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10 Fun Family Reunion Activities

Posted June 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
10 Fun Family Reunion Activities

Are you planning your next family reunion? Lots of work goes into organizing a large family gathering, from finding a venue, deciding on the food and organizing the entertainment. If you’re having either a large or small family reunion, you’ll want to have activities that will not only bring lots of interaction, but also shed light on your genealogy. Here are ten family reunion activity ideas that will keep your family entertained and, hopefully, teach them a little… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Today we remember Anne Frank on what would have been her 86th birthday. Annelies Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany to Otto and Edith Frank. The family lived in Frankfurt until Anne was five. After the Nazi party came to power, the family fled to Amsterdam in 1933. On her 13th birthday, Ann was gifted her now famous diary. Shortly thereafter, she and her family were forced into hiding in a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Lee

Posted June 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Christopher Lee

It was announced today that actor Christopher Lee passed away on June 7 at the age of 93. A prolific actor, Lee was best known for playing villains in some of cinema’s most iconic franchises, including Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Count Dooku in two Star Wars prequels. Lee was born Christopher Frank Carandini Lee on May 27, 1922 in London, England. His father was a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Judy Garland

Posted June 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Judy Garland

Today we remember Judy Garland on what would have been her 93rd birthday. A star by the age of 16, Judy is remembered as one of the greatest performers in film history. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922 to Ethel Marion and Frances Avent Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The daughter of vaudeville performers, Judy had a knack for song and dance and made her first public appearance in her father’s… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion Recap

Posted June 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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We had a great time at the Global Family Reunion! The event drew thousands to the New York Hall of Science on Saturday, June 6. Hosted by best-selling author A.J. Jacobs, the Global Family Reunion was an epic event bringing together people from all around the world. Although the morning saw a little rain, the Geni and MyHeritage teams were eager to welcome everyone. Visitors could easily find us by the large Geni and MyHeritage balloons we had… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Depp

Posted June 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johnny Depp

Happy birthday, Johnny Depp! The megastar was born John Christopher Depp, II in Owensboro, Kentucky to John and Betty Sue Depp. Growing up in Florida, Depp spent much of his youth playing guitar in various garage bands. In 1987, he got his big break as the star of the television series 21 Jump Street. The series turned Depp into a teen idol. Since being thrust into the spotlight, Depp has carefully shaped his highly successful career with numerous challenging… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted June 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1867, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin. Wright’s father was William Carey Wright, an orator, music teacher and minister. His mother, Anna Lloyd Wright, was a member of a large, prosperous and well-known Unitarian family that emigrated from Wales to Spring Green, Wisconsin. Considered one of the greatest architects of all time, Wright designed some of the most iconic buildings in the world, including the Guggenheim Museum… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Posted June 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

On this day in 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was shot three times at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He died of his wounds the next day. Robert was born on November 20, 1925 to Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald in Brookline, Massachusetts. The seventh child of the prominent Kennedy clan, Robert would go on to serve as Attorney General during his brother John F. Kennedy’s presidency. A year after his brother’s assassination, Robert… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: See How Other People Are Related

Posted June 4, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Geni Tips: See How Other People Are Related

One of the greatest things about being connected to Geni’s World Family Tree is the ability to see how you are related to other people connected to the tree, including your favorite celebrities and historical figures. Wouldn’t it be fun to discover George Clooney is an 8th cousin? Or that Elvis Presley is your 9th cousin once removed? But what if you wanted to know how George Clooney is related to Elvis Presley? On Geni you can do that easily!… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie

Posted June 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie

Happy birthday Angelina Jolie! Today the actress turns 40. Angelina was born in Los Angeles, California to actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. The daughter of an Academy Award winning actor, Angelina began acting and modeling at a young age. After her star-making performance in Gia, she went on to tackle the role of a sociopathic mental patient in Girl, Interrupted for which she won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Since her breakthrough performance, Angelina… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George V

Posted June 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you found your connection to the British royal family? On this day in 1865, George V was born in Marlborough House, London. The grandson of Queen Victoria and the second son of Prince and Princess of Wales, Albert Edward and Alexandra, George was not expected to be king. In 1892, his older brother, Prince Albert Victor, died of pneumonia just six weeks after announcing his engagement to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck. George would… Read the full story

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Video: History of 20th Century Hairstyles

Posted June 2, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Video: History of 20th Century Hairstyles

Are you having some trouble dating your old family photos? Often genealogists have to look for clues within the photos to try to decipher when a photo was taken. Clothing, decor and hairstyles are just some of the many clues you can pick up while examining an old photograph. Knowing popular fashion trends throughout history will go a long way in helping you date your old photographs. Do the women have a 1920s bob? Or the men a 1950s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martha Washington

Posted June 2, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Martha Washington

Today we celebrate the life of America’s first First Lady, Martha Washington, who was born on June 2, 1731 in New Kent, Virginia. Martha Dandridge was the first of eight children born to Frances Jones and John Dandridge. By the age of 25, Martha was a widow with four children, only two of which would survive to young adulthood. Her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis, was a rich planter and upon his death, left Martha a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted June 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Happy birthday, Marilyn Monroe! Today we remember the legendary film icon on what would have been her 89th birthday. Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles California to Gladys Pearl Baker. Soon after her birth, Marilyn’s surname was changed to Baker. With her mother unable to care for her, Marilyn spent much of her childhood in foster homes. At 16, she married her first husband, a merchant marine, and began working in a munitions… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Posted May 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember President John F. Kennedy on what would have been his 98th birthday. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. The second of nine children born to Joseph “Joe” Kennedy and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald, John was frequently ill as a child. His older brother, Joe, had been pegged to be the family’s political standard-bearer and was expected by his father to seek the Presidency. After Joe’s death in World War… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ian Fleming

Posted May 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 107th birthday to author Ian Fleming! The James Bond author was born on May 28, 1908 in Mayfair, London to a wealthy family. His father, Valentine Fleming, was a Member of Parliament and died in the trenches during World War I. Winston Churchill, a friend and fellow Parliament member, wrote Valentine’s obituary in The Times. During World War II, Ian was recruited to work as a British Naval intelligence officer. His experience in the world of espionage inspired him to… Read the full story

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10 Fun Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge

Posted May 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
10 Fun Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge

On this day in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public. Do you have any relatives who worked on the bridge? Or maybe relatives who were present on opening day? Today the bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California and the United States. Check out some fun facts you may not know about one of the most photographed bridges in the world: Image: Golden Gate Bridge / Wikimedia Commons… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wild Bill Hickok

Posted May 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any gun-slingers in your family tree? On this day in 1837, legendary gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok was born in Troy Grove, Illinois. Born James Butler Hickok, “Wild Bill” was an excellent marksman from a very young age. His adventurous life was ripe for legendary status. During the American Civil War, he served as a civilian scout for the Union Army. Although no records exist, some believe he may have even served as a Union spy in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Wayne

Posted May 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Wayne

Do you have a favorite John Wayne film? On this day in 1907, the Western star was born in Winterset, Iowa. John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison to Clyde Leonard Morrison and Mary “Molly” Alberta Brown. His middle name was soon changed to Mitchell after his parents decided to name their next son Robert. While growing up in Glendale, California, he acquired the nickname “Duke” which followed him the rest of his life. After spending nearly… Read the full story

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Memorial Day: Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers

Posted May 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Memorial Day: Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers

It’s 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 and barbecues. Memorial Day was first introduced after the end of the Civil War. The day was expanded to encompass all American soldiers who died in service after the devastation of World War I. In honor of their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laurence Olivier

Posted May 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary actor Laurence Olivier on his 108th birthday. The son of a clergyman, Olivier was encouraged to pursue a career as an actor despite his family’s long history of holding prominent positions in the Church. A great interpreter of Shakespeare’s words, Olivier brought many of the bard’s work to life on stage and film, including the film version of Hamlet, for which he directed and starred. The film would become the first non-American… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: How to Add Documents to a Profile

Posted May 21, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
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As any genealogist will tell you, documenting your genealogy is incredibly important. While working on the World Family Tree, it is vital to add documents to ensure the information is as accurate as possible. It also allows others to see and verify where the profile’s information came from. Adding documents to profiles is easy on Geni. Follow the steps below to learn how: Documents can be added directly to the profiles in your family tree. Simply navigate to the profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

Posted May 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

On this day in 1881, the American Red Cross was founded by pioneering nurse Clara Barton in Washington, D.C. Born Clarissa Harlowe Barton on Christmas Day in 1821, Clara spent most of her life helping others. During the American Civil War, she became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her tireless work helping the sick and wounded. She operated the Missing Soldiers Office after the war and by the time the office closed in 1867,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cher

Posted May 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Cher

Happy birthday, Cher! Today the music icon turns 69. Born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California, Cher dreamed of becoming famous as a young girl. At 16, she dropped out of school to pursue an acting career. She rose to stardom as part of a singing act with her husband, Sonny Bono, whom she met in 1962. The duo was best known for the hit song “I Got You Babe” and their immensely popular variety… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lawrence of Arabia

Posted May 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember British World War I hero Lawrence of Arabia on the 80th anniversary of his death. He was born Thomas Edward Lawrence on August 16, 1888 in Tremadoc, Wales. After studying architecture and archaeology in school, Lawrence spent several years excavating in the Middle East. At the outbreak of war between Britain and the Ottoman Empire, Lawrence enlisted in the British military. Due to his expertise in Middle Eastern affairs, he was assigned as an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicholas II of Russia

Posted May 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicholas II of Russia

On this day in 1868, Nicholas II was born in Pushkin, Russia. Born Nikolai Alekasndrovich Romanov, Nicholas II was the eldest son Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna of Russia. He was related to several monarchs in Europe, including his first cousin King George V. In 1894, he inherited the Russian throne after his father’s death. His reign saw Imperial Russia go from being one of the foremost powers of the world to economic and military… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion: Get 25% Off Tickets

Posted May 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Global Family Reunion: Geni users get 25% off tickets

The Global Family Reunion is only a few weeks away! Today we’re excited to share that Geni users will receive a special discount on Global Family Reunion tickets – 25% off! Best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is hosting the largest family reunion event in history and you’re invited! The Global Family Reunion has been dubbed an “ancestry Lollapalooza” by The New York Times. It will feature over 50 speakers and more than 400 activities and exhibits. As the home of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: B.B. King

Posted May 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we honor blues legend B.B. King, who passed away at the age of 89. Riley B. King was born on September 16, 1925 on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi. He was exposed to music at a young age as a member of his church’s gospel choir. He was first introduced to the blues by his great aunt at the age of 7 and by 12, he had purchased his first guitar. His mother’s first cousin,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meriwether Lewis

Posted May 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Meriwether Lewis

On this day in 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark departed St. Louis, Missouri to begin their mission of exploring the American Northwest. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson wanted to get an accurate assessment of the new land and its resources. He enlisted Lewis to command the expedition, who recruited his close friend William Clark as his Second Lieutenant in command. The journey to the Pacific coast lasted two years. During this… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Inge Lehmann

Posted May 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 127th birthday to pioneering seismologist Inge Lehmann! Today’s Google Doodle honors the Danish scientist, who discovered the Earth’s inner core. Here are five things to know about Inge Lehmann: 1. Lehmann was born on May 13, 1888 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her father, Alfred Georg Ludvik Lehmann, was an experimental psychologist and one of the most significant influences for her intellectual development. 2. She studied mathematics at the University of Copenhagen and the University of… Read the full story

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Most Popular Baby Names of 2014

Posted May 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you searching for baby names? The U.S. Social Security Administration has released the top 10 names for 2014! At the top of the list this year are Noah for boys and Emma for girls. This is the second year in a row that Noah has claimed the top spot. Emma has been among the top three baby names since 2003. A popular name during the early 1900s, the name fell out of fashion in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale

Posted May 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any nurses in your family tree? On May 12, 1820, pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy. Named after her place of birth, Florence was born to a rich, upper-class British family. From a young age, she knew her calling was to become a nurse and help the ill and poor. During the Crimean War, reports about the horrific conditions for the wounded made its way to Britain. In 1854,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Salvador Dalí

Posted May 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Spanish ancestry? On this day in 1904, surrealist painter Salvador Dalí was born. He was born Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domènech in Figueres, Spain. Nine months before his birth, his older brother, also named Salvador, died of gastroenteritis. At the age of five, his parents had told him that he was the reincarnation of his brother. A believer in the concept, Dalí incorporated images of his brother into his work… Read the full story

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Memories of V-E Day

Posted May 8, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Memories of V-E Day

Today we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day! On May 8, 1945, millions of people throughout Western Europe took to the streets to celebrate the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II in Europe. Image: City of Toronto Archives Once the announcement was made of Germany’s surrender, jubilant celebrations erupted throughout the streets of Europe. Millions danced, waved flags, threw streamers and even kissed strangers. This important day had… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

Posted May 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

Did you now the 70th anniversary of V-E Day also happens to be the 131st birthday of President Harry S. Truman? Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri to John Anderson Truman and Martha Ellen Young. His parents named him after his maternal uncle, Harrison “Harry” Young,  but had difficulty settling on a middle name. Ultimately, they simply chose to use the letter “S” in tribute of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Posted May 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Do you have Russian ancestry? On this day in 1840, famous Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Vyatka, Russia. Considered one of the most popular Russian composers in history, Tchaikovsky’s works included symphonies, concertos, operas and ballets. Tchaikovsky began taking piano lessons at the age of five and showed an adept talent for music. Despite his passion, Tchaikovsky was educated for a career as a civil servant. He spent a short tenure as a clerk with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Posted May 6, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary filmmaker Orson Welles! Born on May 6, 1915, Welles was known as one of the greatest radio and cinema artists of the era. Early in his career, Welles juggled work in the theater with his extensive work as a radio actor, writer, director and producer. His famous live broadcast of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds caused widespread panic after many listeners mistakenly believed the show to be real…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nellie Bly

Posted May 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is the 151st birthday of American journalist, inventor and record-breaker Nellie Bly! Born Elizabeth Jane Cochrane in Cochran’s Mills, Pennsylvania, she wrote under the the pen name “Nellie Bly.” Bly was a pioneer in her field and launched a new kind of investigative journalism. As a reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World, Bly wrote one of her earliest and most provocative pieces, a startling exposé on the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. An undercover assignment, Bly feigned… Read the full story

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A New Royal Baby is Here! 10 Things to Know About the Little Princess

Posted May 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
A New Royal Baby is Here! 10 Things to Know About the Little Princess

This weekend, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their second child! The new little princess has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Kate gave birth to her daughter on Saturday, May 2 at 8:34am London time, less than three hours after she checked into St. Mary’s Hospital. The princess weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces. Now that her name has been officially released, here are some things to know about the newest addition to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn

Posted May 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a favorite Audrey Hepburn movie? On this day in 1929, the iconic actress was born in Brussels, Belgium. She was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston to Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston and Baroness Ella van Heemstra, a Dutch aristocrat and the daughter of Baron Aarnoud van Heemstra. Audrey took up ballet at a young age, and by 1944 was a very proficient dancer. During World War II, she would secretly dance for groups of people to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

Posted May 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

Frontierswoman and sharp-shooter Calamity Jane was born on this day in 1852. The legend of Calamity Jane was known throughout the Wild West. However, little hard facts are known about her life and much of what was said was likely embellished or fabricated by writers and storytellers of the day. She was born Martha Jane Cannary in Princeton, Missouri and by the age of 12, both of her parents had died. The eldest of six children, Martha… Read the full story

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Life Tips from the Early 20th Century

Posted April 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Life lessons from early 20th century cigarette cards

From the beginning of the 1880s, cigarette manufacturers issued trade cards with every cigarette package to help stiffen the packaging and advertise cigarette brands. It didn’t take long for the cards to become sought-after collectables, and even children would ask smokers for their cards to play their games. Manufacturing of the cards stopped during World War II to save paper and, after the war, they were never fully reintroduced. Although it may seem unusual now, these cards typically depicted… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary II

Posted April 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have royalty in your family tree? On this day in 1662, Mary II of England was born at St. James’ Palace in London. Mary and her husband, William of Orange, jointly became king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland following the Glorious Revolution, which deposed her father King James II and VII. For five years, William and Mary jointly ruled, from 1689 until her death at the age of 32. Did you know… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jerry Seinfeld

Posted April 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Jerry Seinfeld! Today the actor turns 61. After getting his start in stand-up comedy, Jerry starred in the hit sitcom Seinfeld for nine seasons. He developed the series alongside comedian Larry David and together, created a show that broke all the conventions of mainstream television. Famously described as “a show about nothing,” Seinfeld ended its run as one of the most popular and successful shows in television history. These days, Jerry still performs stand-up and hosts… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ann-Margret

Posted April 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Viva Las Vegas? Today star Ann-Margret celebrates her 74th birthday. She was born Ann-Margret Olsson to Anna Regina and Carl Gustav Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Sweden, a small fishing village near the Arctic Circle. In 1946, her family moved to the United States where she began taking her first dance lessons. Her career blossomed in the early 1960s with a starring role opposite Dick Van Dyke in the film Bye Bye Birdie and the release of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: King Willem-Alexander

Posted April 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to Dutch royalty? Today King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands celebrates his 48th birthday! He was born Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand on April 27, 1967 in Utrecht, Netherlands. The oldest son of then Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus, and the first grandchild of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard, Willem-Alexander had the distinction of being the first immediate male heir born to the Dutch Royal family in 116 years. On April 30, 2013, Willem-Alexander was sworn in… Read the full story

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Anzac Day: 100th Anniversary

Posted April 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Anzac Day: 100th Anniversary | Geni

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day, a national holiday of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand commemorating all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Image: State Library of New South Wales Observed on April 25 of each year, the holiday was originally created to honor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who bravely fought at Gallipoli against the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbra Streisand

Posted April 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Barbra Streisand! Today the icon turns 73. She was born on April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York to Diana and Emanuel Streisand. Before reaching her first birthday, Barbra’s father died suddenly of complications from an epileptic seizure. After his death, the family fell into poverty. From a young age, Barbra dreamed of becoming famous and after graduating high school at 16, she immediately began pursuing a career in show business. In 1962, she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Posted April 23, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Today we remember beloved child star Shirley Temple on what would have been her 87th birthday. Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California. She began her film career at the age of 3 with a role in Baby Burlesks, a series of short films satirizing recent film and political events, using pre-school children in every role. In 1934, she found international fame as the star of Bright Eyes. The film introduced her signature… Read the full story

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Your Stories: An Artist and her Family Tree

Posted April 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Geni user story: Theresa Renée Eléna Delgado-Tossas

We love hearing from our users, especially when they are as passionate and enthusiastic for the World Family Tree as Theresa Renée Eléna Delgado-Tossas, also known as the artist, Renée Walker. Theresa Renée was born in Berlin, Germany on an Air Force instillation where her parents were stationed. An artist and performer, she splits her time between Arecibo, Puerto Rico and the Mannheim/Heidelberg areas of Germany. Several events sparked her quest into her family’s genealogy,… Read the full story

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