Calendar bites, Jan. 13


  • Horatio Alger, Jr., 1834. American clergyman from Massachusetts and author of over 100 popular books for boys, mostly around the theme that honesty, frugality and hard work assured the heroes would achieve success, wealth, and fame.
  • Salmon Portland Chase, 1808. American statesman from New Hampshire, one of the founders of the Republican Party, spent most of his life fighting slavery, hence his nickname, “attorney general for runaway Negroes”.
  • Alfred Carl Fuller, 1885, in Canada. Founder of the Fuller Brush Company.


  • Norway: Tyvendedagen. “Twentieth Day”, traditional end of the Christmas season
  • Russia: Old New Year’s Eve. Some folks in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine still celebrate based on the old Julian calendar. Who hasn’t been confused by that enough already?
  • Sweden: St. Knut’s Day. Marks the end of the Christmas season in Sweden.

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Yes, another contest of sorts!

Would you like the chance to win a special, limited-edition Conference Keeper prize? We want everyone to know about Conference Keeper, so we’re giving prizes away and all you have to do is share, tag, mention, tweet, or retweet either our updates, or your own mentioning Conference Keeper somewhere on Social Media, between now and January 31.

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You’ll gain one entry for every time you do one of the following: On Facebook and/or LinkedIn, Like our page, and “Share” any of our posts. On Twitter, follow and mention @confkeep or retweet any of our posts. You can also gain entries for publicly posting an original post with a link to our website,, and then sending us an email telling us where you shared the link. (to ConferenceKeepers at

The winners:

The six individuals with the most entries will receive a special, limited-edition, conference-related prize, to be delivered to the winners at RootsTech (Yep, it’s a surprise!) If you are one of the winners, but aren’t going to RootsTech, we will mail your prize to you after RootsTech.

Happy sharing!