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Profile of the Day: Ian Fleming

Posted August 12, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 12, 1964, author Ian Fleming died at the age of 56. Fleming was best known for bringing suave British Secret Intelligence Service agent James Bond to life in his series of spy novels. Inspired by his own experience working for British Naval Intelligence during World War II, Fleming published his first Bond novel, Casino Royal, in 1953. Following the book’s success, 11 Bond novels and short-story collections would be published between 1953 and… Read the full story

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Celebrating International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Posted August 9, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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August 9 is the United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous People! First pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1994, the day is observed to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. Each year this day is celebrated in recognition of the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues. In honor of the day, here are some of genealogy projects on Geni from all… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward VII

Posted August 9, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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On August 9, 1902, Edward VII was crowned the King of the United Kingdom and Ireland after the death of his mother Queen Victoria. Before his ascension to the throne, he served as heir apparent and held the title of Prince of Wales longer than any of his predecessors. He was recently surpassed by his great-great grandson Prince Charles as the longest-serving heir apparent in British history. Edward VII is connected to over 70 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: General Robert E. Lee

Posted August 8, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1863, following his defeat at Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee sent his letter of resignation as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Taking the defeat personally, Lee seriously questioned his ability to lead the confederate army into battle. Upon receiving the letter, Davis promptly refused his resignation. Robert E. Lee is connected to over 70 million people on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charlize Theron

Posted August 7, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Charlize Theron! Today the Academy Award winning actress turns 38. Born in South Africa, Charlize moved to the U.S. in her teens to pursue a career in modeling. Did you know her second great uncle Daniel Theron was a captain during the Second Boer War? He is best known as the driving force behind the formation of a military bicycle corps used by the Boer Army for scouting and relaying messages. Check out her family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Chelsea Handler

Posted August 6, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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In tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? comedian Chelsea Handler learns more about her grandfather Karl Stoecker and his past as a German soldier during World War II. Are you eager to see what surprises will be revealed? Chelsea Handler is not yet connected to World Family Tree. Check out her family tree and help connect her to over 70 million people on Geni.     View Chelsea Handler’s Geni Profile  

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Monday Recap for August 5, 2013

Posted August 5, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Start the week of with some interesting genealogy articles! The Genealogy Sphere Rare Bible rescued from trash provides missing family history (Desertnews.com) – A rare 1815 Bible rescued from the garbage 40 years ago reveals provides missing family history Okinawa Battle Flag Returned to Owner’s Family (ABC News) – A tattered Japanese flag found by an American soldier during WWII is returned to its owners family A matter of consideration (The Legal Genealogist blog) –… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted August 5, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Marilyn Monroe, who passed away on this day in 1962. She overcame a very difficult childhood to become one of the world’s biggest and most influential cultural icons. Her widely successful career was cut short when she died at the age of 36 from a drug overdose. What’s your favorite Marilyn Monroe film? Marilyn Monroe is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?  … Read the full story

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Quality Time With the Family

Posted August 2, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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How do you usually spend quality time with your family? If you were the Steinlauf family, you would probably all go out for a nice bike ride…on the same bike. In 1939, Charles Steinlauf invented the “Goofybike,” a two-story bicycle contraption to carry the entire family. Here’s a photo of Charles pedaling up top to help guide the bike, while his son pedals down below. His wife sits below him with the fully operational sewing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wild Bill Hickcok

Posted August 2, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today in 1876, frontiersman Wild Bill Hickcok was shot in the back and killed while playing poker at the Nuttal & Mann’s Saloon in Deadwood, located in the southern Dakota Territory. The legend of Wild Bill was known throughout the American West. During his lifetime, he was one of the first Pony Express riders, fought for the Union Army during the American Civil War, and became a lawman on the frontier. Considered one of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Herman Melville

Posted August 1, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 1, 1819, author Herman Melville was born in New York City. Although he experienced success early in his literary career, by the time of his death, his popularity had severely declined. It wasn’t until the “Melville Revival” in the early 20th century that his work won recognition, especially Moby-Dick which was hailed as one of the literary masterpieces of literature. Do you remember reading Moby-Dick? Herman Melville is connected to over 70 million people… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: St. Ignatius of Loyola

Posted July 31, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. On July 31, 1556, Ignatius of Loyola died in Rome. He was a Spanish Knight and theologian who founded the Society of Jesus, a Jesuit order of Roman Catholic missionaries. An important figure of the Counter-Reformation, Ignatius was canonized as a saint in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV. He is a foremost patron saint of soldiers and the Society of Jesus. St. Ignatius is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christina Applegate

Posted July 30, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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Before watching tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? take a look at actress Christina Applegate‘s family tree on Geni. Thanks to the collaboration of several Geni users, you can see how you’re related to Emmy- winning actress before the show. Christina Applegate is connected to over 70 million people on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Christina Applegate’s Geni Profile  

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Monday Recap for July 29, 2013

Posted July 29, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Have a great weekend? Start the new week off right with some interesting genealogy articles! The Genealogy Sphere Social Media Help Track Property Lost in Holocaust (New York Times) – MyHeritage helps connect heirs with properties lost during World War II Thousands Buried Beneath Philly Playground (NBC Philadelphia) – Archaeologists discover evidence of a 19th century burial site beneath a local playground Mistakes Researchers Make Looking for Death Records (The In-Depth Genealogist) – Good advice… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Posted July 29, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Vincent van Gogh, who died on July 29, 1890. Although he is widely considered to be one of the most influential painters of the 20th century, van Gogh was virtually unknown during his lifetime. After years of suffering from frequent bouts of mental illness, van Gogh died at the age of 37 from a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest. Today his work is revered for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mick Jagger

Posted July 26, 2013 by Amanda | 4 Comments
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Happy birthday, Mick Jagger! Can you believe the legendary rock star is turning 70? It’s been half a century since Mick first took the stage with The Rolling Stones and today he’s still going strong with his iconic moves and sound as the band continues to tour around the world. What’s your favorite Rolling Stones song? Check out Mick Jagger’s family tree on Geni!     View Mick Jagger’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Henry Knox

Posted July 25, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 25, 1750, military officer Henry Knox was born in Boston, Massachusetts. An officer of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, Knox would later serve as the first United States Secretary of War. During the Revolutionary War, he accompanied George Washington on most of his campaigns and established training centers for artillerymen and manufacturing facilities that would become valuable assets. In 1806, Knox died from an infection received after swallowing a chicken bone. Do… Read the full story

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Introducing Value Indicators for Matches

Posted July 24, 2013 by Amanda | Comments Off
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Great news – we’ve just made Record Matches and Smart Matches™ smarter with new Value Indicators. This enhancement is designed to make your matches more useful and save you time. You’ll recall that Record Matching automatically finds matching historical records for your family tree from MyHeritage’s growing collection of billions of newspapers, birth, death, census and other records. Smart Matching™ automatically finds matches for your family tree in MyHeritage family trees so you can discover new… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexandre Dumas

Posted July 24, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading The Three Musketeers? Today is author Alexandre Dumas‘s  211th birthday. On July 24, 1802, Dumas was born in Villers-Cotterêts, France. Best known for his historical novels of high adventure, his works have been translated into nearly 100 languages and have inspired several films. Considered one of France’s most distinguished citizens, Dumas is interred at the mausoleum of the Panthéon of Paris, alongside other French luminaries Victor Hugo and Émile Zola. Alexandre Dumas is connected… Read the full story

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Remembering Marvin Caulk

Posted July 23, 2013 by Amanda | 8 Comments

It is with a heavy heart to report that we have lost an important member of the Geni community. On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Geni Curator Marvin Caulk passed away after a long battle with cancer. In January 2011, Marvin joined the ranks of Geni’s dedicated group of volunteers to help Curate the World Family Tree, a daunting task and one that Marvin embraced wholeheartedly as one of Geni’s ever-watchful eyes, guardians and mentors. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kelly Clarkson

Posted July 23, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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The popular genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? returns with an all new episode featuring singer Kelly Clarkson. Tonight Kelly will uncover her family’s close ties to American history and discover the bravery of her third great grandfather Isaiah Rose, a Union soldier in the American Civil War. Will you be watching tonight? Kelly Clarkson is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View… Read the full story

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It’s A Boy! The Royal Baby Has Arrived

Posted July 22, 2013 by Amanda | 5 Comments
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Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! Today William and Kate welcomed their first child – a healthy baby boy! Kate went into labor earlier today and was taken to St. Mary’s hospital, the same hospital where William and his brother Prince Harry were born. The birth announcement stated the future monarch was born at 4:24pm local time and weighed 8 pounds and 6 ounces. While his name has not yet been released, here… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for July 22, 2013

Posted July 22, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Here are some interesting articles from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere Three Keys to Involving the Younger Generations in Genealogy (The Huffington Post) – Great tips on getting younger generations involved in your family history research 6 generations of same family living in Ontario (CBC News Toronto) – Amazing photo of six generations of the same family living in Ontario Photographer’s Facemash Project Reveals Uncanny Genetic Resemblances – (Mashable) – Great photos showing the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emma Lazarus

Posted July 22, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 22, 1849, poet Emma Lazarus was born in New York City, New York. She is best known for her sonnet “The New Colossus,” which was written in 1883. In 1903, the sonnet was inscribed on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, including the iconic lines: “Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” Emma Lazarus is connected to over 70 million people in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Colt

Posted July 19, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 19, 1814, inventor Samuel Colt was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Colt’s design for a pistol with a revolving cartridge revolutionized the industry and made the mass-production of the revolver commercially viable for the first time.  His innovations greatly revolutionized the production of arms and by the end of the Civil War, he was one of the wealthiest men in America.  Samuel Colt is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nelson Mandela

Posted July 18, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Nelson Mandela! Today the inspirational leader turns 95. On July 18, 1918, Mandela was born in the village of Mvezo in Umtatu, then a part of South Africa’s Cape Province. A Nobel Peace Prize winner for his role in ending apartheid in South Africa, Mandela was also the first black South African to be elected president. In 2009, the UN General Assembly declared July 18 “Mandela Day” and encourage people to spend 67 minutes doing charitable services… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

Posted July 17, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you know Disneyland first opened its doors on July 17, 1955? It was 58 years ago today that Walt Disney opened the theme park in Anaheim California. After visiting various amusement parks with his daughters, Disney was inspired to build a park for both children and adults to enjoy together. In his dedication speech on opening day, Disney stated: “To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Posted July 16, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is the 14 year anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr.  On July 16 ,1999, the light aircraft he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. His wife, Carolyn and his sister-in-law Lauren Bessette also perished in the crash. John was born 16 days after his father President John F. Kennedy was elected to the presidency, becoming the first ever child born to a president-elect…. Read the full story

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Monday Recap for July 15, 2013

Posted July 15, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment

Check out some interesting articles from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere A White Father: Direct Evidence (Reclaiming Kin blog) – An incredible find in African-American genealogy research Tips for Researching Performers and Showmen (a3genealogy.com) – Did you have a relative who was a traveling performer? Check out some tips on how to research your on-the-move ancestors. Breakthrough DNA study links B.C. woman and 5,500 year old “grandmother” (The Vancouver Sun) – DNA tests have… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rembrandt

Posted July 15, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the 407th birthday of Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn! On July 15, 1606, Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden, Netherlands to a well-to-do family. Considered on of the greatest painters and printmakers in European history, Rembrandt’s work came to dominate what has since been named the Dutch Golden Age. Over the course of his career, he produced hundreds of paintings and etchings. Are you a fan of Rembrandt’s art work? Check… Read the full story

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5 Interesting Facts About the Medal of Honor

Posted July 12, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you know that 151 years ago today, the Medal of Honor was created? As the highest military honor in the United States, the Medal of Honor awards individuals for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. Since its creation in 1862 during the Civil War, the Medal of Honor has been awarded to more than 3,400 men and one woman. Here are some interesting facts about the Medal of Honor:… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bill Cosby

Posted July 12, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Bill Cosby! Today the beloved actor and comedian turns 76. In the 1960s, he helped break down racial barriers on television in the series I Spy, becoming the first African American actor to star in a dramatic role on television. Perhaps his most successful and memorable television role was Cliff Huxtable on the long-running family comedy series The Cosby Show. Do you remember watching the show? Did you know when Cosby was young, he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: E.B. White

Posted July 11, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, E.B. White! On July 11, 1899, the Charlotte’s Web author was born in Mount Vernon, New York.  The notable children’s book author was the youngest child of Smauel Tilly White, the president of a piano firm, and Jessie Hart White, the daughter of painter William Hart. In 1978, White won an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his work. Do you remember reading Charlotte’s Web when you were a child?     View E.B. White’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Posted July 10, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate Nikola Tesla‘s 157th birthday. On July 10, 1856, Tesla was born to Serbian parents in the village of Smiljan, Austrian Empire. A prolific inventor, Tesla’s groundbreaking discoveries help give birth to the commercialization of electricity. Sadly, despite his notable discoveries, Tesla was not able to achieve financial success during his lifetime. He died a recluse in his room at the New Yorker Hotel on January 7, 1943. Did you know that Tesla was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elias Howe

Posted July 9, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 9, 1819, American inventor Elias Howe was born in Spencer, Massachusetts. Howe invented the first practical sewing machine, which ultimately revolutionized the manufacturing of garments both commercially and in the home. In 1846, he received his patent for a sewing machine using a lockstitch design. However, he found it difficult to market his new machine to the U.S. public. While Howe struggled, other entrepreneurs found success replicating, improving and selling the sewing machines, most notably… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for July 8, 2013

Posted July 8, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July! Here are some interesting articles you may have missed. The Genealogy Sphere The taxman cometh (The Legal Genealogist) – Judy G. Russell shares why genealogists should love tx records Finding Genealogy Evidence in the Most Unlikely Place (lonetester.com) – Interesting article on finding genealogy material when you least expect it A complicated family history places black Md. woman in DAR’s ranks (The Washington Post) – The story… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andy Murray

Posted July 8, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Congratulations, Andy Murray! This weekend Murray became the first British tennis player to win the Wimbledon Championship in men’s singles in 77 years. In a stunning victory, Murray defeated Novak Djokovic with a final score card of 6-4 7-5 6-4. Did you catch the game? Check out Andy Murray’s family tree and see if you can help connect him to over 70 million people on Geni.     View Andy Murray’s Geni Profile   Image… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: P.T. Barnum

Posted July 5, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 5 ,1810, P.T. Barnum was born in Bethel, Connecticut. An immensely successful promoter, Barnum is best remembered for founding the circus that came to be known as the Ringling Rbos. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Dubbed the “Greatest Show on Earth,” Barnum brought together a strange menagerie of curiosities, from the Feejee mermaid to General Tom Thumb, “the Smallest Person that ever Walked Alone.” P.T. Barnum is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

Posted July 4, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Independence Day! Today the U.S. commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The document declared the 13 American colonies’s freedom and independence from the British Empire. It’s principle author was Thomas Jefferson, who served in the Continental Congress at the beginning of the American Revolution. The Founding Father would later serve as the third President of the United States. Did you know that in a remarkable coincidence, both John… Read the full story

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The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Posted July 3, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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This week commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Lasting from July 1 to July 3, 1863, it was one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. Often described as the turning point of the war, Union Maj. General George Gordon Meade successfully defeated attacks by Confederate General Robert E. Lee, thus ending Lee’s invasion of the North. The Battle of Gettysburg After his success at Chancellorsville, Virginia in May 1863,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Franz Kafka

Posted July 3, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate author Franz Kafka‘s 130th birthday! Born on July 3, 1906 in Prague, Austria-Hungry, Kafka is regarded by many as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. His works explored themes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, and mystical transformations. His literary legacy continues to influence today’s culture as the term “Kafkaesque” has penetrated the English lexicon to describe surreal situations like those in his writings. Are you a fan… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted July 2, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan went missing over the Pacific while attempting to make the first flight around the world along the equator. An aviation pioneer, Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Since the pair’s disappearance, several theories have formed about what happened during their final flight. To this day, efforts to discover the truth about their disappearance continues to captivate the… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for July 1, 2013

Posted July 1, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Have a hankering for some genealogy news? Check out some of these articles fromt the past week: The Genealogy Sphere Copyright and grandmother’s writings (The Legal Genealogist blog) – Judy G. Russell helps clarify some concerns about your family writings and copyrights 20 Powerful Black-And-White Photographs of Regular Americans From History (BuzzFeed) – Check photos of the untold faces of our country JFK mania descends on ancestral town as Kennedy clan enjoys ‘homecoming’ (Independent.ie) –… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diana, Princess of Wales

Posted July 1, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Princess Diana on what would have been her 52nd birthday. On this day in 1961, Princess Diana was born in Sandringham, England. Dubbed the “People’s Princess,” she is fondly remembered for her compassion and charitable efforts around the world. Now the world eagerly anticipates the impending birth of her eldest son Prince William‘s first child. Princess Diana is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry VIII

Posted June 28, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1491, Henry VIII, King of England was born. Although historically known for his role in initiating the English Reformation with the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, Henry VIII is perhaps best remembered in popular culture for his six marriages and beheading two of his wives. Henry VIII is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View… Read the full story

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It’s in the Mail

Posted June 27, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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No doubt many of you have found letters addressed to your relatives in your genealogy research. Some may be thoughtful love letters sent from soldiers at war or general greetings from one cousin to another across the country. But it’s likely you never came across this: It turns out, after the parcel service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent via parcel post with stamps attached to their clothing. The children rode… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Posted June 27, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 27, 1880, Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. At the age of 18 months, she contracted an illness that left her blind and deaf. During the early years of her childhood, Keller had very limited methods of communication and became very unruly. Her mother hired Anne Sullivan to help teach Keller. Sullivan began to teach Keller words by drawing the letters into her hands. After a frustrating beginning, Keller made a breakthrough… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President John F. Kennedy

Posted June 26, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy‘s historic “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. On this day in 1963, shortly after the Soviet-controlled East Germany erected the Berlin Wall, President Kennedy made a historic visit to the city to expressed his solidarity with the citizens of West Germany. In what proved to be a significant moment of the Cold War, his speech brought the people of the divided city hope and emphasized the United States’… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Orwell

Posted June 25, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 25, 1903, author George Orwell was born in Motihari, India. Best known for his novels Animal Farm and 1984, Orwell frequently included themes of social injustice and addressed the major political movements of his times in his works. His writings continue to influence popular and political culture as the term “Orwellian,” descriptive of totalitarian social practices, and several of his neologisms, such as “Big Brother,” have become apart of today’s vernacular. George Orwell is… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for June 24, 2013

Posted June 24, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Here are some interesting genealogy articles from the past week. The Genealogy Sphere Uncovering genealogy can lead to fascinating insights (ReadingEagle.com) – A genealogist discovers the story behind her great grandfather Thomas Armitage, a Civil War veteran who died in a Confederate prison in 1864 Obama’s Irish ancestry highlighted during first family’s visit to Trinity (Irish Times) – President Obama and his family learn about their genealogy while visiting Ireland 33 Reasons You Should Be… Read the full story

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