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Profile of the Day: Chief Sitting Bull

Posted November 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Chief Sitting Bull

Chief Sitting Bull Chief Sitting Bull was a Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux chief and holy man. Through his leadership, he united his people in resistance to the U.S. government’s expansion into their lands and way of life. Today, he is remembered as one of the greatest Native American leaders, a brave warrior and symbol of Native American resistance movements.   View Chief Sitting Bull’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Georgia O’Keeffe

Posted November 15, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Georgia O'Keeffe

On November 15, 1887, American artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born. Considered one of the foremost painters of the 20th century, O’Keeffe carved out a significant place for women painters in the art community that had been exclusive and still dominated by men. Before her death in 1986, O’Keeffe had become on of America’s most celebrated cultural icons. Georgia O’Keeffe is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 14, 2011

Posted November 14, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Here’s a recap of what’s happened in the past week in genealogy: The Genealogy Sphere Better GEDCOM Statement (Dear Myrtle) – Dear Myrtle announces she is stepping down as moderator of the Better GEDCOM project The Big Genealogy Blog Book (We Tree) – Amy Coffin announces the release of The Big Genealogy Blog Book Researching American Indian Genealogy (Family Tree Magazine) – Family Tree Magazine has complied a list of helpful articles about researching Native… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince Charles

Posted November 14, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Charles, Prince of Wales

On November 14, 1948, Charles, Prince of Wales, was born in Buckingham Palace. He is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and heir apparent to the throne. Today he celebrates his 63rd birthday. Prince Charles is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Prince Charles’s Geni Profile

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Happy Veterans Day!

Posted November 11, 2011 by Amanda | 5 Comments

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day in the U.S. It is also observed as Remembrance Day in other parts of the world. Let’s take a moment to reflect and honor the men and women who have served their country in the armed forces. Originally, Veteran’s Day was proclaimed Armistice Day by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919, which marked the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. After World War II,… Read the full story

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World Family Tree: 60 Million Profiles and Counting

Posted November 11, 2011 by Amanda | 3 Comments

Our goal at Geni has always been to create the world’s largest, most comprehensive world family tree. Through the collaboration of millions of researchers, we’ve seen tremendous growth in our World Family Tree, with over 10 million profiles connected in the past year. We’re thrilled to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now has over 60 million connected profiles and counting. Take a look at the World Family Tree page for automatic updates and other… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Morgan Freeman

Posted November 11, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Morgan Freeman

It was recently announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that five-time Oscar nominated actor Morgan Freeman will be the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 69th annual Golden Globes ceremony. Freeman is to be honored for the contributions he has made to the world of entertainment. Check out his family tree on Geni! View Morgan Freeman’s Geni Profile

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African American Genealogy Part XI: So Much More

Posted November 11, 2011 by SharonGeni | One Comment
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 Even though I have done my best to cover the basics of family research, there is still so much more.

The point to remember is that every human being has left a paper trail of some sort. Your job is to find it and put the puzzle pieces family relationship together. Depending on how deep you want to go, there is no end to where you can look and what you might find.

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Latin Grammy Award Winners on Geni

Posted November 10, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

The 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be held tonight, November 10, in Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. Two-time Grammy Award winner, Shakira was named the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year for her contributions to the Latin music industry. Tonight she is nominated for three more awards, including Album of the Year. Let’s take a look at other past Latin Grammy winners on Geni: Ricky Martin – In 2006, Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shakira

Posted November 10, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Shakira

Tonight is the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards. Colombian singer Shakira was named the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year for her artistic achievement in the Latin music industry and her dedication to philanthropy. She is up for three Grammy awards tonight, including Album of the Year.   View Shakira’s Geni Profile

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Find A Grave Record Matches Now on Geni

Posted November 9, 2011 by Amanda | 8 Comments

Recently, we introduced Record Matches to make it faster and easier for Geni users to find records about their relatives on their family tree. Today, we’re excited to announce the addition of Find A Grave to Geni’s growing number of record partners. Find A Grave is a free grave registration site with millions of records containing photos, biographies and dates. To see the record matches for a profile, click on the Record Matches button and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles de Gaulle

Posted November 9, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Charles de Gaulle

On November 9, 1970, Charles de Gaulle died at the age of 79. de Gaulle was a French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. In 1958, he founded the French Fifth Republic and served as its first President. Charles de Gaulle is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Charles de Gaulle’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Edmond Halley

Posted November 8, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Edmond Halley

Today, November 8, is the 355th anniversary of English astronomer Edmond Halley‘s birthday. He is best known for computing the orbit of Halley’s comet, which is the only short-period comment that is visible to the naked eye from Earth every 75-76 years. Edmond Halley is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Edmond Halley’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Andy Rooney

Posted November 7, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Andy Rooney

On November 4, American journalist and 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney died at the age of 92. Before joining 60 Minutes, Rooney covered World War II and was one of the first American journalists to visit the Nazi concentration camps. Just one month ago, Rooney stepped down from his post on 60 Minutes, ending his 33 year run on the program.   View Andy Rooney’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Guy Fawkes

Posted November 4, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Guy Fawkes

Tomorrow, November 5, the U.K. celebrates Guy Fawkes Day. In 1605, Guy Fawkes conspired to blow up Parliament on November 5. However, the plot, famously known as the “Gunpowder Plot,” failed, and Fawkes was captured and executed for treason. Guy Fawkes is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Guy Fawkes’s Geni Profile

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African American Genealogy Part X: The Modern Marvel of DNA

Posted November 4, 2011 by SharonGeni | One Comment
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This blog series provides information on how to conduct family research — with a special focus on the challenges that apply for African Americans. Our goal is to help you appreciate history, learn how to research your family and be inspired to join a community – Geni.com – that seeks to unite the entire world into one big family. Join us for an adventure that is sure to last a lifetime! Want to be notified… Read the full story

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Irish Genealogy on Geni

Posted November 3, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Geni projects are a fantastic tool to collaborate with other genealogists who are working in the same genealogical area. We recently interviewed Annemarie Healy, a Geni user since 2009, who recently created the Irish Portal project. The project is the perfect place to collaborate, find advice and assistance when researching your Irish ancestry. Can you give us a brief overview of the Irish Portal project and what goals you hope to accomplish? Overview in brief: The Irish… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Russell Crowe

Posted November 3, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Russell Crowe

Australian actor Russell Crowe has achieved both box office success and critical acclaim throughout his career. In 2001, Crowe won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film Gladiator.   View Russell Crowe’s Geni Profile

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Changes to Membership Tiers & Merging

Posted November 2, 2011 by Amanda | Comments Off

Membership Tiers Geni has always offered a free Basic account to our members. This is a great way to give Geni a try and see how quickly your family tree can grow. As your tree grows and you want to take advantage of advanced features, such as profile matches and tree merging, you can choose from two subscription levels, Plus and Pro. We’ve made two changes to these membership tiers to make them easier to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Antoinette

Posted November 2, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Marie Antoinette

On November 2, 1755, Marie Antoinette was born. As the queen consort of King Louis XVI of France, she helped provoke the popular unrest that led to the French Revolution and overthrow of the monarchy. Marie Antoinette was convicted of treason and executed by guillotine nine months after her husband’s execution. Marie Antoinette is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Marie Antoinette’s Geni Profile  

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Celebrating Day of the Dead

Posted November 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

In celebration of the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, we thought it would be fun to take a look at how this holiday is celebrated around the world and share with you some interesting facts from Geni about each country. Enjoy!

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Profile of the Day: Diego Rivera

Posted November 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera Diego Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter and muralist, whose art reflected the lives of working class people of Mexico. Do you have info about Diego Rivera’s genealogy? Help build his tree in Geni’s World Family Tree to see how you’re related!   View Diego Rivera’s Geni Profile

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Win a Lifetime Geni Pro Account!

Posted October 31, 2011 by Amanda | 131 Comments

This contest is closed. Congratulations to Joe Rosenberg, winner of a Lifetime Pro account! In celebration of Family History Month, we’ve been giving away a free one-month account of Geni Plus to several lucky winners for every day of October. Thank you to all those who entered our giveaway. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your responses each week. As promised, today we are excited to announce our grand prize for the month….a free Lifetime Pro Account!… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vlad the Impaler

Posted October 31, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Vlad the Impaler

In honor of Halloween, today we highlight Vlad the Impaler, Prince of Wallachia, otherwise known as Dracula. Remembered for his cruelty, Vlad the Impaler served as the inspiration for the name of Bram Stoker‘s vampire novel, Dracula. Vlad the Impaler is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Vlad the Impaler’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Pam Grier

Posted October 28, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Pam Grier

Actress Pam Grier achieved fame during the 1970′s after starring in a series of successful blaxploitation films. Throughout her career, she appeared in several horror films including Ghost of Mars, Something Wicked This Way Comes and Scream, Blacula, Scream.   View Pam Grier’s Geni Profile

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African American Genealogy Part IX: Wills, Deeds, and Insurance Policies

Posted October 28, 2011 by SharonGeni | No Comment
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Once you find likely prospects for the family who enslaved your ancestors, you will need to dig deeper to see if there are any documents that might list their names. The easiest documents to find will be wills and deed books, which are kept in both county courthouses and state archives. Most of these documents are on microfilm. They have not yet been digitized. I am sure they will be — eventually.

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Profile of the Day: Washington Irving

Posted October 27, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Washington Irving

American author Washington Irving is best known for his short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The story tells the tale of Ichabod Crane and his encounter with the Headless Horseman, who haunts the small village of Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Washington Irving’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

Posted October 26, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Boris Karloff

Actor Boris Karloff is largely recognized as one of the true icons of horror. He is best remembered for his terrifying portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster in the films Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein. The character of Frankenstein’s monster first appeared in Mary Shelley‘s Gothic  novel, Frankenstein in 1818. View Boris Karloff’s Geni Profile

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Family Tree Tuesday – Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted October 25, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Frank Lloyd Wright

American architect Frank Lloyd Wright has been largely considered one of the greatest architects of all time. A proponent of organic architecture, Wright designed more than 1,000 projects. Some of his most famous designs include Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum. Wright was born on June 8, 1867 in a small farming town in Wisconsin. His father was William Carey Wright, who was an orator, music teacher and minister. His mother was Anna Lloyd Wright, who was a school… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincent Price

Posted October 25, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Vincent Price

Legendary horror film actor Vincent Price was best known for his distinctive voice and menacing screen presence. Dubbed the Master of Horror, Price appeared in several classic horror films, including The House of Wax, The Fly and The House on Haunted Hill. Vincent Price is connected to over 59 million profiles on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Vincent Price’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Stephen King

Posted October 24, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Stephen King

Best-selling novelist Stephen King is known for blending horror, fantasy and science fiction into a consistently scary mix. Much of his work has been adapted into highly successful horror films, such as Carrie, The Shining, Misery and Salem’s Lot. Stephen King is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Stephen King’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

Posted October 21, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was an American poet and activist. Best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes was one of the earliest innovators of jazz poetry. Langston Hughes is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Langston Hughes’s Geni Profile

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African American Genealogy Part VIII: Census Records

Posted October 21, 2011 by SharonGeni | No Comment
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This blog series provides information on how to conduct family research — with a special focus on the challenges that apply for African Americans. Our goal is to help you appreciate history, learn how to research your family and be inspired to join a community – Geni.com – that seeks to unite the entire world into one big family. Join us for an adventure that is sure to last a lifetime! Want to be notified… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Herbert Hoover

Posted October 20, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Herbert Hoover

On October 20, 1964 President Herbert Hoover died at the age of 90. Hoover was the 31st President of the United States. When the Wall Street Crash of 1929 struck less than 8 months after he took office, Hoover sought to combat the ensuing Great Depression with volunteer efforts and public works projects such as the Hoover Dam. Herbert Hoover is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you… Read the full story

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Researching Families of the Philippines

Posted October 19, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment

Geni projects are a fantastic tool to collaborate with other genealogists who are working in the same genealogical area. We recently interviewed Geni‘s first Filipino curator Mona Magno-Veluz, who enthusiastically agreed to share with us her experience researching Filipino genealogy and collaborating with others in the Families of the Philippines project. You are the first Filipino curator on Geni, what do you hope to accomplish with the Families of the Philippines project? I have been blogging… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Cornwallis

Posted October 19, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Charles Cornwallis

On October 19, 1781, British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, signifying the end of the American Revolutionary War. Charles Cornwallis is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Charles Cornwallis’s Geni Profile

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Family Tree Tuesday – John Wayne

Posted October 18, 2011 by Amanda | 6 Comments
John Wayne

American actor, director and producer John Wayne epitomized rugged masculinity and became an enduring American icon. His career spanned five decades, leaving his most lasting impression in American Westerns. In 1999, the American Film Institute named him one of the greatest screen legends of all time. He was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907 in Winterset, Iowa. His father, Clyde Leonard Morrison, was a pharmacist. In 1906, he married Mary “Molly” Alberta Brown, a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

Posted October 18, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Thomas Edison

On October 18, 1931, inventor Thomas Edison died at the age of 84. His inventions, such as the electric light bulb, significantly influenced life around the world. Did you know he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and team work to the process of invention? As a result, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. Thomas Edison is connected to over 59… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rita Hayworth

Posted October 17, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Rita Hayworth

On October 17, 1918, legendary Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth was born. Over her long career, Hayworth appeared in over 61 films and is named one of the American Film Institute’s Greatest Stars of All Time. Rita Hayworth is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Rita Hayworth’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Jimi Hendrix

Posted October 14, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Jimi Hendrix

Today we highlight American guitarist and singer-songwriter Jimi Hendrix. One of the most influential musicians in musical history, Hendrix synthesized many different styles into his own unique sound. In 1992, he was posthumously inducted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jimi Hendrix is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Jimi Hendrix’s Geni Profile

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African American Genealogy Part VII: Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

Posted October 14, 2011 by SharonGeni | One Comment
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This blog series provides information on how to conduct family research — with a special focus on the challenges that apply for African Americans. Our goal is to help you appreciate history, learn how to research your family and be inspired to join a community – Geni.com – that seeks to unite the entire world into one big family. Join us for an adventure that is sure to last a lifetime! Want to be notified… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Management Options and Public Access

Posted October 13, 2011 by Michelle | No Comment

Management Options We’ve simplified profile management by combining all manager related functions into a single management options window. Look for “Manager Options” under the Actions menu on profiles. In addition to adding managers and requesting to be added as a manager, you can also remove unrelated managers from your close relatives. Geni Public Access Geni Public Access was started in August for public libraries and genealogical societies to provide their visitors with free Geni Pro… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Thatcher

Posted October 13, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Margaret Thatcher

On October 13, 1925 former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was born. In 1979, she became the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the UK. Margaret Thatcher is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Margaret Thatcher’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Robert E. Lee

Posted October 12, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Robert E. Lee

On October 12, 1870, General Robert E. Lee died at the age of 63. During the American Civil War, Lee commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. After the war, Lee became a Southern hero of the war, and today, remains an iconic American military figure. Robert E. Lee is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Robert E. Lee’s Geni Profile

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Family Tree Tuesday – The Marx Brothers

Posted October 11, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
The Marx Brothers - Harpo, Chico and Groucho

The Marx Brothers were an American family comedy act that enjoyed success in vaudeville and film during the early 20th century. While there were five brothers in total, the act mainly consisted of eldest brothers, Chico,  Harpo and Groucho. The comedy trio gained enormous fame for their films and were inducted to the Motion Picture Hall of Fame in 1977. Their parents were Simon “Frenchie” Marx and Minnie Marx. Simon was born in Alsace, France… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted October 11, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Eleanor Roosevelt

On October 11, 1884, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was born. During her husband’s presidency, Roosevelt broke away from the traditional role of First Lady and remained politically active. She was vocal in her support of the African American civil rights movement and worked to enhance the status of working women. Eleanor Roosevelt is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Eleanor Roosevelt’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Columbus

Posted October 10, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Christopher Columbus

Today, the United States celebrates Columbus Day in honor of Christopher Columbus‘s discovery of the New World in 1492. A Spanish explorer, Columbus completed four voyages across the Atlantic to the American continents. His expeditions played a significant role in Spain’s colonization of the New World. Christopher Columbus is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Christopher Columbus’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Michelle Obama

Posted October 7, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Michelle Obama

Today we highlight Michelle Obama, the first African-American First Lady of the United States. As First Lady, she has focused her attention on current social issues, including education, supporting military families and promoting healthy eating for families across the country. Michelle Obama is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Michelle Obama’s Geni Profile

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African American Genealogy Part VI: Family Memories

Posted October 7, 2011 by SharonGeni | 4 Comments
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Family stories are incredibly powerful because they put flesh on the bones of our long dead ancestors, telling us a great deal about who these people were; how they survived and what they felt. And this is where every family historian starts — recording the stories of everyone in your family who has memories to share. You will find factual stories repeated from generation to generation as well as “tall tales” embellished with personal details. Even when stories are not factually correct, almost every one of them has a basis in truth. It will be up to you as the researcher to ferret out the fact from fiction.

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Profile of the Day: Steve Jobs

Posted October 6, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Steve Jobs

Yesterday, October 5, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died at the age of 56. Considered one of the world’s greatest innovators and visionaries, Jobs revolutionized technology and changed the way the world communicates and interacts. Check out his profile on Geni. View Steve Jobs’s Geni Profile