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Posted March 23, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Last night between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM Pacific Standard Time we experienced some downtime. However, all Geni servers are back online now. We apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused you.

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Alice Paul: One of Today’s Highlighted Profiles

Posted March 22, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/profile/index/6000000008221162676 On March 22, 1972 the Equal Rights Amendment passed the senate but later failed to win ratification. Alice Paul was the original author of the ERA and her profile is one we wish to highlight in honor of Women's History Month.

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Profile of the Day: George Grenville

Posted March 22, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: George Grenville http://www.geni.com/profile/index/6000000006999611048

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Profile of the Day: Lisa Kudrow

Posted March 19, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: Lisa Kudrow http://www.geni.com/people/Lisa-Stern/6000000008165513407

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Profile of the Day: Grover Cleveland

Posted March 18, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: Grover Cleveland http://www.geni.com/profile/index/6000000000351053834

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Discover your Irish ancestors

Posted March 17, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day – do you know where your Irish ancestors are? Geni makes it easy to discover them – if you do have ancestors born in Ireland you’ll find them here: Your Irish ancestors list The statistics feature is another great way to view this and to fill in missing data. View your country of birth chart If you have a lot of Irish ancestry, they’ll show up right in this chart…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: St. Patrick of Ireland

Posted March 17, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: St. Patrick of Ireland http://www.geni.com/people/St-Patrick-of-Ireland/6000000006787713131

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Profile of the Day: James Madison

Posted March 16, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: James Madison http://www.geni.com/people/President-James-Madison/4438583119100069835

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Profile of the Day: Julius Caesar

Posted March 15, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: Julius Caesar http://www.geni.com/people/Gaius-Caesar/6000000006101277370

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Profile of the Day: Emmitt Smith

Posted March 12, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: Emmitt Smith http://www.geni.com/people/Emmitt-Smith/6000000008091508804

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Profile of the Day: Sir Paul McCartney

Posted March 11, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: Sir Paul McCartney http://www.geni.com/profile/index/6000000007981687371

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Profile of the Day: Ruth Handler

Posted March 9, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: Ruth Handler http://www.geni.com/people/Ruth-Handler/6000000007980908074

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System Status

Posted March 7, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Some Geni users may experience problems loading pages.  This began at approximately 4:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. Please bear with us as we work on a solution. Update 9:15 AM PST All Geni servers are online. Thank you for your patience.

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Profile of the Day: Sarah Jessica Parker

Posted March 5, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: Sarah Jessica Parker http://www.geni.com/profile/index/6000000007980591309

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Introducing your new home page

Posted March 4, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Your Geni home page highlights your family’s recent activity and gives you easy access to important Geni features. Today we’re introducing a redesigned home page. The new, simpler design makes it easier for you to find what’s important to you. (click to view larger image) The first thing you’ll notice is that there are now two columns instead of three. On the left you’ll see your family news in a new, wider format for better… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Posted March 3, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

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

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Matthew Fox: One of Today’s Highlighted Profiles

Posted March 2, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Matthew Fox: One of Today’s Highlighted Profiles http://www.geni.com/profile/index/6000000007912670439

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Profile of the Day: Dr. Seuss

Posted March 2, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/profile/index/5529202663300088565 Today is Read Across America Day, in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Are you related to Theodor Seuss?

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World Rare Disease Day 2010

Posted February 28, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

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Profile of the Day: Hernán Cortés de Pizarro

Posted February 26, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Are you related to Hernán Cortés de Pizarro? http://www.geni.com/people/Hernán-Cortés-de-Pizarro/6000000000267758472

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Profile of the Day: Wilhelm Grimm

Posted February 24, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: Wilhelm Grimm http://www.geni.com/people/Wilhelm-Grimm/6000000006595371172

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Profile of the Day: Douglas MacArthur

Posted February 22, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: Douglas MacArthur http://www.geni.com/people/Douglas-MacArthur/6000000002789207311

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We’ll be right back

Posted February 21, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: And we're back. Sorry for the inconvenience. We're taking the site down for maintenance – should be just a few minutes. We'll let you all now when we're back.

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Smarter profile photos

Posted February 19, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

We've recently rolled out some requested changed to profile photos. If you use the identify feature to indicate where a person is in a photo, we'll now use that part of the photo for their profile. If you use the resize photo option in the tree, we'll use this as well. This means you can now, for example, use one group photo as profile photos for everyone in the photo. We're converting existing identified photos… Read the full story

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Enhanced Posted Links

Posted February 19, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Posting a link is an easy way to add a link to any web page, such as a census record or grave image, to a relative’s profile. Today we’re making posted links better by making them part of our new documents feature. When you post a link, we’ll take a snapshot of the page you are posting and display it just like other documents on Geni. This means you can view the page without opening… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benedict Arnold

Posted February 19, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/people/Benedict-Arnold-The-Traitor/6000000001691483953 Before he was known as a traitor, he was a general during the American Revolutionary War. Had he received a promotion to major general, he might have never betrayed his country. Today marks the anniversary of the day that Congress passed over him and promoted a few others instead. Are you related to Benedict Arnold? 

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther

Posted February 18, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/profile/index/6000000000830497857 On this day in 1546, Martin Luther died. Is he in your tree?

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

Posted February 17, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/people/Thomas-Jefferson/6000000003849466047 On this day in 1801, Thomas Jefferson is elected the 3rd US President.

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King Tut: One of Today’s Highlighted Profiles

Posted February 16, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/people/Nebkheperre-Tutankhamun-Pharaoh-of-Egypt/6000000000112649355 On this day in 1923 Archaeologists open the tomb of King Tut. Are you related to the Pharaoh? 

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Jenner

Posted February 12, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/people/Bruce-Jenner/6000000000782076029 Tonight is the Vancouver 2010 Olympics Opening Ceremony on NBC. In honor of the Olympics, Bruce Jenner is the Profile of the Day.

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Enhancing profile data

Posted February 11, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

The accuracy of the data on Geni is obviously very important. Sometimes bad data is added to a profile by mistake, for example missing a digit when entering a year of birth. Sometimes the bad data comes from a bad gedcom file. In any case, we've taken steps in the past to improve our error correction to prevent or eliminate bad data. For example, when you upload a gedcom, we automatically mark as deceased anyone… Read the full story

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Joanne Woodward: One of Today’s Highlighted Profiles

Posted February 9, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/profile/index/6000000002965606180 On this day in 1960, the Hollywood Walk of Fame was completed and Joanne Woodward became the first performer to receive her star. Are you related to her? What about her husband, Paul Newman? Joanne is today's highlighted profile

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Profile of the Day: Mary I, Queen of Scots

Posted February 8, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

On this day in 1587 Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded : http://www.geni.com/people/Mary-I-Queen-of-Scots/6000000003234018546

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New Feature: Documents

Posted February 5, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

One of the most important aspects of genealogy is documenting your research through sources and citations. Today we’ve taking an important step towards adding sources to Geni by adding support for documents. Documents are a great way to add census records, ship manifests, birth certificates, and more to your relative’s profiles. Just like photos and videos, you can add date and location information and tag documents to add them to related profiles. Supported file formats… Read the full story

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New Look: Navigation and Search

Posted February 5, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Faster Navigation The next time you visit Geni you’ll notice that our navigation bar has a fresh new look. The old tabs have been replaced with a clean navigation strip. But beauty is more than skin deep, so we’ve also made some changes to help you get where you want to go faster. Inbox is now a top level link so you can see how many messages you have from every page and view them… Read the full story

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New Feature: High quality video uploader

Posted February 5, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Users who have experienced compatibility issues with our standard video uploader can try our new High Quality video uploader. Because this uploader encodes the video on our server rather than on your computer, it should be compatible with virtually any computer configuration. If you’ve had issues uploading photos in the past, please try the new uploader and let us know how it works. Upload a video with the high quality video uploader

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Tree Enhancements

Posted February 5, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Find person – When viewing a large tree it can be difficult to find the person you are looking for. Now you can type shift-f and enter the name of anyone in the tree you are viewing to jump directly to that person. Shift-F requires that the flash app have the keyboard focus, so with some browsers you'll find that you need to click somewhere on the tree (preferably the blank area between nodes) before… Read the full story

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Enhancements: Merging and More

Posted February 5, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

We've just released some nice merging and collaboration enhancements: Add manager – Use the "Add manager" action under the more menu on any profile you manage to add a manager. This will send a request to the user. If they accept, they will be added as an additional manager (you can choose to make them a primary or an alternate when you send the request). You will not lose management privileges. Relinquish management – When… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 5, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/people/Frederick-Augustus-Washington-Bailey-Douglass/328239457930001157 Profile of the Day goes to writer and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. Are you related?

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Profile of the Day: Woodrow Wilson

Posted February 3, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/people/Thomas-Woodrow-Wilson-28th-President-of-the-United-States-of-America/6000000002138844534 On this day in 1924, President Woodrow Wilson dies. He was the 28th President of the United States. Are you related?

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Profile of the Day: Berry Gordy, Jr.

Posted February 2, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: Berry Gordy, Jr. http://www.geni.com/profile/index/3930096438320040565

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Andie MacDowell: One of Today’s Highlighted Profiles

Posted February 2, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

One of Today’s Highlighted Profiles – Andie MacDowell: http://www.geni.com/people/Rosalie-MacDowell/6000000006592182188

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Profile of the Day: Diana Ross

Posted February 1, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day: Diana Ross http://www.geni.com/people/Diana-Ross/3930111310110051609

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Senator Scott Brown: One of Today’s Highlighted Profiles

Posted February 1, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Guess who is cousins with President Barak Obama? That's right, Scott Brown: http://www.geni.com/people/Scott-Brown/6000000007550185496

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Profile of the Day: George Washington Carver

Posted February 1, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/people/George-Washington-Carver/6000000004550009055 February is Black History Month in the United States. In honor of Black History month, we would like to highlight the scientist and inventor from Missouri named George Washington Carver.

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Profile of the Day: King George III

Posted January 29, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/people/George-Hanover/4087009435080073228 On this day in 1820, King George III died. Are you related to the king of Great Britain and Ireland?

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Profile of the Day: Nicolas Sarkozy

Posted January 28, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/people/Nicolas-Sarkozy-Mallah/6000000006667041002 On this day in 1955, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was born. He shares his birthday with another famous French person, Colette, the French novelist (who was born in 1873). Are you related to either? 

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Enhanced collaboration

Posted January 27, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Collaborating is a way to work with other Geni users on the historical parts of the tree without exposing your privacy or your family’s privacy. When you invite another Geni user to collaborate with you, you can view, edit and merge the profiles they manage, and they can do the same with profiles that you manage. Note that this excludes profiles for living people. If you find a profile that you’d like to edit or… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gandhi

Posted January 27, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/people/Mohandas-Karamchand-Gandhi/6000000003922874202 Yesterday was Republic Day in India. When we think of India most of us remember a man who played a very important part of the Indian independence movement, Gandhi.

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Profile of the Day: Anne Boleyn

Posted January 25, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

http://www.geni.com/people/Anne-Boleyn/6000000006367901079 On this day in ~1533 King Henry the VIII marries Anne Boleyn. Are you a fan of the Tudors on Showtime? Anne Boleyn is today's highlighted profile.