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Profile of the Day: Edward I, King of England

Posted June 17, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Edward I, King of England

On June 17, 1239 Edward I was born at the Palace of Westminster. He was known as Edward the Longshanks for his tall physique. During his reign, he strengthened the authority of the crown and established parliament as a permanent institution. How are you related? View Edward I, King of England’s Geni Profile

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Do You Have a Criminal in Your Family Tree?

Posted June 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Police report on the arrest of Rosa Parks

Discovered that your ancestor has disappeared from public records for a period of time? Wonder why your family doesn’t want to talk about a certain ancestor’s past? If you’ve heard stories or rumors in your family about an ancestor’s criminal activities, you may want to investigate those claims further by finding documentation. Criminal records make a fascinating resource for genealogical information. What types of criminal records are there? Police report/arrest records Court records Probation records Execution records… Read the full story

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Happy Father’s Day

Posted June 16, 2011 by Geni | 9 Comments

Heading into Father’s Day in the United States, we thought it would be fun to pull some interesting facts about fatherhood from the World Family Tree and share them with you in this infographic. Here’s to dads everywhere!

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Profile of the Day: Henry Ford

Posted June 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Henry Ford

On June 16, 1903 the Ford Motor Company was incorporated. Founded by Henry Ford, the company is now one of the largest auto makers in the world. By implementing the assembly line technique of mass production, Henry Ford revolutionized the automobile industry and became one of the richest men in the world. How are you related? View Henry Ford’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Courteney Cox

Posted June 15, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Courteney Cox

On June 15, 1964 actress Courteney Cox was born. She is perhaps best known for her role as Monica Gellar in the hugely successful sitcom Friends. Today, Cox can be found starring in the comedy, Cougar Town, for which she received her first Golden Globe nomination. Check out her family tree and see how you’re related! View Courteney Cox’s Geni Profile

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Colorado Family History Expo June 24th-25th

Posted June 14, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

The Colorado Family History Expo is being held June 24th-25th in Loveland, CO. Geni will be there in full force, so we want to see you there. If you’ll be attending this show, please stop by the Geni booth for some great free swag, Geni demos, and special offers. If you won’t be able to make it to the Colorado FHE show, stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the details from… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Betsy Ross

Posted June 14, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross was an American seamstress and upholsterer who has been widely credited with making the first American flag. Because of this, she is one of the most notable women related to the American Revolutionary War. Take a look at her tree to see if you’re related to her. View Betsy Ross’s Geni Profile

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Geni Podcast: Interview with Noah Tutak and Charles Edmonds

Posted June 14, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

[Download This Episode] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Show Notes: In this episode, Grant sits down with two members of the Geni team: Noah Tutak and Charles Edmonds. Noah, the CEO of Geni, Inc. lets us in on how he got introduced to Geni, and some of his favorite features. Charles, the Customer Service Manager, lets users know how to go about getting help and information. This episode is jam-packed with information,… Read the full story

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Jamboree 2011 Recap

Posted June 13, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
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From Friday the 10th until Sunday the 12th, we were out in full effect at SCGS’s Jamboree 2011. We had a great booth filled with free swag and conference specials. Also, we were proud to sponsor an incredibly fun Ice Cream Social for GeneaBloggers. Don’t forget that we’ll be at the Loveland, Colorado Family History Expo. If you’ll be in the area, you’ll be able to meet the Geni team as well as get some… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for June 13th, 2011

Posted June 13, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Profile of the Day: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Profile of the Day: Diane Lane Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright Profile of the Day: Louis XIV Profile of the Day: Dwight D. Eisenhower Interesting Geni Blog Posts Geni Podcast: AncestorSync Naturalization Records Babies in Geni Onesies Family Tree Tuesday – Elvis Presley From the Genealogy Community Amy Coffin’s four-part Jamboree recap: 1, 2, 3, 4 Randy Seaver’s four-part Jamboree… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roy Orbison

Posted June 13, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Roy Orbison

Profile of the Day: Roy Orbison http://www.geni.com/people/Roy-Orbison/6000000012909541570

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Geni Podcast: AncestorSync

Posted June 10, 2011 by Geni | 6 Comments

[Download This Episode] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Show Notes: In this episode, Grant sits down with Dovy and Earl of Real-Time Collaboration to discuss their brand new product: AncestorSync. If you’re interested in learning about how to sync your data between your desktop client and Geni.com, listen on. These folks have a lot to offer in this episode. You’ll learn a lot.

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Profile of the Day: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Posted June 10, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Profile of the Day: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh http://www.geni.com/people/Prince-Philip-Duke-of-Edinburgh/6000000003075171096

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Naturalization Records

Posted June 9, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Petition for Naturalization - Maria von Trapp

Naturalization records are an important resource for genealogists. These records hold valuable information not only about their names and ages, but also where they came from. They provide important clues that may lead you to new paths and discoveries. Let’s take a brief look at what information naturalization records hold. Declaration of Intentions In the first steps toward naturalization, your ancestor would need to file a declaration of intentions, also known as “First Papers.” These… Read the full story

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Babies in Geni Onesies

Posted June 9, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments
In a Onesie

At genealogy shows, we love to give out Geni onesies to parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts. All we ask in return is that those family members send us a picture of their little one in the onesie. Today, we’re showcasing the first picture we received. As more come in, we’re happy to show them off to all of you. If you have pictures of your baby in a Geni onsie, don’t hesitate to e-mail it… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diane Lane

Posted June 9, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Diane Lane

Profile of the Day: Diane Lane http://www.geni.com/people/Diane-Lane/6000000008914885639

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Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted June 8, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Frank Lloyd Wright

Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright http://www.geni.com/people/Frank-Lloyd-Wright/359887443050007456

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Family Tree Tuesday – Elvis Presley

Posted June 7, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Elvis Presley

On June 7, 1982, Graceland, the former home of legendary musician Elvis Presley, was opened to the public. Referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll,” Presley revolutionized the music industry and is perhaps one of the most important cultural icons of the 20th century. He has been inducted to four music halls of fame, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1935, Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi to Vernon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XIV

Posted June 7, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Louis XIV

Profile of the Day: Louis XIV http://www.geni.com/people/Louis-XIV-Roi-de-France-et-Navarre/6000000000842131607

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Monday Recap for June 6th, 2011

Posted June 6, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Angelina Jolie George Orwell Helen Keller Audie Murphy Interesting Geni Blog Posts Geni Podcast: Helping Others with Genealogy Featured Project: Salem Witch Trials Tamura Jones Previews AncestorSync School Records as a Genealogy Resource Family Tree Tuesday – Emily Dickinson From the Genealogy Community Better Than Soundex This Is The Face of Genealogy DNA Day at the Clayton Genealogy Library They Did Not Photoshop Their Birth Record Ask an Archivist Day on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Posted June 6, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
dwight d eisenhower

Profile of the Day: Dwight D. Eisenhower http://www.geni.com/people/Dwight-D-Eisenhower-34th-President-of-the-USA/6000000003055068438

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Geni Podcast: Helping Others with Genealogy

Posted June 3, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

[Download This Episode] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Show Notes: Why should I help others with their genealogy? For me the question is more “why not help others with their genealogy?” Most of us had some sort of mentor or person who welcomed us into the world of genealogy whether it was a relative, a librarian, or a staff member at a Family History Center. I can’t say why it seems that… Read the full story

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Featured Project: Salem Witch Trials

Posted June 3, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment

Do you have an ancestor who was involved in the Salem witch trials? This week we highlight the Salem Witch Trials: Colonial America in 1692 project. The goal of this project is to discover our ancestors involved in the notorious “Salem Witch Trials,” validate their family trees and our own connections to them, and create quality, genealogically valid mini biographies for the Profiles. If you’re interested in helping out, join the project’s collaborators! Perhaps you may… Read the full story

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Tamura Jones Previews AncestorSync

Posted June 3, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments

If you’re interested in learning more about the very exciting product from Real-Time Collaboration called AncestorSync, you’ll want to read the in-depth AncestorSync Preview by Tamura Jones. This long-form preview really shows off how impressive the technology is. If you’re a user of desktop software, Geni, or both, you should be very excited about the possibilities of AncestorSync. Also of note, Dovy (of Real-Time Collaboration fame) and I recently did a webinar showing off some… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie

Posted June 3, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Angelina Jolie

Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie http://www.geni.com/people/Angelina-Jolie/6000000002742902340

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School Records as a Genealogy Resource

Posted June 2, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
University of California, Berkeley - Class of 1875 Yearbook

When researching your genealogy, school records may not be one of the first resources that come to mind. However, you may be surprised to realize how information found in school records can help supplement your research with other documented sources. They can even provide clues to other areas to search. Let’s take a look at how school records can help you. Record of attendance Teachers often wrote notes recording why a student was absent for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Orwell

Posted June 2, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
George Orwell

Profile of the Day: George Orwell http://www.geni.com/people/Eric-Arthur-Blair-George-Orwell/6000000001510467133

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Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Posted June 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Helen Keller

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

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Monday Recap for May 29th, 2011

Posted May 31, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Profile of the Day: Vincent Price Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker Profile of the Day: Oprah Winfrey Profile of the Day: Queen Victoria Profile of the Day: Douglas Fairbanks Interesting Geni Blog Posts Geni Podcast: The Problem with GEDCOM Featured Project: U.S. Civil War Notables Your Family Bible Family Tree Tuesday – Christopher Reeve Come See The Geni Team at Jamboree June 10-12 Free Webinar this Friday: How to use… Read the full story

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Family Tree Tuesday – Emily Dickinson

Posted May 31, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Emily Dickinson

American poet Emily Dickinson lived in Amherst, Massachusetts for most of her life. While much of the public was unaware of her writings during her lifetime, Dickinson gained significant prominence after her death. Today, she is one of the most celebrated writers of the 19th century. Her writing style and unconventional use of capitalization and punctuation were unique for the era in which she wrote. Because she lived much of her life in seclusion, Dickinson… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Audie Murphy

Posted May 31, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Audie Murphy

Profile of the Day: Audie Murphy http://www.geni.com/people/Audie-Murphy/6000000002062280945

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Geni Podcast: The Problem with GEDCOM

Posted May 27, 2011 by Geni | 4 Comments

[Download This Episode] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Show Notes: Transferring Your Genealogy Database Data Many of us use genealogy database programs such as Legacy Family Tree, RootsMagic or Family Tree Maker to track our genealogy research and data. These programs often require and installation on your computer and a proprietary data file format is used. However, there are methods you can use to transfer data between these programs.  Why would you… Read the full story

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Featured Project: U.S. Civil War Notables

Posted May 27, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment

On Monday, May 30, the U.S. will celebrate Memorial Day, which honors the men and women who have lost their lives while in military service to the United States. Originally conceived to remember the fallen Union and Confederate soldiers of the U.S. Civil War, after World War I, the observance was extended to include all American soldiers who have died in the service of the country. Today, we highlight the U.S. Civil War Notables and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincent Price

Posted May 27, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Vincent Price

Profile of the Day: Vincent Price http://www.geni.com/people/Vincent-Price/6000000004138493752

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Your Family Bible

Posted May 26, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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While census records and other official documents are excellent resources for your ancestor’s vital information, none compare to having your family Bible in your possession. Family Bibles provide not only great genealogical information, but also offer an intimate connection with your ancestors. Contained in these Bibles are family records written in the hands of your own relatives and passed on from generation to generation. What can I find in my family Bible? You will find… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

Posted May 26, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Bram Stoker

Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker http://www.geni.com/people/Abraham-Bram-Stoker/6000000010663773201

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Profile of the Day: Oprah Winfrey

Posted May 25, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Oprah Winfrey

Profile of the Day: Oprah Winfrey http://www.geni.com/people/Oprah-Winfrey/6000000009948468501

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Family Tree Tuesday – Christopher Reeve

Posted May 24, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve Christopher Reeve was an American actor, director, screenwriter and author. Although he played many diverse roles throughout his career, he is perhaps best remembered for his portrayal of Superman in four feature films. After a horse riding accident resulted in him becoming a quadriplegic, Reeve spent much of the later part of his life as an advocate of stem cell research. He founded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to… Read the full story

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Come See The Geni Team at Jamboree June 10-12

Posted May 24, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

June 10th through the 12, the Southern California Genealogical Society will be holding this year’s Jamboree in Burbank, CA. Geni will be there in full force. We’re based out of LA, so we’ll be making sure everyone has a good time. If you want to get some face time with the Geni staff, this is your best opportunity of the year. If you’re not already registered, please make sure you take care of that as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Victoria

Posted May 24, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Queen Victoria

Profile of the Day: Queen Victoria http://www.geni.com/people/Queen-Victoria-of-the-United-Kingdom/6000000008852088113

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Free Webinar this Friday: How to use AncestorSync with Geni

Posted May 23, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments

No more need for messy GEDCOM import/export where data gets mangled and lost. Let AncestorSync and Geni be your seamless interface for moving your family tree data anywhere you would like without losing any of your important data. Sources, photos, and documents are all kept in tact. Best of all, AncetorSync will keep your desktop software in sync with Geni.com automatically. GEDCOM is so yesterday. At 8:00 PM ET on May 27th, Geni.com will be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Douglas Fairbanks

Posted May 23, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Douglas Fairbanks

Profile of the Day: Douglas Fairbanks http://www.geni.com/people/Douglas-Fairbanks-Sr/6000000006839568160

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Monday Recap for May 23rd, 2011

Posted May 23, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Profile of the Day: Levi Strauss Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Profile of the Day: Napoleon Bonaparte Profile of the Day: Johnny Depp Profile of the Day: Joan of Arc Interesting Geni Blog Posts Featured Project: Age of Discovery (1200-1600) What is a Gazetteer? Winners of the Family Tree Magazine and Geni Giveaway Family Tree Tuesday – Katharine Hepburn Free Webinar: Collaborative Genealogy on Geni.com Create Charts with Geni… Read the full story

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Featured Project: Age of Discovery (1200-1600)

Posted May 20, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we highlight the Age of Discovery project. The years between 1200-1600 were known as Europe’s Age of Discovery. During this time, Europeans engaged in heavy exploration of the world, established contact with other continents and people and proceeded to map the world. This overseas expansion lead to the rise of colonial empires and the establishment of new trade routes. These routes allowed for the exchange of exotic goods, culture and peoples (slaves). Check out the early… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Levi Strauss

Posted May 20, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Levi Strauss

Profile of the Day: Levi Strauss http://www.geni.com/people/Loeb-Levi-Strauss/6000000007400348419

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What is a Gazetteer?

Posted May 19, 2011 by Amanda | 5 Comments
New England Gazetteer

Using historic maps as a resource in genealogy can be very valuable, however, sometimes you may discover that the town or village you are searching for is not on the map. Did you know you can also use gazetteers to help you locate places where your ancestors may have lived? If you’re unfamiliar with gazetteers, here’s a brief look at what they are and how they are useful to genealogists. What is a gazetteer? A… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted May 19, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis http://www.geni.com/people/Jacqueline-Bouvier/6000000003098416206

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Winners of the Family Tree Magazine and Geni Giveaway

Posted May 18, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

We are proud to announce the winners of the Family Tree Magazine and Geni Facebook giveaway. Grand prize: Sadie Morgan Second prize: Kim Cotton Lori Pilla Laura Ramsay We will attempt to contact all of the winners as soon as possible. Thanks so much for taking the time to enter.

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon Bonaparte

Posted May 18, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Napoleon Bonaparte

Profile of the Day: Napoleon Bonaparte http://www.geni.com/people/Napol%C3%A9on-I-Emperor-of-the-French/6000000000350860821

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Family Tree Tuesday – Katharine Hepburn

Posted May 17, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Katharine Hepburn

Academy award winning actress Katharine Hepburn is hailed as one of the greatest actresses in film history. Hepburn holds the record for the most Oscar wins, with a total of 4 wins out of 12 nominations. Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut to a wealthy family. Her father, Thomas Hepburn, was a prominent surgeon and Connecticut’s first urologists. He co-founded the American Social Hygiene Association, which was dedicated to educating the public about… Read the full story