This week we highlight the Spanish Conquistadors project. The term “Conquistador” refers to the Spanish and Portuguese explorers, soldiers and adventurers who brought much of the New World under the control of Spain and Portugal during the 16th century. This project aims to identify conquistadors on Geni, merge all duplicates and ensure the quality of data on each profile. If your interested in helping out, check out this project and join its collaborators!
On July 8, 1958, American actor Kevin Bacon was born. How are you related?
One of the most rewarding aspects of genealogy is learning about who your ancestors were as individuals. It’s important to remember that genealogy isn’t only about scouring through documents in libraries and online resources. Chances are you have a few heirlooms in your family. These items are a great place to begin learning more about your ancestors’ lives, while at the same time, getting your family more involved in their genealogy.
On July 7, 1940, English musician Ringo Starr was born in Liverpool, England. Starr achieved international fame as the drummer for The Beatles, the best-selling band in the history of popular music.
On July 6, 1907, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born.
Learn more about singer and actress Olivia Newton-John’s family tree on Geni!
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Lynette Wittstock were married on July 2, 2011 in a civil ceremony in the throne room of the palace in Monte Carlo.
Monday July 4, the U.S. celebrates Independence Day to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Today’s featured project highlights those individuals who signed the document. Primarily written by Thomas Jefferson, the document announced the independence of the thirteen colonies from the rule of the British Empire. Check out this project to view the profiles of all the signers of the Declaration of Independence! If you want to help add information and… Read the full story
Today we remember Diana, Princess of Wales, who was born 50 years ago on July 1, 1961 in Sandringham, Norfolk, England.
Do you have an ancestor who served in an early American war? Your ancestor or their heirs may have been given free land, also known as bounty land, as a compensation for their services. Similar to pension records, bounty land warrants can offer genealogists valuable information to add to their family trees. Let’s take a look at what you might find. What are bounty land warrants? Issued by the federal government from 1776 to 1858,… Read the full story
On June 30, 1917 American Jazz singer and actress Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn, New York.
On June 29, 1900, French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born. He is perhaps best known for his novella, The Little Prince. Published in 1943, The Little Prince has been translated into more than 180 languages and has sold more than 80 million copies, making it one of the best selling books in history. During World War II, Saint-Exupéry joined the Free French Forces to fight the Axis powers. On July 31, 1944, Saint-Exupéry disappeared… Read the full story
Aldous Huxley was a prominent English writer best known for his dystopian novel, Brave New World. Well regarded within academic circles, many viewed him as a leader in modern thought. Huxley was born into a highly educated and prominent English family. Members of the Huxley Family found success in various fields, ranging from medicine and science to arts and literature. Huxley was born in Surrey, England to Leonard Huxley, a writer and schoolteacher, and Julia Arnold. His paternal… Read the full story
Profile of the Day: Archduke Franz Ferdinand
On June 28, 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife Sophie were assassinated by a Serbian nationalist.
Profile of the Day: Peter Falk http://www.geni.com/people/Peter-Falk/6000000013082121565
Today we highlighted U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer, the first Hispanic justice. In addition to that, we thought it’d be interesting to highlight the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court project. Established by the U.S. Constitution, the court convened for the first time in 1790. The U.S. Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States. Each associate justice is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. There are currently 27 profiles… Read the full story
Tomorrow, June 25, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates her 57th birthday. Sotomayor’s nomination was confirmed in August 2009, making her the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court. Check out her family tree! View Sonia Sotomayor’s Geni Profile
Every genealogist can attest to how valuable population census records are to genealogical research. But did you know that there are other types of census schedules out there? While these “special” schedules may not hold as much information as population schedules, they can often help supplement other sources and point you into new directions. Let’s take a brief look at a few of the other types of U.S. census schedules: Agriculture Schedules Agriculture schedules can… Read the full story
George Clooney Oscar winning actor and director George Clooney has found great success both on screen and off. He is best known for his roles on the television show ER and movies such as Ocean’s Eleven, Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck which he co-wrote and directed. Clooney has also devoted much of his time to his humanitarian work, raising awareness for the conflict in Darfur and raising funds for several recent natural disasters throughout the world. Check out George… Read the full story
Profile of the Day: Erich Maria Remarque http://www.geni.com/people/Erich-Maria-Remarque/6000000010764509598
Orville and Wilbur Wright were two American aviation pioneers, who are credited with inventing the worlds first successful airplane. On December 17, 1903 the brothers succeeded in making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. In 1906, Orville and Wilbur were granted a patent for their “Flying Machine.” The brothers grew up in a close household, which fostered their creativity. Their success was widely influenced by the support they received from their family. Their… Read the full story
On June 21, 1982, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. He is the first heir to the British throne to be born in a hospital. Check out his family tree and see how you’re related! View Prince William, Duke of Cambridge’s Geni Profile
On June 20, 1909, actor Errol Flynn was born. On screen, he was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles. While off screen, Flynn was known for his flamboyant lifestyle in Hollywood. In 1960, he received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to film and television. View Errol Flynn’s Geni Profile
Tomorrow, June 18, marks the anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812. Just 29 years after the American Revolutionary War, the United States declared war on the British Empire in reaction to the Empire’s economic blockade of France and the forceful induction of American sailors into the British Royal Navy. Do you have any ancestors who fought in the War of 1812? Add them to this project and see how you can connect… Read the full story
On June 17, 1239 Edward I was born at the Palace of Westminster. He was known as Edward the Longshanks for his tall physique. During his reign, he strengthened the authority of the crown and established parliament as a permanent institution. How are you related? View Edward I, King of England’s Geni Profile
Discovered that your ancestor has disappeared from public records for a period of time? Wonder why your family doesn’t want to talk about a certain ancestor’s past? If you’ve heard stories or rumors in your family about an ancestor’s criminal activities, you may want to investigate those claims further by finding documentation. Criminal records make a fascinating resource for genealogical information. What types of criminal records are there? Police report/arrest records Court records Probation records Execution records… Read the full story
On June 16, 1903 the Ford Motor Company was incorporated. Founded by Henry Ford, the company is now one of the largest auto makers in the world. By implementing the assembly line technique of mass production, Henry Ford revolutionized the automobile industry and became one of the richest men in the world. How are you related? View Henry Ford’s Geni Profile
On June 15, 1964 actress Courteney Cox was born. She is perhaps best known for her role as Monica Gellar in the hugely successful sitcom Friends. Today, Cox can be found starring in the comedy, Cougar Town, for which she received her first Golden Globe nomination. Check out her family tree and see how you’re related! View Courteney Cox’s Geni Profile
Profile of the Day: Roy Orbison http://www.geni.com/people/Roy-Orbison/6000000012909541570
Profile of the Day: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh http://www.geni.com/people/Prince-Philip-Duke-of-Edinburgh/6000000003075171096
Naturalization records are an important resource for genealogists. These records hold valuable information not only about their names and ages, but also where they came from. They provide important clues that may lead you to new paths and discoveries. Let’s take a brief look at what information naturalization records hold. Declaration of Intentions In the first steps toward naturalization, your ancestor would need to file a declaration of intentions, also known as “First Papers.” These… Read the full story
Profile of the Day: Diane Lane http://www.geni.com/people/Diane-Lane/6000000008914885639
Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright http://www.geni.com/people/Frank-Lloyd-Wright/359887443050007456
On June 7, 1982, Graceland, the former home of legendary musician Elvis Presley, was opened to the public. Referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll,” Presley revolutionized the music industry and is perhaps one of the most important cultural icons of the 20th century. He has been inducted to four music halls of fame, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1935, Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi to Vernon… Read the full story
Profile of the Day: Louis XIV http://www.geni.com/people/Louis-XIV-Roi-de-France-et-Navarre/6000000000842131607
Profile of the Day: Dwight D. Eisenhower http://www.geni.com/people/Dwight-D-Eisenhower-34th-President-of-the-USA/6000000003055068438
Do you have an ancestor who was involved in the Salem witch trials? This week we highlight the Salem Witch Trials: Colonial America in 1692 project. The goal of this project is to discover our ancestors involved in the notorious “Salem Witch Trials,” validate their family trees and our own connections to them, and create quality, genealogically valid mini biographies for the Profiles. If you’re interested in helping out, join the project’s collaborators! Perhaps you may… Read the full story
Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie http://www.geni.com/people/Angelina-Jolie/6000000002742902340
When researching your genealogy, school records may not be one of the first resources that come to mind. However, you may be surprised to realize how information found in school records can help supplement your research with other documented sources. They can even provide clues to other areas to search. Let’s take a look at how school records can help you. Record of attendance Teachers often wrote notes recording why a student was absent for… Read the full story
Profile of the Day: George Orwell http://www.geni.com/people/Eric-Arthur-Blair-George-Orwell/6000000001510467133
Profile of the Day: Helen Keller http://www.geni.com/people/Helen-Keller/6000000006811385682
American poet Emily Dickinson lived in Amherst, Massachusetts for most of her life. While much of the public was unaware of her writings during her lifetime, Dickinson gained significant prominence after her death. Today, she is one of the most celebrated writers of the 19th century. Her writing style and unconventional use of capitalization and punctuation were unique for the era in which she wrote. Because she lived much of her life in seclusion, Dickinson… Read the full story
Profile of the Day: Audie Murphy http://www.geni.com/people/Audie-Murphy/6000000002062280945
On Monday, May 30, the U.S. will celebrate Memorial Day, which honors the men and women who have lost their lives while in military service to the United States. Originally conceived to remember the fallen Union and Confederate soldiers of the U.S. Civil War, after World War I, the observance was extended to include all American soldiers who have died in the service of the country. Today, we highlight the U.S. Civil War Notables and… Read the full story
Profile of the Day: Vincent Price http://www.geni.com/people/Vincent-Price/6000000004138493752
While census records and other official documents are excellent resources for your ancestor’s vital information, none compare to having your family Bible in your possession. Family Bibles provide not only great genealogical information, but also offer an intimate connection with your ancestors. Contained in these Bibles are family records written in the hands of your own relatives and passed on from generation to generation. What can I find in my family Bible? You will find… Read the full story
Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker http://www.geni.com/people/Abraham-Bram-Stoker/6000000010663773201
Profile of the Day: Oprah Winfrey http://www.geni.com/people/Oprah-Winfrey/6000000009948468501
Christopher Reeve Christopher Reeve was an American actor, director, screenwriter and author. Although he played many diverse roles throughout his career, he is perhaps best remembered for his portrayal of Superman in four feature films. After a horse riding accident resulted in him becoming a quadriplegic, Reeve spent much of the later part of his life as an advocate of stem cell research. He founded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to… Read the full story