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Profile of the Day: Frederick III

Posted October 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Frederick III

On October 18, 1831, Frederick III, German Emperor and King of Prussia, was born. Although raised in his family’s tradition of military service, Frederick III was known for his hatred of warfare and his liberal ideology. In 1888, he ascended to the throne after the death of his father, Wilhelm I and reigned for 99 days until his death. In what became known as the Year of the Three Emperors, Germany saw the rapid succession… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Montgomery Clift

Posted October 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Montgomery Clift

On October 17, 1920, actor Montgomery Clift was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He was known for starring in From Here to Eternity and Alfred Hitcock’s I Confess. Considered one of Hollywood’s first Method actors, Clift would earn four Academy Award nominations during his career. Montgomery Clift is connected to over 65 million profiles on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Montgomery Clift’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Fernanda Montenegro

Posted October 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Fernanda Montenegro

On October 16, 1929, Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro was born in Rio de  Janeiro, Brazil. Revered as one of Brazil’s finest acresses, Montenegro is often referred to as “The First Lady of Brazilian Theater.” In 1999, Montenegro earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in Central Station. She became the first Brazilian actor to be nominated for an Academy Award. Fernanda Montenegro does not yet have a direct path to the world family… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for October 15, 2012

Posted October 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Check out some great genealogy articles from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere Finding the Birthplace of Your Immigrant Ancestor (About.com) – Kimberly Powell provides some great steps on where to get started on finding where your immigrant ancestors were born Others may claim stake in historic cemetery (Reporter Newspapers) – Locals fight a land owner’s plan to build a house on land containing a small historic cemetery 1940 census and Social Security (Examiner.com) – A… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: José Miguel Carrera

Posted October 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Joseé Miguel Carrera

On October 15, 1785, Chilean general José Miguel Carrera was born in Santiago, Chile. Known as one of Chile’s founding fathers, Carrera was considered to be the most important leaders of the Chilean War of Independence. José Miguel Carrera is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View José Miguel Carrera’s Geni Profile  

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Are You Related to Justin Bieber?

Posted October 12, 2012 by Amanda | 6 Comments
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There’s been a lot of news lately surrounding Justin Bieber‘s ancestry. Well, it turns out Justin Bieber has even more celebrity relatives in his musically-gifted family tree. Thanks to Geni’s World Family Tree, you can easily find out  how he’s related to other celebrities, historical figures or even you! Check out a few of his famous relatives below. And the best part, you can actually see how they are related! We’ve posted many of Beyoncé Knowles celebrity… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ben Affleck

Posted October 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Ben Affleck

Today, Ben Affleck‘s latest directorial effort, Argo, opens in theaters nationwide. Loosely based on the true story of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, Affleck stars as Tony Mendez, the mastermind behind the rescue. Will you be watching Affleck’s newest thriller? Ben Affleck is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Ben Affleck’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted October 11, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On October 11, 1884, Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City, New York. During her husband’s presidency, Roosevelt changed the role of the first lady by becoming an active participant in American politics. She became an outspoken advocate of civil rights and continued her work with the UN for civil rights and women’s issues after Franklin Roosevelt‘s death. Eleanor Roosevelt is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Reeve

Posted October 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actor Christopher Reeve, who passed away October 10, 2004. Although Reeve played a variety of different roles throughout his career, he is best remembered for his iconic portrayal of the Man of Steel in four Superman films. Reeve spent much of the later part of his life as an advocate of stem cell research after a horse-riding accident left him a quadriplegic. He founded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Lennon

Posted October 9, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
John Lennon

Today we remember John Lennon, who was born 72 years ago today. In 1957, Lennon met Paul McCartney and together they formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century. Did you know John Lennon’s son with Yoko Ono shares the same birthday as his father? Sean Lennon was born October 9, 1975. What’s your favorite John Lennon song? John Lennon is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for October 8, 2012

Posted October 8, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Check out some great articles from the world of genealogy! The Genealogy Sphere Did My Ancestors Vote? (About.com) – Kimberly Powell provides some great tips on how to use voter registration records in your genealogy research Has Anyone Ever Used These ‘Farm Work’ Records from Portland? (GenealogyBank) – Have you ever heard of farm work records? Former chief, genealogist continue trying to identify body (Bedford Journal) – How a forensic genealogists is trying to help… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Chevy Chase

Posted October 8, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Chevy-Chase

On October 8, 1943, comedian Chevy Chase was born in New York City, New York. Born Cornelius Crane Chase to a prominent New York family, Chase quickly rose to fame as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live. He found further success starring in the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies and comedy hits, such as Caddyshack. You can still catch the 69 year-old comedian on the small screen. His latest TV comedy, Community, is set to begin its… Read the full story

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Celebrating 50 Years of The Beatles

Posted October 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
The Beatles

Today marks the 50th anniversary since the world was first introduced to The Beatles. On October 5, 1962, the iconic band released their first single, “Love Me Do,” and ushered in a new era of rock-and-roll. In honor of the 50th anniversary, we’re highlighting The Beatles genealogy project on Geni! For all the Beatles fans out there, the purpose of this project is to explore the ancestry of John Lennon, Paul McCarthy, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and their close associates. Are you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kate Winslet

Posted October 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Kate Winslet

Today is Kate Winslet‘s birthday! The British actress turns 37. Did you know Winslet is the youngest actress to accrue six Academy Award nominations? In 2009, she finally won her first Oscar for Best Actress for her role in The Reader. Kate Winslet is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help connect her to over 64 million people on Geni!     View Kate Winslet’s Geni Profile  

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Look Who’s Related: Ed Helms and Michelle Obama

Posted October 4, 2012 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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In tonight’s episode of The Office, Ed Helms‘ office manager Andy Bernard learns he is related to Michelle Obama. Will you be watching the hilarity as Andy brags to his co-workers about his newly discovered relative? In honor of “Andy’s Ancestry,” we thought it would be fun to see how the Office star was really related to the First Lady. As it turns out, Michelle Obama is Ed Helms’ 18th cousin once removed! Just like his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederic Remington

Posted October 4, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Frederic Remington

On October 4, 1861, painter and sculptor Frederic Remington was born. Remington’s artwork specialized in depictions in the Old American West, specifically concentrating on images of cowboys, Native Americans and the U.S. cavalry. He immortalized the Western experience as one of independence, individualism, and stoic heroism. Frederic Remington is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Frederic Remington’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Gwen Stefani

Posted October 3, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Gwen Stefani

Happy Birthday, Gwen Stefani! Today, the Orange County rocker turns 43. Since launching to stardom as the lead vocalist for the rock band No Doubt, Stefanie pursued a successful solo career and a hit fashion line. Recently, she reunited with No Doubt and just last week, the group dropped their first album in more than a decade. Gwen Stefani is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?… Read the full story

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Family History Month is Here – Upgrade to Pro and Give Any Relative 50% OFF!

Posted October 2, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Family History Month

October is Family History Month! Celebrate the occasion with Geni by signing up for a Geni Pro membership. From now until October 31, when you sign up for a Pro membership, you can give any relative an exclusive invitation to upgrade to a 1-year Pro subscription at 50% OFF! With Geni Pro, you can add unlimited relatives to your family tree, access tree matches and merge duplicate profiles to connect instantly with new branches of your… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Groucho Marx

Posted October 2, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Groucho Marx

On October 2, 1890, comedian Groucho Marx was born in New York. A master of quick wit, Marx is widely considered one of the greatest comedians of the modern era. Marx made 26 movies throughout his career, 13 of them with his brothers Chico and Harpo. His signature glasses, bushy eyebrows, mustache and cigar made him immediately recognizable and an iconic fixture in popular culture. Groucho Marx is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for October 1, 2012

Posted October 1, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy Family History Month! To celebrate, check out some interesting articles from the world of genealogy! The Genealogy Sphere Genealogical Serendipity (Branch by Branch) – Have you ever benefited from genealogical serendipity? Another Instance of Bogus “Family Coats of Arms (Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter) – Dick Eastman posted a great article about the myth of family coats of arms College Yearbooks for Non-Graduates (Genealogy Tip of the Day) – Great tip on checking yearbooks for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julie Andrews

Posted October 1, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Julie Andrews

Happy birthday, Julie Andrews! Today the beloved British star turns 77. Andrews made her film debut in Marry Poppins for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Since then, Andrews has taken on many other iconic roles, including the leads in The Sound of Music and Victor/Victoria, both earning her two more Academy Award nominations. What’s your favorite Julie Andrews film? Julie Andrews is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Better Tree Matches!

Posted September 28, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Better Tree Matches Today we’re excited to announce smarter Tree Matches. When another user adds information to their tree about a relative that you both share we use tree matches to alert you. A sophisticated algorithm based on dates, names, immediate family and more is used to decide whether the profile in the other tree is match to your relative. We’ve spent a lot of time improving this algorithm over the last few months, and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edwin Hubble

Posted September 28, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember astronomer Edwin Hubble, who passed away on September 28, 1953. Considered one of the most important observational cosmologists of the 20th century, Hubble was the first to discover that there are other galaxies in the Universe beyond the Milky Way. He also the first to observe that the universe is expanding at a constant rate. Hubble’s revolutionary findings fundamentally changed the scientific view of the universe. Edwin Hubble is connected to over… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XIII of France

Posted September 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Louis XIII

On September 27, 1601, Louis XIII, King of France and Navarre, was born. At the age of nine, the Bourbon monarch ascended to the throne after the death of his father, Henry IV. As a child, his mother Marie de Medici, acted as regent. Her mismanagement of the kingdom led Louis XIII to take power in 1617 and exile his mother and execute her followers. During his reign, Louis XIII leaned heavily on his Prime… Read the full story

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T.S. Eliot’s World War I Draft Registration Card

Posted September 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
T.S. Eliot WWI draft registration card

Today is poet T.S. Eliot‘s birthday! In honor of his 124th birthday, check out T.S. Eliot’s World War I draft registration card. Did you know WWI draft cards hold lots of genealogical intel? Six weeks after the U.S. declared war on Germany, the Selective Service Act of 1917 was passed, which authorized the federal government to raise a national army for the American entry into World War I through conscription. Between 1917 – 1918, every… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Appleseed

Posted September 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Johnny Appleseed

On September 26, 1774, American folk hero Johnny Appleseed was born in Leominster, Massachusetts. Born Jonathan Chapman, Johnny gained  notoriety as a pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. His kindness and generosity to others made him a legend in his own lifetime. Johnny Appleseed is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Johnny Appleseed’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Faulkner

Posted September 25, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
William Faulkner

On September 25, 1897, author William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi. Greatly influenced by his Mississippi upbringing, Faulkner is remembered as one of the most important writers of Southern literature in the United States. Over the course of his career, Faulkner would win two Pultzer Prizes for his novels, A Fable and The Reivers, and receive the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature.  Did you know fellow writer Ernest Hemingway is William Faulkner’s 13th cousin thrice removed?… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 24, 2012

Posted September 24, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment

Happy Monday, everybody! Here are some interesting articles from the past week. Enjoy! The Genealogy Sphere The Aunt I Never Knew (Kindred Spirits blog) – A great family story about a relative Kindred Spirits blogger never had a chance to know A Second Chance to Be a Genetic Pioneer (The Huffington Post) – Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak talks about Geno 2.0 by National Geographic First Ever English Translation of Rare 1895 Czech Resource to be Made Available… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Claire Danes

Posted September 24, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Claire Danes

Last night, actress Claire Danes won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her starring role in the Showtime series, Homeland. Danes first gained attention in the cult favorite My So-Called Life for which she received her first Emmy nomination. Did you watch the Emmys last night? Claire Danes is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Claire Danes’ Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Are You Related to a Gymnast?

Posted September 21, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment

This Saturday, September 22, is National Gymnastics Day! Since the Olympics, the Fierce Five have been making their way around the country showcasing their talents on their championship tour. You may have even spotted one of their many television appearances! In fact, it was just announced that two-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas would be guest starring on the television show The Vampire Diaries. Could you be related to Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benedict Arnold

Posted September 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Benedict Arnold

On this day in 1780, American General Benedict Arnold committed treason when he handed over secret war plans to the British Army. As general of the American Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, Arnold won glory at the Battles of Ticonderoga and Saratoga. However, despite these victories, he was passed over for promotion by the Continental Congress. Bitter and severely in debt, Arnold defected to the British Army. Today, his name is still synonymous with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Upton Sinclair

Posted September 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On September 20, 1878, author Upton Sinclair was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Sinclair is best known for his classic novel, The Jungle, which exposed the horrid conditions of the U.S. meat packing industry. The novel caused such a public uproar that it contributed in part to the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act just a few months after it was published. Upton Sinclair is connected to over… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy

Posted September 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Black Sam Bellamy

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! In honor of this holiday, we’re highlighting eighteenth century pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy. Although his term as a pirate was short lived, Black Sam Bellamy and his crew captured over 50 ships before his death at 28. He became known as the “Prince of Pirates” for his mercy and generosity towards those captured on his raids. Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy is connected to over 64 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brandon Flowers

Posted September 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Brandon Flowers

Today we highlight musician Brandon Flowers of the American rock band, The Killers. Their fourth studio album Battle Born hits stores today! The highly successful band has already sold more than 16 million records worldwide. Did you know Brandon Flowers shares a rather close connection to Governor Mitt Romney? Brandon Flowers is Mitt Romney’s great grandfather’s wife’s third great nephew! Brandon Flowers is connected to over 64 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 17, 2012

Posted September 17, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment

Check out some interesting genealogy articles from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere Curious Cousins (Ancestors Live Here blog) – Interesting blog post from Leslie Ann about some interesting relationship paths in her family tree A drunken dandy. A Spitfire hero fuelled by Spam. And a colonel pickled in rum. The very fruity secrets I found in my family tree (Daily Mail) – A UK reporter looks into his family history Woman working to return… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Ritter

Posted September 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember beloved actor and comedian John Ritter, who was born on September 17, 1948 in Burbank, CA. Ritter shot to fame as Jack Tripper on the hit sitcom Three’s Company and became one of television’s most beloved stars. Sadly, Ritter died on September 11, 2003 after falling ill on the set of his new sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. John Ritter is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World… Read the full story

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Passport Applications Hold Lots of Genealogical Data

Posted September 14, 2012 by Amanda | 7 Comments
Walt Disney Passport Application

Did you know that you can find very valuable information in U.S. passport application records? Passport applications hold a large amount of genealogical data that can be incredibly useful to your family tree research. Information such as birth date, place of birth, current residence, parental information, photo and signature are almost always found in passport applications. Let’s take a look at a real life example below! Here is a copy of Walt Disney‘s passport application submitted August… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

Posted September 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Francis Scott Key

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key penned the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British forces during the War of 1812. After it was published, the words were set to music and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In 1931, the song was officially named the national anthem of the United States. Francis Scott Key is connected to over 64 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laura Secord

Posted September 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Laura Secord

On September 13, 1775, Canadian folk hero Laura Ingersoll Secord was born. Dubbed the Canadian heroine of the War of 1812, Secord is known for warning British forces of an impeding American attack, which led the British to victory at the Battle of Beaver Dams. Today, Secord has become a part of Canadian mythology – her story even inspired a folk song! Laura Secord is connected to over 64 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jesse Owens

Posted September 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Jesse Owens

On September 12, 1913, Olympic track and field athlete Jesse Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama. At the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Adolf Hitler hoped to use the games to showcase Aryan superiority, even using Nazi propaganda to depict Africans as inferior. However, Owens surprised everyone by winning four Olympic gold medals. Jesse Owens is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help connect him to over 64 million profiles… Read the full story

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Remembering September 11th

Posted September 11, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Sept 11 Memorial

On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. In memory of the lives lost on that fateful day, Geni users have created the September 11 Memorial project. The project is dedicated to preserving the stories and memories of all 9/11 victims and those who risked their lives to save them. Was your family touched by the tragedy? Perhaps you would like join this project to share their story with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: O. Henry

Posted September 11, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
O. Henry

Today is the 150th anniversary of the birth of famous short story writer O.Henry. On September 11, 1862, William Sydney Porter was born in Asheville, North Carolina. He used the pen name O. Henry for all his literary works. Henry’s witty wordplay and clever twist endings made him one of the most popular American short story writers of his time. Stories such as “The Gift of the Madgi” and “The Randsom of the Red Chief”… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for September 10, 2012

Posted September 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Lots of great articles in this week’s recap! Check them out below! The Genealogy Sphere Judyanne Bowling reunited with her family after 66 years of searching(Adelaide Now) – A woman is reunited with her family through Geni after finding each other on Geni! Relationship with Lizzie Borden (Ancestors Live Here) – Blogger Leslie Ann is related to Lizzie Borden! Are you? Wanted! Family History in Wanted Posters (About.com) – Kimberly Powell discusses family history information… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Wyman

Posted September 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actress Jane Wyman, who passed away on September 10, 2007. Wyman began her film career in the 1930s and received her first Oscar in 1948 for the film Johnny Belinda. She was once married to Ronald Reagan and the couple had three children before divorcing in 1948. Later in her career, Wyman achieved success with a leading role in the popular television show Falcon Crest.   View Jane Wyman’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Pedro I of Brazil

Posted September 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Independence Day, Brazil! On September 7, 1822, Pedro I, Prince of Brazil, declared Brazil’s independence, ending 322 years of Portugal’s colonial dominance over the country. Nicknamed “The Liberator,” Pedro I served as the first ruler of the Empire of Brazil. Today, his remains are interred in the Ipiranga Monument, which is located near the historic site where Pedro I proclaimed Brazil’s independence. Pedro I is connected to over 64 million profiles on Geni’s World Family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pippa Middleton

Posted September 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Pippa! Today Pippa Middleton turns 29. As the younger sister of Kate Middleton, she served as the maid of honor at her sister’s wedding to Prince William. Lately, Pippa has made a name for herself as a trend-setting fashionista and socialite. Pippa Middleton is connected to over 64 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Pippa Middleton’s Geni Profile  

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In Memory of the Munich Massacre

Posted September 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Plaque in front of the Israeli athletes' quarters commemorating the victims of the Munich massacre (photo by Highcontrast)

Plaque in front of the Israeli athletes’ quarters commemorating the victims (photo by Highcontrast) Today marks the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre in Munich, West Germany. On September 5, 1972, members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September. By the end of the crisis, 11 Israeli Olympic athletes and coaches were killed. In remembrance of this tragic event, several Geni users created The Munich Massacre project… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Cage

Posted September 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the 100th birthday of prolific avant-garde composer John Cage! Along with his long-time partner and dancer Merce Cunningham, Cage was instrumental in the development of modern dance. His unorthodox ideas and inventive compositions had a profound influence on mid-20th century music. John Cage is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View John Cage’s Geni Profile  

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FGS 2012 Conference Recap

Posted September 4, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Welcome to FGS 2012

We’re back from Birmingham, Alabama, where we attended FGS 2012 Conference. We had a great time meeting Geni users and chatting with librarians and genealogy society members about Geni’s Public Access program. We arrived a couple of days early to set up the Geni booth. The expo hall was a good size, with lots of vendors. It was great to see some familiar faces and new products making their conference debut. We had fun chatting… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beyoncé Knowles

Posted September 4, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Beyoncé! Today the music superstar celebrates her 31st birthday. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé catapulted to music stardom in the female R&B group Destiny’s Child. Since launching her own solo career, she has become one of the top selling female performers of all time. Did you know Acadian leader Joseph “Beauseleil” Broussard is her 6th great grandfather? Beyoncé Knowles is connected to over 64 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree…. Read the full story