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Modern Names for Old Diseases

Posted June 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did your ancestor die from bad blood? Or a fatty liver? Have you found yourself wondering what jail fever could be? Your ancestors’ cause of death can be found in several different historical records, including death certificates, obituaries and probate records. The names of many diseases vary over time and geographical location, so it’s not at all surprising to come across an unfamiliar cause of death or illness during your research. Image: Miami University Libraries… Read the full story

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Patents: The Typewriter

Posted June 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember the days of using a typewriter? After the introduction of the first commercially successful typewriter, the mechanical marvel quickly became an indispensable tool, transforming the way the world communicated in both business and the home. 1868 patent drawing for Shole’s typewriter / National Archives (click to view patent) Although various forms of the typewriter had been around for many years, the first practical and commercially successful typewriter was invented by Christopher Latham Sholes, a newspaper publisher… Read the full story

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The History of Father’s Day

Posted June 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
History of Father's Day | Geni

This Sunday, June 21, the U.S. celebrates Father’s Day in honor of all the fathers, grandfathers and other paternal figures in our lives. Celebrations often include family get-togethers and barbecues. Father’s Day had long been celebrated before it became and official holiday in 1972. The founding of Father’s Day is credited to Sonora Louise Smart of Spokane, Washington. Inspired by Mother’s Day, Sonora sought to establish a day to honor her father’s sacrifices and hard work…. Read the full story

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7 Unexpected Places to Discover Clues to Your Family History

Posted June 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
7 Unexpected Places to Find Clues to Your Family History | Geni

As genealogists, we’re always searching for clues about our ancestors. Some of the first documents we search for are census records, birth and death certificates, obituaries and other commonly used sources. However, there are many, many other places you can search to find clues to help you breakthrough your brick walls. Check out some unexpected places to find clues to your family history: Image: pixagraphic, Flickr 1. Fraternal organizations Have you found acronyms or symbols on your… Read the full story

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10 Fun Family Reunion Activities

Posted June 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
10 Fun Family Reunion Activities

Are you planning your next family reunion? Lots of work goes into organizing a large family gathering, from finding a venue, deciding on the food and organizing the entertainment. If you’re having either a large or small family reunion, you’ll want to have activities that will not only bring lots of interaction, but also shed light on your genealogy. Here are ten family reunion activity ideas that will keep your family entertained and, hopefully, teach them a little… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion Recap

Posted June 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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We had a great time at the Global Family Reunion! The event drew thousands to the New York Hall of Science on Saturday, June 6. Hosted by best-selling author A.J. Jacobs, the Global Family Reunion was an epic event bringing together people from all around the world. Although the morning saw a little rain, the Geni and MyHeritage teams were eager to welcome everyone. Visitors could easily find us by the large Geni and MyHeritage balloons we had… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: See How Other People Are Related

Posted June 4, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Geni Tips: See How Other People Are Related

One of the greatest things about being connected to Geni’s World Family Tree is the ability to see how you are related to other people connected to the tree, including your favorite celebrities and historical figures. Wouldn’t it be fun to discover George Clooney is an 8th cousin? Or that Elvis Presley is your 9th cousin once removed? But what if you wanted to know how George Clooney is related to Elvis Presley? On Geni you can do that easily!… Read the full story

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Video: History of 20th Century Hairstyles

Posted June 2, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Video: History of 20th Century Hairstyles

Are you having some trouble dating your old family photos? Often genealogists have to look for clues within the photos to try to decipher when a photo was taken. Clothing, decor and hairstyles are just some of the many clues you can pick up while examining an old photograph. Knowing popular fashion trends throughout history will go a long way in helping you date your old photographs. Do the women have a 1920s bob? Or the men a 1950s… Read the full story

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10 Fun Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge

Posted May 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
10 Fun Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge

On this day in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public. Do you have any relatives who worked on the bridge? Or maybe relatives who were present on opening day? Today the bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California and the United States. Check out some fun facts you may not know about one of the most photographed bridges in the world: Image: Golden Gate Bridge / Wikimedia Commons… Read the full story

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Memorial Day: Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers

Posted May 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Memorial Day: Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers

It’s Memorial Day in the U.S.! On this day, the country honors the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the U.S. military. Typically, the day is celebrated by visiting cemeteries, attending parades and family gatherings and barbecues. Memorial Day was first introduced after the end of the Civil War. The day was expanded to encompass all American soldiers who died in service after the devastation of World War I. In honor of their… Read the full story

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