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Family Tree Tuesday – Christopher Reeve

Posted May 24, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve Christopher Reeve was an American actor, director, screenwriter and author. Although he played many diverse roles throughout his career, he is perhaps best remembered for his portrayal of Superman in four feature films. After a horse riding accident resulted in him becoming a quadriplegic, Reeve spent much of the later part of his life as an advocate of stem cell research. He founded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Victoria

Posted May 24, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Queen Victoria

Profile of the Day: Queen Victoria http://www.geni.com/people/Queen-Victoria-of-the-United-Kingdom/6000000008852088113

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Profile of the Day: Douglas Fairbanks

Posted May 23, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Douglas Fairbanks

Profile of the Day: Douglas Fairbanks http://www.geni.com/people/Douglas-Fairbanks-Sr/6000000006839568160

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Featured Project: Age of Discovery (1200-1600)

Posted May 20, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we highlight the Age of Discovery project. The years between 1200-1600 were known as Europe’s Age of Discovery. During this time, Europeans engaged in heavy exploration of the world, established contact with other continents and people and proceeded to map the world. This overseas expansion lead to the rise of colonial empires and the establishment of new trade routes. These routes allowed for the exchange of exotic goods, culture and peoples (slaves). Check out the early… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Levi Strauss

Posted May 20, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Levi Strauss

Profile of the Day: Levi Strauss http://www.geni.com/people/Loeb-Levi-Strauss/6000000007400348419

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What is a Gazetteer?

Posted May 19, 2011 by Amanda | 5 Comments
New England Gazetteer

Using historic maps as a resource in genealogy can be very valuable, however, sometimes you may discover that the town or village you are searching for is not on the map. Did you know you can also use gazetteers to help you locate places where your ancestors may have lived? If you’re unfamiliar with gazetteers, here’s a brief look at what they are and how they are useful to genealogists. What is a gazetteer? A… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted May 19, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis http://www.geni.com/people/Jacqueline-Bouvier/6000000003098416206

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon Bonaparte

Posted May 18, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Napoleon Bonaparte

Profile of the Day: Napoleon Bonaparte http://www.geni.com/people/Napol%C3%A9on-I-Emperor-of-the-French/6000000000350860821

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Family Tree Tuesday – Katharine Hepburn

Posted May 17, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Katharine Hepburn

Academy award winning actress Katharine Hepburn is hailed as one of the greatest actresses in film history. Hepburn holds the record for the most Oscar wins, with a total of 4 wins out of 12 nominations. Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut to a wealthy family. Her father, Thomas Hepburn, was a prominent surgeon and Connecticut’s first urologists. He co-founded the American Social Hygiene Association, which was dedicated to educating the public about… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Depp

Posted May 17, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Johnny Depp

Profile of the Day: Johnny Depp http://www.geni.com/people/Johnny-Depp/6000000005384950154

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Profile of the Day: Joan of Arc

Posted May 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Joan of Arc

Profile of the Day: Joan of Arc http://www.geni.com/people/Joan-of-Arc-d-Arc/6000000000429623932

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Profile of the Day: James K. Polk

Posted May 13, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
President James K. Polk, 11th U.S. President

Profile of the Day: James K. Polk http://www.geni.com/people/James-K-Polk-11th-President-of-the-USA/6000000002926000992

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Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale

Posted May 12, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Florence Nightingale

Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale http://www.geni.com/people/Florence-Nightingale-The-Lady-with-the-Lamp/6000000001611627567

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Profile of the Day: Constantine the Great

Posted May 11, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Constantine the Great

Profile of the Day: Constantine the Great http://www.geni.com/people/Constantine-I-the-Great-Roman-Emperor/6000000002119283341

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Profile of the Day: Louis XVI

Posted May 10, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Louis XVI

Profile of the Day: Louis XVI http://www.geni.com/people/Louis-XVI-Roi-de-France/6000000000843362199

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Profile of the Day: Nelson Mandela

Posted May 9, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela http://www.geni.com/people/Nelson-Mandela/6000000008671183222

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Featured Project: Fast & Furious

Posted May 6, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we highlight the Fast & Furious project, which is dedicated to those who have made significant contributions to the automotive industry. The project ranges from entrepreneurs, inventors, prominent race car drivers and many more. If your interested in the history of the auto industry or have a love for fast cars, perhaps you’ll want to join this project and help build the family trees of other significant automotive figures on Geni! Here’s a look at… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Posted May 6, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Orson Welles

Profile of the Day: Orson Welles http://www.geni.com/people/Orson-Welles/6000000008707492313

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Tracing Your Mexican Heritage

Posted May 5, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Flag of Mexico

Today is Cinco de Mayo, a holiday primarily observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. We thought it would be interesting to take a look at some useful resources when tracing your Mexican ancestry. Talk to your relatives The best way to begin your search is by first asking your family questions. Find out as much as you can about the names and relationships of your ancestors, birth/death dates,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard, Jr.

Posted May 5, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Alan Shepard

Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard, Jr. http://www.geni.com/people/Alan-Shepard/5661722986450058459

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Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn

Posted May 4, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Audrey Hepburn

Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn http://www.geni.com/people/Audrey-Hepburn/6000000003615923316

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Family Tree Tuesday – Humphrey Bogart

Posted May 3, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Humphrey Bogart

American actor Humphrey Bogart is considered one of the greatest screen legends in the history of film. During his 30 year career, Bogart appeared in 75 films. He may be best remembered for his role in the classic 1942 film, Casablanca. In 1960, Bogart was posthumously given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Humphrey Bogart was born in New York City to Dr. Belmont DeForest Bogart and Maud Humphrey. His father was a wealthy cardiopulmonary surgeon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joe DiMaggio

Posted May 3, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Joe DiMaggio

Profile of the Day: Joe DiMaggio http://www.geni.com/people/Joseph-Joe-DiMaggio/6000000005395891848

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Profile of the Day: Leonardo da Vinci

Posted May 2, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Leonardo da Vinci

Profile of the Day: Leonardo da Vinci http://www.geni.com/people/Leonardo-da-Vinci/6000000010762979987

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Featured Project: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted April 29, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to record the history of the most influential musical artists in the world. These artists include individual performers, bands and producers who have made significant impacts in the music industry. This project aims to add the family trees all the members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Geni. Are you interested in the genealogy of some of the greatest musicians in… Read the full story

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Profiles of the Day: Prince William and Kate Middleton

Posted April 29, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Prince William and Kate Middleton

Profiles of the Day: Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Using Patents as a Genealogy Resource

Posted April 28, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Drawing for a "flying machine" patented by O. and W. Wright on May 22, 1906 (patent #821,393)

Have you discovered that your ancestor was an inventor? Did you know that their patent records can provide you with some great genealogical information?  Let’s take a look at how patents can be an excellent genealogy resource! Genealogical information found in patent records include: First and last name of the inventor Each patent in the U.S. must contain the first and last name of the inventor or co-inventors and their address. You may be able… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Monroe

Posted April 28, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
james monroe

Profile of the Day: James Monroe http://www.geni.com/people/James-Monroe-5th-President-of-the-USA/4239120304610034677

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Morse

Posted April 27, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Samue_Morse

Profile of the Day: Samuel Morse http://www.geni.com/people/Prof-Samuel-Morse-inventor-of-the-code/6000000010908940959

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Family Tree Tuesday – Jesse James

Posted April 26, 2011 by Amanda | 12 Comments
Jesse_James

Jesse James was an infamous American outlaw of the Wild West. He is portrayed in American folklore as a Robin Hood-like figure, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. During the Civil War, Jesse and his brother Frank fought as Confederate guerrilla soldiers. After the war, they joined up with Cole Younger and his brothers to form the James-Younger Gang. The gang carried out a string of robberies, robbing banks, stagecoaches and trains…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John James Audubon

Posted April 26, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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Profile of the Day: John James Audubon http://www.geni.com/people/John-James-Audubon/6000000012366233513

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Profile of the Day: William Shakespeare

Posted April 25, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
William shakespeare

Profile of the Day: William Shakespeare http://www.geni.com/people/William-Shakespeare/6000000003051311313

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Featured Project: Freemasons of America

Posted April 22, 2011 by Amanda | 3 Comments

Yesterday we gave you tips on using fraternal organization records in genealogy. Today we highlight the Freemasons in America project. The Freemasons have played an integral part in the early history of America. Some of the most prominent members of this fraternal organization include U.S. presidents, CEOs and actors.  If you’re interested in learning more about Freemasons in America, check out this project. Perhaps you may want to join the project’s contributers and add more… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Al Gore

Posted April 22, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
al gore

Profile of the Day: Al Gore http://www.geni.com/people/Albert-A-Gore-Jr-45th-Vice-President-of-the-USA/6000000003626809721

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Fraternal Organization Records and Genealogy

Posted April 21, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Symbol of the Freemasons

While researching your family history, you wonder what an acronym in your ancestors’ records or a symbol on their tombstone signifies. It’s possible that your ancestor was a member of a fraternal organization. While the practices and ceremonies of these types of organizations are secretive, you will find that many people will identify themselves in some way that they are a member of an exclusive organization. These membership organizations have been around throughout history and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Posted April 21, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Queen_Elizabeth_II

Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II http://www.geni.com/people/Queen-Elizabeth-II/6000000003075071669

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Profile of Day: Marie Curie

Posted April 20, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Marie_Curie

Profile of Day: Marie Curie http://www.geni.com/people/Maria-Sk%C5%82odowska-Curie/4754071530090030120

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Family Tree Tuesday – Anthony Perkins

Posted April 19, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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Anthony Perkins (1932-1992) was an American actor best known for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. In 1957, Perkins received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for is role in the film, Friendly Persuasion. In recognition of his contributions to the film industry, Perkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Perkins was born in New York City to Janet Esselstyn Rane and Osgood Perkins. His father was a prominent American… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly

Posted April 19, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
grace kelly

Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly http://www.geni.com/people/Grace-Kelly/5163142858250067644

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Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

Posted April 18, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Paul Revere

Profile of the Day: Paul Revere http://www.geni.com/people/Paul-Revere/6000000003938177401

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Featured Project: Great Aviators

Posted April 15, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we feature the Great Aviators project. In this project are some of the most notable aviators in history. There are currently 36 profiles included. Perhaps you may want to add more great aviators to Geni! Here’s a look at a few of the profiles included: Howard Hughes – He was an American aviator, engineer, film producer, philanthropist and one of the wealthiest people in the world. He set multiple world air-speed records and built… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jackie Robinson

Posted April 15, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
jackie robinson

Profile of the Day: Jackie Robinson http://www.geni.com/people/Jackie-Robinson/6000000012255474287

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City Directories

Posted April 14, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
texas directory

City directories are one of the most often overlooked resources in genealogy. However, this resource is actually filled with very useful information for your genealogy research. Since city directories were published annually, they are an excellent way to track down the location of your ancestors in between census records. Here’s a quick look at how city directories can help you in your family tree research: What can I find in city directories? Your ancestors’ surname… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Steinbeck

Posted April 14, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
John_Steinbeck

Profile of the Day: John Steinbeck http://www.geni.com/people/John-Ernst-Steinbeck/6000000002814086158

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Profile of the Day: Tiger Woods

Posted April 13, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Tiger Woods

Profile of the Day: Tiger Woods http://www.geni.com/people/Tiger-Woods/6000000010281654792

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Family Tree Tuesday – Abraham Lincoln

Posted April 12, 2011 by Amanda | 7 Comments
abraham lincoln

On April 12, 1861, South Carolina used force remove the U.S. army from their facilities in Charleston. Known as the Battle of Fort Sumter, it marked the beginning of the American Civil War.  Two days after the battle, President Abraham Lincoln called for thousands of volunteers to crush the Southern rebellion.  Four years later, the Confederate forces were defeated by the Union army. Through his leadership and resolve, Lincoln successfully preserved the Union and brought an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

Posted April 12, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman http://www.geni.com/people/Harry-S-Truman-33rd-President-of-the-USA/6000000000264958780

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Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill

Posted April 11, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Winston Churchill

Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill http://www.geni.com/people/Sir-Winston-Churchill-Prime-Minister-of-the-United-Kingdom/6000000003222187286

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Featured Project: New and Modern Masters

Posted April 8, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

This week we feature the New and Modern Masters project. This project is comprised of the great painters from the mid 19th century to the present. (For great painters from the mid 13th to mid 19th century, check out the Old Masters project). If you’re interested, you may want to join the project’s collaborators and add more notable modern painters to Geni! Here’s a look at a few of the profiles included: Andy Warhol –… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ashley Judd

Posted April 8, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
ashley judd

Profile of the Day: Ashley Judd http://www.geni.com/people/Ashley-Judd/6000000002447366540