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History events made its appearance several years for the historian and the genealogist on this date January 6th. These events helped to shape history and even some of the other events that would occur in other years.

The first of these events that occurred on January 6th was in the year 1412 according to French folklore. Today is the day in 1412 that Joan of Arc was born in Domremy France, the woman who was burned at the stake after being tried by an ecclesiastical court, after being captured by the English.

Saint Joan of Arc as she is known today, was sent by King Charles VII to the siege at Orleans during the Hundred Years War, where she helped to lift the siege in nine days. She was sent by the soon to be King because she had visions from God, Joan of Arc was also responsible for leading the French Army to other important victories.

After being burned at the stake at age 19, the case was reviewed twenty-four years later and found to be innocent. She was then declared a martyr, in 1909 she was beatified and in 1920 she was canonized.

Two events that will be of interest to both the historian and to the genealogist are the two marriages that took place in 1540 and in 1759. The first of these was King Henry VIII of England who married Anne of Cleves as his fourth wife. The other marriage that took place in 1759 was that of General George Washington, the first President of America to Martha Dandridge Custis.

In the year 1838 an event took place that would begin a way of life that would only advance. This was the first public demonstration of the telegraph invented by Samuel Morris in Morristown New Jersey.

The last event for this date without leaving the past to more modern times was in 1912 when New Mexico would become the 47th state on January 6th, 1912.

Today January 5th is a day when history and genealogy come together, there are many days during the year that have events from the past that interest the genealogist or the historian and today is a day that each will find interest in the same events.

The first of these events occurred in 1781 when Benedict Arnold led a British Navy expedition landing in Richmond Virginia where they would burn Richmond. Arnold known as a turncoat having been born in Connecticut, served with both General Washington and for the British.

Benedict Arnold was appointed a Brigadier General of the British Army and after burning Richmond, his second wife Peggy Shippen Arnold pleaded she had no knowledge of the incident. She was sent by carriage to Philadelphia on the orders of General George Washington. To this day the name Benedict Arnold remains a name used to mean a traitor.

The next event that took place on this day of significance was in the year 1896, this was when a type of radiation was discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen a German Physicist that would become the X-ray.

Both of these events made changes in history, the burning of Richmond is something that has been played out in many different ways in books and on movie screens. Just as the medical community gaining the technology of the X-ray. This can benefit the genealogist in knowing that by the 1900’s certain conditions could be seen by X-ray and might be more accurate than conditions diagnosed before this advancement in medical technology.

Today January 4th being the fourth day of the New Year, no matter what year, it was a day that some genealogist might be given new avenues to search for their family members. It is also a day when the historian who enjoys reading about the advances in medicine will find interesting.

Medicine saw advancement in what surgeons could do to help patients who were in need of an appendectomy. On January 4 1885, is the date that is believed to be when the first appendectomy was done by a Davenport, Iowa doctor named Dr. William W. Grant. This was an important step in medicine, because like so many other conditions that seem to be of little concern today, it was very different in the past. A person who needed their appendix taken out prior to this first appendectomy and for quite some time after this surgery was done had a death sentence.

Even when a doctor discovered a treatment or cure, including surgery it would often take years for the rest of the medical community to begin using this treatment or surgery technique.

There were two events that may assist the genealogist, which occurred on January 4th in years gone by to help in locating lost family members to further the family tree.

The first occurred January 4, 1896 when Utah would be admitted as the 45th state of the United States. Although, it would be some time before records were kept there are other ways to find a person besides the Census reports, like church records for one idea.

The second event occurred in 1904 as part of a United States Supreme Court ruling during the case of Gonzales versus Williams. The Supreme Court ruled that citizens of Puerto Rico were not aliens and would be allowed to enter the United States freely. This is important for anyone searching for ancestors that may have resided in Puerto Rico or may have traveled there from another country and then to the United States.

There are times when doing family history that the person who can not be found is often one that came into a country differently than other people arrived. Instead of taking a direct route, even if it was to go west, they took southern states to make their way across instead of the expected route. This is where history plays an important role in family trees, without knowing what occurred some family members might never be found.

Every day of the year has some event that occurred, however January 3rd had several significant events occur throughout history, some that are important religiously, some that were important militarily for America and an event that was important to women. History always has something to offer no matter what day of the year it is, for the history buff and the genealogist these events are exciting.

Today’s date in history was important for many people in the past because of their ties with the Catholic Church, which held powers far beyond what any church today holds. The church centuries ago held power over kings and queens advising them how to rule their countries.

Today, January 3, 1521 is the date when Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church, this is the man who was the leader of the Protestant Reformation and the man the Lutheran Church of today is named after. Luther who was born in Germany, was a monk in the Roman Catholic Church and while he did not set out to divide the church or begin a new religion in Germany. When he found contradictions between the Bible and the practices of the Catholic Church he felt forced to bring these differences to light. This began the Reformation and according to the Catholic Church made Martin Luther an enemy, the same man that is credited with helping the Lutheran Church with its beliefs.

Today January 3, 1777 was an important day in American history. This is the day that General George Washington led approximately 2,400 men across the Delaware River to fight the British in the Princeton New Jersey battle as the Commander-in Chief of the Continental Army. This battle placed General Washington’s men against the British soldiers of the Commanding British officer Charles Mawhood. During this battle approximately 100 of Mawhood’s men were killed and about 31 of General Washington’s.

Lucreatia Coffin Mott was born today January 3, 1793 and among her many accomplishments she was a promoter of women’s rights. Born in Nantucket and schooled in Boston at the age of 15 she began teaching. She moved to be with her family in Philadelphia where she married James Mott. As a woman of strength in her beliefs she traveled on many occasions through New England, Pennsylvania, Maryland and into Virginia promoting her Quaker beliefs and speaking out against slavery. Mott was a prominent figure in organizing the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833 in Philadelphia. She was a delegate along with other female delegates to the London World’s Anti-Slavery Convention in 1840. This would be a turning point for Lucretia Coffin Mott, upon arriving to the convention in London; she and the other women were turned away because of their sex.

The fight for the rights of women would be one that would last for the rest of Motts life, including being a prominent figure in the Seneca Falls New York Woman’s Rights Convention held in 1848.

These are some of the historical events that have taken place that helped to change religion, America and women’s rights on this third day of the New Year.

Yes, it is already the second day of the year, so its already flying by and for some of us this time of year can not go fast enough. The dreary days, the cold weather and for some of us snow. What this time of year is great for is catching up on reading or searching the family tree and that means looking back in time.

This might not even be something anyone thought they would ever want to sit and read about, but history has a way of getting hold of people, taking them back in time before the microwave and before all the modern conveniences. To a time when life was more difficult, the rewards more exciting and fear ruled many people’s lives. Disease, wars and harsh life had a way of mixing in with everyday life in the past for our ancestors.

Today January 2, 1492 was the day that the last Arab stronghold in Spain would end with the surrender of Muhammad XI to King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I.

This is also the day when Georgia would be admitted into the Union, January 2, 1788 to become the 4th state.

The year 1839, January 2nd was an exciting day when Louis Jacques Mande¢ Daquerre would take the first photograph of the moon.

These are some of the events that took place on the second day of January throughout history, along with many other events.

History for many people is something they can not learn enough about and having a little dose of it everyday not only feeds them something new, but it also gives them something to think about.

Many things have been played out in the past; there have been wars and battles, disease, new lands and riches. Lives were far different from today, they were more difficult and in many cases exciting.

There are many people that fall into history rather than it being something they have always found exciting. The person tracing their family history starts out just thinking about how far they might be able to trace their family generations. This of course leads to something far different, not only do they start finding names; they also begin finding bits and pieces of history. With each thing that is found, which leads to a name of an ancestor history is something that begins to excite them.

History is everywhere, whether you realize it or not, from the old building in town to the land a home is built on, because there are few places that have been left untouched. Each day on the calendar is proof of this and as proof of this starting a new year with a small dose of history of someone from the past everyone has heard of, Betsy Ross.

Betsy Ross is the woman that has been credited throughout American history for sewing the first American flag. Today January 1st is the day she was born in Philadelphia in the year 1752.

This is also the day that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which gave slaves living in rebel states their freedom, in the year 1863, prior to the end of the Civil War.

January 1st is also a day when two events took place in New York in different years and both will be equally important to the genealogist. The first event was in 1892; this is when Ellis Island was officially opened and where many people would take their first steps on American soil.

The second event in New York occurred in 1898, this is when four areas of New York were consolidated into what is known as New York City. These areas, which were separate prior to 1898, were Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

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