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Looking Back at 2015

Posted December 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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As the new year approaches, we take a look back at some of the great things we accomplished in 2015. Many of our amazing feats could not have been done without the collaborative efforts of our amazing users and volunteer Curators, who work everyday on making Geni’s World Family Tree the largest and most accurate single family tree in the world. The year got off to an exciting start as we headed to Salt Lake City,… Read the full story

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Star Wars: Family Connections

Posted December 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Can you believe it’s been nearly 40 years since George Lucas first introduced Star Wars to the world? First released on May 25, 1977, few would have expected the film to become a worldwide phenomenon. Today, it would be hard to find someone who has not heard of the movies. This week, the iconic film franchise returns to the big screen to the great anticipation and delight of young and older generations with the latest installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Taking the helm from… Read the full story

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Genealogists

Posted December 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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The holidays are fast approaching and many may still be scrambling to find last minute gifts for relatives and friends. Here are some gift ideas for the genealogist or family historian in your family: 1. DNA Test Give the gift of a genealogy DNA test to members of your family or friends. A DNA test is the perfect gift for relatives who may have hit a brick wall or simply want to know more about their origins…. Read the full story

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10 Interesting Facts About Frank Sinatra

Posted December 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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December 12, 2015 marks Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. Known for his smooth voice and charm, Sinatra is remembered as one of the most popular and influential artists of the 20th century. Frank Sinatra, 1947 / Library of Congress In honor of the centennial of his birth, here are 10 interesting facts about Ol’ Blue Eyes: 1. His birth left him with lifelong scars. Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915 in an upstairs tenement… Read the full story

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The Surprising Name Trend of 2015

Posted December 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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The year 2015 saw an unusual naming trend emerge. According to the parenting website BabyCenter.com, millennial parents have started to name their babies after Instagram filters. While it’s common for parents to draw inspiration from popular culture, many may still find it surprising to hear that the popular photo sharing app’s filters are the source of inspiration. Image: National Media Museum / Flickr If you’re a frequent user of Instagram, you may immediately recognize these unusual names…. Read the full story

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Mark Zuckerberg Welcomes a Baby Girl, Max

Posted December 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Congratulations to new parents Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan! The couple recently announced the birth of their daughter, Max, on Zuckerberg’s Facebook page. Maxima Chan Zuckerberg was born last week and was a healthy seven pounds, eight ounces. In a moving letter to their daughter, the happy parents expressed the joy they share for her arrival and their hopes for her future to live in a better world than today. To help make their desire a reality,… Read the full story

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Remembering Rosa Parks

Posted December 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Sixty years ago, Rosa Parks became one of the defining symbols of the American Civil Rights movement when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This simple act of defiance sparked a wave of non-violent protest for equal rights. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was riding home from a long day at work on a segregated bus. She had been working as a seamstress at a Montgomery department… Read the full story

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10 Things You May Not Know About Mark Twain

Posted November 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is author Mark Twain’s 180th birthday. Lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age,” Twain’s works continue to live on after his death. His novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, continue to endure as some of the greatest works of American literature. Mark Twain / Library of Congress In honor of the 180th anniversary of his birth, here are some interesting facts about the great American author: 1…. Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Print Your Family Tree Chart

Posted November 23, 2015 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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With the holidays fast approaching, you may want to consider decorating your house with a chart of your family tree. They also make great gifts for your entire family! You can create your own custom, high-quality version of your family tree for downloading or printing. Follow the steps below to create your very own family tree chart at home. 1. From the tree page, click on the printer icon at the bottom right corner. 2. A… Read the full story

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Video: 100 Years of Women’s Fashion

Posted November 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Boy, has fashion changed in the last 100 years! In a video created by Mode.com, you can see 100 years of women’s fashion fly by in just two and a half minutes. Knowing how fashions have change over time is valuable when you are trying to date an old family photograph. From the flapper look of the Roaring Twenties to the grunge style of the 90s, the video demonstrates the typical style of each decade in the last century…. Read the full story

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