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

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Understanding Probate Records

Posted April 7, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
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Probate records are an excellent source of genealogical information. Today, let’s take a closer look at probate records and how they can help enrich your genealogy research. What are probate records? Probate records are documents compiled by a court after someone has died regarding the division of their estate. Among some of the documents you may find in your ancestor’s probate records are: A death certificate Will Guardian ship petitions for minor children List of heirs… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant

Posted April 7, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
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Profile of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant http://www.geni.com/people/Ulysses-S-Grant-18th-President-of-the-USA/6000000010349137529

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Asimov

Posted April 6, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Isaac Asimov

Profile of the Day: Isaac Asimov http://www.geni.com/people/Isaac-Asimov/6000000010837269793

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Family Tree Tuesday – Henry Ford

Posted April 5, 2011 by Amanda | 4 Comments
Henry Ford

Henry Ford was an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company. By implementing the assembly line technique of mass production, Ford revolutionized the automobile industry. This new business technique was called “Fordism,” the mass production of inexpensive goods in conjunction with high wages for workers. Ford would become one of the richest men in the world. Ford was born on July 30, 1863 on a family farm in Michigan to William Ford and Mary Litogot and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pocahontas

Posted April 5, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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Profile of the Day: Pocahontas http://www.geni.com/people/Matoaka-Powhatan/6000000005385138952

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Profile of the Day: Francis Drake

Posted April 4, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Sir Francis Drake

Profile of the Day: Francis Drake http://www.geni.com/people/Vice-Admiral-Sir-Francis-Drake/6000000006086120867

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Featured Project: Prominent Scientists: (ii) Medicine & Life Sciences

Posted April 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Interested in researching notable scientists in history? Check out this week’s featured project, Prominent Scientists: (ii) Medicine & Life Sciences. This project aims to organize and build the family trees for the scientists who have made major contributions to the fields of medicine and other life sciences. Perhaps you may want to join the project’s collaborators and add more profiles to the project! Are you related to any of the profiles included? Here’s a peek… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gwyneth Paltrow

Posted April 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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Profile of the Day: Gwyneth Paltrow http://www.geni.com/people/Gwyneth-Paltrow/6000000010554089036

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Using the Chinese Exclusion Act Records in Genealogy

Posted March 31, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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If you are researching your Chinese heritage in the U.S. and your ancestors had immigrated to the country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a great place to look is the Chinese Exclusion Act case files. In 1882, the United States passed the Chinese Exclusion Acts to limit the number of Chinese immigrants coming into the country. Ten years later, the Act was modified to require all Chinese residents to obtain a certificate… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rene Descartes

Posted March 31, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
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Profile of the Day: Rene Descartes http://www.geni.com/people/Ren%C3%A9-Descartes/6000000010647044004

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Profile of the Day: Ronald Reagan

Posted March 30, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Ronald Reagan

Profile of the Day: Ronald Reagan http://www.geni.com/people/Ronald-W-Reagan-40th-President-of-the-USA/6000000010283870415

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Family Tree Tuesday – Nelson Mandela

Posted March 29, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Nelson Mandela

On March 29, 1961 Nelson Mandela was acquitted of treason charges after a four year trial, known as the Treason Trial. Actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, Mandela was arrested again in 1962 and imprisoned for 27 years. During his imprisonment, Mandela built his reputation as one of the most significant leaders in South Africa. He was finally released from prison on February 11, 1990. After his release, Nelson Mandela continued to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Claude Monet

Posted March 29, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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Profile of the Day: Claude Monet http://www.geni.com/people/Claude-Monet/6000000009747798919

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Profile of the Day: Mary Pickford

Posted March 28, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Mary Pickford

Profile of the Day: Mary Pickford http://www.geni.com/people/Mary-Pickford/6000000006884191734

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Featured Project: Pirates and Privateers

Posted March 25, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Today’s featured project aims to identify and trace the genealogy of Pirates and Privateers on Geni. We’ve all heard tales of dreadful pirates and heroic privateers, but what actually distinguishes a pirate from a privateer? Acts of piracy are categorized as war-like acts committed by private parties that engage in acts of robbery and/or violence at sea. Privateers practice similar methods, however, the most important distinction is that they are authorized by governments to attack… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Buscemi

Posted March 25, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Steve Buscemi

Profile of the Day: Steve Buscemi http://www.geni.com/people/Steve-Buscemi/6000000011524319905