From Houdini to Disney: Finding Family and Fame on FamilySearch Records

by | Jun. 26, 2014


Lisa McBride was browsing through FamilySearch.org's digitized collection of War of 1812 military records online when she found 1st Lt. Robert Puckett of White County, Tennessee, her fifth great-grandfather. Because she knew it was his duty to keep the company rolls, it occurred to her that the handwriting on the image may very well be his.

People can also just have fun. Documents, signatures, photos and other records of famous people can be found within the massive mountain of digital data. Earlier this week, FamilySearch International announced the publication of its 1 billionth image.

Brazil's famous visitors

The website ancestryinsider.org and contributor Whitney Petersen compiled a list of famous Americans who visited Brazil by searching the online collection Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965.

The list includes Orson Welles, Eroll Flynn, Henry Fonda, Rita Hayworth Hill, Kirk Douglas, Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope, John Wayne (a souvenir seeker removed the photo) and the famous family of Tony, Janet and Jamie Lee Curtis.

There are also four presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who traveled to Brazil during that time span, namely Presidents David O. McKay, Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B. Lee and Spencer W. Kimball.

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