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Independence Day by the Numbers

Posted July 2, 2012 by Amanda | 9 Comments
Independence Day

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?

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Monday Recap for July 2, 2012

Posted July 2, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Here are some interesting genealogy articles from the past week! Enjoy! The Genealogy Sphere Honesty & The Ethics of Genealogy (Geder Genealogy) – Blogger George Geder discusses the importance of honesty in genealogy. Genealogy Research Just Got a Whole Lot Easier — and Closer (SF Weekly) – The Alien Files (A-Files) are now available in California’s Bay Area Old African American Cemetery to be Restored (wctv.com) – The Munree Cemetery, the burial place for African… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted July 2, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Seventy-five years ago on July 2, 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

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Look Who’s Related: Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane

Posted June 29, 2012 by Amanda | 5 Comments
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This week Mark Wahlberg shows off his comedic chops in his new movie, Ted. Written and directed by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Wahlberg plays a man whose childhood wish for his teddy bear to come to life comes true. MacFarlane also lends his voice as the titular teddy bear and best friend. Did you know the pair are also distantly related? Seth MacFarlane is Mark Wahlberg’s 13th cousin thrice removed!* Read on to see which other… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Posted June 29, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 29, 1861, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning died in Florence, Italy. As one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian Era, Browning’s poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States during her lifetime. In 1846, she secretly married fellow poet Robert Browning against her father’s wishes. Her father disowned her and the couple moved to Italy. Browning was plagued by ill health throughout her life. After suffering from weakness and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Posted June 28, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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300 years ago today, French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born. Rousseau believed that man was good by nature and was corrupted by society. His political philosophies significantly influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological and educational thought. Jean-Jaques Rousseau’s tree is still pretty small. Perhaps you can help expand his tree and connect him to over 60 million profiles on Geni!     View Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nora Ephron

Posted June 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember director and writer Nora Ephron, who passed away yesterday at the age of 71. Ephron was born May 19, 1941 to a family of screenwriters. She became one cinema’s most successful female filmmakers, earning three Academy Award nominations for writing the films Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally… and Sleepless in Seattle. Her last written and directorial effort was the film Julie & Julia, which earned Meryl Streep a Best Actress Oscar nomination… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jason Schwartzman

Posted June 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today actor Jason Schwartzman celebrates his 32nd birthday! Schwartzman is the nephew of acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola and cousin to Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Cage. With such an impressive Hollywood pedigree, it’s no wonder he was destined for movie stardom. Schwartzman can most recently be seen on the big screen in the film, Moonrise Kingdom. Check out Jason Schwartzman’s family tree! Perhaps you can help connect the Coppola family to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for June 25, 2012

Posted June 25, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Check out some interesting articles from the world of genealogy! The Genealogy Sphere Mitt Romney’s Mormon roots in northern England (BBC) – Mitt Romney’s ancestry traced to northern England Treasures in City Directories (About.com) – Kimberly Powell offers some great tips about using city directories in your genealogy research A War of 1812 Pension and 1940 Census Mashup! (FGS Voice) – The last widow of a War of 1812 veteran found in the 1940 census… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John McEnroe

Posted June 25, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s the first day of Wimbledon! The oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon is regarded by many as one of the most prestigious tennis championships. Today, we highlight Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, one of the most successful and high profile players in the history of tennis. Although his notorious temper sometimes overshadowed his performance on the court, McEnroe won 17 Grand Slam titles, 77 career single titles, and 77 double titles throughout his career…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Turing

Posted June 22, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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This Saturday, June 23, marks the 100th anniversary of visionary computer scientist Alan Turing‘s birthday. Born in London, England in 1912, Turing studied mathematics at Cambridge University. During World War II, Turing played a vital role in deciphering the messages encrypted by the German’s Enigma machine, providing vital intelligence for the Allies. He would later change the world with the invention of modern computers and become known as the father of artificial intelligence. Despite his… Read the full story

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Five Famous Connections to Abraham Lincoln

Posted June 21, 2012 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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This week, the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens nationwide. Based on the fictional novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, the story follows the life of President Abraham Lincoln but with a twist – he was secretly a vampire hunter! In honor of the movie’s release, check out how these five famous faces are related to the real Abraham Lincoln. 1. Starring as the vampire hunting President is actor Benjamin Walker, who’s married to Mamie Gummer, daughter of actress Meryl… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

Posted June 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 21, 1839, Brazilian novelist Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Machado was the grandson of slaves; his father was a mulatto housepainter and his mother was an Azorean Portuguese washerwoman. Despite being regarded as the greatest writer of Brazilian literature, Machado did not gain widespread popularity outside Brazil until after his own lifetime. Today, his novels Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas and Dom Casmurro are considered masterpieces of realist literature…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicole Kidman

Posted June 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Nicole Kidman! Today the Oscar winner turns 45. Recently, Kidman has been receiving lots of praise for her performance in the critically acclaimed Hemingway & Gellhorn, based on the real-life romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Did you catch the film’s premiere on HBO? Nicole Kidman is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Nicole Kidman’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Wallis Simpson

Posted June 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 19, 1896, American socialite Wallis Simpson was born in Pennsylvania. She is perhaps best remembered for her relationship with Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor. After Edward’s accession as King, he desired to marry the twice-divorced Simpson. This threatened to cause a constitutional crisis in the U.K. and ultimately, lead the King to abdicate the throne in 1936 so he would be free to marry Simpson. Today, she remains a controversial figure in British… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for June 18, 2012

Posted June 18, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment

Here’s our recap for this past week in the world of genealogy! The Genealogy Sphere Documenting the Past with Pictures (kimt.com) – A woman takes photos of gravestones at a local cemetery to document them for the future In my lifetime: Bearden matriarch recalls researching family history and creating her own (KnoxNews.com) – The story of a woman’s personal journey researching her genealogy Rooting out a Hindu family history the traditional way (BBC) – A… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul McCartney

Posted June 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Paul McCartney! The former Beatle celebrates his 70th birthday today. The music icon is still going strong; he most recently performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert. Did you know the Guinness Book of World Records has dubbed him the “most successful composer and recording artist of all time”? Paul McCartney’s family tree is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help connect him to over 60 million profiles… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Posted June 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tomorrow June 16 is Bloomsday! Celebrated in Dublin and many other parts of the world, Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses are relived. At over 600 pages, Ulysses is considered an iconic piece of Modernist literature. Are you a James Joyce aficionado? James Joyce is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?    … Read the full story

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Look Who’s Related: Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin

Posted June 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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This Friday, Tom Cruise lends his voice as Stacee Jaxx in the rock musical Rock of Ages. Just this week, Cruise was honored by The Friars Club with the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award in New York, becoming the fourth recipient of the honor and placing him in the same company as legends Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra. On hand to present his award was his Rock of Ages co-star Alec Baldwin. Did you know… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Betsy Ross

Posted June 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today, June 14, is Flag Day in the U.S., commemorating the day the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States. In honor of Flag Day, today we highlight Betsy Ross, who is widely believed to have been commissioned by George Washington to make the very first American flag in 1776. Although there is little evidence to prove the legend, Betsy Ross has become a significant symbol in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Butler Yeats

Posted June 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 13, 1865, Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats was born. Named one of the greatest writers of 20th century literature, Yeats became the first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923. He is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize. What’s your favorite Yeats poem? William Butler Yeats is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 2012 Recap

Posted June 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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We had a great three days at the 43rd annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, California! It was a blast introducing Geni to the uninitiated and chatting with lots of long time users. And many thanks to the genealogy bloggers who stopped by the booth! It was great to finally meet you all in person! Our Jamboree-fun started a week earlier for us. Not only did we sponsor the bags this year, but we helped provide… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Anne Frank, who was born on June 12, 1929. It was 70 years ago that Anne received her famous diary as a present for her 13th birthday. Shortly thereafter, she and her family were forced into hiding for two years until they were discovered and taken to a Nazi concentration camp. During that time, Anne kept a first hand account of her life in hiding. Sadly, Anne died in the concentration camp… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for June 11, 2012

Posted June 11, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Here are some interesting articles from last week! Enjoy! The Genealogy Sphere Of Time Travel and Typhoid (Accessible Archives) – Discovering typhoid as your ancestor’s cause of death Name changes, estate executors can be found in probate notices (Bangor Daily News) – Tips on using probate records in your research Genealogy: Details found in the Atlanta Penitentiary Records 1902 – 1921 (Examiner.com) – The Atlanta Penitentiary Records offer more details into family history 1940 census:… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Luís Vaz de Camões

Posted June 11, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we highlight Luís Vaz de Camões, who is considered one of Portugal’s greatest poets in history. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Homer and Dante. Camões was born circa 1524 in Lisbon and died June 10, 1580. He is perhaps best remembered for his epic masterpiece, The Lusiads. It’s influence in Portuguese is so profound that it is called the “language of Camões.” Luís Vaz de Camões is connected to over 60… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley MacLaine

Posted June 8, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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Last night, actress Shirley MacClaine was honored with the American Film Institute’s lifetime achievement award. The 40th recipient of the honor, MacClaine has enjoyed a long career in Hollywood and the theater. Nominated five times for an Academy Award, she finally won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Terms of Endearment in 1983. Her younger brother, actor Warren Beatty, was on hand to present her with the AFI prize. Shirley McClaine is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince

Posted June 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Prince! The legendary musician turns 54 today. Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the R&B icon has sold over 80 million records worldwide. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And this year, his best-selling hit “Purple Rain” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, thus preserving it as a piece of cultural significance for many years to come. Are you a fan of the great… Read the full story

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Remembering D-Day

Posted June 6, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Today marks the 68th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy. Code named Operation Overlord, over 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy across a 50-mile span of its coast. Never before had an operation of this magnitude had been attempted. On the day before, (June 5, 1944), General Dwight D. Eisenhower, then the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, gave the go-ahead for the operation. In his letter to the troops, Eisenhower told them: “You… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ray Bradbury

Posted June 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury died last night at the age of 91. A master of science fiction, Bradbury was able to anchor his visions of the future with the familiarity of the present. He brought the often dismissed science fiction genre into the literary mainstream and will be remembered as one of the most celebrated authors of the 20th century. Ray Bradbury is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted June 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day 56 years ago, Elvis Presley performed “Hound Dog” on the Milton Berle Show. Although it may seem subdued by today’s standards, his gyrations on stage caused a storm of controversy. His scandalous performance became a defining moment of Presley’s career and helped catapult him to fame and become the King of Rock and Roll. Elvis Presley is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for June 4, 2012

Posted June 4, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment

Check out some interesting links from this past week! The Genealogy Sphere Parkman woman, British brother who presumed each other dead reunited after 48 years (Bangor Daily News) – Siblings are reunited after believing each other to be dead Decades Later, Baby’s 19th Century Gravestone Returned to Mass. Cemetery (CBS Boston) – A baby’s gravestone from 1876 is finally returned to the cemetery Pritchardville Elementary fifth-graders explore family history with scrapbooks (Islandpacket.com) – A great… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Posted June 4, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Over this four-day weekend in the UK and the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, which marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. It was in 1952 that Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne after the death of her father, George VI. Did you know she is only the second monarch in the history of the United Kingdom to achieve this important milestone? The first monarch to have celebrated a… Read the full story

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Look at Which Celebrities are Related to Queen Elizabeth II

Posted June 1, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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June 2 kicks off Queen Elizabeth II‘s Diamond Jubilee celebration. In honor of her 60 years on the throne, here’s a look at just a few notable celebrities who are related to the Queen of England. Throughout her long and distinguished reign, Queen Elizabeth has met with 12 U.S. Presidents. In 2009, President Obama made a visit to Buckingham Palace. President Obama is Queen Elizabeth’s 9th cousin twice removed! Just this week, teen idol Justin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted June 1, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 1, 1926, Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles, California. The blonde star would have been 86 today. Marilyn overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world’s biggest cultural icons and most enduring sex symbols. Sadly, her life was cut short at the age of 36 when she died of a drug overdose. Marilyn Monroe is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clint Eastwood

Posted May 31, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Clint Eastwood! On May 31, 1930, Clint Eastwood was born in San Francisco, California. Today, the talented actor and director turns 82! Before making it in Hollywood, Eastwood served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In addition to his long and accomplished film career, Eastwood has had a hand in politics for a number of years. Did you know he once served as mayor of Carmel, California? Clint Eastwood is connected… Read the full story

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The Hatfield & McCoy Feud

Posted May 30, 2012 by Amanda | 8 Comments
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Tonight, the History Channel airs part 3 of their record breaking miniseries, Hatsfields & McCoys. Have you been watching the series about the vicious and violent clash between the Hatfield and McCoy families? The bitter feud between the Hatfields, headed by Devil Anse Hatfield, and the McCoys, whose head patriarch was Randolph “Ole Ran” McCoy, has made a lasting impression in American folklore.  The Hatfield Clan   The origins of the feud can be traced back to the murder of… Read the full story

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Come See the Geni Team at Jamboree 2012!

Posted May 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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The 43rd annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree is next week! Are you as excited for the fun-filled genealogy conference? Jamboree 2012 will be taking place June 8 – 10 in Burbank, California – that’s right in our own backyard! Several Geni team members will be making an appearance too! We’re giving away a free Geni “Who’s Your Daddy?” t-shirt to all Geni users who come to our booth (410, 411). We’d love to meet you, so… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dario Franchitti

Posted May 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1911, the Indianapolis 500 had its inaugural run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana. Since then, the 200-lap, two-and-a-half mile race has become a Memorial Day weekend tradition. This year, racer Dario Franchitti made it into the record books with his third Indy 500 win. His wife, actress Ashley Judd, was there cheering him on. Did you catch the race on TV? Dario Franchitti’s family tree is still rather small…. Read the full story

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Recap for May 29, 2012

Posted May 29, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

We hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! Due to the holiday, this week’s recap is a day late. Enjoy the links below! The Genealogy Sphere Turn a Genealogy Guess into a Working Theory (Olive Tree Genealogy Blog) – Tips on how to turn your guess into a working theory Where Were They? 1936 North American Heat Wave (Ancestral Breezes) – Where were your ancestors during the 1936 heat wave? Interview with Henry Louis… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Posted May 29, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 29, 1917, John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Kennedy was born into a politically and socially prominent family, so it was of no surprise that he would pursue public office. In 1961, Kennedy became the 35th president of the United States. Sadly, in 1963 he was assassinated while riding in his motorcade in Dallas. His death shocked the nation. Today, he is remembered as one of America’s most beloved presidents in… Read the full story

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Memorial Day – Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers

Posted May 25, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day in the U.S. On this day, the country honors the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the U.S. military. Typically, the day is celebrated by visiting cemeteries, attending parades and family gatherings. Memorial Day was first introduced after the end of the Civil War. However, after the devastation of World War I, the day was expanded to encompass all American soldiers who have died in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted May 25, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 25, 1803 poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson was born. Emerson was seen as a champion of individualism and a leader of the Transcendentalist movement. His essays on individuality and optimism significantly influenced American thinking. Ralph Waldo Emerson is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Geni Profile  

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Look Who’s Related: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Posted May 24, 2012 by Amanda | 8 Comments
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This week Brad Pitt made an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in support of his new movie Killing Them Softly. The film was created in collaboration with writer/director Andrew Dominik, who worked with Brad in the film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. In the film, Brad played the American outlaw Jesse James. Did you know Brad Pitt and Jesse James are actually related? Jesse James is Brad Pitt’s 9th cousin twice removed!… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicolaus Copernicus

Posted May 24, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 24, 1543, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus died at the age of 70. The Renaissance astronomer proposed the idea of a heliocentric solar system. He believed that the planets rotated around the sun, and that Earth, besides orbiting the sun annually, turned daily on its own axis. Copernicus’s theory significantly impacted scientific thinking of the time, and laid the beginnings of the scientific revolution. Nicolaus Copernicus is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profiles of the Day: Bonnie and Clyde

Posted May 23, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 23, 1934, notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in an ambush by the Texas and Louisiana state police. For two years during the Great Depression, the infamous couple committed robberies and murders throughout the U.S. Their crimes captured the imagination of the nation. At the time, the public’s attitude was against the government and banks and the couple used that to their advantage. The intense media coverage mixed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Victor Hugo

Posted May 22, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 22, 1885, French poet and author Victor Hugo died. He is buried in the Panthéon in Paris, which holds the remains of France’s most distinguished citizens. He shares a crypt with Alexandre Dumas and Émile Zola. Hugo is best remembered for his novels The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Misérables.   Victor Hugo is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Victor Hugo’s Geni Profile  

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Monday Recap for May 21, 2012

Posted May 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Here’s a wrap-up of the past week in genealogy: The Genealogy Sphere African-American’s roots revised (MSNBC) – African-American family researcher William Holland plans a family reunion to visit the location where his ancestors were once held as slaves Using OneNote to keep up with those ancestors (4yourfamilystory.com) – Caroline Pointer presents a great video tutorial on how to use OneNote in your genealogy research New Cousins! (Ancestorslivehere.com) – Blogger Leslie Ann discovers new cousins! Morenci… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

Posted May 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 21, 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. During the American Civil War, Barton became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her tireless work with the sick and wounded. During the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, she worked for the International Red Cross behind German lines. After the war, she returned to the U.S. and campaigned for the establishment of an American Red Cross organization which could provide… Read the full story

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Look Who’s Related: Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus

Posted May 18, 2012 by Amanda | 6 Comments
Britney Spears

It was announced earlier this week that Britney Spears will be the latest celebrity judge to join The X Factor. The newly engaged Spears has been making a comeback lately. She was recently listed as No. 6 on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Celebrities and on May 20, she will compete for Top Dance Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. Let’s check out how she’s related to some of today’s top stars! It was originally rumored that Miley… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paula Deen

Posted May 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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The genealogy television show Who Do You Think You Are? signs off on its final season with a dramatic episode featuring chef Paula Deen. Will you be watching tonight as Paula makes some surprising discoveries about her southern roots? What are your thoughts about the show’s cancellation? Paula Deen is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Paula Deen’s Geni Profile