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Free Webinar: Collaborative Genealogy on Geni.com

Posted May 17, 2011 by Geni | One Comment

We’re very excited to announce that our first Webinar will be held today at 7:30 PM ET at GeniWebinars.com. Go there to register, and you’ll be walked through how to connect to the Webinar quickly and easily. In this webinar, you’ll be shown how collaborative genealogy works, and why it’s so important. Don’t hesitate to join in. It’s free!

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Depp

Posted May 17, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Johnny Depp

Profile of the Day: Johnny Depp http://www.geni.com/people/Johnny-Depp/6000000005384950154

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Create Charts with Geni and TreeSeek

Posted May 16, 2011 by Geni | 34 Comments
Name Cloud

We’re very proud to announce that TreeSeek is now completely integrated with Geni. You can now log in with your Geni account, and make some really great charts of your family tree for free. It’s simple and fast, so here’s how you do it: Step 1: Log in with your Geni.com credentials. Step 2: Create your tree by picking a profile to center on. For example, you’re the central person by default. Step 3: Pick… Read the full story

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NGS 2011 Recap

Posted May 16, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
Dick Eastman

We spent the last week in Charleston, South Carolina at NGS 2011. Hundreds of free Geni tees, onesies, thumb drives, and brochures later, we’re all back safely in good ol’ Los Angeles. Also, we were very pleased to be demoing AncestorSync with the SharingTime folks. You’ll be learning much more about that project in the coming weeks. Very exciting stuff coming out. If you’re interested in seeing Geni’s booth in person, come see us at… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for May 16th, 2011

Posted May 16, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Profile of the Day: James K. Polk Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale Profile of the Day: Constantine the Great Profile of the Day: Louis XVI Profile of the Day: Nelson Mandela Interesting Geni Blog Posts Geni Podcast: Memory Keeping Geni At NGS 2011 NGS 2011 with Dear Myrtle and Gordon Clarke From the Genealogy Community Genealogical/Historical Societies Using Social Media War of 1812 Privateers update #NGS2011: AncestorSync and Geni South… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joan of Arc

Posted May 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Joan of Arc

Profile of the Day: Joan of Arc http://www.geni.com/people/Joan-of-Arc-d-Arc/6000000000429623932

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NGS 2011 with Dear Myrtle and Gordon Clarke

Posted May 13, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
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We’re in full force here at NGS. Take a look at some of the great people we’ve been working with this week. Here is Grant giving the thumbs-up with Gordon Clarke of FamilySearch: Here is Grant high-fiving Dear Myrtle:

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Profile of the Day: James K. Polk

Posted May 13, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
President James K. Polk, 11th U.S. President

Profile of the Day: James K. Polk http://www.geni.com/people/James-K-Polk-11th-President-of-the-USA/6000000002926000992

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Geni At NGS 2011

Posted May 12, 2011 by Geni | 3 Comments
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Hey, everyone! I just wanted to take a second to remind you that we’re out in full force at NGS 2011. If you’re here in Charleston, don’t hesitate to come by, say hi, and get some really nice swag. If you’re not in South Carolina this week, play the home game by checking out our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale

Posted May 12, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Florence Nightingale

Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale http://www.geni.com/people/Florence-Nightingale-The-Lady-with-the-Lamp/6000000001611627567

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Profile of the Day: Constantine the Great

Posted May 11, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Constantine the Great

Profile of the Day: Constantine the Great http://www.geni.com/people/Constantine-I-the-Great-Roman-Emperor/6000000002119283341

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Geni Podcast: Memory Keeping

Posted May 10, 2011 by Geni | 4 Comments

[Download This Episode] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Show Notes: Memory Keeping As genealogists or family historians, we tend to be the “keeper” of the information and data, we do the research, we write up our finds.  Very often we want to share this information with family members and this is a natural extension of what we do as researchers. However there are some ways in which you can share family history… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XVI

Posted May 10, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Louis XVI

Profile of the Day: Louis XVI http://www.geni.com/people/Louis-XVI-Roi-de-France/6000000000843362199

Monday Recap »

Monday Recap for May 9th, 2011

Posted May 9, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Profile of the Day: Orson Welles Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard, Jr. Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn Profile of the Day: Joe DiMaggio Profile of the Day: Leonardo da Vinci Interesting Geni Blog Posts Featured Project: Fast & Furious Come see the Geni Team at NGS 2011 Tracing Your Mexican Heritage Geni Podcast: How Do I Find and Use Records? Family Tree Tuesday – Humphrey Bogart You Could Win… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nelson Mandela

Posted May 9, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela http://www.geni.com/people/Nelson-Mandela/6000000008671183222

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Featured Project: Fast & Furious

Posted May 6, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we highlight the Fast & Furious project, which is dedicated to those who have made significant contributions to the automotive industry. The project ranges from entrepreneurs, inventors, prominent race car drivers and many more. If your interested in the history of the auto industry or have a love for fast cars, perhaps you’ll want to join this project and help build the family trees of other significant automotive figures on Geni! Here’s a look at… Read the full story

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Come see the Geni Team at NGS 2011

Posted May 6, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

The National Genealogical Society 2011 Family History Conference (NGS 2011 for short) is right around the corner. From May 11th to 14th, thousands of genealogy businesses, bloggers, and enthusiasts will all be in Charleston, South Carolina for the conference. Pretty exciting, eh? Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There will be panels, booths, and giveaways galore, and Geni will be there in full force. The Geni Booth We’re coming loaded for bear. We’re… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Posted May 6, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Orson Welles

Profile of the Day: Orson Welles http://www.geni.com/people/Orson-Welles/6000000008707492313

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Tracing Your Mexican Heritage

Posted May 5, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Flag of Mexico

Today is Cinco de Mayo, a holiday primarily observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. We thought it would be interesting to take a look at some useful resources when tracing your Mexican ancestry. Talk to your relatives The best way to begin your search is by first asking your family questions. Find out as much as you can about the names and relationships of your ancestors, birth/death dates,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard, Jr.

Posted May 5, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Alan Shepard

Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard, Jr. http://www.geni.com/people/Alan-Shepard/5661722986450058459

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Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn

Posted May 4, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Audrey Hepburn

Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn http://www.geni.com/people/Audrey-Hepburn/6000000003615923316

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Geni Podcast: How Do I Find and Use Records?

Posted May 4, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

[Download This Episode] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Show Notes Genealogy Records Where can I go to find records for my genealogy research? First, start with online databases and repositories to see if you can get access to copies of vital records (birth, marriage and death certificates) or other records. This is the easiest and most economical way to access records. In most cases, these online sites allow you to not only… Read the full story

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Family Tree Tuesday – Humphrey Bogart

Posted May 3, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Humphrey Bogart

American actor Humphrey Bogart is considered one of the greatest screen legends in the history of film. During his 30 year career, Bogart appeared in 75 films. He may be best remembered for his role in the classic 1942 film, Casablanca. In 1960, Bogart was posthumously given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Humphrey Bogart was born in New York City to Dr. Belmont DeForest Bogart and Maud Humphrey. His father was a wealthy cardiopulmonary surgeon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joe DiMaggio

Posted May 3, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Joe DiMaggio

Profile of the Day: Joe DiMaggio http://www.geni.com/people/Joseph-Joe-DiMaggio/6000000005395891848

Monday Recap »

Monday Recap for May 2nd, 2011

Posted May 2, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Profiles of the Day: Prince William and Kate Middleton Profile of the Day: James Monroe Profile of the Day: Samuel Morse Profile of the Day: John James Audubon Profile of the Day: William Shakespeare Interesting Geni Blog Posts Featured Project: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Using Patents as a Genealogy Resource The Genealogy of the Royal Family Geni Podcast: Digitizing your Photos and Records Family Tree Tuesday – Jesse… Read the full story

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You Could Win a Year of Family Tree Magazine and a Geni Pro Account!

Posted May 2, 2011 by Geni | One Comment

This Contest is closed. Today we’re proud to announce that we are partnering with Family Tree Magazine to have a really great joint-giveaway. Here is all the info you need: How to Enter: On either the Geni Facebook wall or the Family Tree Magazine Facebook wall, write a post that describes how you first became interested in the world of genealogy. Prizes: One person who posts will be randomly chosen to win a one-year subscription… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonardo da Vinci

Posted May 2, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Leonardo da Vinci

Profile of the Day: Leonardo da Vinci http://www.geni.com/people/Leonardo-da-Vinci/6000000010762979987

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Featured Project: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted April 29, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to record the history of the most influential musical artists in the world. These artists include individual performers, bands and producers who have made significant impacts in the music industry. This project aims to add the family trees all the members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Geni. Are you interested in the genealogy of some of the greatest musicians in… Read the full story

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Profiles of the Day: Prince William and Kate Middleton

Posted April 29, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Prince William and Kate Middleton

Profiles of the Day: Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Using Patents as a Genealogy Resource

Posted April 28, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Drawing for a "flying machine" patented by O. and W. Wright on May 22, 1906 (patent #821,393)

Have you discovered that your ancestor was an inventor? Did you know that their patent records can provide you with some great genealogical information?  Let’s take a look at how patents can be an excellent genealogy resource! Genealogical information found in patent records include: First and last name of the inventor Each patent in the U.S. must contain the first and last name of the inventor or co-inventors and their address. You may be able… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Monroe

Posted April 28, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
james monroe

Profile of the Day: James Monroe http://www.geni.com/people/James-Monroe-5th-President-of-the-USA/4239120304610034677

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The Genealogy of the Royal Family

Posted April 28, 2011 by Geni | 11 Comments

With the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton this week, it is a good time to discuss the genealogy of the royal family. Of course, the House of Windsor‘s history is very well known, so we can easily find how they’re related to over fifty million people on the big tree. Let’s step back a second, and just look at some interesting data we’ve found regarding the royal couple.     William’s Family Princess… Read the full story

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Geni Podcast: Digitizing your Photos and Records

Posted April 27, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

[mp3j track="Download This Episode@http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.geni.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/geni014.mp3" volslider="y" style="outline"] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Podcast Topics: • Why is it important to Digitize Photos and Scanning Document? • What tools are good for processing those scanned images? • Sharing them online with Geni. • Tagging, descriptions, etc. Find out more about A.C. Ivory.

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Morse

Posted April 27, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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Profile of the Day: Samuel Morse http://www.geni.com/people/Prof-Samuel-Morse-inventor-of-the-code/6000000010908940959

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Family Tree Tuesday – Jesse James

Posted April 26, 2011 by Amanda | 12 Comments
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Jesse James was an infamous American outlaw of the Wild West. He is portrayed in American folklore as a Robin Hood-like figure, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. During the Civil War, Jesse and his brother Frank fought as Confederate guerrilla soldiers. After the war, they joined up with Cole Younger and his brothers to form the James-Younger Gang. The gang carried out a string of robberies, robbing banks, stagecoaches and trains…. Read the full story

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Guest Post: Genetic Genealogy

Posted April 26, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
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Today, we present a guest post about the possibilities of genetic genealogy by Andrea Badger. A while back, I briefly wrote about Relative Finder, a service offered by the DNA company 23andme. This program is able to search for segments of DNA that you share with other customers in the database. These shared segments of DNA imply a common ancestor – these people are your genetic relatives. When I first got my 23andme results over… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John James Audubon

Posted April 26, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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Profile of the Day: John James Audubon http://www.geni.com/people/John-James-Audubon/6000000012366233513

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Profile of the Day: William Shakespeare

Posted April 25, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
William shakespeare

Profile of the Day: William Shakespeare http://www.geni.com/people/William-Shakespeare/6000000003051311313

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Monday Recap for April 25th, 2011

Posted April 25, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Al Gore Queen Elizabeth II Marie Curie Grace Kelly Paul Revere Interesting Geni Blog Posts Geni Podcast: Starting Genealogy the Right Way Featured Project: Freemasons of America Geni Podcast: Engaging with the Genealogy Community Fraternal Organization Records and Genealogy Geni Podcast: A User’s Perspective with Don Otvos Family Tree Tuesday – Anthony Perkins How To: Use Revisions on Profiles Guest Post: Collaboration, A Lost Butcher, and Family History The Historical Significance… Read the full story

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Geni Podcast: Starting Genealogy the Right Way

Posted April 22, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

[mp3j track="Download This Episode@http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/dl.dropbox.com/u/3559144/geni013.mp3" volslider="y" style="outline"] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Today, we sit down with A.C. Ivory of Find My Ancesor to talk about doing genealogy the right way. Topics: • Getting people excited about genealogy • Why should we care about genealogy? • What benefits are there for my parents, siblings, children? • Tools for transcribing family history (Dictation, OCR, video, audio) Products we discussed: • Dragon Dictation Don’t forget… Read the full story

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Featured Project: Freemasons of America

Posted April 22, 2011 by Amanda | 3 Comments

Yesterday we gave you tips on using fraternal organization records in genealogy. Today we highlight the Freemasons in America project. The Freemasons have played an integral part in the early history of America. Some of the most prominent members of this fraternal organization include U.S. presidents, CEOs and actors.  If you’re interested in learning more about Freemasons in America, check out this project. Perhaps you may want to join the project’s contributers and add more… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Al Gore

Posted April 22, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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Profile of the Day: Al Gore http://www.geni.com/people/Albert-A-Gore-Jr-45th-Vice-President-of-the-USA/6000000003626809721

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Geni Podcast: Engaging with the Genealogy Community

Posted April 21, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

[mp3j track="Download This Episode@http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.geni.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/geni012.mp3" volslider="y" style="outline"] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Show Notes: Interacting with the Genealogy Community How I get started with genealogy blogging? First, you need to realize that there are really two entry points to the world of genealogy blogging. One entry point is using genealogy blogs for research.  This means you are a reader of genealogy blogs and like any resource you access them via Google or other… Read the full story

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Fraternal Organization Records and Genealogy

Posted April 21, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Symbol of the Freemasons

While researching your family history, you wonder what an acronym in your ancestors’ records or a symbol on their tombstone signifies. It’s possible that your ancestor was a member of a fraternal organization. While the practices and ceremonies of these types of organizations are secretive, you will find that many people will identify themselves in some way that they are a member of an exclusive organization. These membership organizations have been around throughout history and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Posted April 21, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
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Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II http://www.geni.com/people/Queen-Elizabeth-II/6000000003075071669

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Geni Podcast: A User’s Perspective with Don Otvos

Posted April 20, 2011 by Geni | 6 Comments

[mp3j track="Download This Episode@http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.geni.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/geni011.mp3" volslider="y" style="outline"] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Today we sit down with Don Otvos to talk about why Geni is so compelling to him. He tells a great story about connecting with long lost relatives, and how Geni helped them collaborate with each other. If you’re interested in learning more about what you can do with Geni, take a moment to listen to what Don has to say…. Read the full story

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Profile of Day: Marie Curie

Posted April 20, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Marie_Curie

Profile of Day: Marie Curie http://www.geni.com/people/Maria-Sk%C5%82odowska-Curie/4754071530090030120

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Family Tree Tuesday – Anthony Perkins

Posted April 19, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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Anthony Perkins (1932-1992) was an American actor best known for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. In 1957, Perkins received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for is role in the film, Friendly Persuasion. In recognition of his contributions to the film industry, Perkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Perkins was born in New York City to Janet Esselstyn Rane and Osgood Perkins. His father was a prominent American… Read the full story

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How To: Use Revisions on Profiles

Posted April 19, 2011 by Geni | 7 Comments

Profile revisions are a vital part of the Geni experience. When you collaborate on the world family tree, you’ll be editing the information other people entered. Just the same, other family members and collaborators will be working on data you put into the tree. Keeping track of the revision history will make it clear what was changed, and who changed it. To look at the revisions on any given profile, go to the Revisions tab…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly

Posted April 19, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
grace kelly

Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly http://www.geni.com/people/Grace-Kelly/5163142858250067644