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Tree Display Bug: Adobe Releases a Fix

Posted August 25, 2011 by Geni | 15 Comments

We posted earlier this week that the tree display bug had been identified as a problem with Adobe Flash. As of today, Adobe officially released the latest minor update to Flash Player to version 10.3.183.7. Reportedly, updating to this latest release will fix the bug that caused text to display vertically instead of horizontally. Unfortunately, there is still a small bug in this release that relates to the names wrapping improperly. We’re still talking to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Jobs

Posted August 25, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Steve Jobs

Yesterday, August 24, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs announced he would be stepping down as the company’s CEO. Born in San Francisco, California, Jobs was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. In the late 1970s, he co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and through Jobs’s leadership, transformed the company into one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world. Check out his family tree on Geni! View Steve Jobs’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Jorge Luis Borges

Posted August 24, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Jorge Luis Borges

On August 24, 1899, Argentine writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges was born. Considered one of Latin America’s greatest writers, Borges’s works significantly contributed to the science fiction genre and focused on the “magic of realism.” His most famous works of fiction include Ficciones and The Aleph. How are you related? View Jorge Luis Borges’s Geni Profile

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Update on the Tree Display Bug

Posted August 23, 2011 by Geni | 13 Comments

Beginning earlier this month, a portion of Geni users have been noticing the names in their tree displaying vertically. As soon as we started receiving reports of this issue, our engineers began investigating why some users were seeing this bug while others weren’t. As it turns out, this is a problem in the latest version of Adobe Flash. We’ve been working with the folks at Adobe, and they intend to release a fix for this… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Oscar Hammerstein II

Posted August 23, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Oscar Hammerstein II

Today we remember writer and theatrical producer Oscar Hammerstein II, who passed away on August 23, 1960. Noted as one of the most influential lyricists in American theater, Hammerstein won eight Tony awards and two Oscars for “Best Original Song.” Along with his partner Richard Rodgers, Hammerstein brought to life some of the most memorable Broadway musicals, including Oklahoma!, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. View Oscar Hammerstein II’s Geni Profile

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Genealogy at a Family Reunion

Posted August 22, 2011 by Geni | One Comment
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Last weekend, I spent my saturday in a small town in Ohio. That town is where my father’s family has been for generations, and it’s where our annual family reunion is held. Since I was going to be using this reunion as a way to collect and disseminate genealogical information, I decided it was worthwhile to let you folks in on how everything went down, and what I learned from it. As it turns out,… Read the full story

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Geni’s CEO on GeneaBloggers Radio Tonight at 9pm ET

Posted August 22, 2011 by George | 8 Comments

Tonight (Monday, August 22, 2011), GeneaBloggers Radio will host a special live call-in episode with Geni’s CEO, Noah Tutak.  The episode will air at 9pm ET (1am GMT), with a large portion of the episode dedicated to Q&A with listeners. According to GeneaBloggers Radio, “we’ll be discussing some of the recent changes to how Geni works for both their free (Basic) users and their paid (Pro) users as well as the reaction to such changes…. Read the full story

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IAJGS 2011 in Washington, D.C. Recap

Posted August 19, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments
Grant and Hatte

Interested in seeing what happened earlier in the week at IAJGS 2011 in Washington, D.C.? Take a look at some of the pictures we took while we were there: It was a very interesting conference, and we were very happy to see dozens of Geni users there. We’d like to see more of that in the future, so we’re going to make sure you all know when and where you can come see us in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Coco Chanel

Posted August 19, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Coco Chanel

On August 19, 1883, French fashion designer Coco Chanel was born. Chanel believed that “luxery must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” Her classic designs, including the Chanel suit and the “little black dress,” are still highly popular today. How are you related? View Coco Chanel’s Geni Profile

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Enhancements for Basic (Free) Users

Posted August 18, 2011 by George | 156 Comments

We’ve received a lot of feedback on the changes that we recently made, and we’re happy to announce some enhancements based on your feedback. The loudest feedback we heard is that users were having trouble finding profiles of their close relatives and other profiles that they added to the tree. It was never our intention to make it difficult for users to find these profiles; users could still find these profiles through our auto-suggest tool… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Profile Hovercards and More

Posted August 18, 2011 by Michelle | 20 Comments

Profile Hovercards At the beginning of the year we released document hovercards, a popular feature for quickly finding out more information about documents on Geni.  Today we added the profile hovercard, which makes it easy to find out additional information about profiles in search results. To view a profile hovercard in search results, simply hover over the link to the profile and additional information about the profile will be displayed. Profile hovercards will continue to appear… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Swayze

Posted August 18, 2011 by Amanda | 3 Comments
Patrick Swayze

On August 18, 1952 actor Patrick Swayze was born in Houston, Texas. Today, he is fondly remembered as the romantic lead in the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost. Sadly, Swayze lost his battle with cancer on September 14, 2009. How are you related? View Patrick Swayze’s Geni Profile

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Announcing Geni Public Access

Posted August 18, 2011 by George | 48 Comments

When we made last week’s account changes, we understood that some Geni members would not be able to upgrade to a Pro account to continue using features like merging and site-wide search.  Today, we announce the Geni Public Access program, and we hope that this will provide an opportunity for more users to experience Geni Pro.  Grant and I (with the help of several users) have been testing this functionality all week at the IAJGS… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert De Niro

Posted August 17, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Robert De Niro

On August 17, 1943, actor and director Robert De Niro was born. Considered one of the greatest actors of his generation, De Niro has played many memorable roles in such films as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and The Godfather Part II, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Check out his family tree on Geni! View Robert De Niro’s Geni Profile

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A Message From Geni’s CEO

Posted August 17, 2011 by Noah Tutak | 202 Comments

Last week we introduced some significant changes to the way Geni works. Unfortunately, we did a poor job communicating these changes to our community. We should have given you more notice of these changes than we did, and for that we apologize. As expected with changes of this magnitude, there has been a great deal of discussion and feedback from the Geni community. I want to assure you that each and every comment has been… Read the full story

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Family Tree Tuesday – Audrey Hepburn

Posted August 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Audrey Hepburn

Beloved film actress Audrey Hepburn is perhaps one of the world’s most famous actors of all time. As a film and fashion icon, Hepburn has continued to influence the industry well after her passing. She remains one of the few entertainers to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Her most memorable movies include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday and Sabrina. In addition to her work in television and film, Hepburn… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Babe Ruth

Posted August 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Babe Ruth

On August 16, 1948 Major League baseball player Babe Ruth died at the age of 53. One of the first players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ruth is widely regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in history. Check out Babe Ruth’s family tree on Geni! Perhaps you can help connect him to our World Family Tree! View Babe Ruth’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

Posted August 15, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Mahatma Gandhi

Today, India celebrates its Independence Day. On August 15, 1947, India officially elected Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru as its first Prime Minister. During the Indian independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi lead the campaign for independence through non-violent protest. His leadership has inspired civil rights movements throughout the world. Check out his profile on Geni! View Mahatma Gandhi’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Cecil B. DeMille

Posted August 12, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Cecil B. DeMille

On August 12, 1881, award-winning director Cecil B. DeMille was born. DeMille was as a pioneering film director of both silent and sound films and a dominant force in Hollywood throughout his career. His best known films include The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra, and The Greatest Show on Earth. Check out his family tree and see how you’re related! View Cecil B. DeMille’s Geni Profile

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Geni Pro Just Got a Whole Lot Better

Posted August 11, 2011 by George | 562 Comments

Update March 2014: For current membership offers and subscription pricing, please visit the Geni Help Center. At Geni, our vision is to empower the genealogy community to create the world family tree, the single largest, most accurate, and comprehensive family tree in existence. Thanks to the efforts of our curators and power users, the world family tree is fast approaching 60 million profiles, and is more accurate, better sourced, and has less duplication than ever. And we’re just… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Pro Changes and New Header

Posted August 11, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments

In addition to our changes to Pro, today we are excited to release a cleaner, simpler header to make navigating on Geni even easier. You can now go directly to your tree with just one click! We’ve also consolidated all of your notifications to one place. Simply click on the icon to the right of the search bar to view your inbox messages, requests, tree matches and discussion notifications. You can read more about these… Read the full story

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Geni Podcast: Getting to Know Thomas MacEntee

Posted August 11, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
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[Download This Episode] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Show Notes: How did you get started with Genealogy? I got started back in the early 1990s when my mother handed me a copy of a printed genealogy one of my ancestors had created in 1916. George W. Putman was my 6th cousin 5 times removed and he published The Genealogy of David Putman and His Descendants, 1645-1916 (view digital version online here). Only… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Posted August 11, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Today we remember Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away on August 11, 2009 at the age of 88. Shriver was the sister of President John F. Kennedy and a passionate advocate for children’s health and disability issues. She founded the Special Olympics, the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Check out her family tree and see how you’re related! View Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: James Smithson

Posted August 10, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
James Smithson

On August 10, 1846, the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex, was established by the bequest of James Smithson, an English scientist. Smithson stated in his will that his estate be given to the U.S. government to create an “establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.” How are you related to James Smithson? View James Smithson’s Geni Profile

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Come See Geni at IAJGS in Washington D.C.

Posted August 9, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
IAJGS

If you’re going to be in the Washington, D.C. area from the 14th to the 19th of August, please make sure to stop by the Grand Hyatt Washington to visit our booth at the 2011 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. We’ll be there in full force with a good bit of swag to give out to all of you. We love talking to fellow genealogists and Geni users, so don’t hesitate at all to… Read the full story

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Family Tree Tuesday – Henry David Thoreau

Posted August 9, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Henry David Thoreau

On August 9, 1854, author Henry David Thoreau‘s most famous novel, Walden, was published. In addition to his work as an author, Thoreau was an accomplished philosopher and abolitionist. As a leading figure of the Transcendentalist movement, Thoreau’s writings inspired many political leaders and reformers including Mahatma Ghandi, President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts on July 12, 1817. His father, John Thoreau, was a pencil maker and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Morgan

Posted August 9, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Henry Morgan

Recently, a team of archaeologists discovered what they believe to be privateer Henry Morgan‘s flagship,”Satisfaction,” on the coast of Panama. Remembered as one of the most notorious and successful privateers of all time, Morgan lost five ships, including “Satisfaction,” in rough seas while sacking a fort on the coast of Panama in 1670. How are you related? View Henry Morgan’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Charlize Theron

Posted August 8, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Charlize Theron

Yesterday, August 7, South African actress Charlize Theron celebrated her 36th birthday. In 2004, Theron won an Academy Award for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the film Monster, thus becoming the first South African to win an Oscar in a major acting category. Check out her family tree and see how you’re related! View Charlize Theron’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted August 5, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Marilyn Monroe

Today marks the 49th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe‘s death. Marilyn was an acclaimed actress, model and singer, who died tragically at the age of 36. To this day, she is still viewed as cultural icon and an American sex symbol. Check out her family tree on Geni! View Marilyn Monroe’s Geni Profile

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Geni Podcast: Genealogy Research Logs

Posted August 5, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
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[Download This Episode] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Show Notes:   What is a genealogy research log? A research log is used to track your genealogy research findings whether they are online or in person at an archive or a library. Most genealogists need some system of tracking the information and evidence they locate in order to determine whether or not that data proves a relationship or a theory. Very often, as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rita Moreno

Posted August 4, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican actor, singer and dancer. Best known for her role in the musical West Side Story, Moreno has earned critical acclaim across a variety of mediums. She is the only Hispanic to have won all four major entertainment awards, the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. View Rita Moreno’s Geni Profile

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GeneDroid: A Geni Client for Android Phones

Posted August 4, 2011 by Geni | 7 Comments
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I took some time recently to sit down with the folks at MobiWolf to talk about their wonderful Geni client for Android phones called GeneDroid. If you use an Android device, take a moment to read through this Q&A. And of course, we’d love for you to check out GeneDroid for yourself. What does GeneDroid offer? Access to the biggest genealogy database Geni from your handset. GeneDroid – it is an easy to navigate family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willis Carrier

Posted August 3, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Willis Carrier

With many areas of the U.S. experiencing a sweltering heat wave, we thought it would be fitting to highlight Willis Carrier‘s Geni profile. Willis Carrier was an American engineer and inventor of modern air conditioning. In 1906, Carrier was granted a U.S. patent for his invention, an “Apparatus for Treating Air,” the world’s first spray-type air conditioning equipment. Check out his profile and see how you’re related! View Willis Carrier’s Geni Profile

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The Midwest Family History Expo Recap

Posted August 2, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
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Last weekend, George and I were in Kansas representing Geni at the Midwest Family History Expo. We got to talk to hundreds of enthusiastic genealogists, and a bunch of Geni fans. We had two presentations about collaborative genealogy, and we also participated with Ruby Coleman, Arlene Eakle, and Holly Hansen in a blogging panel. Everyone who attended learned something, and that means a lot to us. We’re happy to be raising awareness of collaborative genealogy…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James “Wild Bill” Hickok

Posted August 2, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
James "Wild Bill" Hickok

On August 2, 1876, James “Wild Bill” Hickok, one of the greatest gunfighters of the American Wild West, was shot from the back while playing a game of poker. His hand at the time of his death, a pair of black aces and eights, became known as the “dead man’s hand.” How are you related?

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Last Weekend’s Outage

Posted August 1, 2011 by George | 54 Comments

As many of you are aware, we experienced some unexpected downtime this past weekend. First, we want to apologize to our amazing community of genealogists for inconveniences that the outage may have caused. Our goal is to provide the best place for all of you to work together to build a single family tree of the world, and we failed to provide that service for more than 48 hours over the weekend. Our engineers worked… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Evans

Posted August 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
John Evans

Today is Colorado Day, which officially marks the anniversary of Colorado’s statehood. In honor of this celebration, we’re highlighting John Evans’s Geni profile. Evans was one of the earliest governors of Colorado and one of the state’s most prominent figures. He is also known for being one of the founders of Northwestern University and University of Denver. To learn more about John Evans, check out his Geni profile and see how you’re related! View John… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Male Maiden Names

Posted July 29, 2011 by Amanda | 12 Comments

We are proud to announce some improvements to the way the name fields work on Geni.com. These changes will provide a clearer and more consistent method of inputting names.  The “Nicknames” field is now located on the Basics tab and has been renamed to “Also Known As.” “Maiden Name” has been renamed to “Birth Name.” Lastly, male profiles will now have the ability to be listed with a “Birth Name” just as female profiles can.    … Read the full story

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Featured Project: Prominent Historians and Philosophers

Posted July 29, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Voltaire

This week we highlight the Prominent Historians and Philosophers project. This project houses a collection of Geni profiles for those notable thinkers who have made major contributions to our understandings of the world. Interested in learning more about the genealogy of influential historians and philosophers? Want to help research and build their family trees? Check out this project and become a collaborator today! Perhaps you may discover that you’re related to an influential thinker of the past! Take a look… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Posted July 29, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Vincent van Gogh

On July 29, 1890 artist Vincent van Gogh died in Auvers-sur-Ouse in northern France after shooting himself in the chest two days earlier.

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Voter Registration Records and Genealogy

Posted July 28, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Voter Registration Card 1902

While researching your genealogy, voter registration records may not be the first resource that springs to mind. However, you’d be surprised how this often overlooked resource can help supplement your research and provide you with clues in new directions. As you build your family tree on Geni, you may want to take time to look into what you can find about your ancestor’s voting history. Important things to keep in mind:   In the United… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beatrix Potter

Posted July 28, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Beatrix Potter

On July 28, 1866, English author Beatrix Potter was born. Although she is best remembered for writing and illustrating The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Potter was also a passionate conservationist. How are you related?

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Profile of the Day: Sir Geoffrey de Havilland

Posted July 27, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Sir Geoffrey de Havilland

On July 27, 1882, pioneer aviator and aircraft engineer Sir Geoffrey de Havilland was born. In 1920, he founded the de Havilland Aircraft Company. De Havilland and his company designed many innovative aircrafts, a large number of which were used during the First World War. Check out de Havilland’s profile in the Great Aviators project and see how you’re related!

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Today’s Release: Bug Fixes!

Posted July 26, 2011 by Amanda | 6 Comments

We are always listening to feedback from our users and regularly make improvements and bug fixes to the site. While some of the improvements may not be noticeable while interacting with Geni, we want to give our users a better idea of what is included in each release. You may notice that many of these enhancements and fixes came directly from requests posted to Geni Help and our public discussions. An archive of our previous… Read the full story

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Family Tree Tuesday – Charles Darwin

Posted July 26, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Charles Darwin

English naturalist Charles Darwin laid the foundation for evolution in his book On the Origin of Species. Published in 1859, Darwin introduced the theory that populations evolved overtime through the process of natural selection. His revolutionary theory has become a fundamental tenet in the life sciences and in explaining the diversity of life. Today, Darwin is considered one of the most influential figures in human history. Born in 1809, Darwin was the fifth of six children of Robert… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stanley Kubrick

Posted July 26, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Stanley Kubrick

On July 26, 1928, director Stanley Kubrick was born. Widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kubrick was known for often directing unique and controversial films, such as the highly acclaimed film, A Clockwork Orange. Check out his family tree and see how you’re related! View Stanley Kubrick’s Geni Profile

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Happy 5th Birthday, Geni

Posted July 25, 2011 by Geni | 4 Comments
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Recently, Geni had its fifth anniversary. In celebration, the whole crew took a day off to race go-karts, eat fondue, and reminisce. At this point, Geni is a fantastic amalgam of veteran employees and new blood. A constant flow of fresh ideas along with the strong foundation we’ve built over the last five years have made Geni what it is today. No matter how long the employees have been with the company, it truly feels… Read the full story

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Geni Podcast: Genealogy & Family Reunions

Posted July 25, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
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[Download This Episode] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] What is a family reunion and how can I get started organizing one for my family? Family reunions are as unique as families themselves and they come in all shapes, sizes and formats. For most families, a family reunion is held on an annual basis, and during the summer here in the United States, where family members get together to share a meal and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Nixon

Posted July 25, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Richard Nixon

On July 25, 1969, U.S. President Richard Nixon announced the Nixon Doctrine, which stated that the United States would from now on expect its Asian allies to handle their own military defense. His announcement marked the start of the “Vietnamization” of the Vietnam War.

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Geni Podcast: Interview with Dick Eastman

Posted July 22, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments
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[Download This Episode] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Geni Podcast: Interview with Dick Eastman by Geni, Inc. In this episode, Geni.com sits down with Dick Eastman of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter to discuss his background in genealogy, blogging, and how his newsletter has changed over the past 15 years.