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Special Census Records

Posted June 23, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
1850 Slave Schedule

Every genealogist can attest to how valuable population census records are to genealogical research. But did you know that there are other types of census schedules out there? While these “special” schedules may not hold as much information as population schedules, they can often help supplement other sources and point you into new directions. Let’s take a brief look at a few of the other types of U.S. census schedules: Agriculture Schedules Agriculture schedules can… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Clooney

Posted June 23, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
George Clooney

George Clooney Oscar winning actor and director George Clooney has found great success both on screen and off. He is best known for his roles on the television show ER and movies such as Ocean’s Eleven, Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck which he co-wrote and directed. Clooney has also devoted much of his time to his humanitarian work, raising awareness for the conflict in Darfur and raising funds for several recent natural disasters throughout the world. Check out George… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Erich Maria Remarque

Posted June 22, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Erich Maria Remarque

Profile of the Day: Erich Maria Remarque http://www.geni.com/people/Erich-Maria-Remarque/6000000010764509598

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Family Tree Tuesday – The Wright Brothers

Posted June 21, 2011 by Amanda | 5 Comments
Orville Wright

Orville and Wilbur Wright were two American aviation pioneers, who are credited with inventing the worlds first successful airplane. On December 17, 1903 the brothers succeeded in making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight.  In 1906, Orville and Wilbur were granted a patent for their “Flying Machine.” The brothers grew up in a close household, which fostered their creativity.  Their success was widely influenced by the support they received from their family. Their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Posted June 21, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

On June 21, 1982, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. He is the first heir to the British throne to be born in a hospital. Check out his family tree and see how you’re related! View Prince William, Duke of Cambridge’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Errol Flynn

Posted June 20, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Errol Flynn

On June 20, 1909, actor Errol Flynn was born. On screen, he was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles. While off screen, Flynn was known for his flamboyant lifestyle in Hollywood. In 1960, he received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to film and television. View Errol Flynn’s Geni Profile

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Featured Project: The War of 1812

Posted June 17, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Tomorrow, June 18, marks the anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812. Just 29 years after the American Revolutionary War, the United States declared war on the British Empire in reaction to the Empire’s economic blockade of France and the forceful induction of American sailors into the British Royal Navy. Do you have any ancestors who fought in the War of 1812? Add them to this project and see how you can connect… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward I, King of England

Posted June 17, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Edward I, King of England

On June 17, 1239 Edward I was born at the Palace of Westminster. He was known as Edward the Longshanks for his tall physique. During his reign, he strengthened the authority of the crown and established parliament as a permanent institution. How are you related? View Edward I, King of England’s Geni Profile

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Do You Have a Criminal in Your Family Tree?

Posted June 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Police report on the arrest of Rosa Parks

Discovered that your ancestor has disappeared from public records for a period of time? Wonder why your family doesn’t want to talk about a certain ancestor’s past? If you’ve heard stories or rumors in your family about an ancestor’s criminal activities, you may want to investigate those claims further by finding documentation. Criminal records make a fascinating resource for genealogical information. What types of criminal records are there? Police report/arrest records Court records Probation records Execution records… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Ford

Posted June 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Henry Ford

On June 16, 1903 the Ford Motor Company was incorporated. Founded by Henry Ford, the company is now one of the largest auto makers in the world. By implementing the assembly line technique of mass production, Henry Ford revolutionized the automobile industry and became one of the richest men in the world. How are you related? View Henry Ford’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Courteney Cox

Posted June 15, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Courteney Cox

On June 15, 1964 actress Courteney Cox was born. She is perhaps best known for her role as Monica Gellar in the hugely successful sitcom Friends. Today, Cox can be found starring in the comedy, Cougar Town, for which she received her first Golden Globe nomination. Check out her family tree and see how you’re related! View Courteney Cox’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Roy Orbison

Posted June 13, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Roy Orbison

Profile of the Day: Roy Orbison http://www.geni.com/people/Roy-Orbison/6000000012909541570

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Profile of the Day: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Posted June 10, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Profile of the Day: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh http://www.geni.com/people/Prince-Philip-Duke-of-Edinburgh/6000000003075171096

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Naturalization Records

Posted June 9, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Petition for Naturalization - Maria von Trapp

Naturalization records are an important resource for genealogists. These records hold valuable information not only about their names and ages, but also where they came from. They provide important clues that may lead you to new paths and discoveries. Let’s take a brief look at what information naturalization records hold. Declaration of Intentions In the first steps toward naturalization, your ancestor would need to file a declaration of intentions, also known as “First Papers.” These… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diane Lane

Posted June 9, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Diane Lane

Profile of the Day: Diane Lane http://www.geni.com/people/Diane-Lane/6000000008914885639

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Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted June 8, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Frank Lloyd Wright

Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright http://www.geni.com/people/Frank-Lloyd-Wright/359887443050007456

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Family Tree Tuesday – Elvis Presley

Posted June 7, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Elvis Presley

On June 7, 1982, Graceland, the former home of legendary musician Elvis Presley, was opened to the public. Referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll,” Presley revolutionized the music industry and is perhaps one of the most important cultural icons of the 20th century. He has been inducted to four music halls of fame, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1935, Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi to Vernon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XIV

Posted June 7, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Louis XIV

Profile of the Day: Louis XIV http://www.geni.com/people/Louis-XIV-Roi-de-France-et-Navarre/6000000000842131607

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Profile of the Day: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Posted June 6, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
dwight d eisenhower

Profile of the Day: Dwight D. Eisenhower http://www.geni.com/people/Dwight-D-Eisenhower-34th-President-of-the-USA/6000000003055068438

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Featured Project: Salem Witch Trials

Posted June 3, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment

Do you have an ancestor who was involved in the Salem witch trials? This week we highlight the Salem Witch Trials: Colonial America in 1692 project. The goal of this project is to discover our ancestors involved in the notorious “Salem Witch Trials,” validate their family trees and our own connections to them, and create quality, genealogically valid mini biographies for the Profiles. If you’re interested in helping out, join the project’s collaborators! Perhaps you may… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie

Posted June 3, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Angelina Jolie

Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie http://www.geni.com/people/Angelina-Jolie/6000000002742902340

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School Records as a Genealogy Resource

Posted June 2, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
University of California, Berkeley - Class of 1875 Yearbook

When researching your genealogy, school records may not be one of the first resources that come to mind. However, you may be surprised to realize how information found in school records can help supplement your research with other documented sources. They can even provide clues to other areas to search. Let’s take a look at how school records can help you. Record of attendance Teachers often wrote notes recording why a student was absent for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Orwell

Posted June 2, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
George Orwell

Profile of the Day: George Orwell http://www.geni.com/people/Eric-Arthur-Blair-George-Orwell/6000000001510467133

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Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Posted June 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Helen Keller

Profile of the Day: Helen Keller http://www.geni.com/people/Helen-Keller/6000000006811385682

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Family Tree Tuesday – Emily Dickinson

Posted May 31, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Emily Dickinson

American poet Emily Dickinson lived in Amherst, Massachusetts for most of her life. While much of the public was unaware of her writings during her lifetime, Dickinson gained significant prominence after her death. Today, she is one of the most celebrated writers of the 19th century. Her writing style and unconventional use of capitalization and punctuation were unique for the era in which she wrote. Because she lived much of her life in seclusion, Dickinson… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Audie Murphy

Posted May 31, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Audie Murphy

Profile of the Day: Audie Murphy http://www.geni.com/people/Audie-Murphy/6000000002062280945

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Featured Project: U.S. Civil War Notables

Posted May 27, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment

On Monday, May 30, the U.S. will celebrate Memorial Day, which honors the men and women who have lost their lives while in military service to the United States. Originally conceived to remember the fallen Union and Confederate soldiers of the U.S. Civil War, after World War I, the observance was extended to include all American soldiers who have died in the service of the country. Today, we highlight the U.S. Civil War Notables and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincent Price

Posted May 27, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Vincent Price

Profile of the Day: Vincent Price http://www.geni.com/people/Vincent-Price/6000000004138493752

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Your Family Bible

Posted May 26, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
428px-Family-bible

While census records and other official documents are excellent resources for your ancestor’s vital information, none compare to having your family Bible in your possession. Family Bibles provide not only great genealogical information, but also offer an intimate connection with your ancestors. Contained in these Bibles are family records written in the hands of your own relatives and passed on from generation to generation. What can I find in my family Bible? You will find… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

Posted May 26, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Bram Stoker

Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker http://www.geni.com/people/Abraham-Bram-Stoker/6000000010663773201

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Profile of the Day: Oprah Winfrey

Posted May 25, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Oprah Winfrey

Profile of the Day: Oprah Winfrey http://www.geni.com/people/Oprah-Winfrey/6000000009948468501

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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