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Guest Post: Collaboration, A Lost Butcher, and Family History

Posted April 19, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

This is a guest post from Neil O’Callaghan. He generously takes a moment to explain why collaborative genealogy has so positively affected him. The Benefit of Collaborative Genealogy Ok, my cousin Randy is a very interesting guy. He lives in LA, fabled city of the world’s most powerful medium, film, since the 1920s, home to the music megastars like Neil Young and Steely Dan that populated my dreams since I was a teenager, not to… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for April 18th, 2011

Posted April 18, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Jackie Robinson John Steinbeck Tiger Woods Harry S. Truman Winston Churchill Interesting Geni Blog Posts Featured Project: Great Aviators How To: Print Your Tree Geni Podcast: Mobile Genealogy Cit Directories New Geni Feature: New Marriage and Birth Reordering Interface New Geni Feature: Disable Automatically Generated Last Names How To: Use Tree Matches Family Tree Tuesday – Abraham Lincoln Geni Podcast: Interview with Pierre Clouthier of Progeny Genealogy Geni Podcast: Interview with… Read the full story

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The Historical Significance of Patriots’ Day

Posted April 18, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments

The third Monday of April is Patriots’ Day — a holiday in Massachusetts and Maine that marks the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. 236 years ago, the shot heard ’round the world was fired, and that started the battles of Lexington and Concord. Today, we commemorate all of the people who risked everything for the freedom of all Americans. If you’re interested in learning more about the people that took part in the American… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

Posted April 18, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Paul Revere

Profile of the Day: Paul Revere http://www.geni.com/people/Paul-Revere/6000000003938177401

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Geni Podcast: Getting Family Involved with Genealogy

Posted April 18, 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/geni010.mp3" volslider="y" style="outline"] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Show Notes: Why should I involved my family in my genealogy research? While many families enjoy working with each other to discover their ancestry and trace their heritage, very often it takes some convincing to get started on the journey. Here are some reasons why you might want to involve a variety of family members on your research: Family members are… Read the full story

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Geni Tours the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles

Posted April 18, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

We were lucky enough to be given a tour of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles by Sunny Lee-Goodman, Director, Tools for Tolerance® for Law Enforcement. This guest post is written by her: The Museum of Tolerance, the only museum of its kind in the world, is the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an internationally renowned human rights organization dedicated to promoting respect and mutual understanding, through education, community partnerships , and… Read the full story

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Featured Project: Great Aviators

Posted April 15, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we feature the Great Aviators project. In this project are some of the most notable aviators in history. There are currently 36 profiles included. Perhaps you may want to add more great aviators to Geni! Here’s a look at a few of the profiles included: Howard Hughes – He was an American aviator, engineer, film producer, philanthropist and one of the wealthiest people in the world. He set multiple world air-speed records and built… Read the full story

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How To: Print Your Tree

Posted April 15, 2011 by Geni | 6 Comments

Printing your tree with Geni is very easy. We have two methods of going about it: Order a professional print job or print it yourself on your home printer. Let’s start with how to order a print. In the tree view, you’ll see a series of buttons in the lower right-hand corner. Click on the printer icon. You’ll be brought to this screen. Click the green “Start a Tree Poster” button to begin. Now you’ll… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jackie Robinson

Posted April 15, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
jackie robinson

Profile of the Day: Jackie Robinson http://www.geni.com/people/Jackie-Robinson/6000000012255474287

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Geni Podcast: Mobile Genealogy

Posted April 14, 2011 by Geni | 3 Comments

[mp3j track="Download This Episode@http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.geni.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/geni009.mp3" volslider="y" style="outline"] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] In this episode, we sit down with A.C. Ivory of Find My Ancestor to discuss his expertise: Mobile Genealogy. From iPhones, cameras, and laptops to pencils and notebooks, getting away from your desk can really help you get to the information you’ve been looking to find. A.C. will explain the benefits of non-traditional genealogy. As for the Geni iPhone app, keep… Read the full story

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City Directories

Posted April 14, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
texas directory

City directories are one of the most often overlooked resources in genealogy. However, this resource is actually filled with very useful information for your genealogy research. Since city directories were published annually, they are an excellent way to track down the location of your ancestors in between census records. Here’s a quick look at how city directories can help you in your family tree research: What can I find in city directories? Your ancestors’ surname… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Steinbeck

Posted April 14, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
John_Steinbeck

Profile of the Day: John Steinbeck http://www.geni.com/people/John-Ernst-Steinbeck/6000000002814086158

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New Geni Feature: New Marriage and Birth Reordering Interface

Posted April 13, 2011 by Geni | 7 Comments
5 UFC

Keeping immediate family chronology in order can be difficult when you’re dealing with profiles that have many spouses or siblings. With a new interface released today on Geni, you can update the order simply by dragging and dropping. Here’s how: In the tree view, edit the profile you’d like to update. Go to the relationship tab, and you’ll see the current order of the spouses. To update the order, click the “Change Marriage Order” link…. Read the full story

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New Geni Feature: Disable Automatically Generated Last Names

Posted April 13, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments

Naming conventions can be very different between cultures. Our last name pre-population is based on common American traditions, but we realize that it doesn’t work for every user. As of today, Geni now allows you to turn off the automatic generation of the last name field on new profiles. Here’s how: In the tree view, go to the Preferences tab, and then go to the Names section. Now check the box that says “Do not… Read the full story

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How To: Use Tree Matches

Posted April 13, 2011 by Geni | 12 Comments

Finding your family’s information on Geni couldn’t be easier. With our tree matches, we do the hard part for you. Here’s how it works: When you’re navigating your tree, you’ll probably come across a few of these magnifying glasses. They signify that the profile in question has a potential match. If you’re a Geni Pro member, you can click on the magnifying glass to take you to the comparison page. Alternately, you can jump right… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tiger Woods

Posted April 13, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Tiger Woods

Profile of the Day: Tiger Woods http://www.geni.com/people/Tiger-Woods/6000000010281654792

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Family Tree Tuesday – Abraham Lincoln

Posted April 12, 2011 by Amanda | 7 Comments
abraham lincoln

On April 12, 1861, South Carolina used force remove the U.S. army from their facilities in Charleston. Known as the Battle of Fort Sumter, it marked the beginning of the American Civil War.  Two days after the battle, President Abraham Lincoln called for thousands of volunteers to crush the Southern rebellion.  Four years later, the Confederate forces were defeated by the Union army. Through his leadership and resolve, Lincoln successfully preserved the Union and brought an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

Posted April 12, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman http://www.geni.com/people/Harry-S-Truman-33rd-President-of-the-USA/6000000000264958780

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Geni Podcast: Interview with Pierre Clouthier of Progeny Genealogy

Posted April 12, 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/geni008.mp3" volslider="y" style="outline"] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Today, I sit down with Pierre Clouthier of Progeny Genealogy to discuss the introduction of the Geni Charting Companion for Microsoft Windows for $24.95 USD. As seen earlier on the blog, the Charting Companion gives you many options for visualizing your family tree. If you’re interested in genealogy charts, give this episode a listen.

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Geni Podcast: Interview with Matt Johnston of Tpstry

Posted April 11, 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/geni007.mp3" volslider="y" style="outline"] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Today, we sit down with Matt Johnston of Tpstry.com to discuss the integration of Geni into the Tpstry service using our API. With a few clicks, you can easily import your family tree into Tpstry, and start gathering family history information using the unique question and answer interface. Tpstry is a free service, so head over, register, import your Geni family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill

Posted April 11, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Winston Churchill

Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill http://www.geni.com/people/Sir-Winston-Churchill-Prime-Minister-of-the-United-Kingdom/6000000003222187286

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Monday Recap for April 11th, 2011

Posted April 11, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Ashley Judd Ulysses S. Grant Isaac Asimov Pocahontas Francis Drake Interesting Geni Blog Posts How To: Customize Your Tree Display Featured Project: New and Modern Masters How To: Remove Relationships Understanding Probate Records Geni Podcast: Citing Your Sources Progeny Genealogy’s Geni Charting Companion Now Available Family Tree Tuesday – Henry Ford Geni Contest Winners for April 5th, 2011 General Colin Powell’s Family Tree A.C. Ivory: Genealogy on the Go Anniversary of… Read the full story

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How To: Customize Your Tree Display

Posted April 8, 2011 by Geni | 9 Comments

Geni offers the best family tree experience anywhere. Part of what makes it so great is it’s customizability. Here’s a simple walkthrough on how to make your tree display the way that works for you:

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Featured Project: New and Modern Masters

Posted April 8, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

This week we feature the New and Modern Masters project. This project is comprised of the great painters from the mid 19th century to the present. (For great painters from the mid 13th to mid 19th century, check out the Old Masters project). If you’re interested, you may want to join the project’s collaborators and add more notable modern painters to Geni! Here’s a look at a few of the profiles included: Andy Warhol –… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ashley Judd

Posted April 8, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
ashley judd

Profile of the Day: Ashley Judd http://www.geni.com/people/Ashley-Judd/6000000002447366540

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How To: Remove Relationships

Posted April 7, 2011 by Geni | 3 Comments

Sometimes relationships between two profiles are made by mistake. With the tools available to you with Geni, it’s easy to remove relationship while leaving the profile in tact. Here’s how: Relationship removal is a pro-only feature (With the exception of splitting a cycle). If you’d like to remove a relationship, you can always start a free trial of Geni Pro.

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Understanding Probate Records

Posted April 7, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
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Probate records are an excellent source of genealogical information. Today, let’s take a closer look at probate records and how they can help enrich your genealogy research. What are probate records? Probate records are documents compiled by a court after someone has died regarding the division of their estate. Among some of the documents you may find in your ancestor’s probate records are: A death certificate Will Guardian ship petitions for minor children List of heirs… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant

Posted April 7, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
ulysses s grant

Profile of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant http://www.geni.com/people/Ulysses-S-Grant-18th-President-of-the-USA/6000000010349137529

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Geni Podcast: Citing Your Sources

Posted April 7, 2011 by Geni | One Comment

[mp3j track="Download This Episode@http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.geni.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/geni006.mp3" volslider="y" style="outline"] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Show Notes: Collaborative Genealogy What does “citing your sources” mean? When you perform genealogy research, you work with sources such as a database, a book, a newspaper article, or even a website.  These are all sources of information. When you locate information that can substantiate the facts about your family history (a birth date, a death location, etc.), you should cite… Read the full story

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Progeny Genealogy’s Geni Charting Companion Now Available

Posted April 6, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments

The folks at Progeny Genealogy have a product called Charting Companion. It takes the information from your family tree, and allows you to make a wide variety of charts. Available now is a version that will read your data directly from Geni. If you’ve been dying to print out different visual representations of your family tree, this application is for you. It has fan charts, pedigree charts, hourglass charts, and many more. You can buy… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Asimov

Posted April 6, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Isaac Asimov

Profile of the Day: Isaac Asimov http://www.geni.com/people/Isaac-Asimov/6000000010837269793

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Family Tree Tuesday – Henry Ford

Posted April 5, 2011 by Amanda | 6 Comments
Henry Ford

Henry Ford was an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company. By implementing the assembly line technique of mass production, Ford revolutionized the automobile industry. This new business technique was called “Fordism,” the mass production of inexpensive goods in conjunction with high wages for workers. Ford would become one of the richest men in the world. Ford was born on July 30, 1863 on a family farm in Michigan to William Ford and Mary Litogot and… Read the full story

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Geni Contest Winners for April 5th, 2011

Posted April 5, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Last week, we ran a contest to give away three 12-month pro accounts on the blog. Today, I’lm pleased to name the winners: Mindy Bass Aaron Dobbs David Wongs Congratulations, all three of you. You 12-month pro accounts are now active. If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry. We’ll be holding many more contests in the coming months. Keep an eye on the blog, twitter, and facebook.

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General Colin Powell’s Family Tree

Posted April 5, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments

Seventy-four years ago, Colin Powell was born in New York City to immigrants from Jamaica. He went on to become a Four-Star General in the US Army, the National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Secretary of State. This incredible man was the first African-American person to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and he was the first African-American to be appointed Secretary of State. Today, we celebrate General… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pocahontas

Posted April 5, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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Profile of the Day: Pocahontas http://www.geni.com/people/Matoaka-Powhatan/6000000005385138952

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A.C. Ivory: Genealogy on the Go

Posted April 4, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
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A.C. Ivory of Find My Ancestor has a lot of great insights into the world of mobile genealogy. He’s graciously agreed to write guests posts for the Geni Blog, so sit back, and enjoy: Do you remember the days in your genealogy research when you would have to gather all your family group sheets, photo copies of documents and everything else you kept in your binders full of genealogy to go to the Family History… Read the full story

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Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted April 4, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Martin Luther King, Jr. has become a symbol of peace and tolerance in the United States. Forty-three years ago, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Today, we honor the man by remembering him and his family legacy. Dr. King’s four children (Yolanda, Martin, Dexter, and Bernice) and his wife Coretta have all continued promoting his goals of equality and nonviolence. We would love to see Dr. King and his family connected to the world family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Francis Drake

Posted April 4, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Sir Francis Drake

Profile of the Day: Francis Drake http://www.geni.com/people/Vice-Admiral-Sir-Francis-Drake/6000000006086120867

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Monday Recap for April 4th, 2011

Posted April 4, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Gwyneth Paltrow Rene Descartes Ronald Reagan Claude Monet Mary Pickford Interesting Geni Blog Posts Look Who’s Related: Benjamin Franklin & The Co-Founder of the Pony Express The History of the Pony Express Featured Project: Prominent Scientists: (ii) Medicine & Life Sciences Using the Chinese Exclusion Act Records in Genealogy Profile Options have Moved Geni Podcast: Collaborative Genealogy American Civil War Genealogy More Bloggers Participating in the Geni Giveaway How To: See… Read the full story

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Look Who’s Related: Benjamin Franklin & The Co-Founder of the Pony Express

Posted April 1, 2011 by Geni | 4 Comments

Among the many hats that he wore, Benjamin Franklin was the United States’ first Postmaster General. Eighty-five years later, William Hepburn Russell co-founded the Pony Express. That alone is an interesting tidbit, but did you know that Benjamin Franklin and William Russell were actually distant cousins? Here’s how: This is a great example of the benefit of being connected to the world family tree. If you can find a better relationship path, we’d love for… Read the full story

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The History of the Pony Express

Posted April 1, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

This weekend marks the 151st anniversary of the beginning of the Pony Express. Operating from April 3, 1860 until October 1861, it was the best way to send mail to and from California. Despite it’s extremely short lifespan, it has become a substantial part of American history. Today, I want to showcase the Geni profiles of four influential members of the pony express. Buffalo Bill’s Profile on Geni William Hepburn Russell’s Profile on Geni William… Read the full story

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Featured Project: Prominent Scientists: (ii) Medicine & Life Sciences

Posted April 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Interested in researching notable scientists in history? Check out this week’s featured project, Prominent Scientists: (ii) Medicine & Life Sciences. This project aims to organize and build the family trees for the scientists who have made major contributions to the fields of medicine and other life sciences. Perhaps you may want to join the project’s collaborators and add more profiles to the project! Are you related to any of the profiles included? Here’s a peek… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gwyneth Paltrow

Posted April 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
gwyneth paltrow

Profile of the Day: Gwyneth Paltrow http://www.geni.com/people/Gwyneth-Paltrow/6000000010554089036

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Using the Chinese Exclusion Act Records in Genealogy

Posted March 31, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
chinese exclusion acts

If you are researching your Chinese heritage in the U.S. and your ancestors had immigrated to the country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a great place to look is the Chinese Exclusion Act case files. In 1882, the United States passed the Chinese Exclusion Acts to limit the number of Chinese immigrants coming into the country. Ten years later, the Act was modified to require all Chinese residents to obtain a certificate… Read the full story

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Profile Options have Moved

Posted March 31, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments

The Options drop-down menu on any given profile page has been moved. Now when you load up a profile page, the Options drop-down will be in the top right-hand corner right next to the Follow/Unfollow button. This is much more easy to find, and we think you’ll like it a lot.

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Geni Podcast: Collaborative Genealogy

Posted March 31, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

[mp3j track="Download This Episode@http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.geni.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/geni005.mp3" volslider="y" style="outline"] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Show Notes: What does “collaborative genealogy” mean? For many, the term collaborative genealogy means working with others in order to a) improve one’s own genealogy research results; and b) to contribute to the genealogical community. Collaboration can take many forms including: Attending a meeting of your local genealogical society and talking to other members. Attending a genealogy conference or workshop and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rene Descartes

Posted March 31, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
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Profile of the Day: Rene Descartes http://www.geni.com/people/Ren%C3%A9-Descartes/6000000010647044004

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American Civil War Genealogy

Posted March 30, 2011 by Geni | One Comment

The American Civil War is an incredibly rich part of history. There are countless records, stories, and images available that make genealogical research of this era a true joy. The US Civil War Notables project is the perfect place to start, but there is a lot more information available. For example, you might want to check out the Other People in the American Civil War project or Croatian Soldiers in American CIvil War 1861-1865 project…. Read the full story

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More Bloggers Participating in the Geni Giveaway

Posted March 30, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

As you might already know, we’re running a contest to give away three Geni Pro Account this week. Earlier, I showcased three blogs that are working with Geni to give away even more one-year Pro Accounts. Today, I’m happy to announce we have two more blogs participating: Tami Glatz at Relative Curious Lorine McGinnis at Olive Tree Genealogy That brings the total number of eight possible accounts you could win, but don’t wait. Enter now.

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Profile of the Day: Ronald Reagan

Posted March 30, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Ronald Reagan

Profile of the Day: Ronald Reagan http://www.geni.com/people/Ronald-W-Reagan-40th-President-of-the-USA/6000000010283870415