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Profile of the Day: Ashton Kutcher

Posted December 6, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Ashton Kutcher

The star-studded movie New Year’s Eve opens this Friday. Today we highlight one of the many celebrities in the film, Ashton Kutcher. Last night the Two and a Half Men star and the rest of the film’s all-star cast walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere. Did you know Ashton Kutcher has a twin? His fraternal twin brother, Michael, suffers from cerebral palsy and is a spokesperson for the advocacy organization Reaching for the… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 5, 2011

Posted December 5, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Last week’s links in the world of genealogy: The Genealogy Sphere Not Your Grandmother’s Genealogy Hobby (The Wall Street Journal) – Geni was featured in this Wall Street Journal article! Pocahontas wedding site traced (News24) – Archaeologists discover the location where Pocahontas was married 10 Questions to Ask a Research Facility Before You Visit (About.com) – Kimberly Powell’s tips on what to ask before visiting a research facility A Point of View: A convert to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Posted December 5, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

On December 5, 1791, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at the age of 35. Considered one of the most influential composers of the Classical era, Mozart composed over 600 pieces and remains one of the most popular classical composers today. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Princess Alice of Battenberg

Posted December 2, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Princess Alice of Battenberg

Tomorrow, December 3, is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Promoted by the U.N. since 1992, it’s an international day of observance to promote awareness and understanding of disability issues. In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, today we highlight Princess Alice of Battenberg, who was the mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. She was congenitally deaf but could speak and lip-read in three different languages. She devoted most of the remaining years of… Read the full story

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Gravestone Photo Exchange

Posted December 1, 2011 by Amanda | 7 Comments

One of the greatest benefits of Geni projects is the collaboration and assistance from other passionate and knowledgeable users. We thought it would be great to bring some attention to one of Geni’s earlier projects, the Gravestone Photo Exchange project. Gravestones hold a wealth of information for the genealogy researcher. Many genealogists trek through cemeteries hunting for their relatives graves, some traveling far and wide to find that new bit of information. However, in many instances, people… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rosa Parks

Posted December 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Rosa Parks

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama to a white passenger. The incident resulted in her arrest and sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her act of defiance became an important symbol of the U.S. Civil Rights movement and made Parks an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.   View Rosa Parks’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Mark Twain

Posted November 30, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Mark Twain

Today marks American author and humorist Mark Twain‘s 176th birthday! Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 in Missouri. He is best remembered for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with the latter often referred to as “the Great American Novel.” Mark Twain is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Mark Twain’s Geni Profile  

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Family Tree Tuesday – Linda Ronstadt

Posted November 29, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Linda Ronstadt

  Linda Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt is a popular American recording artist and is recognized as one of the most versatile and commercially successful female singers in U.S. history. Once dubbed the Queen of Rock, Ronstadt has earned 11 Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award and a Tony Award nomination. Ronstadt was born on July 15, 1946 in Tuscon, Arizona to Gilbert Ronstadt, a prosperous machinery merchant, and Ruth Copeman. Her father was descended from a pioneering… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Natalie Wood

Posted November 29, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Natalie Wood

Today we remember actress Natalie Wood, who died on November 29, 1981 at the age of 43. She first began working in film as a young child, playing one of her most memorable roles at the age of 9 in Miracle on 34th Street. She continued to have a successful career as an adult, including roles in Rebel Without a Cause and West Side Story. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department recently announced that the investigation into her… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 28, 2011

Posted November 28, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! In case you missed it, here are some interesting links in the world of genealogy from this past week. The Genealogy Sphere Holiday dinner table great genealogical resource (SCnow.com) – Genealogy tips for Thanksgiving Archives.com Partners with Family Tree DNA to Offer DNA Testing (SF Gate) – Archives.com announces DNA testing with Family Tree DNA Getting the Most From Genealogy Conferences (The Root) – Ways conferences can help… Read the full story

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Honor Someone Special with a Tribute Video

Posted November 28, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you know someone, living or deceased, that has made a significant impact in your life? Now’s your chance to honor those you love with a tribute video. The Tribute Network is hosting its 1st annual Tribute Video & Film Festival and you can participate! Create and upload your tribute video to a person or pet (alive or in spirit) who has and/or is making a contribution to your life’s journey. Your video can be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Claude Levi-Strauss

Posted November 28, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Claude Lévi-Strauss

On November 28, 1908, French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss was born. He has been called the “father of modern anthropology” and argued that the “savage” mind had the same structures as the “civilized” mind and that human characteristics are the same everywhere. Claude Lévi-Strauss is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Geni Profile  

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted November 23, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Happy Thanksgiving feature

It’s turkey time! This Thursday, November 24, is Thanksgiving in the U.S. Traditionally, families and friends gather to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast together. While we all gather around to stuff ourselves with yummy goodness and give thanks, the holiday also poses the opportune time for some genealogical data collection! Here are five ways you can get gather some information from your family during the holiday: 1. Ask your relatives questions Best place to start is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Bradford

Posted November 23, 2011 by Amanda | 3 Comments
William Bradford

This Thursday, the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving. One of the most significant figures of this national holiday is William Bradford, an English leader of the settlers of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts who served as its governor for over 30 years. In November 1621 after the Pilgrim’s first successful harvest, Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited the colony’s Native American allies to join. The celebration is remembered today as the first Thanksgiving. William Bradford is… Read the full story

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Celebrities of Native American Descent

Posted November 22, 2011 by Amanda | 5 Comments
Heather Locklear

November is Native American Heritage month in the U.S. Last week we shared some great Native American genealogy projects on Geni. Today, lets take a look at some notable figures who descend from Native American heritage. Cowboy and world famous actor Will Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). His father was a Cherokee judge, Confederate veteran and served several terms in the Cherokee Senate. Rogers County in Oklahoma… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Massasoit

Posted November 22, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Massasoit

This Thursday, the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving. When the Pilgrims first settled at Plymouth, the settlers suffered through a brutal winter. Massasoit, the leader of the Wampanoag tribe, forged an alliance with the Pilgrims and helped prevent the failure of the Plymouth Colony. To celebrate the  Pilgrim’s first successful harvest, the settlers held a celebratory feast and invited their Native American allies to join, including Massasoit. Today, the celebration is remembered as the first Thanksgiving. View… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 21, 2011

Posted November 21, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Check out some links from the world of genealogy from this past week. Enjoy! The Genealogy Sphere Man Unearths Historic Cemetery in French Quarter Backyard (WDSU) – A historic discovery with deep roots in New Orleans history. U.S. Social Security Death Index to be changed (Examiner.com) – It was announced that state death records would no longer be used to add records to the SSDI database. Genealogist help pastor find his Indian roots (Plant City… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Voltaire

Posted November 21, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Voltaire

On November 21, 1694, French Enlightenment writer Voltaire was born. He remembered for his advocacy of civil liberties and social reform. His witty essays, poems and historical works were a great influence on the thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions. Voltaire is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Voltaire’s Geni Profile

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Look Who’s Related: Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder

Posted November 18, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Christopher Reeve

When actress Margot Kidder was recently connected to the world family tree, we wondered, “Great! Now, how is she related to Superman?” It turns out, the former Lois Lane star is Christopher Reeve’s 15th cousin once removed! Take a look at how Christopher Reeve is related to other famous figures. The World Family Tree has over 60 million connected profiles. Have you found any interesting relationship paths? Let us know how you’re related! Justin Timberlake is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Colin Powell

Posted November 18, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Colin Powell

Colin Powell, an American statesman and retired-four-star general of the U.S. Army, was the first African American to serve as the U.S. Secretary of State. He was also the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Colin Powell is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Colin Powell’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Posted November 17, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Arnold Schwarzenegger

On November 17, 2003, Austrian-born actor and former body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as the 38th governor of California. Dubbed “The Governator,” Schwarzenegger served as governor until 2011. Arnold Schwarzenegger is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Geni Profile  

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Native American Genealogy on Geni

Posted November 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

November is Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. The month is dedicated to the celebration and recognition of Native American achievements and contributions to the country’s heritage. Did you know there are quite a few Native American projects on Geni? If you are of Native American descent or interested in the study of Native American genealogy, check out some of these Geni projects dedicated to Native American history and collaborate with other Geni users!… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Chief Sitting Bull

Posted November 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Chief Sitting Bull

Chief Sitting Bull Chief Sitting Bull was a Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux chief and holy man. Through his leadership, he united his people in resistance to the U.S. government’s expansion into their lands and way of life. Today, he is remembered as one of the greatest Native American leaders, a brave warrior and symbol of Native American resistance movements.   View Chief Sitting Bull’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Georgia O’Keeffe

Posted November 15, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Georgia O'Keeffe

On November 15, 1887, American artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born. Considered one of the foremost painters of the 20th century, O’Keeffe carved out a significant place for women painters in the art community that had been exclusive and still dominated by men. Before her death in 1986, O’Keeffe had become on of America’s most celebrated cultural icons. Georgia O’Keeffe is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 14, 2011

Posted November 14, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Here’s a recap of what’s happened in the past week in genealogy: The Genealogy Sphere Better GEDCOM Statement (Dear Myrtle) – Dear Myrtle announces she is stepping down as moderator of the Better GEDCOM project The Big Genealogy Blog Book (We Tree) – Amy Coffin announces the release of The Big Genealogy Blog Book Researching American Indian Genealogy (Family Tree Magazine) – Family Tree Magazine has complied a list of helpful articles about researching Native… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince Charles

Posted November 14, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Charles, Prince of Wales

On November 14, 1948, Charles, Prince of Wales, was born in Buckingham Palace. He is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and heir apparent to the throne. Today he celebrates his 63rd birthday. Prince Charles is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Prince Charles’s Geni Profile

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Happy Veterans Day!

Posted November 11, 2011 by Amanda | 5 Comments

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day in the U.S. It is also observed as Remembrance Day in other parts of the world. Let’s take a moment to reflect and honor the men and women who have served their country in the armed forces. Originally, Veteran’s Day was proclaimed Armistice Day by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919, which marked the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. After World War II,… Read the full story

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World Family Tree: 60 Million Profiles and Counting

Posted November 11, 2011 by Amanda | 3 Comments

Our goal at Geni has always been to create the world’s largest, most comprehensive world family tree. Through the collaboration of millions of researchers, we’ve seen tremendous growth in our World Family Tree, with over 10 million profiles connected in the past year. We’re thrilled to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now has over 60 million connected profiles and counting. Take a look at the World Family Tree page for automatic updates and other… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Morgan Freeman

Posted November 11, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Morgan Freeman

It was recently announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that five-time Oscar nominated actor Morgan Freeman will be the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 69th annual Golden Globes ceremony. Freeman is to be honored for the contributions he has made to the world of entertainment. Check out his family tree on Geni! View Morgan Freeman’s Geni Profile

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Latin Grammy Award Winners on Geni

Posted November 10, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment

The 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be held tonight, November 10, in Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. Two-time Grammy Award winner, Shakira was named the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year for her contributions to the Latin music industry. Tonight she is nominated for three more awards, including Album of the Year. Let’s take a look at other past Latin Grammy winners on Geni: Ricky Martin – In 2006, Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shakira

Posted November 10, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Shakira

Tonight is the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards. Colombian singer Shakira was named the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year for her artistic achievement in the Latin music industry and her dedication to philanthropy. She is up for three Grammy awards tonight, including Album of the Year.   View Shakira’s Geni Profile

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Find A Grave Record Matches Now on Geni

Posted November 9, 2011 by Amanda | 8 Comments

Recently, we introduced Record Matches to make it faster and easier for Geni users to find records about their relatives on their family tree. Today, we’re excited to announce the addition of Find A Grave to Geni’s growing number of record partners. Find A Grave is a free grave registration site with millions of records containing photos, biographies and dates. To see the record matches for a profile, click on the Record Matches button and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles de Gaulle

Posted November 9, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Charles de Gaulle

On November 9, 1970, Charles de Gaulle died at the age of 79. de Gaulle was a French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. In 1958, he founded the French Fifth Republic and served as its first President. Charles de Gaulle is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Charles de Gaulle’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Edmond Halley

Posted November 8, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Edmond Halley

Today, November 8, is the 355th anniversary of English astronomer Edmond Halley‘s birthday. He is best known for computing the orbit of Halley’s comet, which is the only short-period comment that is visible to the naked eye from Earth every 75-76 years. Edmond Halley is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Edmond Halley’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Andy Rooney

Posted November 7, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Andy Rooney

On November 4, American journalist and 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney died at the age of 92. Before joining 60 Minutes, Rooney covered World War II and was one of the first American journalists to visit the Nazi concentration camps. Just one month ago, Rooney stepped down from his post on 60 Minutes, ending his 33 year run on the program.   View Andy Rooney’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Guy Fawkes

Posted November 4, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Guy Fawkes

Tomorrow, November 5, the U.K. celebrates Guy Fawkes Day. In 1605, Guy Fawkes conspired to blow up Parliament on November 5. However, the plot, famously known as the “Gunpowder Plot,” failed, and Fawkes was captured and executed for treason. Guy Fawkes is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Guy Fawkes’s Geni Profile

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Irish Genealogy on Geni

Posted November 3, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Geni projects are a fantastic tool to collaborate with other genealogists who are working in the same genealogical area. We recently interviewed Annemarie Healy, a Geni user since 2009, who recently created the Irish Portal project. The project is the perfect place to collaborate, find advice and assistance when researching your Irish ancestry. Can you give us a brief overview of the Irish Portal project and what goals you hope to accomplish? Overview in brief: The Irish… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Russell Crowe

Posted November 3, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Russell Crowe

Australian actor Russell Crowe has achieved both box office success and critical acclaim throughout his career. In 2001, Crowe won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film Gladiator.   View Russell Crowe’s Geni Profile

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Changes to Membership Tiers & Merging

Posted November 2, 2011 by Amanda | Comments Off

Membership Tiers Geni has always offered a free Basic account to our members. This is a great way to give Geni a try and see how quickly your family tree can grow. As your tree grows and you want to take advantage of advanced features, such as profile matches and tree merging, you can choose from two subscription levels, Plus and Pro. We’ve made two changes to these membership tiers to make them easier to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Antoinette

Posted November 2, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Marie Antoinette

On November 2, 1755, Marie Antoinette was born. As the queen consort of King Louis XVI of France, she helped provoke the popular unrest that led to the French Revolution and overthrow of the monarchy. Marie Antoinette was convicted of treason and executed by guillotine nine months after her husband’s execution. Marie Antoinette is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Marie Antoinette’s Geni Profile  

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Celebrating Day of the Dead

Posted November 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

In celebration of the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, we thought it would be fun to take a look at how this holiday is celebrated around the world and share with you some interesting facts from Geni about each country. Enjoy!

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Profile of the Day: Diego Rivera

Posted November 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera Diego Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter and muralist, whose art reflected the lives of working class people of Mexico. Do you have info about Diego Rivera’s genealogy? Help build his tree in Geni’s World Family Tree to see how you’re related!   View Diego Rivera’s Geni Profile

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Win a Lifetime Geni Pro Account!

Posted October 31, 2011 by Amanda | 131 Comments

This contest is closed. Congratulations to Joe Rosenberg, winner of a Lifetime Pro account! In celebration of Family History Month, we’ve been giving away a free one-month account of Geni Plus to several lucky winners for every day of October. Thank you to all those who entered our giveaway. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your responses each week. As promised, today we are excited to announce our grand prize for the month….a free Lifetime Pro Account!… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vlad the Impaler

Posted October 31, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Vlad the Impaler

In honor of Halloween, today we highlight Vlad the Impaler, Prince of Wallachia, otherwise known as Dracula. Remembered for his cruelty, Vlad the Impaler served as the inspiration for the name of Bram Stoker‘s vampire novel, Dracula. Vlad the Impaler is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Vlad the Impaler’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Pam Grier

Posted October 28, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Pam Grier

Actress Pam Grier achieved fame during the 1970′s after starring in a series of successful blaxploitation films. Throughout her career, she appeared in several horror films including Ghost of Mars, Something Wicked This Way Comes and Scream, Blacula, Scream.   View Pam Grier’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Washington Irving

Posted October 27, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Washington Irving

American author Washington Irving is best known for his short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The story tells the tale of Ichabod Crane and his encounter with the Headless Horseman, who haunts the small village of Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Washington Irving’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

Posted October 26, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Boris Karloff

Actor Boris Karloff is largely recognized as one of the true icons of horror. He is best remembered for his terrifying portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster in the films Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein. The character of Frankenstein’s monster first appeared in Mary Shelley‘s Gothic  novel, Frankenstein in 1818. View Boris Karloff’s Geni Profile

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Family Tree Tuesday – Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted October 25, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Frank Lloyd Wright

American architect Frank Lloyd Wright has been largely considered one of the greatest architects of all time. A proponent of organic architecture, Wright designed more than 1,000 projects. Some of his most famous designs include Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum. Wright was born on June 8, 1867 in a small farming town in Wisconsin. His father was William Carey Wright, who was an orator, music teacher and minister. His mother was Anna Lloyd Wright, who was a school… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincent Price

Posted October 25, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Vincent Price

Legendary horror film actor Vincent Price was best known for his distinctive voice and menacing screen presence. Dubbed the Master of Horror, Price appeared in several classic horror films, including The House of Wax, The Fly and The House on Haunted Hill. Vincent Price is connected to over 59 million profiles on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Vincent Price’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Stephen King

Posted October 24, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Stephen King

Best-selling novelist Stephen King is known for blending horror, fantasy and science fiction into a consistently scary mix. Much of his work has been adapted into highly successful horror films, such as Carrie, The Shining, Misery and Salem’s Lot. Stephen King is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Stephen King’s Geni Profile