Last night it was announced that Chaz Bono, transgender advocate, writer and only child of Cher and Sonny Bono, would be joining the cast of Dancing With the Stars. Chaz will be the first openly transgender contestant in the history of the show. Are you excited to watch the dancing competition’s 13th season? View Chaz Bono’s Geni Profile
Yesterday at the MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé Knowles announced that she and husband Jay-Z are expecting their first child. Congratulations to the happy couple! Check out Beyoncé’s growing family tree and see how you’re related! View Beyoncé Knowles’s Geni Profile
American actress Loretta Young began her career as a child actor in silent films. Throughout her long and varied career, Young earned accolades for her acting, winning an Academy Award for best actress in 1948 for her role in the film The Farmer’s Daughter. How are you related? View Loretta Young’s Geni Profile
Yesterday, August 24, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs announced he would be stepping down as the company’s CEO. Born in San Francisco, California, Jobs was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. In the late 1970s, he co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and through Jobs’s leadership, transformed the company into one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world. Check out his family tree on Geni! View Steve Jobs’s Geni Profile
On August 24, 1899, Argentine writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges was born. Considered one of Latin America’s greatest writers, Borges’s works significantly contributed to the science fiction genre and focused on the “magic of realism.” His most famous works of fiction include Ficciones and The Aleph. How are you related? View Jorge Luis Borges’s Geni Profile
Today we remember writer and theatrical producer Oscar Hammerstein II, who passed away on August 23, 1960. Noted as one of the most influential lyricists in American theater, Hammerstein won eight Tony awards and two Oscars for “Best Original Song.” Along with his partner Richard Rodgers, Hammerstein brought to life some of the most memorable Broadway musicals, including Oklahoma!, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. View Oscar Hammerstein II’s Geni Profile
On August 19, 1883, French fashion designer Coco Chanel was born. Chanel believed that “luxery must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” Her classic designs, including the Chanel suit and the “little black dress,” are still highly popular today. How are you related? View Coco Chanel’s Geni Profile
On August 18, 1952 actor Patrick Swayze was born in Houston, Texas. Today, he is fondly remembered as the romantic lead in the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost. Sadly, Swayze lost his battle with cancer on September 14, 2009. How are you related? View Patrick Swayze’s Geni Profile
On August 17, 1943, actor and director Robert De Niro was born. Considered one of the greatest actors of his generation, De Niro has played many memorable roles in such films as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and The Godfather Part II, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Check out his family tree on Geni! View Robert De Niro’s Geni Profile
Beloved film actress Audrey Hepburn is perhaps one of the world’s most famous actors of all time. As a film and fashion icon, Hepburn has continued to influence the industry well after her passing. She remains one of the few entertainers to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Her most memorable movies include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday and Sabrina. In addition to her work in television and film, Hepburn… Read the full story
On August 16, 1948 Major League baseball player Babe Ruth died at the age of 53. One of the first players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ruth is widely regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in history. Check out Babe Ruth’s family tree on Geni! Perhaps you can help connect him to our World Family Tree! View Babe Ruth’s Geni Profile
Today, India celebrates its Independence Day. On August 15, 1947, India officially elected Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru as its first Prime Minister. During the Indian independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi lead the campaign for independence through non-violent protest. His leadership has inspired civil rights movements throughout the world. Check out his profile on Geni! View Mahatma Gandhi’s Geni Profile
On August 12, 1881, award-winning director Cecil B. DeMille was born. DeMille was as a pioneering film director of both silent and sound films and a dominant force in Hollywood throughout his career. His best known films include The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra, and The Greatest Show on Earth. Check out his family tree and see how you’re related! View Cecil B. DeMille’s Geni Profile
In addition to our changes to Pro, today we are excited to release a cleaner, simpler header to make navigating on Geni even easier. You can now go directly to your tree with just one click! We’ve also consolidated all of your notifications to one place. Simply click on the icon to the right of the search bar to view your inbox messages, requests, tree matches and discussion notifications. You can read more about these… Read the full story
Today we remember Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away on August 11, 2009 at the age of 88. Shriver was the sister of President John F. Kennedy and a passionate advocate for children’s health and disability issues. She founded the Special Olympics, the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Check out her family tree and see how you’re related! View Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s Geni Profile
On August 10, 1846, the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex, was established by the bequest of James Smithson, an English scientist. Smithson stated in his will that his estate be given to the U.S. government to create an “establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.” How are you related to James Smithson? View James Smithson’s Geni Profile
On August 9, 1854, author Henry David Thoreau‘s most famous novel, Walden, was published. In addition to his work as an author, Thoreau was an accomplished philosopher and abolitionist. As a leading figure of the Transcendentalist movement, Thoreau’s writings inspired many political leaders and reformers including Mahatma Ghandi, President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts on July 12, 1817. His father, John Thoreau, was a pencil maker and… Read the full story
Recently, a team of archaeologists discovered what they believe to be privateer Henry Morgan‘s flagship,”Satisfaction,” on the coast of Panama. Remembered as one of the most notorious and successful privateers of all time, Morgan lost five ships, including “Satisfaction,” in rough seas while sacking a fort on the coast of Panama in 1670. How are you related? View Henry Morgan’s Geni Profile
Yesterday, August 7, South African actress Charlize Theron celebrated her 36th birthday. In 2004, Theron won an Academy Award for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the film Monster, thus becoming the first South African to win an Oscar in a major acting category. Check out her family tree and see how you’re related! View Charlize Theron’s Geni Profile
Today marks the 49th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe‘s death. Marilyn was an acclaimed actress, model and singer, who died tragically at the age of 36. To this day, she is still viewed as cultural icon and an American sex symbol. Check out her family tree on Geni! View Marilyn Monroe’s Geni Profile
Rita Moreno Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican actor, singer and dancer. Best known for her role in the musical West Side Story, Moreno has earned critical acclaim across a variety of mediums. She is the only Hispanic to have won all four major entertainment awards, the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. View Rita Moreno’s Geni Profile
With many areas of the U.S. experiencing a sweltering heat wave, we thought it would be fitting to highlight Willis Carrier‘s Geni profile. Willis Carrier was an American engineer and inventor of modern air conditioning. In 1906, Carrier was granted a U.S. patent for his invention, an “Apparatus for Treating Air,” the world’s first spray-type air conditioning equipment. Check out his profile and see how you’re related! View Willis Carrier’s Geni Profile
On August 2, 1876, James “Wild Bill” Hickok, one of the greatest gunfighters of the American Wild West, was shot from the back while playing a game of poker. His hand at the time of his death, a pair of black aces and eights, became known as the “dead man’s hand.” How are you related?
Today is Colorado Day, which officially marks the anniversary of Colorado’s statehood. In honor of this celebration, we’re highlighting John Evans’s Geni profile. Evans was one of the earliest governors of Colorado and one of the state’s most prominent figures. He is also known for being one of the founders of Northwestern University and University of Denver. To learn more about John Evans, check out his Geni profile and see how you’re related! View John… Read the full story
We are proud to announce some improvements to the way the name fields work on Geni.com. These changes will provide a clearer and more consistent method of inputting names. The “Nicknames” field is now located on the Basics tab and has been renamed to “Also Known As.” ”Maiden Name” has been renamed to “Birth Name.” Lastly, male profiles will now have the ability to be listed with a “Birth Name” just as female profiles can. … Read the full story
This week we highlight the Prominent Historians and Philosophers project. This project houses a collection of Geni profiles for those notable thinkers who have made major contributions to our understandings of the world. Interested in learning more about the genealogy of influential historians and philosophers? Want to help research and build their family trees? Check out this project and become a collaborator today! Perhaps you may discover that you’re related to an influential thinker of the past! Take a look… Read the full story
On July 29, 1890 artist Vincent van Gogh died in Auvers-sur-Ouse in northern France after shooting himself in the chest two days earlier.
While researching your genealogy, voter registration records may not be the first resource that springs to mind. However, you’d be surprised how this often overlooked resource can help supplement your research and provide you with clues in new directions. As you build your family tree on Geni, you may want to take time to look into what you can find about your ancestor’s voting history. Important things to keep in mind: In the United… Read the full story
On July 28, 1866, English author Beatrix Potter was born. Although she is best remembered for writing and illustrating The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Potter was also a passionate conservationist. How are you related?
On July 27, 1882, pioneer aviator and aircraft engineer Sir Geoffrey de Havilland was born. In 1920, he founded the de Havilland Aircraft Company. De Havilland and his company designed many innovative aircrafts, a large number of which were used during the First World War. Check out de Havilland’s profile in the Great Aviators project and see how you’re related!
We are always listening to feedback from our users and regularly make improvements and bug fixes to the site. While some of the improvements may not be noticeable while interacting with Geni, we want to give our users a better idea of what is included in each release. You may notice that many of these enhancements and fixes came directly from requests posted to Geni Help and our public discussions. An archive of our previous… Read the full story
English naturalist Charles Darwin laid the foundation for evolution in his book On the Origin of Species. Published in 1859, Darwin introduced the theory that populations evolved overtime through the process of natural selection. His revolutionary theory has become a fundamental tenet in the life sciences and in explaining the diversity of life. Today, Darwin is considered one of the most influential figures in human history. Born in 1809, Darwin was the fifth of six children of Robert… Read the full story
On July 26, 1928, director Stanley Kubrick was born. Widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kubrick was known for often directing unique and controversial films, such as the highly acclaimed film, A Clockwork Orange. Check out his family tree and see how you’re related! View Stanley Kubrick’s Geni Profile
On July 25, 1969, U.S. President Richard Nixon announced the Nixon Doctrine, which stated that the United States would from now on expect its Asian allies to handle their own military defense. His announcement marked the start of the “Vietnamization” of the Vietnam War.
Yesterday, Comic-Con International 2011 began in San Diego, CA. Each year, thousands of fans wait in anticipation for this convention, which showcases comic books, science fiction, fantasy and film/television. Today, we thought it would be fun to highlight the Comic Book Villains & Superheroes project. This amusing project aims to gather the Geni profiles for all the actors who have portrayed comic book characters and their creators. Interested in learning more about the genealogy of… Read the full story
Today, July 22, Captain America: The First Avenger opens in theaters. Are you excited to see Chris Evans take on the role of comic book hero Captain America? Check out his family tree and see how you’re related!
On July 21, 1899 author Ernest Hemingway was born. Best remembered for his novels, A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway’s distinctive writing style had a profound influence on 20th century fiction. In 1954, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. How are you related?
On July 20, 1969, the first manned spacecraft landed on the moon. Named one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of space exploration, Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. became the first humans to step foot on the moon. Check out Buzz Aldrin’s family tree and see how you’re related!
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was born as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1960, Ali won an Olympic gold medal in boxing after defeating Polish boxer Zbigniew Pietrzykowski. During his professional career, he became the first and only boxer to be named Wold Heavyweight Champion. In 2002, Ali received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the entertainment industry. His star is the only… Read the full story
On July 19, 1848 the Seneca Falls Convention, opened in New York, launching the women’s right movement in the U.S. Organized by abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, the convention was the first of its kind to be held in the United States.
On July 18, 1918 anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was born. For his role in ending the apartheid regime, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He made history in 1994 by becoming the first president of South Africa to be elected in a fully democratic election. Check out his family tree on Geni! Perhaps you can help connect him to our world family tree!
Do you have any ancestors who set sail in the service of the East India Company during the 17th to 19th centuries? Or do you have an interest in the people involved in these trade routes? You may want to check out this week’s highlighted project, Sellers & Sailors: The East India Companies project.
Excited for the last Harry Potter film? Check out author J.K. Rowling’s Geni profile!
As you build your family tree on Geni, you may want to research funeral home records to help supplement the information on your tree. Often overlooked in genealogy, funeral home records may contain information not found in death certificates or tombstones. They can offer great genealogical information and perhaps help you fill in some missing pieces.
Today is Bastille Day in France! Check out Maximilien de Robespierre’s profile on Geni!
On July 13, 1940, English actor Patrick Stewart was born. Stewart began his career as a Shakespearean theater actor and shot to fame as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, which would prove to be his most iconic and beloved role of his career. Check out his family tree on Geni! Perhaps you can help add more information to link him to our world family tree!
Learn more about author Louisa May Alcott’s family tree on Geni!
On July 12, 1817 author and poet Henry David Thoreau was born. Although he is best known for his novel Walden, Thoreau was also a n accomplished philosopher and active abolitionist. His writings influenced many political leaders and reformers, including Mahatma Ghandi, President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Check out his family tree and see how you’re related!
On Friday, July 8, former U.S. First Lady Betty Ford passed away. Take a look at her Geni profile.
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!