Venice, Italy
Christopher Bath (1828-1900)William Bath (1804-1870)Susannah Bridgeman (1798-1840)Sutton Benger, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Robert Alfred (Bob) Bell (1884-1959)Waimate, Waimate District, Canterbury Region, New Zealand
Ezra Taft Benson (1811-1869)John Perry Benson (1781-1842)Chloe Taft (1785-1826)Mendon, Massachusetts, United States
Mary Emma Boycan (1866-1954)George M. Boycan (c1844-?)Nancy Jane Hansbrow (c1845-?)Illinois
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Familypedia people who died on this day

 FatherMotherDeath placeAge at death
Sarah Jane Baker (1867-1903)James Baker (1831-1910)Ellen Mansbridge (1834-1903)Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia36
George Barrett (1825-1911)William Barrett (1796-1874)Elizabeth Craft (1800-1836)"Inglewood", Adaminaby, New South Wales, Australia86
Catherine Beale (-1631)Robert Beale (1553-1628)Edith Saint Barbe (1533-1628)Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Alexandru Boicescu (1853-1893)Anastase Boicescu (1807-1872)Elena Bârsescu-Coculescu (1811-1864)Bucharest, Romania
Constantin Bottea (1907-1995)Emil Bottea (1877-1917)Elena Orescu (1885-1969)Bucharest, Romania
Juliana Boyle (c1728-1804)Henry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon (1682-1764)Henrietta Boyle (1701-1746)Kilmurry, Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland76
Elijah Brigham (1751-1816)Levi Brigham (1716-1787)Susanna Grout (1719-1816)Washington, District of Columbia65
Lewis Brigham (1756-1803)Asa Brigham (1729-1795)Elizabeth Warren (1734-1804)Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts47
Valentine Brock (c1821-1881)James Brock (c1793-1871)Elizabeth Purvis (bef1821-)Tylertown, Walthall County, Mississippi, United States60
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Familypedia people who were first married on this day

 FatherMotherJoined with-g1Wedding1 place
Grietje Jans (-1775)Jan (bef1735-)Willem Besseling (1733-1789)Zwaag, North Holland, Netherlands
Dora Gertrude Alce (1878-1952)John Alce (1835-1922)Mary Ann Watkins (1837-1912)Ernest Edward Avis (c1868-1954)Balmain North, New South Wales, Australia
Etelka Alm (1861-1941)Móricz Fáy (1818-1866)Paulina Staudt (c1825-1904)Árpád Fáy (1859-c1930)Budapest, Hungary
Johann Georg I. von Anhalt-Dessau (1567-1618)Joachim Ernst von Anhalt-Dessau (1536-1586)Agnes von Barby-Mühlingen (1540-1569)Dorothea von Mansfeld-Arnstein (1561-1594)
Ernest Edward Avis (c1868-1954)James Avis (-bef1912)Lydia (-1911)Dora Gertrude Alce (1878-1952)Balmain North, New South Wales, Australia
Susannah Bailey (1861-1922)Henry Bailey (1841-1903)Sarah Fernance (1842-1929)Frederick Cox (1857-1916)Patricks Plains, New South Wales, Australia
Willem Besseling (1733-1789)Gerardus Besseling (1694-c1756)Anna Kraemets (c1700-1759)Grietje Jans (-1775)Zwaag, North Holland, Netherlands
Elizabeth Boreham (c1816-1869)John Boreham (c1780-)Ann CopseySamuel Whittle (c1815-1853)Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
William Botting (1790-1873)John Botting (1745-1820)Elizabeth Heasman (1751-1828)Charlotte Rapley (1789-1840)Shipley, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
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Familypedia people who had their second wedding (or first after a liaison) on this day

 FatherMotherJoined with-g2Wedding2 place
Christian Wilhelm von Brandenburg (1587-1665)Joachim III. Frederick von Brandenburg (1546-1608)Katharina von Brandenburg-Küstrin (1549-1602)Barbara Eusebia von Martinic (-1656)Prague, Czech Republic
Heinrich II. von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (1489-1568)Heinrich I. von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (1463-1514)Katharina von Pommern (1465-1526)Sophia of Poland (1522-1575)
Johann Philipp II. von Leiningen-Dagsburg-Hartenburg (1588-1643)Emich XII. von Leiningen-Dagsburg-Hartenburg (1562-1606)Marie Elisabeth von Pfalz-Zweibrücken (1561-1627)Anna Juliane zu Salm-Kyrburg (1584-1640)
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  • Robin Patterson

    Quoting from the LostCousins newsletter - "All UK & Ireland records are free at Ancestry's UK site between Saturday 18th February and Monday 20th February. There are around 2000 datasets in the offer, some big, some small..."

    That's UK time, so you probably have over 16 hours left. I'm sorry I didn't notice it earlier.

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  • Robin Patterson

    Smarter userboxes

    January 25, 2017 by Robin Patterson

    Wikipedia's userboxes are getting smarter, and we can adapt them.

    See , then maybe see how I use it on my user page. Note that there are over a dozen options for indicating some link with the place, then see if you can adapt that to create a multi-option template for your favo[u]rite ancestral or 21st-century place!

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  • Robin Patterson

    Findmypast hinting records FREE until 15 January. Email message says "tree hints will do the hard work for you, searching our record collections for more information on your relatives and even unearthing ancestors you never knew you had. "

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  • Robin Patterson

    Familypedia now has over 50,500 SMW-based articles about individuals. Those are articles that use the best linking and display facilities (although some are admittedly fairly rudimentary). However, we want to have one such article for every person whose existence has ever been documented. We hope all readers are inspired to add pages for their own…

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  • Robin Patterson

    I've created a Category:Couple histories (with a brief explanation on it) and a more explanatory project page with a suggested preload. This can save repetitious typing and amending for a slice of family history that can appropriately appear as a section of each of the articles for a married or unmarried couple and even on the page for any of thei…

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  • MainTour

    Explore 50+ generations of the Cotton Family and their landmark home Combermere Abbey, an old English monastery they acquired in 1354 after it became defunct because of scandal and corruption.  Famous guests, including King William III and Wellington have stayed at the home. There have been many noteworthy descendants of the family in both Americ…

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