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Profile of the Day: Mary Todd Lincoln

Posted December 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Mary Todd Lincoln

On December 13, 1818, Mary Todd Lincoln was born in Lexington, Kentucky. Mary staunchly supported her husband Abraham throughout his presidency and sadly, witnessed his fatal shooting at the Ford’s Theater. Yesterday, actress Sally Field received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her portrayal of the former First Lady in the film, Lincoln. Did you know the two woman are also distantly related? Sally Field is Mary Todd Lincoln’s 22nd cousin! Mary Todd Lincoln… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Erasmus Darwin

Posted December 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Erasmus Darwin

On December 12, 1731, Erasmus Darwin was born. Considered one of the key thinkers of the Enlightenment, Darwin conducted groundbreaking research in botany and was a great advocate of biological evolution. His grandson, Charles Darwin, drew much from his research when developing his own groundbreaking theory of evolution. Erasmus Darwin is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Erasmus Darwin’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Edward VIII

Posted December 11, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Edward VIII

On December 11, 1936, Edward VIII became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. After only a few months on the throne, Edward caused a constitutional crisis when he proposed marriage to Wallis Simpson, a divorced American socialite. In a radio broadcast to the Empire, Edward explained his decision to abdicate, “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 10, 2012

Posted December 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Have you read any interesting genealogy articles recently? Check out a few we’ve found below! The Genealogy Sphere The importance of online family trees often lies in their uncertainty (The Guardian) – Using online family trees to preserve the memories of your relatives The Genealogy Icebreaker (BayToday.ca) – Breaking the ice – talking to others about their family history James Wesley Blacketer’s Story Continues…(Your Family Story blog) – Caroline Pointer shares the stories of her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ada Lovelace

Posted December 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Ada Lovelace

On December 10, 1815, English mathematician Ada Lovelace was born in London, England. Dubbed the “World’s First Computer Programmer,” Lovelace is best remembered for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine contain what is recognized as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine. Nearly a century before the first computers were built, Lovelace envisioned a day that a single machine could be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Posted December 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
FDR

On December 7, 1941, the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese bombers. Over 2,400 Americans were killed during the surprise attack. The next day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” After his forceful speech, he swiftly called on Congress to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

Posted December 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Thomas Edison and phonograph

In December 1877, Thomas Edison successfully made one of the earliest recordings of a human voice using his new tinfoil cylinder phonograph. When Edison recited the children’s nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and played it back, he was astonished to hear his voice. His invention quickly made him famous, and he was dubbed by the press as “The Wizard of Menlo Park.” Considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, many of… Read the full story

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Geni’s World Family Tree Hits 66 Million Profiles!

Posted December 5, 2012 by Amanda | 3 Comments

Yesterday, we shared with you a few charts illustrating the amazing response we’ve received from users since announcing that Geni is joining the MyHeritage family. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now has 66 million people connected! Reaching this milestone would not be possible without the collaborative effort of millions of genealogists around the world. Congratulations to all of our users for your hard work! Check out the World Family Tree page to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: General George Custer

Posted December 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
George Custer

On December 5, 1839, General George Custer was born in New Rumly, Ohio. Although he developed a strong reputation during the American Civil War, much of his achievements have been overshadowed by this disastrous final battle in 1876. At the Battle of Little Bighorn, Custer led 210 of his men into battle against a coalition of Native American tribes. He and all of his men lost their lives in what became known as “Custer’s Last Stand.”… Read the full story

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Our Family is Growing!

Posted December 4, 2012 by Amanda | 4 Comments

What an exciting week! Since we announced that Geni is Joining the MyHeritage Family! we’ve been overwhelmed by the warm congratulations we’ve received from the genealogy community. Even more exciting is the response that we’ve seen from Geni users; a surge of users have visited the site to add and invite new relatives and merge their trees. We wanted to share a few metrics with you to give you an idea of how great the response… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William the Lion

Posted December 4, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
William the Lion

On December 4, 1214, William I, also known as William the Lion, died in Sterling, Scotland. Between 1165 – 1214, William reigned as King of the Scots, making his reign the second longest in Scottish history.  Did you know he was not known William the Lion during his lifetime? The name was attached to him because of his standard, a red lion rampant on a yellow background, and the chronicler John of Fordun, who called… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 3, 2012

Posted December 3, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

It’s been a very exciting week! We’re ecstatic to be a part of the MyHeritage family! Check out some coverage of the announcement below and enjoy other interesting genealogy articles from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere MyHeritage acquires Geni.com (MyHeritage blog) – Read MyHeritage’s blog announcement MyHeritage Raises $25 Million, Acquires Geni (The Wall Street Journal) – Read The Wall Street Journal’s exclusive interview with MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet MyHeritage buys Geni (SF Gate) –… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joseph Conrad

Posted December 3, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Joseph Conrad

On December 3, 1857, Polish author Joseph Conrad was born in Berdychiv, Ukraine. Considered on of the greatest writers of the English language, Conrad drew inspiration from his own exotic travels at sea. His rich prose and vivid descriptions of adventure and nautical travels continue to captivate modern audiences. Joseph Conrad is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help connect him to over 65 million people on Geni!     View… Read the full story

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Lunch with the Geni Curators

Posted November 30, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Lunch with Geni Curators

To cap off Curator Appreciation Month, we invited all of the local Curators out to lunch with the Geni team. It was great to finally meet face-to-face! Thank you to Randy Schoenberg, Richard Wilson, Eldon Clark, and Kwame Welsh for taking the time to stop by and have lunch with us! It was a blast! We also want to thank all the Curators for your hard work, dedication and commitment toward building the World Family… Read the full story

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Congratulations to Our 4th Curator Appreciation Month Winner!

Posted November 30, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment

We’re happy to announce our fourth Curator Appreciation Month Winner! Congratulations John Hersey! We hope you enjoy your free 6-month subscription of Geni Pro! Thank you for sharing your great experience with Curator Lea Herbst! Check out his story below: I found an incorrect link in my mothers genealogy that was prepared for her in 1976 by a researcher. Other genealogy sites and programs offered some clues, but not sufficient information to make a reliable… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jonathan Swift

Posted November 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Jonathan Swift

On November 30, 1667, Irish author and satirist Jonathan Swift was born. Best remembered for writing Gulliver’s Travels, Swift was considered the foremost prose satirist of the English language. First published in 1726, Gulliver’s Travels became popular as soon as it was published. Since then, it has never been out of print. Jonathan Swift is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Jonathan Swift’s Geni… Read the full story

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Downtime This Morning

Posted November 29, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments

This morning around 7 am PST Geni experienced a site outage. After yesterday’s exciting announcement, we experienced a great increase in traffic from people eager to check out our latest enhancements. Unfortunately, this led to an issue which took longer than expected to address. Rest assured, we’ve fixed the problem and as of 10:40 am we’re back up and running. We want to emphasize that no data was lost during this interruption in service. We apologize for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louisa May Alcott

Posted November 29, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Louisa May Alcott

On November 29, 1832, American author Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Raised by transcendentalist parents, the Little Women author grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Did you know that she served as a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War? Louisa May Alcott is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Louisa… Read the full story

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Geni is Joining the MyHeritage Family!

Posted November 28, 2012 by Amanda | 99 Comments
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We’re happy to announce some exciting news for our community: Geni is joining the MyHeritage family! Geni will continue as a separate product, focused on collaborative genealogy, but with some great new resources and features we’ll be rolling out to users in the coming months. Geni launched in 2007 with a big idea: working together with other people is a better way to discover your family history. Over the last five years our amazing community… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ferdinand Magellan

Posted November 28, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Ferdinand Magellan

On November 28, 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set sail through a strait at the southern end of South America to reach the Pacific Ocean. With three ships under his command, Magellan and his crew became the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Ferdinand Magellan is connected to over 65 million profiles connected to the World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Ferdinand Magellan’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Lee

Posted November 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Bruce_Lee

On November 27, 1940, actor and martial arts legend Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco, California. Raised in Hong Kong, Lee was first introduced to the film industry by his father and appeared in several films as a child actor. Lee’s later film productions elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim. Considered to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time and… Read the full story

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Congratulations to Our 3rd Curator Appreciation Month Winner!

Posted November 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

We’re happy to announce last week’s Curator Appreciation Month winner, Kathleen Marie Puckett (Rose)! Kathleen just won a free 6-month subscription to Geni Pro! Thanks for sharing your amazing experiences with German Curator Tobias Rachor. Read her story below: Tobias Rachor (Deutscher Kurator) is always willing to help. I do not read or speak German. Tobias has cited many, many facts from Norbert Schmitt (Pfarrer in Neunkirchen), Neunkirchener Familienbuch 1685 – 1910. German facts that… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 26, 2012

Posted November 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Check out some interesting articles from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere What’s In A Name? (“He Woke Me Up This Morning” blog) – Bernice Bennett shares her story of how a simple conversation with her mother led to a wealth of genealogical info The Ethics of DNA Testing (The Legal Genealogist) – The Legal Genealogist Judy Russell discusses the ethics of DNA testing How to Use Evernote… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Larry Hagman

Posted November 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Larry Hagman

Today we remember television icon Larry Hagman, who passed away on November 23 at the age of 81. Best known for portraying ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing on the popular soap Dallas, Hagman recently returned to the small screen in the new version of Dallas, introducing his iconic character to a new generation of television viewers. Larry Hagman is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can help connect him to over 65… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Brewster

Posted November 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
William Brewster

Today we highlight Mayflower passenger William Brewster. When the colonists landed at Plymouth Colony, Brewster became the senior elder of the colony, serving as its religious leader and as an adviser to Governor William Bradford. Did you know he was the oldest Mayflower passenger to participate in the First Thanksgiving? William Brewster is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View William Brewster’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Zumbi dos Palmares

Posted November 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Zumbi

Today, Brazil celebrates Dia da Consciência Negra. On this day, the Brazilian people reflect upon the injustices of slavery and celebrate the contributions Brazilians of African descent have made to society. The day is marked by the anniversary of the death of Zumbi dos Palmares, the last leader of the Quilombo dos Palmares, a settlement of black slaves who had escaped from farms, prisons and Brazilian slave quarters. Considered a national hero of Brazil, Zumbio refused to… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 19, 2012

Posted November 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Are you excited for Thanksgiving? Here’s this week’s genealogy links! The Genealogy Sphere What Race Is Bruno Mars? (The Huffington Post) – Genealogist extraordinaire Megan Smolenyak looks into artist Bruno Mars’ family heritage In the Archives diplomatiques – The Overseas Census (The French Genealogy Blog) – Tips on using census data from overseas to find your French ancestors Top 12 Tips for Using Pinterest for Family History (Family Cherished blog)… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jodie Foster

Posted November 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Jodie Foster

On November 19, 1962, actress Jodie Foster was born in Los Angeles, California. Foster began acting in commercials at the age of 3. Since then, she’s become one of the most critically acclaimed actresses of her generation. Her first Academy Award nomination came at the age of 13 for her role as preteen prostitute Iris in Taxi Driver. Did you know she’s also incredibly smart? In 1985, Foster graduated from Yale University with a degree… Read the full story

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Congratulations to Our 2nd Curator Appreciation Month Winner!

Posted November 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

We’re excited to announce our second Curator Appreciation Month winner, Laura Harmon! We hope you enjoy your complimentary 6-month subscription to Geni Pro! Laura shared her experience with Curator Erica Howton. Check out her story below: I was looking up something and I ended up finding her and I found out that I was connected to her, so I asked how. She told me how we were connected and I didn’t realize one of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arnold Rüütel

Posted November 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Arnold Rüütel

Today, Estonia celebrates Day of Declaration of Sovereignty. On November 16, 1988, the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR adopted a declaration of national sovereignty under which Estonian laws would have the precedence over those of the Soviet Union. Former Estonian president Arnold Rüütel played an important role in the composition and adoption of the Estonian declaration of sovereignty. He would later serve as the third President of Estonia between 2001-2006. Arnold Rüütel is connected to over… Read the full story

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The Great Emancipator Hits the Big Screen

Posted November 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Lincoln 1865-03-06

This year marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the U.S. Coinciding with this monumental anniversary is the release of Steven Spielberg‘s new film Lincoln, which chronicles President Abraham Lincoln‘s struggles in the days leading up to the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Considered one of the most important documents in American history, the Emancipation Proclamation proclaimed all slaves in the Confederate states to be forever free. The proclamation made abolition a central goal of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johannes Kepler

Posted November 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Johannes Kepler

On November 15, 1630, German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler died at the age of 58. A key figure of the Scientific Revolution, Kepler’s laws of planetary motion provided the foundation of future astronomic discoveries. Did you know Kepler also made significant observations in the field of optics? He is widely regarded as the first to recognize that images are projected inverted and reversed by the eye’s lens onto the retina. Johannes Kepler is connected to over 65 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil

Posted November 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil

91 years ago today, Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil, died while living in exile in France. During her father’s absences abroad, Isabel acted as regent in his place. It was during her final regency that she signed into law the Golden Law, which emancipated all slaves in Brazil and earned her the nickname, “the Redemptress.” Although the act was immensely popular with the people, it was met with strong opposition from powerful plantation owners. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Louis Stevenson

Posted November 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Robert Louis Stevenson

On November 13, 1850, Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Stevenson is perhaps best known for his novels Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, he now ranks as one of the most translated authors in the world. What’s your favorite Robert Louis Stevenson story? Robert Louis Stevenson is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?    … Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 12, 2012

Posted November 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Check out some interesting genealogy articles from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere Genealogy serach uncovers relatives, family history for reporter (FoxCarolina.com) – A local reporter discovers his family history How a 16-year-old Jewish girl escaped death after being sheltered by the sister of Belgium’s most notorious Nazi (Daily Mail) – The story of how a 16 year old Holocaust survivor and her family escaped death Who Do You Think You Are? (Babyzoomers.com) – Baby… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly

Posted November 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Grace Kelly

On November 12, 1929, actress Grace Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After gaining fame as one of Hollywood’s favorite leading ladies, Kelly met and married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and retired from acting at the age of 26. Before retiring, Kelly starred in a string of Alfred Hitchcock films including Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. What’s your favorite Grace Kelly film? Grace Kelly is connected to over 65 million people… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Day-Lewis

Posted November 9, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Daniel Day-Lewis

Today Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln opens in limited release. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, the film follows Lincoln as he struggles with the country at war and fights with members of his own cabinet for the emancipation of slaves. Will you be watching history unfold on the big screen? Daniel Day-Lewis is connected to 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Daniel Day-Lewis’ Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Norman Rockwell

Posted November 8, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Norman Rockwell

On November 8, 1978, popular painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell died at the age of 84. For over four decades, Rockwell depicted illustrations of everyday life for the covers of The Saturday Evening Post magazine. Although not embraced by critics, his work was beloved by the American public for its simple charm and often humorous portrayal of American life. Norman Rockwell is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barack Obama

Posted November 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Barack Obama

Yesterday, Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States. Although the popular vote was neck and neck, Obama pulled forward with key victories in the battleground states and surpassed the 270 electoral votes required to secure the presidency. What are your thoughts on the 2012 U.S. presidential election? Barack Obama is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View President Barack Obama’s Geni… Read the full story

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Featured Project: 2012 U.S. Federal Election

Posted November 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Obama_Romney

Today is election day in the United States. Have you been following the debates this election season? Which candidate will you pick, Democratic President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney? Since the beginning of this election season, the 2012 U.S. Federal Election project has kept a close eye on the genealogy of each candidate. Thanks to the project, we can see how this year’s presidential hopefuls are related! With the polls showing both candidates neck… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cabeza de Vaca

Posted November 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Cabeza de Vaca

On November 6, 1528, Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca shipwrecked on an island off the coast of what would become present day Texas. One of only four survivors, Cabeza de Vaca became the first European to set foot on the soil of the future Lone Star state. Over a period of eight years, he traveled across the Southwest and became a slave, a trader and a shaman to various Native American tribes. In 1536, he… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 5, 2012

Posted November 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy Guy Fawkes Day! Let’s take a look at some interesting genealogy articles from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere Give thanks for family stories during holidays (MuskogeePhoenix.com) – Don’t forget to gather family stories during the holidays Youngsters may be interested in ‘cousin’ Justin Bieber (Bangor Daily News) – Fanfare about celebrity connections can help get younger generations excited about genealogy Career Shift: Turn Your Hobby Into a New Job (Forbes) – Great interview… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Guy Fawkes

Posted November 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Guy Fawkes

It’s Guy Fawkes Night in the U.K.! On November 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes was thwarted in his attempt to blow up Parliament and assassinate James I of England. The failed Gunpowder Plot is now celebrated each year with large organized events centered around a bonfire, elaborate fireworks displays and the burning of an effigy of Guy Fawkes. Will you be celebrating? Guy Fawkes is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie-Antoinette

Posted November 2, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Marie-Antoinette

On November 2, 1755, Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France, was born in Vienna, Austria. Wife to the infamous King Louis XVI, she is perhaps best remembered for her famous quote addressing the starving French populace, “Let them eat cake.” Marie-Antoinette’s reputation for her frivolous spending and extravagant lifestyle helped provoke the popular unrest that led to the French Revolution and the overthrow of the French monarchy. In 1793, she was executed by guillotine for treason. Marie-Antoinette is… Read the full story

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Tell Us Your Curator Story and Win a Free Geni Pro Subscription!

Posted November 1, 2012 by Amanda | 12 Comments
Give-Thanks

It’s November, which means it’s that time of year when we traditionally take time to acknowledge all the things we are thankful for – family, friends, those we love and cherish. We wanted to take the time to thank and acknowledge all of the amazing Curators and the tremendous work they all do to help the Geni community. We’re calling November “Curator Appreciation Month.” Have you ever asked a Curator for help with your family tree?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nordahl Grieg

Posted November 1, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Nordahl Grieg

On November 1, 1902, Norwegian writer and poet Nordahl Grieg was born in Bergen, Norway. Already popular poet during his lifetime, Grieg became a hero in Norway for his resistance to the Nazi occupation. During World War II, he served Norway’s government-in-exile and participated in making patriotic radio programs in England. On December 2, 1943, Grieg was killed in an Allied bombing raid over Berlin. Nordahl Grieg is connected to over 65 million profiles in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lon Chaney

Posted October 31, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Lon Chaney

Happy Halloween! Today, we highlight legendary silent film actor Lon Chaney. Dubbed “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” Chaney was renowned for his ability to transform himself using groundbreaking makeup techniques he developed. He captivated audiences for years in such silent horror films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera. Lon Chaney is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Lon Chaney’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ezra Pound

Posted October 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Ezra Pound

On October 30, 1885, American expatriate poet Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho Territory. A major figure of the early modernist movement, Pound helped discover the work of T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway. Together, along with other literary greats, were a part of the “Lost Generation,” a term used for those who came of age during World War I. Ezra Pound is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for October 29, 2012

Posted October 29, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment

Are you ready for Halloween? Check out some fun genealogy articles for some early treats! The Genealogy Sphere 10 Reasons to Join a Genealogy Society (Finding Our Ancestors blog) – The top ten reasons you should join a genealogy society Family Tradition: Did Lizzie Borden’s Ancestor Kill His Mother Too? (History.com) – An interesting article that looks into Lizzie Borden’s ancestor, Thomas Cornell, who was hanged in Rhode Island for the murder of his mother…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walter Raleigh

Posted October 29, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Sir Walter Raleigh

On October 29, 1618, English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh was executed to appease Spain after he and his men ransacked a Spanish outpost while on an expedition in search of El Dorado. Once considered one of the most notable figures of the Elizabethan era, Raleigh was instrumental in the English colonization of North America. He was granted a royal patent to explore Virignia and attempted to establish a colony at Roanoke Island. Although the colony was… Read the full story