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Profile of the Day: Bernardo de Gálvez

Posted July 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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This week legislation was introduced to honor American Revolutionary War hero Bernardo de Gálvez. Two-hundred years after his death, the Spanish general may be posthumously granted honorary American citizenship for his invaluable support to the 13 American colonies both before and after Spain’s official entry into the Revolutionary War. Gálvez successfully defeated the British at the Siege of Pensacola, which significantly diluted the British’s strength in the south. The Continental Congress formally declared their gratitude to… Read the full story

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Video: Your Family Tree Explained

Posted July 9, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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One of the best things about Geni’s World Family Tree is the ability to discover how we’re all related to each other and to historical figures and celebrities. While you are finding these new connections, you may see relationships such as “second cousin once removed” or “sixth cousin twice removed.” With all the talk about “cousins” and “removes,” do you ever wonder, “What exactly does this mean?” This short video created by CGP Grey gives… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Hanks

Posted July 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a favorite Tom Hanks movie? Today the lovable actor turns 58. Tom Hanks was born Thomas Jeffrey Hanks on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California In 1979, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. After appearing in low-budget movies and bit parts on television, Tom landed the lead role in the television comedy Bosom Buddies. Although the show lasted for only two seasons, the exposure helped lead Tom… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kevin Bacon

Posted July 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Kevin Bacon! Today the star turns 56. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kevin was the youngest of six children born to architect Edmund Bacon and Ruth Holmes, a teacher and social activist. From a young age he showed a spark for acting, earning a full scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at 16. Throughout his career, he’s tackled a wide variety of roles across multiple genres in both film and… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for July 7, 2014

Posted July 7, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Did you have an excellent 4th of July weekend? Kickstart the new work week right with these family history articles from around the web. Image: Many English Last Names Began as Nicknames – Here are their Original Meanings / Business Insider The Genealogy Sphere Calculating age at death – and why (Vita-Brevis.org) – A good explanation of how early colonial America calculated the deceased’s age in years, months and days for tombstone engravings Many English… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ringo Starr

Posted July 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Ringo Starr! The Beatles drummer was born Richard Starkey in Liverpool, England on July 7, 1940. When the Beatles first formed in 1960, Starr was a member of another Liverpool group, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. After achieving moderate success with them, he was asked to join the Beatles to replace their drummer, Pete Best. Soon after, Starr was on the fast track to fame in what would become one of the biggest… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Posted July 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 4, 1804, American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts. Throughout his lifetime, Nathaniel published several short stories and novels, including The House of Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter. His third great grandfather, William Hathorne, was the first of his ancestors to arrive in the New World in 1630. He became an important member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, where he held many political positions including magistrate and judge, becoming infamous for his harsh… Read the full story

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Watch as the U.S. Center of Population Heads West

Posted July 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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The United States Census Bureau has created this amazing map that details the movement of the country’s mean center of population over the last 220 years. The data is from the U.S. census records from 1790 – 2010. What is the mean center of population? According the the U.S. Census Bureau, the mean center of population is “the point at which an imaginary, flat weightless, and rigid map of the United States would balance if… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Cruise

Posted July 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Tom Cruise! He was born Thomas Cruise Mapother, IV on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York. After making notable appearances in the films Taps  and The Outsiders, Cruise went on to star in two highly successful films Risky Business and Top Gun, cementing his status as a major Hollywood superstar. Since then, Cruise has headlined numerous blockbusters and earned three Oscar nominations. What’s your favorite Tom Cruise movie? Tom Cruise is connected to over… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lyndon B. Johnson

Posted July 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House. Hundreds of guests were invited to the historic signing, including civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. During his presidency, President John F. Kennedy fought for a strong civil rights bill to give all Americans equal rights and opportunities. Five days after Kennedy’s assassination, President Johnson urged lawmakers “to… Read the full story

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Genealogy in the Classroom

Posted July 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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It is always rewarding when we can introduce younger generations to the wonders of genealogy. Fostering that early interest in one’s family history is essential to preserving the stories of our family heritage. For the last few months, the history class of West Valley Middle School in Knoxville, Tennessee have been using Geni and our sister site WorldVitalRecords for their family history project. Spearheaded by their teacher, John Martin, this budding group of genealogists used Geni… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Princess Diana

Posted July 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” Today we remember Diana, Princess of Wales on what would have been her 53rd birthday. Fondly known as the People’s Princess, Diana was one of the most adored members of the British royal family. Diana was born into an aristocratic English family on June 1, 1961 in Sandringham, England. In 1989,… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for June 30, 2014

Posted June 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Check out these articles from around the web! Image: The 7 Deadliest Fashion Trends of All Time / io9.com The Genealogy Sphere Geni.com Relaxes Privacy Rules – A Good Thing (Genea-Musings Blog) – Geneablogger Randy Seaver gives his favorable opinion about Geni’s upcoming privacy changes The 7 Deadliest Fashion Trends of All Time (io9.com) – These dangerous fashion trends of our ancestors may have had some deadly consequences The Advantages of Working with a One… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Mitchell

Posted June 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Seventy-eight years ago today, Margaret Mitchell published her beloved novel Gone with the Wind. The book was an instant hit, topping the American fiction bestseller list in its first two years of publication. Only a year after publishing her first novel, Mitchell received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her story continued to thrive when it was adapted into a film in 1939. The movie, starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, would prove to be a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Posted June 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Helen Keller, who was bon on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her family lived on a homestead, Ivy Green, that her grandfather had built decades earlier. She contracted an illness at just 19 months, which would leave her deaf and blind for the rest of her life. Unable to see, hear or speak, Helen had very limited means of communication. At the advice of Alexander Graham Bell, Helen’s parents contacted the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Tyler

Posted June 26, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 26, 1844, President John Tyler became the first president to marry while in office. At the age of 54, he married for the second time to 24-year-old Julia Gardiner. His first wife, with whom he had 8 children, died of a stroke two years earlier. The couple’s road to marriage began with an unfortunate tragedy and narrow escape. Julia, her sister and her father had joined a presidential excursion on the new steam… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Jackson

Posted June 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Michael Jackson, who died on this day in 2009 at the age of 50. Even though five years have passed since his death, the King of Pop’s legacy continues to remain very much alive. Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958. At the age of 5, he began performing with is older brothers as a member of The Jackson 5. In 1971, he embarked on his solo career and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry VIII

Posted June 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 24, 1509, Henry VIII was crowned the king of England at the age of 17. Shortly before his coronation, Henry married Catherine of Aragon, his older brother’s widow, in a private ceremony at Greenwich Church. Henry ruled over England for 38 years, bringing significant changes to the English Constitution and the establishment of the Church of England as a separate entity from the Roman Catholic Church. Despite the historical significance of many of… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for June 23, 2014

Posted June 23, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Kickstart your week with this interesting articles from around the web! Image: Lost First World War bracelet returned to Arthur Erickson’s family / CBC The Genealogy Sphere 10 Dangerous Ways to Amuse Yourself from an 1820 Book (Mental Floss) – How times have changed! This 1820 book lists some crazy and very dangerous ways to amuse yourself in your spare time. Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes (BBC News) – For 75 years Finland’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Turing

Posted June 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember mathematician Alan Turing, who was born on June 23, 1912 in London, England.  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 which enabled the Nazi’s defeat in several crucial battles. After the war, he continued his work with computers, developing the first designs for a stored-program computer. His work was groundbreaking and laid the groundwork for computers… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lionel Richie

Posted June 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Lionel Richie! Today the singer and songwriter turns 65. He was born Lionel Brockman Richie in Tuskegee, Alabama and grew up at the Tuskegee Institute, where two generations of his family worked. After first gaining popularity as one of the founding members of the Commodores, Richie branched out on his own and established a highly successful solo career. Some of his greatest hits include “Truly,” “Hello,” and “Endless Love.” To date, he has… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Felipe VI

Posted June 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today Spain has a new king. Felipe VI was officially sworn in as the new king of Spain at the Spanish parliament Thursday morning, following the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos. Felipe was born in Madrid, Spain on January 30, 1968. Like several members of his family, Felipe was an Olympic athlete. He competed as a member of the Spanish Olympic sailing team in 1992. In 2004, he married former CNN journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano…. Read the full story

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The Statue of Liberty Arrives in the U.S.

Posted June 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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129 years ago today, the Statue of Liberty, America’s iconic symbol of freedom and independence, arrived in New York Harbor in Manhattan, New York after a long voyage across the Atlantic. Over two hundred thousand people lined the docks and boarded hundreds of boats to welcome the French steamer Isère and catch a glimpse of the copper and iron statue. The statue was shipped disassembled in over 300 individual pieces and packed in over 200 cases…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Francis Drake

Posted June 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 17, 1579, during his attempt to circumnavigate the globe, English privateer Sir Francis Drake landed of the coast on what is today California and claimed it for England. Named “Nova Albion” by Drake, the land was one of the earliest English territorial claims in the New World. In 1581, he was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth I. The precise location of Nova Albion was carefully guarded to keep it a secret from… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for June 16, 2014

Posted June 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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We hope everyone had a great Father’s Day weekend! Here’s a few articles to kickstart your week. Image: Returned photos reveal a father never known, 50-year-old promise kept / Stripes.com The Genealogy Sphere The world’s largest family reunion…we’re all invited! (TED) – Check out author AJ Jacobs’s entertaining TED talk about the Global Family Reunion Eight decades in the wrong grave: Mac map collection helps solve family mystery (TheSpec.com) – A man solves a family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Hitchcock

Posted June 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho? On June 16, 1960, the classic horror film made its premiere in New York City. Starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, the film is considered one of Hitchcock’s best and has become one of the most recognizable films in cinema history. With surprising plot twists and carefully framed scenes, the film broke from traditional conventions of movie making to terrify audiences for years to come. Did Hitchcock’s classic… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Butler Yeats

Posted June 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you read the poems by William Butler Yeats? On June 13, 1865, the Irish poet was born in Dublin, Ireland to John and Susan Yeats. Considered one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature, Yeats writings were a  driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival. In 1923, he became the first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature. Aware of the significance, Yeats used the opportunity to highlight Ireland’s new… Read the full story

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Father’s Day: Memories with Dad

Posted June 12, 2014 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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This Sunday, June 15, the U.S. celebrates Father’s Day in honor of fathers, grandfathers and other paternal figures in our lives. Throughout the country, families take advantage of the approaching summer weather by celebrating with outdoor activities and barbecues. Inspired by Mother’s Day, the popular holiday to honor motherhood, Father’s Day was celebrated for decades before officially being recognized as a federal holiday. In 1910 Spokane, Washington, Sonora Smart Dodd sought to honor her father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank Today we remember Anne Frank, who was born June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. During World War II, her family went into hiding to escape the Nazis. While in hiding, Anne kept a diary of her thoughts, desires and experiences. For two years, the family lived in secret with four others in a small annex…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Wayne

Posted June 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Westerns? Today we remember John Wayne, who died on June 11, 1979 at the age of 72. One of the top box office draws for three decades, Wayne continues to endure as one of America’s greatest cultural icons. He was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa on May 26, 1907. His middle name was soon changed to Mitchell when his parents decided to name their next son Robert. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Judy Garland

Posted June 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching The Wizard of Oz? Today we remember legendary actress Judy Garland, who was born on June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Judy was born Frances Ethel Gumm to Ethel Marion and Francis Avent Gumm, both vaudeville performers. She began her career at an early age, and by 16, she scored one of her greatest roles as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. The classic film continues to remain a favorite of… Read the full story

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SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2014 Recap

Posted June 9, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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We had a great time at the 45th annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, California this weekend. Each year, we can always count on Jamboree to be an enjoyable experience. We were thrilled to see old friends, meet users and introduce some first timers to Geni’s world of collaborative genealogy. Here’s a picture of the MyHeritage/Geni booth before the expo hall was opened. On Friday, we were joined by Geni Curator Randy Schoenberg. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Depp

Posted June 9, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday, Johnny Depp! Today the Pirates of the Caribbean star tuns 51. He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1963 to parents John and Betty Sue Depp. Johnny got his big break on the television series 21 Jump Street and since then, he’s shaped his highly successful career with numerous challenging and versatile roles. Some of his most memorable films include Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hallow and the box office smashing Pirates of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

Posted June 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Seventy years ago, thousands of Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy in an offensive that would help lead to the defeat of the Third Reich and the end of World War II in Europe. One brave soldier present that day was Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., the eldest son of President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt was the only general on D-Day to land by sea with the first wave of troops with the aid of a cane and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mark Wahlberg

Posted June 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Mark Wahlberg! Today the Academy Award nominee turns 43. He was born Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg in Dorchester, Massachusetts and is the youngest of nine children. His first experience with fame came when his older brother Donnie found success as a member of the boyband New Kids on the Block. Soon he began recording music as Marky Mark, headlining the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Mark successfully transformed his career from… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie

Posted June 4, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday, Angelina Jolie! Today the award winning star turns 39. She’s currently staring in Maleficent, a re-imagining of Disney’s classic Sleeping Beauty villain. Did you know that her daughter Vivienne plays a young Aurora in the movie? Many of the young children on set were so scared of Angelina’s portrayal of Maleficent that they were unable to perform the scene. Because of her physical resemblance to the character, and being the only child not afraid of… Read the full story

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We’re Heading to Jamboree 2014!

Posted June 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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We’re excited to attend the 45th annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree taking place this week from June 6 – 8 in Burbank, California! The theme to this year’s Jamboree is Golden Memories: Discovering Your Family History. And this year’s heritage focus will be on European ancestors. If you’re planning to attend, come see the MyHeritage and Geni teams at booth #308. We love meeting users, so be sure to stop by and say hi! MyHeritage… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Duke and Duchess of Windsor

Posted June 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 3, 1937, the duke of Windsor married Wallis Simpson at the Château de Candé in France. Only a few months earlier, the Duke abdicated the British throne after news of the couple’s engagement threatened to cause a constitutional crisis early in his reign. Edward was born in 1896 and was the eldest son of King George V. Upon his father’s death, he succeeded to the throne and proclaimed his intent to marry Wallis. The British… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for June 2, 2014

Posted June 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Catch up on some family history news with these articles from around the web! Image: Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WW1 soldiers / The Telegraph The Genealogy Sphere Here’s How People 100 Years Ago Thought We’d Be Living Today (Wired) – Check out these vintage postcards of how people thought we’d be living today D-Day remembered: Striking then-and-now photographs that capture how northern France was devastated 70 years ago – and how… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ann B. Davis

Posted June 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Farewell, Alice. Yesterday, June 1, actress Ann B. Davis died at the age of 88. She was born May 5, 1926 in Schenectady, New York to Marguerite and Cassius Davis. She had an identical twin sister named Harriet. Davis was best known for her role as beloved housekeeper Alice on The Brady Bunch. For five seasons, she donned her trademark light blue maid’s uniform and white apron and entertained television audiences around the country, often scoring… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hernando de Soto

Posted May 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 30, 1539, Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto landed in Florida. Born to a noble but poor family, de Soto was drawn to the glory and wealth garnered from military fame. A key figure in the successful conquest of Peru, he returned to Spain a wealthy man. In 1938, he set sail to North America with a fleet of 10 ships and a crew of 700 men in search for gold. His expedition… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Posted May 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember laughing at the comedic genius of Bob Hope? He was born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903 in Eltham, England. With a career spanning over 60 years, Hope conquered almost every entertainment medium, including vaudeville, radio, stage, and television. He appeared in over 70 films and shorts, authored numerous books and hosted the Academy Awards a record-setting 18 times. Between 1941 – 1991, he made 57 tours for the USO, bringing his… Read the full story

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Webinar: The Biggest Family Reunion Ever – VIDEO

Posted May 28, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Did you miss our webinar with best-selling author A.J. Jacobs? Don’t worry – now you can watch the entire webinar below! AJ gave us a great overview of his journey into his family history and his upcoming attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the largest family reunion ever. Check how you’re related to AJ on Geni with the AJ Jacobs Cousin Connector and follow the Global Family Reunion project on Geni to meet… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maya Angelou

Posted May 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary poet, writer and civil rights activist Maya Agnelou, who has died at the age of 86. Beloved and admired by many, Angelou made literary history when she published her best-selling memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, in 1969 and became the first African-American woman to have a non-fiction best-seller. She was a prolific writer, penning more than 30 books, and received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011…. Read the full story

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Memorial Day: Free Access to Military Records

Posted May 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Each year the U.S. celebrates Memorial Day in honor of the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the U.S. military. In celebration of the holiday, MyHeritage is providing free access to millions of military records all weekend, from May 23 – 26. Celebrate this Memorial Day by learning more about your military ancestors. Journey back in time to some of the most important conflicts in world history that not only impacted… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rosemary Clooney

Posted May 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 23, 1928, singer and actress Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky. A successful jazz vocalist, Clooney first rose to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit “Come On-a My House.” One of five children, she and several of her siblings became successful entertainers, as did their children. Today, her nephew, George Clooney, is one of the most highly sought after stars in Hollywood. Rosemary Clooney is connected to over 75… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted May 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? On this day in 1859, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Supported by wealthy uncles, Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst, at the age of 9. He studied medicine at the University of Ediniburgh Medical School and it was there that he began writing short stories. Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes publication appeared in 1887. Doyle would go… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion: How are you related to A.J. Jacobs?

Posted May 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is organizing the largest family reunion in history and you’re invited! Image: United Purpose A.J. Jacobs is a journalist, an editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, and author of four New York Times bestsellers. You may recognize him from his book, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, in which he chronicles the year he attempted to follow all of the rules in the Bible…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cher

Posted May 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Cher! Today the music legend turns 68. Cher was born in El Centro, California on May 20, 1946. She rose to stardom as part of a singing act with her husband, Sonny Bono. The duo was best known for the hit song “I Got You Babe” and their immensely popular variety show The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. After the couple divorced, Cher embarked on her own, producing more chart toppers such as… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for May 19, 2014

Posted May 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you have any genealogy breakthroughs this weekend? Have some fun with these articles from around the web. Image: Found after 500 years, the wreck of Christopher Columbus’s flagship the Santa Maria / The Independent The Genealogy Sphere Still Paying for the Civil War (The Wall Street Journal) – Over a century later, families continue to receive Civil War benefits Exclusive: Found after 500 years, the wreck of Christopher Columbus’s flagship the Santa Maria (The… Read the full story

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