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Elvis Presley: Long Live the King of Rock & Roll

Posted January 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we celebrate the birth of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Considered one of the most celebrated and successful musicians of all time, Elvis not only transformed the field of popular music, but was the catalyst for the cultural revolution that was rock and roll. On January 8, 1935, Elvis Aron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi to Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Smith. Elvis was born at home in his family’s two-room shot-gun house built… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for January 6, 2014

Posted January 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Hope everyone had a great time welcoming in the New Year! Let’s start 2014 off with these articles you may have missed: Image: BBC The Genealogy Sphere 10 dangerous things in Victorian/Edwardian homes (BBC) – Interesting list of 10 things we couldn’t imagine in our homes today History comes calling as soldier’s dogtag surfaces ( – A World War II dogtag is returned to family Century-old remains returned to Ceres family ( – With the… Read the full story

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Discover Your Family History in Postcards

Posted January 3, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment

Many people send postcards to loved ones while on a family vacation, traveling or just to say “hello.” Today, we often send short messages to each other digitally through text messages or emails. While new technologies have made communication virtually instantaneous, the custom of sending a handwritten messages is becoming a lost art. There’s nothing quite like discovering an old postcard from your relatives written in their own hand. A postcard not only provides you with… Read the full story

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A Look Back at 2013

Posted December 31, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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As we prepare to welcome in the new year, we thought it would be fun to reflect on some of the amazing things we have accomplished in the last 12 months. We’re proud of the many exciting new features we introduced this year to help you research your family history. While we all work together to build the largest and most accurate family tree of the world, genealogy research on Geni has never been faster or… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 30, 2013

Posted December 30, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

We hope everyone had a very happy holiday! Before we start the new year, check out some interesting articles from around the web: Image: O’Connor Family Photo/ The Genealogy Sphere Family Tree: Memories of Christmases past help document genealogy ( – Sharing a lifetime of Christmas memories Century-old cremains create Modesto mystery ( – A corner tries to find the family of a woman who died in 1906 Trove of Information From the 1930s, Animated by… Read the full story

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Looking Back: Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

Posted December 24, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you remember writing letters to Santa Claus? As a child, many of us believed in the jolly man from the North Pole. If we were good children, Santa would bring us presents on Christmas day. But there were always those who would shed doubts in our belief. One of the most famous editorials ever to be published is the story of a young Virginia O’Hanion and her quest to know if there really was… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 23, 2013

Posted December 23, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Get into the holiday spirit with these great articles from around the web! Image: BBC The Genealogy Sphere Bristol Airport lost teddy bear family is identified (BBC News) – The family of a lost teddy bear found in Bristol Airport with a photograph dated 1918 has been identified 5 Fun Ways to Record Family Memories ( – Great tips on how to record your family memories Why Was My Black Ancestor Listed as a Slave Owner?… Read the full story

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Crafty Ways to Bring a Little Family History to Your Holiday

Posted December 18, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

The holidays are always a fun time to share with your family. It’s also the perfect time to share your ancestors stories with your relatives. Check out some crafty ways to spice up your holiday decor with some family history memories. Wrap It Image credit: Sweet Paul Do you have old family photos at home? Scan your photos to create homemade wrapping paper for your relatives. Sweet Paul Magazine offers a quick tutorial to turn… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 16, 2013

Posted December 16, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Start your week with some interesting articles from around the web: What Kids Learn From Hearing Family Stories – The Atlantic (cdnsure/Flickr) The Genealogy Sphere What Kids Learn From Hearing Family Stories (The Atlantic) – Sharing family tales from the past has great education benefits for children Potter’s Field Records and Genealogy Research (a3Genealogy blog) – Tips on how to find Potter’s Field burial records Have We Found the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island? (National… Read the full story

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Old Photographs: Hidden Mothers

Posted December 13, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Since the camera was first invented, people have always desired to capture special moments in time to remember for years to come. Capturing the perfect family photo can often be difficult, especially when you have very young children. Even at the best of times, trying to get a baby to hold still for a photo can be an almost impossible task. But in today’s world, you have the luxury of taking multiple digital photographs until… Read the full story