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Guess Who Signed Clark Gable’s Military Discharge Papers?

Posted November 7, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment

Soon the United States will be celebrating Veterans Day in honor of the men and women who provided their services in the armed forces. Do you have veterans in your family? Military records are an excellent source of genealogical information. Let’s discover at what loads of information discharge papers can offer by taking a closer look at the report of separation for Gone With the Wind star Clark Gable and spot an interesting piece of trivia. During World… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 4, 2013

Posted November 4, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Start your week off with some great genealogy related articles! The Genealogy Sphere Unveiling the Halloween Monster DNA in Everyone (National Geographic) – The Genographic Project explores our creepier ancestors in honor of Halloween Where Did You Come From? This Map Shows You America’s Complete Ancestry ( – Interesting map showing the melting pot of the U.S. Park Haven tombstone is a case of mistaken identity ( – Recently discovered tombstone of a Civil War soldier leads to… Read the full story

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Haunting Spirit Photography

Posted October 31, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Have you ever found an old photo that appears to have a ghostly presence amongst the individuals pictured? You may have stumbled upon a “spirit” photograph. During the late 19th century, spirit photography sprang into popularity. The practice attempted to capture images of a passed loved one’s ghost or spirit within a photograph. With Halloween upon us, let’s take a closer look at the history behind these spooky photos. In the 1860s, photographer William H. Mumler discovered… Read the full story

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Millions of new gravestone records and obituaries now available

Posted October 30, 2013 by Amanda | Comments Off

Here’s some excellent news to add to your Halloween festivities – millions of gravestone records and obituaries are now available to Geni users through Record Matches and MyHeritage’s SuperSearch™! This new addition includes 5.5 million gravestone records from BillionGraves and 3.5 million obituaries from Using MyHeritage’s powerful matching technologies, Geni users will receive Record Matches whenever these new records match your family tree. These records will also be accessible directly through your relatives’ Geni… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for October 28, 2013

Posted October 28, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Have a great weekend? Check out some interesting articles you may have missed in the passed week! The Genealogy Sphere Map: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State ( – Fascinating maps of the most popular girl names. Do any of these pop up in your family tree? Eerie Cemeteries Left to Nature (PHOTOS) – Haunting images of nature reclaiming old cemeteries Blended families, blended names ( – Modern couples opting for… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for October 21, 2013

Posted October 21, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Here are some interesting articles to start off your week! The Genealogy Sphere Living Relatives of 5,300-Year-Old Mummy Located in Austria (redOrbit) – Through DNA testing, scientists were able to identify living relatives to a 5,300-year-old mummy Adopted daughter rode the school bus for seven years before she discovered the conductor was her real mother (Daily Mail) – A woman discovers her childhood bus driver is her biological mother Goats successfully uncover graves at Md…. Read the full story

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Photo Caption Contest: Win a Free Geni Pro Subscription

Posted October 17, 2013 by Amanda | 18 Comments

It’s competition time! Help come up with a unique caption for the image below for your chance to win a free Geni Pro subscription. With Geni Pro you will have access to advanced tools to help grow your family tree, including: Tree Matches – achieve faster tree growth with instant tree matches to connect with new relatives Unlimited data – upload unlimited photos, videos and documents Premium support – communicate directly with our expert support staff… Read the full story

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MyHeritage’s partnership with FamilySearch to add billions of new records!

Posted October 15, 2013 by Amanda | Comments Off

When we first introduced Record Matches and Smart Matches™ on Geni, we promised that additional historical record collections would be coming in the future. Today we are excited to announce that our parent company MyHeritage has entered into a strategic partnership with leading genealogy organization FamilySearch; this partnership will bring billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years to MyHeritage. What does this mean for Geni? These new additions to MyHeritage’s… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for October 14, 2013

Posted October 14, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Let’s get this week started with some great family history articles! The Genealogy Sphere Spotting a Copy (Family Tree Magazine blog) – Photo detective Maureen Taylor walks through how to spot a photo copy of an earlier image Here’s Why There Are So Many German-Americans in the U.S. (Business Insider) – A look into the history of early German immigration to the United States Ricky Gervais Asked Grandparents to Share the Most Important Lesson They… Read the full story

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Family History: Creative Games for Kids

Posted October 11, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Have you wondered about what creative ideas are out there to get your kids more excited to learn about their family history? In honor of Family History Month, here’s a sample of DIY games that’s loads of fun for the entire family. Guess Who? Family Edition Image credit: Mads Memories blog Here’s a clever idea from the Mads Memories blog. Take the classic game Guess Who? and make it your own. Replace the game’s photos with those… Read the full story