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Profile of the Day: Robert Downey, Jr.

Posted April 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Robert Downey, Jr.! Today the Iron Man star turns 49. He was born on April 4, 1965 in New York City to Robert Downey Sr., an avant-garde filmmaker, and Elsie, an actress. Downey made his screen debut at the age of 5 in his father’s film Pound. Although his career soared during the 1980′s and early 1990′s, his personal struggles with addiction became a constant focus of headlines. In a remarkable turnaround, Downey was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Washington Irving

Posted April 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”? On April 3, 1783, author Washington Irving was born in New York City, New York. He was one of eleven children born to Scottish-English immigrants. The family belonged to the city’s small, vibrant merchant class. Born just as the American Revolution came to its end, Irving’s mother named him after the hero of the revolution, George Washington. At the age of six, Irving would meet his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen

Posted April 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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What was your favorite children’s book growing up? Today is International Children’s Book Day, which celebrates the birthday of the world’s favorite fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen. Born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark, Andersen was an only child. Although his family did not have much money, Andersen was well educated and attended boarding schools for the privileged, which fueled speculation that he was an illegitimate member of the Danish royal family. These rumors… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Debbie Reynolds

Posted April 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Singin’ in the Rain? Today star Debbie Reynolds turns 82. She was born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932 in El Paso, Texas. Reynolds big break came opposite Gene Kelly in the musical Singin’ in the Rain. In 1955, she married actor Eddie Fisher and had two children. Their daughter, Carrie, would follow in her parents’ footsteps and become an accomplished actress and writer. Despite her cheerful and sunny persona… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for March 31, 2014

Posted March 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s the end of the month! Treat yourself with these interesting articles from around the web. The Genealogy Sphere Maryland man may have found two lost or forgotten photos of Lincoln’s funeral procession (The Washington Post) – Mystery photos from the National Archives may be rare, long-forgotten photographs from Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession Linda Hunt believes that knowing where we come from is integral to knowing who we are (Oregon Live) – A local woman… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ewan McGregor

Posted March 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Ewan McGregor! Today the Scottish actor turns 43. Born in Perth, Scotland to school teachers, McGregor showed an early interest in singing before devoting his education to theater. In 1996, he received international acclaim with his breakthrough role in the film Trainspotting. Soon he would join one of the largest film franchises in history with is role as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels. Did you know he had already shared… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Posted March 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who died on this day in 1969 at the age of 78. He was born in Texas in 1890 and was the third of seven sons. Eisenhower was of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry and was raised in a large family in Kansas by parents with a strong religious background. A five-star general in the United States Army, Eisenhower served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during… Read the full story

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7 Tips for Interviewing Relatives

Posted March 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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As we conduct our genealogy research, it’s important not to neglect one of the most invaluable resources we have at our disposal: our relatives! Sharing family history and memories through the intimate knowledge of your family members is a great way to learn about earlier generations of your family. It’s important not to wait too long to connect with your relatives, distant and close members. Once a relative passes away, their memories and stories are lost… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gloria Swanson

Posted March 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Sunset Boulevard? On this day in 1899, legendary actress Gloria Swanson was born in a small house in Chicago, Illinois. Since her father was a soldier in the army, she spent much of her childhood in Puerto Rico, where she learned Spanish. She began her career as an extra in silent films alongside the likes of Charlie Chaplin, and soon became one of Hollywood’s most prominent silent film stars and fashion… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonard Nimoy

Posted March 26, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 83rd birthday Leonard Nimoy! Nimoy was born March 26, 1931 in Boston Massachusetts to Yiddish-speaking Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Iziaslav, Soviet Union (now Ukraine). He began acting at the age of 8 in neighborhood theater and was encouraged to pursue a career as an actor by his grandfather. Best known for portraying Spock in the original Star Trek series, the role and the series would have a significant cultural impact and earn him three Emmy nominations. Following the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elton John

Posted March 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Elton John! Today the singer turns 67. He was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, England on March 25, 1947. He began playing the piano at the age of 3, and by the age of 11, he had earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. Today Elton is one of the best-selling artists in the world, with over 300 million records sold worldwide. What’s your favorite song? Curious to see how… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for March 24, 2014

Posted March 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Here’s your weekly round-up of articles you may have missed in the past week! Image: Soldier’s fate revealed / Batley&Birstall News The Genealogy Sphere Watch as 1000 years of European borders change (loiter.co) – Watch this fascinating video of he changes in Europe’s borders for the last 1000 years Grandfather’s Brilliant Final Letter To His Grandkids Offers Life Lessons For The Rest Of Us (The Huffington Post) – Read this moving letter a grandfather wrote to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve McQueen

Posted March 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Were you a fan of Steve McQueen? On March 24, 1930, the popular action star was born in Beech Grove, Indiana. Dubbed the “King of Cool,” McQueen embodied the “anti-hero” persona, which made him a huge box office draw during the 1960s and 1970s. Some of his most memorable films include Bullitt, The Magnificent Seven  and The Great Escape. What’s your favorite Steve McQueen film? Explore his family tree on Geni and see how you’re related!   View… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rosie O’Donnell

Posted March 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Rosie! Today Rosie O’Donnell turns 52. Born on March 21, 1962 in Commack, New York, Rosie was the third of five children. Her mother was a homemaker and her father was an electrical engineer in the defense industry. She began her career as a stand-up comedian, making five appearances on the talent show Star Search before heading to Los Angeles. She made her film debut in A League of Their Own and continued to find further… Read the full story

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5 Jobs Our Ancestors Had That Are No Longer Around

Posted March 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s no surprise when we’re researching our genealogy that we come across an occupation that has disappeared from the current job market. As technology advances over time, occupations that were once commonplace get rarer and rarer, until it eventually becomes obsolete. Check out this list of some unusual occupations that our ancestors once labored in that we no longer see today. Knocker-ups Before the invention of the alarm clock, a knocker-up was a profession in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fred Rogers

Posted March 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood? Today we celebrate the beloved television host Fred Rogers on what would have been his 86th birthday. He was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania to James and Nancy Rogers. Over the course of three decades, Rogers became an indelible American icon of children’s entertainment and education. Fred Rogers is connected to over 75 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Fred Rogers’… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Posted March 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have outlaws or lawmen in your family tree? Today we celebrate the 166th anniversary of the birth of Wyatt Earp, one of the most celebrated legends of the American West. An American frontiersman, gambler, and lawman, Earp’s place in history was cemented after his involvement in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The infamous shootout lasted just 30 seconds and resulted in the deaths of three outlaws. Earp emerged from the gunfight unscathed…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Simon Bradstreet

Posted March 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Massachusetts Bay Colony ancestors? On this day in 1603, Simon Bradstreet, the last Massachusetts Bay Colony governor, was born in Horbling, England. Bradstreet arrived in Boston with John Winthrop aboard the Arabella and was very much involved in colonial politics. He was married to Anne Bradstreet, who was the first poet and first female writer to be published in Colonial America. Her work was very influential to the Puritans of her time. Amongst… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for March 17, 2014

Posted March 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Get your genealogy fix today with these interesting articles from the past week. Image: 10 Fascinating Death Facts from the Victorian Era / Listverse.com The Genealogy Sphere 10 Fascinating Death Facts from the Victorian Era (Listvers.com) – Here are ten fascinating facts about death during the Victorian Era A Book Photography Stand (One Rhode Island Family blog) – Creative way for you to digitize some books for your genealogy research Are… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: St. Patrick

Posted March 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrated annually on March 17 for over a thousand years, this Irish cultural and religious holiday honors the memory of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. At the age of 16, Patrick was kidnapped from his home by pirates and taken to Ireland. During his enslavement, he discovered his call to Christianity and escaped his captors after six years. He returned to Ireland as a missionary, and spread the teachings of Christianity… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert Einstein

Posted March 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the birth of genius physicist Albert Einstein! Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany on March 14, 1879. His father was a salesman and engineer and founded Elektrotechnische Fabrik J. Einstein & Cie, a company that manufactured electrical equipment based on direct current. While on a visit to the United States in 1933, Einstein elected not to return to his home in Germany due to the rise to power of the Nazis under the… Read the full story

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MyHeritage Family Digitizes an Entire Cemetery

Posted March 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Geni and our parent company, MyHeritage, recently announced a global initiative with BillionGraves to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. This past Sunday, our good friends at MyHeritage headquarters headed out to the Segula Cemetery in Petah Tikva, Israel to digitize gravestones using the BillionGraves mobile app. With 80 eager MyHeritage employees out in full force, the team got a real hands-on experience using the app and came away from the experience with some great ideas… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Percival Lowell

Posted March 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember the days when Pluto was still classified as a planet? Today we celebrate the birth of Percival Lowell, the astronomer who formed the beginning of the effort that led to the discovery of Pluto. Lowell was born on March 13, 1855 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to a prominent and wealthy family. Lowell founded the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona and spent the last decade of his life in search of a possible ninth planet, which… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Liza Minnelli

Posted March 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Liza Minnelli! This day in 1946, Liza Minnelli was born in Hollywood, California to Hollywood power couple Vincent Minnelli and Judy Garland. Primed for stardom at birth, Liza was able to step out of her mother’s shadow and enjoy a highly successful career in entertainment. She’s one of the rare few who have earned the coveted EGOT, an award in each of the top four major entertainment honors: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Fleming

Posted March 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember notable biologist Alexander Fleming, who died on March 11, 1955. Fleming was born in Ayrshire, Scotland on August 6, 1881 and studied medicine before serving as a physician during World War I. In 1928, Fleming made history when he discovered the world’s first antibiotic, penicillin. He stumbled on this revolutionary discovery by accident. Upon returning to his laboratory after a month vacationing with his family, he noticed that a culture of Staphylococcus… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for March 10, 2014

Posted March 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Suffering from the Monday blues? Check out these articles for a quick family history pick-me-up to perk up your Monday! Image: 11 Jobs That No Longer Exist Today / 9gag.com) The Genealogy Sphere 11 Jobs That No Longer Exist Today (9gag.com) – Did your ancestors work jobs that no longer exist today? War Widow Finds Answers After Years (FaithIt.com) – A war widow discovers the truth about her missing husband after searching for 68 years… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Chuck Norris

Posted March 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Chuck Norris! Can you believe he’s turning 74 today? The action icon was born Carlos Ray Norris in Ryan, Oklahoma to Wilma and Ray Norris on March 10, 1940. After serving in the United States Air Force, Norris rose to fame as a martial artist. During one of his martial arts demonstrations, he caught the eye of Bruce Lee who cast him in the film Return of the Dragon, which helped launch Norris… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rachel Weisz

Posted March 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Rachel Weisz! Today the actress turns 44. Born in Westminster, London, Rachel’s father was an inventor from Hungry and her mother was a teacher-turned-psychotherapist from Vienna, Austria. Her family fled to England before the outbreak of World War II to escape the Nazis. She began her career as a model at the age of 14, and soon began studying English in school. She soon found international stardom in the film The Mummy. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michelangelo

Posted March 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you ever seen the statue of David in person? On this day in 1475, Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo was born in Caprese, Italy. Unlike many artists who didn’t live to see their work appreciated, Michelangelo was one of the most successful and wealthiest artists during his lifetime. To this day, people travel from all over the world to view his magnificent work in person, including his most popular pieces the Pietà and the ceiling of… Read the full story

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Patents: The Hula Hoop

Posted March 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you play with a hula hoop as a child? Image credit: George Garrigues, Wikipedia On March 5, 1963, the modern day Hula-Hoop was patented by Arthur Melin. The co-founder of the toy company, Wham-O, Melin was inspired to develop the popular children’s toy after observing Australian children twirling wooden hoops around their waists during gym class. Wham-O began selling plastic versions of the hoop, which they dubbed “Hula” after the Hawaiian dance, and demonstrated them… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill

Posted March 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. As prime minister of Britain, Churchill rallied the British people during World War II and led his country from the brink of defeat to victory. Although he was defeated in his re-election for prime minster in 1945, Churchill continued to play an influential role in world politics. With President Harry S. Truman in attendance, Churchill delivered one… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woodrow Wilson

Posted March 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On March 4, 1913, Woodrow Wilson was sworn in as the 28th president of the United States. Born Thomas Woodrow Wilson in Staunton, Virginia, Wilson served as President of Princeton University and as governor of New Jersey before entering the White House. President Wilson led the country through World War I and helped craft the Treaty of Versailles, which brought an end to the Great War. The treaty also created the League of Nations, a… Read the full story

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Oscar Night 2014: Who’s Related?

Posted March 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you watch the 86th Annual Academy Awards last night? This year, the star-studded award show was hosted for the second time by comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who took over the reigns from last year’s host Seth MacFarlane. Funny must run in the genes because the Family Guy creator also happens to be Ellen’s 10th cousin. Did you enjoy watching Ellen bring her friendly charm to the Oscar stage? It turns out this year’s race was a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

Posted March 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the 167th birthday of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the first practical telephone. Bell was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland to Alexander Melville Bell ad Eliza Grace Symonds. His family life profoundly influenced his research on hearing and speech; his father and grandfather were elocutionists and both his mother and his wife were deaf. This research lead to experimentations with hearing devices that lead to his first invention… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Watson

Posted February 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you made any genealogy discoveries using DNA testing? On this day in 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis Crick discovered the chemical structure of DNA. Using experimental data collected by Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins, the pioneering duo deduced the double-helix structure of DNA and revolutionized our understanding of genetics and heredity. Watson, Crick and Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962 for their contributions to this groundbreaking scientific discovery. Sadly, Franklin died in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Taylor

Posted February 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember star Elizabeth Taylor, who was born February 27, 1932. Elizabeth was born in Hempstead, London to American parents, Francis and Sara Taylor. From her early years as a child star, she became one of the greatest actresses of Hollywood’s Gold Age. Remembered for her stunning beauty and sometimes scandalous love life, Elizabeth spent much of her life devoted to charitable organizations and became an outspoken advocate for those suffering from AIDS. What… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jackie Gleason

Posted February 26, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you watch The Honeymooners? On February 26, 1916 star Jackie Gleason was born in Bushwick, New York. Gleason experienced great loss during his childhood; his father abandoned the family when Jackie was eight and his only sibling died at a young age. A pioneer of television comedy, he began his career as the host of the variety show Cavalcade of Stars, before he took on his iconic role of blustery bus driver Ralph Kramden…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harold Ramis

Posted February 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Harold Ramis in Ghostbusters? Yesterday, February 24, the comedic legend passed away at the age of 69. Ramis was born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois. For over 40 years, Ramis was a leading figure in the world of comedy. As an actor, writer, and director, his films also included the classic comedies Caddyshack, Stripes and Groundhog Day. What was your favorite film? Explore Harold Ramis’s family tree on Geni to discover how you’re connected.  … Read the full story

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Monday Recap for February 24, 2014

Posted February 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Get your genealogy and family history fix with this week’s roundup! The Genealogy Sphere Shakespeare’s 14th great-niece baptized at church where he is buried (DailyMail UK) – The 14th great-niece of the famous writer was baptized at the church where the playwright is buried Are You Related to A.J. Jacobs? (WNYC) – Listen to A.J. Jacobs on The Brian Lehrer Show discussing his global family reunion event The transported child (The Legal Genealogist) – Judy… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Jobs

Posted February 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember innovator and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on what would have been his 59th birthday. On February 24, 1955, Steve was born in San Francisco, California to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption. He was adopted by Paul Reinhold and Clara Jobs, who encouraged his education and hobby of tinkering with electronics. Steve’s unique vision and creativity not only led Apple to become one of the most profitable… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter III

Posted February 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On February 21, 1728, Peter III was born Karl Peter Ulrich in Kiel, Germany. Although he didn’t speak much Russian, Peter III was named heir presumptive by his aunt Elizabeth, Empress of Russia, who also arranged for Peter to marry his second cousin, Sophie Friederike Auguste, who then took on the name Catherine. In 1762,  Peter succeeded to the throne, but proved to be an unpopular ruler. He served a mere 6 months as the… Read the full story

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Winter Olympics Sochi 2014

Posted February 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you watching the XXII Olympic Winter Games taking place in Sochi, Russia? Although initial reports depict less than ideal conditions at the games for the first time Olympic hosts, the athletes have brought their A-game as they compete against the best of the best from all over the world. If you’re a big fan of these winter sports, here’s your chance to bring your love of the winter games and genealogy together – the Sochi… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ansel Adams

Posted February 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of photographer Ansel Adams’ work? Today we celebrate the 112th anniversary of the fame photographer’s birth. He was born on February 20, 1902 in San Francisco, California to distinctly upper-class parents. Although his grandfather founded a prosperous lumber business, Adams condemned the industry for cutting down many of the great redwood forests. His photos of the American West helped promote the conservation of the American wilderness. Are you related to Ansel… Read the full story

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Geni and BillionGraves: Digitally Preserving the World’s Cemeteries Together

Posted February 19, 2014 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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We’re excited to announce that Geni has teamed up with BillionGraves to launch a global crowdsourcing initiative to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. In the world of genealogy, gravestones play an important role in telling us information about our ancestors. They can not only provide the name, birth and death date of the deceased, but also the names of close relatives. Epitaphs often provide insight into the person’s life, and may include a brief description… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicolaus Copernicus

Posted February 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any astronomers in your family tree? On February 19, 1473, Renaissance mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland. In one of the most significant astronomical breakthroughs in history, Copernicus formulated a heliocentric model of the universe, which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center. Just before his death, he published his findings in De revolutionbus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of Celestial Spheres). His work caused immediate… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Travolta

Posted February 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday John Travolta! Today the film star turns 60. Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Travolta dropped out of high school to pursue a career in acting. After appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter, he skyrocketed to international fame in the box office hits Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Did you know he is the youngest of six children born to a family of entertainers? His father was a semi-professional football player and his… Read the full story

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted February 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Valentine’s Day! With romance in the air, today is an especially affectionate day of love. It’s also the best time to share the love stories found in our families. Below is a sweet picture from the 1957 inaugural parade. At first glance, you may find it adorable for the capture of President Eisenhower with his grandchildren and Vice President Nixon with his children as they enjoy the parade together. However, it’s even sweeter when you realize the little boy, David… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the birth of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass! Douglass was born into slavery around February 1818. Although the exact date of his birth is not known, later in his life, Douglass celebrated his birthday on February 14. As a slave, he tried to escape from twice before he succeeded. After his escape from slavery, Douglass became one of the most important leaders of the abolitionist movement. Frederick Douglass is connected to over 75… Read the full story

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Family Heirlooms

Posted February 13, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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What’s your favorite aspect of genealogy? For many, one of the best parts is getting to learn the stories behind the items family members leave behind. Reaching far beyond what a census record or land deed can tell us about our ancestors, family heirlooms gives us a more personal connection to who are ancestors were as individuals. Chances are your family has accumulated many family heirlooms throughout the years. These are a great place to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sid Caesar

Posted February 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Yesterday the world lost another great legend. Sid Caesar, one of televisions earliest stars, died at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 91. Sid was born on September 8, 1922 in Yonkers, New York to Jewish immigrants. A pioneer in television, he generated laughs on his live variety show, Your Show of Shows, and its successor Caesar’s Hour. Do you remember watching the funny man on TV? Explore his family tree and perhaps… Read the full story

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