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Independence Day: Fun Facts About July 4th

Posted July 3, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
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On July 4, the United States celebrates Independence Day! On this day, the entire country celebrates the adoption of one of the most important documents the history of the nation, the Declaration of Independence. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the document declared the 13 American colonies freedom and independence from the British Empire. As we prepare to celebrate with fireworks, parades and barbecues, check out these fun facts about the holiday: 1. John Hancock, the President of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Franz Kafka

Posted July 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1883, renowned author Franz Kafka was born in Prague in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The eldest of six children, Kafka grew up in a middle-class, German-speaking, Jewish family. His two younger brothers died in infancy, leaving him as the only son in the family. Though Kafka died several years before World War II, his three sisters would go on to perish during the Holocaust. Kafka showed an interested in writing at an early age, however, his work attracted… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicholas Winton

Posted July 2, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicholas Winton

Today we remember Holocaust hero Nicholas Winton, who passed away yesterday at the age of 106. Nicholas George Wertheim was born on May 19, 1909 in Hampstead, London. Often called the “British Schindler,” Winton was a young stockbroker when he organized the transport of 669 Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to Britain in 1939. His actions saved the lives of hundreds Jewish children who would have been destined for Nazi concentration camps. Shortly before Christmas in 1938, Winton had… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diana, Princess of Wales

Posted July 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Princess Diana on what would have been her 54th birthday. She was born Diana Frances Spencer in Sandringham, England to John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Burk Rouche, Viscountess Althorp. Her parents would divorce when she was eight years old. She became known as Lady Diana when her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. In 1981, she married Prince Charles in a lavish ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Over 750 million… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: How to Add Sources to Profiles

Posted June 30, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
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A few weeks ago, we shared how you can add documents to your Geni profiles. Today, we will go over how you can add a document as a source to support the information on your family’s Geni profiles. Adding documents and tagging profiles are just one part of documenting your genealogy research on Geni. It’s easy to illustrate how the documents you’ve added support, prove or disprove the facts in your family tree. Let’s discover how by following the example… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Mitchell

Posted June 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Gone With the Wind? On this day in 1936, author Margaret Mitchell published the beloved novel for the first time. Mitchell began writing the best-selling novel out of boredom while she was recovering from an injury. Set in Georgia during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, Gone With the Wind was popular with American readers right from the start. A year later, she received a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her work… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katharine Hepburn

Posted June 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actress Katharine Hepburn, who passed away on this day in 2003 at the age of 96. Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut. The second of six children, Katharine grew up in a very progressive household. Her father, Thomas Norval Hepburn, was a successful urologist who sought to educate the public about venereal diseases. Her mother, Katharine Martha Houghton, was the head of the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association…. Read the full story

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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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Profile of the Day: Pearl S. Buck

Posted June 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any writers in your family tree? On this day in 1892, Nobel Prize winning author Pearl S. Buck was born in Hillsboro, West Virginia. She was born Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker to Caroline Stulting and Absalom Sydenstricker. The daughter of Southern Presbyterian missionaries, Pearl spent much of her childhood and young adult life living in China. The family had moved to the country when she was just five months old. When she was nine, the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Orwell

Posted June 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Orwell

Do you remember reading 1984? On this day in 1903, author George Orwell was born in Motihari, Bengal, India. Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair to Ida Mabel and Richard Walmesley Blair, who worked in the Opium Department of the Indian Civil Service. His second-great grandfather, Charles Blair, was a wealthy owner of plantations in Jamaica. He started writing at a young age and in 1933, published his first major work Down and Out in Paris and London… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: King Henry VIII

Posted June 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: King Henry VIII

Are you related to British royalty? On this day in 1509, Henry VIII was crowned the King of England. As the second son of Henry VII, Henry was not expected to inherit the crown. However, when his older brother, Arthur, died suddenly at the age of 15 only a few weeks after his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, a 10-year-old Henry became the heir-apparent. After the death of his father in 1509, Henry ascended to the throne. Shortly… 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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Profile of the Day: Dick Van Patten

Posted June 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: DIck Van Patten

Today Eight is Enough star Dick Van Patten passed away at the age of 86. He was born Richard Vincent Van Patten on December 9, 1928 in New York City and began his career in show business as a child actor on Broadway. In 1977, he landed what would be his most beloved role on the hit television show Eight is Enough. Van Patten played family patriarch Tom Bradford, father to a brood of eight children. The show… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meryl Streep

Posted June 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Meryl Streep! Today the star turns 66. Mary Louise Streep was born on June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey to Mary Wilkinson Streep, a commercial artist and art editor, and Harry William Streep, a pharmaceutical executive. Her father was of Swiss-German ancestry, while her mother had English, German and Irish ancestry. A graduate of Yale Drama School, Meryl began her career on the stage. Before long, she lit up the big screen… Read the full story

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The History of Father’s Day

Posted June 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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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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Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Posted June 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a baseball fan? On this day in 1903, baseball legend Lou Gehrig was born in Yorkville, New York. Henry Louis Gehrig was the second of four children born to German immigrant parents. The only child to survive infancy, Gehrig grew up in poverty but showed an aptitude for academics and sports. He attended Columbia University on a football scholarship and studied engineering. In 1923, Gehrig signed with the New York Yankees. Nicknamed “The Iron Horse,”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova

Posted June 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia

Do you have Russian ancestry? On this day in 1901, Anastasia, daughter of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, was born in Petrodvorets, Russia. After Anastasia and her family were killed by the Bolshevik secret police in 1918, the location of her body remained unknown. Rumors circulated that Anastasia had escaped. Many woman claimed to be the real Anastasia. The most notorious imposter was Anna Anderson, who surfaced during the 1920s. Though she fought for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barry Manilow

Posted June 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Barry Manilow

Happy 72nd birthday to Barry Manilow! On this day in 1943, Barry Alan Pincus was born in Brooklyn New York to Edna Manilow and Harold Pincus. At the time of his bar mitzvah, he adopted his mother’s maiden name. He began his career working as a commercial jingle writer, penning memorable jingles for Band-Aid and State Farm Insurance. In the 1970s, he began working with Bette Midler as her pianist, and soon became her musical… 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
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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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Profile of the Day: Geronimo

Posted June 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Geronimo

Do you have Native American ancestry? On this day in 1829, legendary Apache leader Geronimo was born in what is today Arizona. Goyathlay was born to the Bedonkohe band of the Apache. His grandfather, Mahko, had been chief of the Bedonkohe Apache. In 1851, a band of Mexican soldiers attacked his camp, killing his wife and three small children. From that day forward, he held a hatred for Mexican soldiers. The origins of the name “Geronimo”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: King John of England

Posted June 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, one of the most important documents in the history of democracy. On June 15, 1215, King John of England placed his seal on the “Great Charter” after consenting to a group of rebel barons who opposed the King’s tyrannical rule and demanded laws to protect their rights and property. The Magna Carta marked the first time in history that significant limits were placed on the power of… 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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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Today we remember Anne Frank on what would have been her 86th birthday. Annelies Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany to Otto and Edith Frank. The family lived in Frankfurt until Anne was five. After the Nazi party came to power, the family fled to Amsterdam in 1933. On her 13th birthday, Ann was gifted her now famous diary. Shortly thereafter, she and her family were forced into hiding in a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Lee

Posted June 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Christopher Lee

It was announced today that actor Christopher Lee passed away on June 7 at the age of 93. A prolific actor, Lee was best known for playing villains in some of cinema’s most iconic franchises, including Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Count Dooku in two Star Wars prequels. Lee was born Christopher Frank Carandini Lee on May 27, 1922 in London, England. His father was a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Judy Garland

Posted June 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Judy Garland

Today we remember Judy Garland on what would have been her 93rd birthday. A star by the age of 16, Judy is remembered as one of the greatest performers in film history. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922 to Ethel Marion and Frances Avent Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The daughter of vaudeville performers, Judy had a knack for song and dance and made her first public appearance in her father’s… 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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Profile of the Day: Johnny Depp

Posted June 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johnny Depp

Happy birthday, Johnny Depp! The megastar was born John Christopher Depp, II in Owensboro, Kentucky to John and Betty Sue Depp. Growing up in Florida, Depp spent much of his youth playing guitar in various garage bands. In 1987, he got his big break as the star of the television series 21 Jump Street. The series turned Depp into a teen idol. Since being thrust into the spotlight, Depp has carefully shaped his highly successful career with numerous challenging… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted June 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1867, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin. Wright’s father was William Carey Wright, an orator, music teacher and minister. His mother, Anna Lloyd Wright, was a member of a large, prosperous and well-known Unitarian family that emigrated from Wales to Spring Green, Wisconsin. Considered one of the greatest architects of all time, Wright designed some of the most iconic buildings in the world, including the Guggenheim Museum… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Posted June 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

On this day in 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was shot three times at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He died of his wounds the next day. Robert was born on November 20, 1925 to Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald in Brookline, Massachusetts. The seventh child of the prominent Kennedy clan, Robert would go on to serve as Attorney General during his brother John F. Kennedy’s presidency. A year after his brother’s assassination, Robert… 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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Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie

Posted June 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie

Happy birthday Angelina Jolie! Today the actress turns 40. Angelina was born in Los Angeles, California to actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. The daughter of an Academy Award winning actor, Angelina began acting and modeling at a young age. After her star-making performance in Gia, she went on to tackle the role of a sociopathic mental patient in Girl, Interrupted for which she won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Since her breakthrough performance, Angelina… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George V

Posted June 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you found your connection to the British royal family? On this day in 1865, George V was born in Marlborough House, London. The grandson of Queen Victoria and the second son of Prince and Princess of Wales, Albert Edward and Alexandra, George was not expected to be king. In 1892, his older brother, Prince Albert Victor, died of pneumonia just six weeks after announcing his engagement to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck. George would… 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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Profile of the Day: Martha Washington

Posted June 2, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Martha Washington

Today we celebrate the life of America’s first First Lady, Martha Washington, who was born on June 2, 1731 in New Kent, Virginia. Martha Dandridge was the first of eight children born to Frances Jones and John Dandridge. By the age of 25, Martha was a widow with four children, only two of which would survive to young adulthood. Her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis, was a rich planter and upon his death, left Martha a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted June 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Happy birthday, Marilyn Monroe! Today we remember the legendary film icon on what would have been her 89th birthday. Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles California to Gladys Pearl Baker. Soon after her birth, Marilyn’s surname was changed to Baker. With her mother unable to care for her, Marilyn spent much of her childhood in foster homes. At 16, she married her first husband, a merchant marine, and began working in a munitions… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Posted May 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember President John F. Kennedy on what would have been his 98th birthday. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. The second of nine children born to Joseph “Joe” Kennedy and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald, John was frequently ill as a child. His older brother, Joe, had been pegged to be the family’s political standard-bearer and was expected by his father to seek the Presidency. After Joe’s death in World War… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ian Fleming

Posted May 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 107th birthday to author Ian Fleming! The James Bond author was born on May 28, 1908 in Mayfair, London to a wealthy family. His father, Valentine Fleming, was a Member of Parliament and died in the trenches during World War I. Winston Churchill, a friend and fellow Parliament member, wrote Valentine’s obituary in The Times. During World War II, Ian was recruited to work as a British Naval intelligence officer. His experience in the world of espionage inspired him to… 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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Profile of the Day: Wild Bill Hickok

Posted May 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any gun-slingers in your family tree? On this day in 1837, legendary gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok was born in Troy Grove, Illinois. Born James Butler Hickok, “Wild Bill” was an excellent marksman from a very young age. His adventurous life was ripe for legendary status. During the American Civil War, he served as a civilian scout for the Union Army. Although no records exist, some believe he may have even served as a Union spy in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Wayne

Posted May 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Wayne

Do you have a favorite John Wayne film? On this day in 1907, the Western star was born in Winterset, Iowa. John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison to Clyde Leonard Morrison and Mary “Molly” Alberta Brown. His middle name was soon changed to Mitchell after his parents decided to name their next son Robert. While growing up in Glendale, California, he acquired the nickname “Duke” which followed him the rest of his life. After spending nearly… 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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Profile of the Day: Laurence Olivier

Posted May 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary actor Laurence Olivier on his 108th birthday. The son of a clergyman, Olivier was encouraged to pursue a career as an actor despite his family’s long history of holding prominent positions in the Church. A great interpreter of Shakespeare’s words, Olivier brought many of the bard’s work to life on stage and film, including the film version of Hamlet, for which he directed and starred. The film would become the first non-American… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: How to Add Documents to a Profile

Posted May 21, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
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As any genealogist will tell you, documenting your genealogy is incredibly important. While working on the World Family Tree, it is vital to add documents to ensure the information is as accurate as possible. It also allows others to see and verify where the profile’s information came from. Adding documents to profiles is easy on Geni. Follow the steps below to learn how: Documents can be added directly to the profiles in your family tree. Simply navigate to the profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

Posted May 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

On this day in 1881, the American Red Cross was founded by pioneering nurse Clara Barton in Washington, D.C. Born Clarissa Harlowe Barton on Christmas Day in 1821, Clara spent most of her life helping others. During the American Civil War, she became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her tireless work helping the sick and wounded. She operated the Missing Soldiers Office after the war and by the time the office closed in 1867,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cher

Posted May 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Cher

Happy birthday, Cher! Today the music icon turns 69. Born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California, Cher dreamed of becoming famous as a young girl. At 16, she dropped out of school to pursue an acting career. She rose to stardom as part of a singing act with her husband, Sonny Bono, whom she met in 1962. The duo was best known for the hit song “I Got You Babe” and their immensely popular variety… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lawrence of Arabia

Posted May 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember British World War I hero Lawrence of Arabia on the 80th anniversary of his death. He was born Thomas Edward Lawrence on August 16, 1888 in Tremadoc, Wales. After studying architecture and archaeology in school, Lawrence spent several years excavating in the Middle East. At the outbreak of war between Britain and the Ottoman Empire, Lawrence enlisted in the British military. Due to his expertise in Middle Eastern affairs, he was assigned as an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicholas II of Russia

Posted May 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicholas II of Russia

On this day in 1868, Nicholas II was born in Pushkin, Russia. Born Nikolai Alekasndrovich Romanov, Nicholas II was the eldest son Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna of Russia. He was related to several monarchs in Europe, including his first cousin King George V. In 1894, he inherited the Russian throne after his father’s death. His reign saw Imperial Russia go from being one of the foremost powers of the world to economic and military… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion: Get 25% Off Tickets

Posted May 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Global Family Reunion: Geni users get 25% off tickets

The Global Family Reunion is only a few weeks away! Today we’re excited to share that Geni users will receive a special discount on Global Family Reunion tickets – 25% off! Best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is hosting the largest family reunion event in history and you’re invited! The Global Family Reunion has been dubbed an “ancestry Lollapalooza” by The New York Times. It will feature over 50 speakers and more than 400 activities and exhibits. As the home of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: B.B. King

Posted May 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we honor blues legend B.B. King, who passed away at the age of 89. Riley B. King was born on September 16, 1925 on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi. He was exposed to music at a young age as a member of his church’s gospel choir. He was first introduced to the blues by his great aunt at the age of 7 and by 12, he had purchased his first guitar. His mother’s first cousin,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meriwether Lewis

Posted May 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Meriwether Lewis

On this day in 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark departed St. Louis, Missouri to begin their mission of exploring the American Northwest. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson wanted to get an accurate assessment of the new land and its resources. He enlisted Lewis to command the expedition, who recruited his close friend William Clark as his Second Lieutenant in command. The journey to the Pacific coast lasted two years. During this… Read the full story

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