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Profile of the Day: Amy Adams

Posted August 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Amy Adams! Today the Enchanted actress turns 38. Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy in 1974. In the film Julie & Julia , Adams portrays a young New Yorker making her way through Julia Child‘s cookbook. Did you know Julia Child is Amy Adams’ 8th cousin twice removed? Next, Adams will be taking on the iconic role of Lois Lane in the upcoming Superman reboot. Amy Adams is connected to over 60 million profiles… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Posted August 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 17, 1786, American folk hero Davy Crockett was born. Known as the King of the Wild Frontier, Crockett gained fame for his own larger-than-life exploits. In 1826, Crockett was elected to the U.S. Congress. He served two terms before leaving politics to join the Texas Revolution. He arrived at the Alamo in February 1836. Crockett would soon lose his life during the infamous Battle of the Alamo. If your interested in the defenders… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, o Tiradentes

Posted August 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 16, 1746, Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, also known as Tiradentes, was born. A leader of the Brazilian revolutionary movement, Tiradentes fought to create an independent Brazilian republic free from Portuguese colonial power. However, when his plot to take his protests to the streets was discovered, he was arrested and publicly hanged. Today, Tiradentes is remembered as a national hero of Brazil. Tiradentes is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family… Read the full story

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Happy Independence Day, India!

Posted August 15, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today India celebrates their Independence Day! On August 15, 1947, India achieved independence from British rule and became a sovereign nation. The country’s road to independence began with the Indian independence movement, which was noted for largely peaceful, nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience led by the Indian National Congress. One of the most enduring symbols of the movement was Mahatma Gandhi, who would go on to inspire movements of non-violence, civil rights and freedom across… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julia Child

Posted August 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate Julia Child‘s 100th birthday! In 1961, Child co-authored the cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which quickly turned Child into a culinary sensation. Praised for its precise attention to detail and helpful illustrations, the book made fine French cuisine accessible to the general public. Throughout her career, she continued to write numerous cookbooks and became a regular fixture on television. Today the “French Chef” is remembered as one of America’s most… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Doc Holliday

Posted August 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 14, 1851, Doc Holliday was born in Griffin, Georgia. A good friend of fellow gunslinger Wyatt Earp, Holliday was known in the American Wild West as a deadly gunfighter and gambler. His involvement in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral cemented Holliday’s status as a folk legend. Did you know Doc Holliday earned a D.D.S. degree in dentistry? Doc Holliday is connected to over 60 million profiles on Geni’s World Family Tree. How… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for August 13, 2012

Posted August 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Sad that the Olympics are over? These great genealogy articles should help brighten your day! The Genealogy Sphere How Google Images can help you research your family history like never before (The Sociable) – Great tip on using Google maps in genealogy Beware Colloquialisms (Mocavo Blog) – Good advice to keep aware of colloquialisms while you research Unraveling her father’s Cold War secrets (LA Times) – A women discovers her father’s work on a top-secret… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Hitchcock

Posted August 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 13, 1899, legendary director Alfred Hitchcock was born in London, England. Dubbed the “Master of Suspense,” Hitchcock masterfully used voyeuristic camera movements and carefully framed shots to convey suspenseful and thrilling stories with twist endings. Despite being considered one of the greatest film directors of all time, Hitchcock never won an Academy Award for Best Director in his entire career. What’s your favorite Hitchcock film? Alfred Hitchcock’s family tree is not yet connected to the… Read the full story

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Remembering Robert Goddard

Posted August 10, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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The world has been abuzz over NASA’s latest accomplishment – the successful landing of Curiosity on the surface of Mars. NASA’s rover has already started sending images back of the red planet. Considered one of the most ambitious planetary missions in history, scientists hope to investigate whether life ever existed on the planet. However, without the scientific breakthroughs of physicist and inventor Robert Goddard, none of this may have ever been possible. Known as one of the founding… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Abby Wambach

Posted August 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Yesterday, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team took home their third consecutive Olympic gold medal! Today we highlight team co-captain Abby Wambach, who currently stands as the second highest all-time goal scorer for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team. The veteran soccer player helped lead Team USA to a 2-1 victory over Japan. Abby Wambach is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can help connect her to over 60 million profiles on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Oscar Pistorius

Posted August 9, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius made history this year by becoming the first amputee track athlete to compete at the Olympics. Pistorius was born without fibulas and had both legs amputated just below the knee when he was 11 months old. Known as the “Blade Runner,” Pistorius made it to the 400m semifinals, but failed to land a place in the finals. Today, Pistorius will run once more as part of South Africa’s 4x400m relay… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sebastian Coe

Posted August 8, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we highlight four time Olympic medal winner Sebastian Coe! Coe won the 1500 m gold metal at the Olympic games in 1980 and 1984. After retiring from athletics, Coe served as a Member of Parliament from 1992-1997. He was the head of the London bid to host the 2012 Olympics and is currently serving as the chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. Sebastian Coe is connected to over 60 million profiles… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beth Tweddle

Posted August 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Yesterday, Great Britain’s Beth Tweddle won the bronze medal in the Women’s Uneven Bars. The three time world champion won Britain’s first  women’s Olympic gymnastics medal in the history of the sport. As team captain, she also led Team GB to finish sixth in the women’s team finals, their highest placed finish since 1928. Beth Tweddle is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can help connect her to over 60 million… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for August 6, 2012

Posted August 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Here’s our recap of some great genealogy articles from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere Beware of Colloquialisms (Mocavo blog) – Good advice about being mindful of colloquial location names Obama Slave-Ancestry Report Misses Mark (The Root) – Two scholars take issue with the recent findings  about Obama’s ancestry Is there an Olympian in your Family Tree? (Nutfield Genealogy blog) – Heather Rojo shares her family connection to an Olympian 101 Best Genealogy Websites for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gerd Kanter

Posted August 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we highlight Estonian discus thrower Gerd Kanter. Kanter has been named one of Estonia’s strongest medal hopefuls. In the 2008 Summer Olympics, Kanter won the gold medal in the men’s discus throw. Will he be able to defend his title and earn his second gold medal in the event? Gerd Kanter is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Gerd Kanter’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Carl Lewis

Posted August 3, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today, the Olympic track and field events begin. To welcome the start of these events, we’re highlighting track and field legend Carl Lewis. Over his long and highly successful athletic career, Lewis won 10 Olympic medals, 9 of which were gold. In the process, he set numerous world records and is considered by many to be the greatest track and field athlete of all time. Carl Lewis is not yet connected to the World Family… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Approving Merges and Project Tags

Posted August 2, 2012 by Amanda | 17 Comments

Today we’re releasing enhancements to merge requests and projects that’ll make collaboration a little easier. Read below for the details. Approving Merges We’re making it a little easier to grow your family tree by expanding permissions for approving merges to everyone. For a limited time, all users will be able to approve a merge for free. This means that Basic and Plus users will be able to complete merge requests for private profiles and unconnected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Aly Raisman

Posted August 2, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman competes for her second Olympic medal in the Women’s Individual All-Around. In one of the biggest surprises of the Olympics, Raisman scored the second highest qualifying score, knocking out her teammate and reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber from the finals. Just a few days later, the team captain of the U.S. women’s gymnastic team led the “Fab Five” to win their first Olympic gold medal. Aly Raisman is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Phelps

Posted August 1, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps made Olympic history yesterday by becoming the most decorated Olympian. Phelps set a new record after winning his 19th medal as part of the U.S. men’s 4×200 meter freestyle relay team. His latest gold medal win breaks Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina’s record of 18. After four Olympic games, his medal count now stands at 15 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze. With more races left to go, Phelps is likely to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edoardo Mangiarotti

Posted July 31, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we highlight Italian fencer Edoardo Mangiarotti, the most decorated fencer in the history of the sport. Mangiarotti made his first Olympic appearance at the age of 17 during the 1936 games in Berlin. Over a span of 24 years, Mangiarottie won a record of 13 Olympic medals (six gold, five silver, two bronze). Did you know fencing is one of the original sports of the modern Olympic games? Edoardo Mangiarotti is not yet connected… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for July 30, 2012

Posted July 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Take a break from the Olympics with some great genealogy articles from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere Three Tips for Genealogy Road Trips! (Past-Present-Future blog) – Smadar Belkind Gerson listed some great tips about genealogical travels! Fifty-Five Years Later, a Rising Senio’s Vacation Souvenirs Tell a Terrific Story about New York and the Value of Scrapbook Ephemera (Bees First Appearance blog) – A great look at the historic value of keeping scrapbooks How did… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Zara Phillips

Posted July 30, 2012 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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This weekend, Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, made her Olympic equestrian debut. With several members of the royal family in attendance to cheer her on, she is now one of the favorites for a medal. Did you know that both of her parents were also Olympic athletes? Her father, Captain Mark Phillips won Olympic gold in 1972 and silver in 1988. Her mother, Princess Anne, competed in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and serves… Read the full story

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Genealogy and the 2012 London Olympics

Posted July 27, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Are you excited for the start of the 2012 London Olympics? If you’re looking to merge your love of international athletic competition with your love of genealogy, you’ll definitely want to check out the London 2012 Summer Olympics project. A dedicated group of users are working diligently to build and connect the family trees of past and present Olympians. Join this international effort to help connect these athletes to more than 60 million people in Geni’s World… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pierre de Coubertin

Posted July 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony! Are you excited to watch the celebration? In honor of the official opening of the Games, we’re highlighting Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern-day Olympics. In 1894, Coubertin created the International Olympic Committee, which has since become the governing body of the Olympic Movement. During the late 19th century, Coubertin’s advocacy for the Games centered on a number of ideals about sport. Coubertin saw value in encouraging competition among… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sandra Bullock

Posted July 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Sandra Bullock! Today, the lovable star turns 48. In 2009, Bullock won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film, The Blind Side. Did you know she is the only actor to have been named both “Best” and “Worst” performer for the same year? She also took home 2009′s “Worst Actress of the Year” Razzie award for her performance in All About Steve just a day before winning her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sally Ride

Posted July 25, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we remember Sally Ride, who passed away earlier this week from pancreatic cancer. In 1983, Ride became the first American woman in space when she flew into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. Not only will she be remembered as a pioneering astronaut and a passionate advocate of female advancement in the sciences, but as an inspiration for women for generations to come. Sally Ride is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Simon Bolivar

Posted July 24, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 24, 1783, Venezuelan military and political leader Simón Bolívar was born. Together with José de San Martín, Bolivar played an instrumental role in the South American fight for independence from the Spanish empire. In 1825, the Republic of Bolivia was created and named after the inspirational leader, hailed by many as El Liberator (The Liberator). Simón Bolívar is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Simón Bolívar’s Geni… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for July 23, 2012

Posted July 23, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Check out some interesting articles from the world of genealogy below! The Genealogy Sphere Last Revolutionary War Widow Receives Final Pension – in 1906 (GenealogyBank) – Mary Harrell-Sesniak finds the obituary of the last widow of the Revolutionary War Britain’s first black community in Elizabethan London (BBC News) – The beginnings of Britain’s first black community Coping with Conflicting Census Data (Sifting Through the Past blog) – What to do when you find errors in the census… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amy Winehouse

Posted July 23, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember singer Amy Winehouse, who died on July 23, 2011 at the age of 27. She was known for her powerful vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz. In 2006, Winehouse became the first female British artist to win five Grammys. Sadly, her talents were often overshadowed by her battle with drugs and alcohol. Amy Winehouse is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Posted July 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 20, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Millions around the world were glued to their television sets as Armstrong took his first steps on the lunar surface and spoke his famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Neil Armstrong’s Geni… Read the full story

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Are You Related to an Emmy Nominee?

Posted July 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Early this morning, the nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys were announced. Were you surprised by any of the nods? While taking a look at this year’s nominees in comedy, we noticed that many of them had family trees connected to Geni’s World Family Tree. If you’re connected to the world family tree, you may very well find your relationship path to some of this year’s Emmy hopefuls! Here’s a look at how some of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edgar Degas

Posted July 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 19, 1834, painter and sculptor Edgar Degas was born in Paris, France. Although he is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, Degas rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist. Regardless, his highly celebrated works helped shape the fine art landscape for years to come and greatly influenced modern artists like Pablo Picasso. Edgar Degas is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can help connect… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margaret “Molly” Brown

Posted July 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 18, 1867, first class Titanic passenger and philanthropist Margaret “Molly” Brown was born in Hannibal, Missouri. Dubbed “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” by historians, Brown became famous for surviving the Titanic disaster. Her acts of heroism made her the subject of many Titanic legends. She famously took on an oar herself in her lifeboat and protested for the crew of Lifeboat No. 6 to return to look for survivors. Later in life, she used… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Posted July 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 17, 1947, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was born in London. Her relationship with Prince Charles was highly controversial not only becase of their affair while he was married to Princess Diana, but also due to her status as a divorcee. However, with the consent of Queen Elizabeth II, Parlaiment and the Church of England, the couple were able to wed in 2005. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is connected to over 60 million profiles in… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for July 16, 2012

Posted July 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Here’s our recap of genealogy articles from this past week! The Genealogy Sphere Lesson Learned: Be Careful Making Assumptions (Roots and Rambles) – Great advice to avoid making assumptions Carroll’s Yesteryears: Photography collection is a local gem (Carroll County Times) – A local museum holds a treasure trove of photographs of local relatives from 1900-1920s How do I document my immigrant ancestor? (Examiner.com) – Robin Foster offers tips on how to document your immigrant ancestors… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roald Amundsen

Posted July 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 16, 1872, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was born. In 1911, Amundsen led the Antarctic expedition to discover the South Pole, beating his British rival Robert Falcon Scott. He was also the first explorer to reach both the North and South Poles and the first person to traverse the Northwest Passage. Amundsen disappeared in 1928 while taking part in a rescue mission. Along with fellow explorers Scott and Ernest Shackleton, Amundsen is remembered as… Read the full story

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A Telegram to John F. Kennedy

Posted July 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Between 1861 – 2006, Western Union delivered telegrams all over the U.S. They reached their peak in popularity during the 1920s and 1930s, when sending a telegram was cheaper than placing a long distance call. Telegrams in genealogy are great because it gives you a glimpse into the lives of your ancestors, albeit in very short statements. Despite their length, many carried some valuable genealogical information. Often, relatives used them to alert family members of a death… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harrison Ford

Posted July 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Harrison Ford! Today, the movie star turns 70! His career has spanned decades and includes some of the most iconic roles in film history, from Star War‘s Han Solo to Indiana Jones. His other memorable films include Blade Runner, Air Force One and The Fugitive. Five of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry. Did you know Ford is also a licensed pilot? What’s your favorite Harrison Ford film? Harrison Ford’s family tree is… Read the full story

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Comic Books and Genealogy?

Posted July 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today the world famous Comic-Con International kicked off its first day in San Diego, California. Every year thousands of fans from around the world make their way to San Diego to experience the latest in the world of comics, science fiction and fantasy. One of the largest conventions of its type in the world, this year’s Comic-Con is predicted to be the biggest yet. Now you might be asking, what does this have to do… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Eastman

Posted July 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 12, 1854, American inventor and philanthropist George Eastman was born. As the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company and inventor of roll film, Eastman helped bring photography to the mainstream by making it accessible to the general public. By 1927, Eastman Kodak became the largest U.S. company in its industry. Did you know roll film was the basis for the invention of motion picture film in 1888? George Eastman is connected to over… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laurence Olivier

Posted July 11, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 11, 1989, legendary actor Laurence Olivier died in Steyning, West Sussex, England. Hailed as one of the greatest actors in history, Olivier played a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen. He received 12 Academy Award nominations throughout his career. Did you know Olivier is one of only a few actors to be interred in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey? Laurence Olivier is not yet connected to the World Family Tree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marcel Proust

Posted July 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 10, 1871, French author Marcel Proust was born in Auteuil, France. Considered one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, Proust was best known for his monumental work In Search of Lost Time, or Remembrance of Things Past. The seven part novel was published between 1913 and 1927 and today, is recognized as one of the major literary works of French expression. Marcel Proust is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for July 9, 2012

Posted July 9, 2012 by Amanda | 4 Comments

Catch up on some genealogy articles from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere A Baby Boy! (Family Stories) – Caroline Pointer talks about receiving the baptism record of her ancestor Some basic principles of genealogy (Genealogy’s Star) – James Tanner goes over some genealogy basics to keep in mind Google Puts Twentieth Century Italian History Online (Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter) – Dick Eastman reports that Google has partnered with the Italian government to post 30,000… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Spencer Gore

Posted July 9, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 9, 1877, the very first Wimbledon lawn tennis tournament began. 25 players competed in the Gentlemen’s Singles tournament, the only event at the games. At the end of the tournament, English cricketer Spencer Gore became the first winner of a Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. Are you a tennis fan? Spencer Gore is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Spencer Gore’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Famous Folks and the Declaration of Independence

Posted July 6, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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Earlier this week, we showed  you how Reese Witherspoon was related to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, John Witherspoon. Now lets take a look at how some other famous faces are related to the people who signed the Declaration on July 4, 1776! Matt Damon grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and attended Harvard University. Did you know he is related to fellow Massachusetts resident John Adams? He is Matt Damon’s fourth cousin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George W. Bush

Posted July 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 6, 1946, George W. Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut. The eldest son of Barbra Bush and George H.W. Bush, Bush followed in his father’s footsteps and became the 43rd President of the United States in 2001. Did you know he is the second president to have been the son of a former president? The first father-son presidential pair was John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. George W. Bush is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Booth

Posted July 4, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 5, 1865, British Methodist preacher William Booth founded The Salvation Army. Originally established as the Christian Mission, Booth and his wife Catherine were determined to fight poverty and religious indifference with military efficiency. They modeled the organization after the British Army. Soon they were providing food to some of London’s most impoverished areas. The Salvation Army made its first appearance in the U.S. during the Great Depression and provided food and shelter for… Read the full story

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Happy Independence Day!

Posted July 4, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Independence Day, everyone! Today the U.S. celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the document declared the 13 American colonies’s freedom and independence from the British Empire. Did you know that the original July 4 United States Declaration of Independence manuscript was lost? Most people will have today off to celebrate with family, barbeque, and watch fireworks. Will you get together with your family this holiday? Be sure to take… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andy Griffith

Posted July 3, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Today we remember Andy Griffith, who died this morning at the age of 86 at his home in Roanoke Island, North Carolina. The beloved actor found instant success starring as the small-town sheriff in The Andy Griffith Show. In his early years, Griffith aspired to become an opera singer before turning his attention to acting after college. Although he enjoyed a long and diverse career years after The Andy Griffith Show, including a 9-year stint on… Read the full story

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Independence Day by the Numbers

Posted July 2, 2012 by Amanda | 9 Comments
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This July 4th, the U.S. will celebrate its 236th Independence Day! On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. Two days later on July 4, its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, and declared the 13 American colonies independent states and no longer a part of the British Empire. Check out our infographic for some fun facts to help mark the holiday! How will you be celebrating this Fourth of July?