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Profile of the Day: Arnold Rüütel

Posted November 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Arnold Rüütel

Today, Estonia celebrates Day of Declaration of Sovereignty. On November 16, 1988, the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR adopted a declaration of national sovereignty under which Estonian laws would have the precedence over those of the Soviet Union. Former Estonian president Arnold Rüütel played an important role in the composition and adoption of the Estonian declaration of sovereignty. He would later serve as the third President of Estonia between 2001-2006. Arnold Rüütel is connected to over… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johannes Kepler

Posted November 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Johannes Kepler

On November 15, 1630, German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler died at the age of 58. A key figure of the Scientific Revolution, Kepler’s laws of planetary motion provided the foundation of future astronomic discoveries. Did you know Kepler also made significant observations in the field of optics? He is widely regarded as the first to recognize that images are projected inverted and reversed by the eye’s lens onto the retina. Johannes Kepler is connected to over 65 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil

Posted November 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil

91 years ago today, Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil, died while living in exile in France. During her father’s absences abroad, Isabel acted as regent in his place. It was during her final regency that she signed into law the Golden Law, which emancipated all slaves in Brazil and earned her the nickname, “the Redemptress.” Although the act was immensely popular with the people, it was met with strong opposition from powerful plantation owners. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Louis Stevenson

Posted November 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Robert Louis Stevenson

On November 13, 1850, Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Stevenson is perhaps best known for his novels Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, he now ranks as one of the most translated authors in the world. What’s your favorite Robert Louis Stevenson story? Robert Louis Stevenson is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?    … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly

Posted November 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Grace Kelly

On November 12, 1929, actress Grace Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After gaining fame as one of Hollywood’s favorite leading ladies, Kelly met and married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and retired from acting at the age of 26. Before retiring, Kelly starred in a string of Alfred Hitchcock films including Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. What’s your favorite Grace Kelly film? Grace Kelly is connected to over 65 million people… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Day-Lewis

Posted November 9, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Daniel Day-Lewis

Today Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln opens in limited release. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, the film follows Lincoln as he struggles with the country at war and fights with members of his own cabinet for the emancipation of slaves. Will you be watching history unfold on the big screen? Daniel Day-Lewis is connected to 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Daniel Day-Lewis’ Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Norman Rockwell

Posted November 8, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Norman Rockwell

On November 8, 1978, popular painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell died at the age of 84. For over four decades, Rockwell depicted illustrations of everyday life for the covers of The Saturday Evening Post magazine. Although not embraced by critics, his work was beloved by the American public for its simple charm and often humorous portrayal of American life. Norman Rockwell is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barack Obama

Posted November 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Barack Obama

Yesterday, Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States. Although the popular vote was neck and neck, Obama pulled forward with key victories in the battleground states and surpassed the 270 electoral votes required to secure the presidency. What are your thoughts on the 2012 U.S. presidential election? Barack Obama is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View President Barack Obama’s Geni… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cabeza de Vaca

Posted November 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Cabeza de Vaca

On November 6, 1528, Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca shipwrecked on an island off the coast of what would become present day Texas. One of only four survivors, Cabeza de Vaca became the first European to set foot on the soil of the future Lone Star state. Over a period of eight years, he traveled across the Southwest and became a slave, a trader and a shaman to various Native American tribes. In 1536, he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Guy Fawkes

Posted November 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Guy Fawkes

It’s Guy Fawkes Night in the U.K.! On November 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes was thwarted in his attempt to blow up Parliament and assassinate James I of England. The failed Gunpowder Plot is now celebrated each year with large organized events centered around a bonfire, elaborate fireworks displays and the burning of an effigy of Guy Fawkes. Will you be celebrating? Guy Fawkes is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie-Antoinette

Posted November 2, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Marie-Antoinette

On November 2, 1755, Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France, was born in Vienna, Austria. Wife to the infamous King Louis XVI, she is perhaps best remembered for her famous quote addressing the starving French populace, “Let them eat cake.” Marie-Antoinette’s reputation for her frivolous spending and extravagant lifestyle helped provoke the popular unrest that led to the French Revolution and the overthrow of the French monarchy. In 1793, she was executed by guillotine for treason. Marie-Antoinette is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nordahl Grieg

Posted November 1, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Nordahl Grieg

On November 1, 1902, Norwegian writer and poet Nordahl Grieg was born in Bergen, Norway. Already popular poet during his lifetime, Grieg became a hero in Norway for his resistance to the Nazi occupation. During World War II, he served Norway’s government-in-exile and participated in making patriotic radio programs in England. On December 2, 1943, Grieg was killed in an Allied bombing raid over Berlin. Nordahl Grieg is connected to over 65 million profiles in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lon Chaney

Posted October 31, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Lon Chaney

Happy Halloween! Today, we highlight legendary silent film actor Lon Chaney. Dubbed “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” Chaney was renowned for his ability to transform himself using groundbreaking makeup techniques he developed. He captivated audiences for years in such silent horror films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera. Lon Chaney is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Lon Chaney’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ezra Pound

Posted October 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Ezra Pound

On October 30, 1885, American expatriate poet Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho Territory. A major figure of the early modernist movement, Pound helped discover the work of T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway. Together, along with other literary greats, were a part of the “Lost Generation,” a term used for those who came of age during World War I. Ezra Pound is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walter Raleigh

Posted October 29, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Sir Walter Raleigh

On October 29, 1618, English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh was executed to appease Spain after he and his men ransacked a Spanish outpost while on an expedition in search of El Dorado. Once considered one of the most notable figures of the Elizabethan era, Raleigh was instrumental in the English colonization of North America. He was granted a royal patent to explore Virignia and attempted to establish a colony at Roanoke Island. Although the colony was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hillary Clinton

Posted October 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Hillary Clinton

On October 26, 1947, Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois. In 2009, Clinton became the 67th United States Secretary of State for President Obama‘s administration. Prior to her own Democratic presidential bid in 2008, Clinton served as a United States Senator for New York from 2001 – 2009 and First Lady of the United States from 1993 – 2001. Did you know Barack Obama is Hillary Clinton’s 8th cousin twice removed? Hillary Clinton is connected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pablo Picasso

Posted October 25, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Pablo Picasso

On October 25, 1881, painter Pablo Picasso was born. Considered one of the greatest and most influential artist of the 20th century, Picasso co-founded the Cubist movement. He experimented with different techniques and ideas that revolutionized the arts and made him one of the most renowned artists in history. Pablo Picasso not connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can help connect him to over 65 million people on Geni!     View Pablo Picasso’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tycho Brahe

Posted October 24, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On October 24, 1601, Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe died at the age of 54. Born in Scania, then a part of Denmark, Brahe was well known during his lifetime as an astronomer and alchemist. He was one of the last major astronomers to work without using a telescope for his observations and his work was remarkably accurate for his time. His assistant, Johannes Kepler, would later use the data to derive the laws of planetary… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Carson

Posted October 23, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Johnny Carson

Here’s Johnny! Today we remember talk show host Johnny Carson, who was born October 23, 1925 in Corning, Iowa. For 30 years, Carson hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and helped launch the careers of many of today’s comedians. His reign as the King of Late Night made him a beloved cultural icon in the U.S. Johnny Carson is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Franz Liszt

Posted October 22, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Franz Liszt

On October 22, 1811, Hungarian composer Franz Liszt was born. Considered on of the greatest pianists of his age, Liszt was one of the principle figures of the “New German School.”  His diverse body of work is said to have anticipated some 20th century ideas and trends. Franz Liszt is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Franz Liszt’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Cassius Clay

Posted October 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Cassius Clay

On October 19, 1810, abolitionist Cassius Clay was born in Madison County, Kentucky. Although his family was one of the wealthiest landowners and slaveholders in the south, Clay was a prominent anti-slavery crusader. He worked toward emancipation during his three terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives and published the anti-slavery newspaper True American. Did you know Henry Clay is his second cousin? Cassius Clay is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick III

Posted October 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Frederick III

On October 18, 1831, Frederick III, German Emperor and King of Prussia, was born. Although raised in his family’s tradition of military service, Frederick III was known for his hatred of warfare and his liberal ideology. In 1888, he ascended to the throne after the death of his father, Wilhelm I and reigned for 99 days until his death. In what became known as the Year of the Three Emperors, Germany saw the rapid succession… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Montgomery Clift

Posted October 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Montgomery Clift

On October 17, 1920, actor Montgomery Clift was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He was known for starring in From Here to Eternity and Alfred Hitcock’s I Confess. Considered one of Hollywood’s first Method actors, Clift would earn four Academy Award nominations during his career. Montgomery Clift is connected to over 65 million profiles on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Montgomery Clift’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Fernanda Montenegro

Posted October 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Fernanda Montenegro

On October 16, 1929, Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro was born in Rio de  Janeiro, Brazil. Revered as one of Brazil’s finest acresses, Montenegro is often referred to as “The First Lady of Brazilian Theater.” In 1999, Montenegro earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in Central Station. She became the first Brazilian actor to be nominated for an Academy Award. Fernanda Montenegro does not yet have a direct path to the world family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: José Miguel Carrera

Posted October 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Joseé Miguel Carrera

On October 15, 1785, Chilean general José Miguel Carrera was born in Santiago, Chile. Known as one of Chile’s founding fathers, Carrera was considered to be the most important leaders of the Chilean War of Independence. José Miguel Carrera is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View José Miguel Carrera’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Ben Affleck

Posted October 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Ben Affleck

Today, Ben Affleck‘s latest directorial effort, Argo, opens in theaters nationwide. Loosely based on the true story of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, Affleck stars as Tony Mendez, the mastermind behind the rescue. Will you be watching Affleck’s newest thriller? Ben Affleck is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Ben Affleck’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted October 11, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On October 11, 1884, Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City, New York. During her husband’s presidency, Roosevelt changed the role of the first lady by becoming an active participant in American politics. She became an outspoken advocate of civil rights and continued her work with the UN for civil rights and women’s issues after Franklin Roosevelt‘s death. Eleanor Roosevelt is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Reeve

Posted October 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actor Christopher Reeve, who passed away October 10, 2004. Although Reeve played a variety of different roles throughout his career, he is best remembered for his iconic portrayal of the Man of Steel in four Superman films. Reeve spent much of the later part of his life as an advocate of stem cell research after a horse-riding accident left him a quadriplegic. He founded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Lennon

Posted October 9, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
John Lennon

Today we remember John Lennon, who was born 72 years ago today. In 1957, Lennon met Paul McCartney and together they formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century. Did you know John Lennon’s son with Yoko Ono shares the same birthday as his father? Sean Lennon was born October 9, 1975. What’s your favorite John Lennon song? John Lennon is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Chevy Chase

Posted October 8, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Chevy-Chase

On October 8, 1943, comedian Chevy Chase was born in New York City, New York. Born Cornelius Crane Chase to a prominent New York family, Chase quickly rose to fame as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live. He found further success starring in the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies and comedy hits, such as Caddyshack. You can still catch the 69 year-old comedian on the small screen. His latest TV comedy, Community, is set to begin its… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kate Winslet

Posted October 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Kate Winslet

Today is Kate Winslet‘s birthday! The British actress turns 37. Did you know Winslet is the youngest actress to accrue six Academy Award nominations? In 2009, she finally won her first Oscar for Best Actress for her role in The Reader. Kate Winslet is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help connect her to over 64 million people on Geni!     View Kate Winslet’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Frederic Remington

Posted October 4, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Frederic Remington

On October 4, 1861, painter and sculptor Frederic Remington was born. Remington’s artwork specialized in depictions in the Old American West, specifically concentrating on images of cowboys, Native Americans and the U.S. cavalry. He immortalized the Western experience as one of independence, individualism, and stoic heroism. Frederic Remington is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Frederic Remington’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Gwen Stefani

Posted October 3, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Gwen Stefani

Happy Birthday, Gwen Stefani! Today, the Orange County rocker turns 43. Since launching to stardom as the lead vocalist for the rock band No Doubt, Stefanie pursued a successful solo career and a hit fashion line. Recently, she reunited with No Doubt and just last week, the group dropped their first album in more than a decade. Gwen Stefani is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Groucho Marx

Posted October 2, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Groucho Marx

On October 2, 1890, comedian Groucho Marx was born in New York. A master of quick wit, Marx is widely considered one of the greatest comedians of the modern era. Marx made 26 movies throughout his career, 13 of them with his brothers Chico and Harpo. His signature glasses, bushy eyebrows, mustache and cigar made him immediately recognizable and an iconic fixture in popular culture. Groucho Marx is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julie Andrews

Posted October 1, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Julie Andrews

Happy birthday, Julie Andrews! Today the beloved British star turns 77. Andrews made her film debut in Marry Poppins for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Since then, Andrews has taken on many other iconic roles, including the leads in The Sound of Music and Victor/Victoria, both earning her two more Academy Award nominations. What’s your favorite Julie Andrews film? Julie Andrews is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edwin Hubble

Posted September 28, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember astronomer Edwin Hubble, who passed away on September 28, 1953. Considered one of the most important observational cosmologists of the 20th century, Hubble was the first to discover that there are other galaxies in the Universe beyond the Milky Way. He also the first to observe that the universe is expanding at a constant rate. Hubble’s revolutionary findings fundamentally changed the scientific view of the universe. Edwin Hubble is connected to over… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XIII of France

Posted September 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Louis XIII

On September 27, 1601, Louis XIII, King of France and Navarre, was born. At the age of nine, the Bourbon monarch ascended to the throne after the death of his father, Henry IV. As a child, his mother Marie de Medici, acted as regent. Her mismanagement of the kingdom led Louis XIII to take power in 1617 and exile his mother and execute her followers. During his reign, Louis XIII leaned heavily on his Prime… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Appleseed

Posted September 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Johnny Appleseed

On September 26, 1774, American folk hero Johnny Appleseed was born in Leominster, Massachusetts. Born Jonathan Chapman, Johnny gained  notoriety as a pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. His kindness and generosity to others made him a legend in his own lifetime. Johnny Appleseed is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Johnny Appleseed’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Faulkner

Posted September 25, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
William Faulkner

On September 25, 1897, author William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi. Greatly influenced by his Mississippi upbringing, Faulkner is remembered as one of the most important writers of Southern literature in the United States. Over the course of his career, Faulkner would win two Pultzer Prizes for his novels, A Fable and The Reivers, and receive the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature.  Did you know fellow writer Ernest Hemingway is William Faulkner’s 13th cousin thrice removed?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Claire Danes

Posted September 24, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Claire Danes

Last night, actress Claire Danes won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her starring role in the Showtime series, Homeland. Danes first gained attention in the cult favorite My So-Called Life for which she received her first Emmy nomination. Did you watch the Emmys last night? Claire Danes is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Claire Danes’ Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benedict Arnold

Posted September 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Benedict Arnold

On this day in 1780, American General Benedict Arnold committed treason when he handed over secret war plans to the British Army. As general of the American Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, Arnold won glory at the Battles of Ticonderoga and Saratoga. However, despite these victories, he was passed over for promotion by the Continental Congress. Bitter and severely in debt, Arnold defected to the British Army. Today, his name is still synonymous with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Upton Sinclair

Posted September 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On September 20, 1878, author Upton Sinclair was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Sinclair is best known for his classic novel, The Jungle, which exposed the horrid conditions of the U.S. meat packing industry. The novel caused such a public uproar that it contributed in part to the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act just a few months after it was published. Upton Sinclair is connected to over… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy

Posted September 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Black Sam Bellamy

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! In honor of this holiday, we’re highlighting eighteenth century pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy. Although his term as a pirate was short lived, Black Sam Bellamy and his crew captured over 50 ships before his death at 28. He became known as the “Prince of Pirates” for his mercy and generosity towards those captured on his raids. Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy is connected to over 64 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brandon Flowers

Posted September 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Brandon Flowers

Today we highlight musician Brandon Flowers of the American rock band, The Killers. Their fourth studio album Battle Born hits stores today! The highly successful band has already sold more than 16 million records worldwide. Did you know Brandon Flowers shares a rather close connection to Governor Mitt Romney? Brandon Flowers is Mitt Romney’s great grandfather’s wife’s third great nephew! Brandon Flowers is connected to over 64 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Ritter

Posted September 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember beloved actor and comedian John Ritter, who was born on September 17, 1948 in Burbank, CA. Ritter shot to fame as Jack Tripper on the hit sitcom Three’s Company and became one of television’s most beloved stars. Sadly, Ritter died on September 11, 2003 after falling ill on the set of his new sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. John Ritter is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

Posted September 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Francis Scott Key

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key penned the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British forces during the War of 1812. After it was published, the words were set to music and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In 1931, the song was officially named the national anthem of the United States. Francis Scott Key is connected to over 64 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laura Secord

Posted September 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Laura Secord

On September 13, 1775, Canadian folk hero Laura Ingersoll Secord was born. Dubbed the Canadian heroine of the War of 1812, Secord is known for warning British forces of an impeding American attack, which led the British to victory at the Battle of Beaver Dams. Today, Secord has become a part of Canadian mythology – her story even inspired a folk song! Laura Secord is connected to over 64 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jesse Owens

Posted September 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Jesse Owens

On September 12, 1913, Olympic track and field athlete Jesse Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama. At the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Adolf Hitler hoped to use the games to showcase Aryan superiority, even using Nazi propaganda to depict Africans as inferior. However, Owens surprised everyone by winning four Olympic gold medals. Jesse Owens is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help connect him to over 64 million profiles… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: O. Henry

Posted September 11, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
O. Henry

Today is the 150th anniversary of the birth of famous short story writer O.Henry. On September 11, 1862, William Sydney Porter was born in Asheville, North Carolina. He used the pen name O. Henry for all his literary works. Henry’s witty wordplay and clever twist endings made him one of the most popular American short story writers of his time. Stories such as “The Gift of the Madgi” and “The Randsom of the Red Chief”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Wyman

Posted September 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actress Jane Wyman, who passed away on September 10, 2007. Wyman began her film career in the 1930s and received her first Oscar in 1948 for the film Johnny Belinda. She was once married to Ronald Reagan and the couple had three children before divorcing in 1948. Later in her career, Wyman achieved success with a leading role in the popular television show Falcon Crest.   View Jane Wyman’s Geni Profile  

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