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Profile of the Day: Pedro I of Brazil

Posted September 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Independence Day, Brazil! On September 7, 1822, Pedro I, Prince of Brazil, declared Brazil’s independence, ending 322 years of Portugal’s colonial dominance over the country. Nicknamed “The Liberator,” Pedro I served as the first ruler of the Empire of Brazil. Today, his remains are interred in the Ipiranga Monument, which is located near the historic site where Pedro I proclaimed Brazil’s independence. Pedro I is connected to over 64 million profiles on Geni’s World Family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pippa Middleton

Posted September 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Pippa! Today Pippa Middleton turns 29. As the younger sister of Kate Middleton, she served as the maid of honor at her sister’s wedding to Prince William. Lately, Pippa has made a name for herself as a trend-setting fashionista and socialite. Pippa Middleton is connected to over 64 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Pippa Middleton’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: John Cage

Posted September 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the 100th birthday of prolific avant-garde composer John Cage! Along with his long-time partner and dancer Merce Cunningham, Cage was instrumental in the development of modern dance. His unorthodox ideas and inventive compositions had a profound influence on mid-20th century music. John Cage is connected to over 64 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View John Cage’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Beyoncé Knowles

Posted September 4, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Beyoncé! Today the music superstar celebrates her 31st birthday. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé catapulted to music stardom in the female R&B group Destiny’s Child. Since launching her own solo career, she has become one of the top selling female performers of all time. Did you know Acadian leader Joseph “Beauseleil” Broussard is her 6th great grandfather? Beyoncé Knowles 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: William Clark

Posted August 31, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tomorrow, September 1, is the 174th anniversary of explorer William Clark‘s death. As one half of the famous exploration team Lewis and Clark, he made history as the first to undertake a transcontinental expedition to the Pacific Ocean. Did you know Meriwether Lewis is William Clark’s 9th cousin thrice removed? William Clark is connected to over 60 million profiles on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View William Clark’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Boone

Posted August 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we highlight American frontiersman and folk hero Daniel Boone. Boone is perhaps most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky. The village of Boonesborough, Kentucky was one of the first American settlements west of the Appalachians. Daniel Boone is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Daniel Boone’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Ingrid Bergman

Posted August 29, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 29, 1915, legendary actress Ingrid Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Considered one of the greatest actresses in film history, the Casablanca star won three Academy Awards, two Emmys and a Tony. Her daughter, Isabella Rosellini, followed in her mother’s footsteps and became an international star and model. Sadly, in 1982, Bergman passed away on her 67th birthday. Ingrid Bergman is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Posted August 28, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 28, 1749, German writer, artist and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born. In addition to his novels, epics and poetry, Goethe wrote several scientific works on botany and anatomy. A celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe had a great effect on nineteenth century thought. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?       View Johann Wolfgang von… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma

Posted August 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 27, 1979, Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mounbatten of Burma was killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army. Lord Mountbatten was not only a British war hero but the uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and the second cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II. Louis Mountbatten is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Louis Mountbatten’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles IX of France

Posted August 24, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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On August 24, 1572, King Charles IX of France, under the influence of his mother, Catherine de Medici, ordered the assassination of Huguenot leaders in Paris. In what became known as the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, thousands of French Huguenots were killed in just a few days. The event became the defining characteristic of his reign, which was dominated by the French Wars of Religion. Charles IX of France is connected to over 60 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gene Kelly

Posted August 23, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 100th anniversary of Gene Kelly‘s birth. The Singin’ in the Rain star was born August 23, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His athletic style and classical ballet technique transformed Hollywood musical film. Kelly was named by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest male stars of all time. Gene Kelly is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can help connect him to over 60 million profiles on Geni!… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Collins

Posted August 22, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is the 90th anniversary of the death of Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins. On August 22, 1922, Collins was shot and killed while fighting for freedom during the Irish Civil War. He was only 31. Although his life was cut short, Collins made significant contributions to the foundation of the modern Irish state. Did you know that Michael Collins has been ranked as one of the top Irish individuals that people would like to discover… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Phyllis Diller

Posted August 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary comedian Phyllis Diller, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. As one of the first female stand-up comedians, Diller paved the way for the way for future female comics. Her eccentric persona and self-depreciating jokes captivated audiences for decades. Will you miss her trademark crackle? Phyllis Diller is connected to over 60 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Phyllis Diller’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amy Adams

Posted August 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Amy Adams! Today the Enchanted actress turns 38. Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy in 1974. In the film Julie & Julia , Adams portrays a young New Yorker making her way through Julia Child‘s cookbook. Did you know Julia Child is Amy Adams’ 8th cousin twice removed? Next, Adams will be taking on the iconic role of Lois Lane in the upcoming Superman reboot. Amy Adams is connected to over 60 million profiles… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Posted August 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 17, 1786, American folk hero Davy Crockett was born. Known as the King of the Wild Frontier, Crockett gained fame for his own larger-than-life exploits. In 1826, Crockett was elected to the U.S. Congress. He served two terms before leaving politics to join the Texas Revolution. He arrived at the Alamo in February 1836. Crockett would soon lose his life during the infamous Battle of the Alamo. If your interested in the defenders… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, o Tiradentes

Posted August 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 16, 1746, Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, also known as Tiradentes, was born. A leader of the Brazilian revolutionary movement, Tiradentes fought to create an independent Brazilian republic free from Portuguese colonial power. However, when his plot to take his protests to the streets was discovered, he was arrested and publicly hanged. Today, Tiradentes is remembered as a national hero of Brazil. Tiradentes is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julia Child

Posted August 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate Julia Child‘s 100th birthday! In 1961, Child co-authored the cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which quickly turned Child into a culinary sensation. Praised for its precise attention to detail and helpful illustrations, the book made fine French cuisine accessible to the general public. Throughout her career, she continued to write numerous cookbooks and became a regular fixture on television. Today the “French Chef” is remembered as one of America’s most… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Doc Holliday

Posted August 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 14, 1851, Doc Holliday was born in Griffin, Georgia. A good friend of fellow gunslinger Wyatt Earp, Holliday was known in the American Wild West as a deadly gunfighter and gambler. His involvement in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral cemented Holliday’s status as a folk legend. Did you know Doc Holliday earned a D.D.S. degree in dentistry? Doc Holliday is connected to over 60 million profiles on Geni’s World Family Tree. How… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Hitchcock

Posted August 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 13, 1899, legendary director Alfred Hitchcock was born in London, England. Dubbed the “Master of Suspense,” Hitchcock masterfully used voyeuristic camera movements and carefully framed shots to convey suspenseful and thrilling stories with twist endings. Despite being considered one of the greatest film directors of all time, Hitchcock never won an Academy Award for Best Director in his entire career. What’s your favorite Hitchcock film? Alfred Hitchcock’s family tree is not yet connected to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Abby Wambach

Posted August 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Yesterday, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team took home their third consecutive Olympic gold medal! Today we highlight team co-captain Abby Wambach, who currently stands as the second highest all-time goal scorer for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team. The veteran soccer player helped lead Team USA to a 2-1 victory over Japan. Abby Wambach is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can help connect her to over 60 million profiles on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Oscar Pistorius

Posted August 9, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius made history this year by becoming the first amputee track athlete to compete at the Olympics. Pistorius was born without fibulas and had both legs amputated just below the knee when he was 11 months old. Known as the “Blade Runner,” Pistorius made it to the 400m semifinals, but failed to land a place in the finals. Today, Pistorius will run once more as part of South Africa’s 4x400m relay… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sebastian Coe

Posted August 8, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we highlight four time Olympic medal winner Sebastian Coe! Coe won the 1500 m gold metal at the Olympic games in 1980 and 1984. After retiring from athletics, Coe served as a Member of Parliament from 1992-1997. He was the head of the London bid to host the 2012 Olympics and is currently serving as the chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. Sebastian Coe is connected to over 60 million profiles… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beth Tweddle

Posted August 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Yesterday, Great Britain’s Beth Tweddle won the bronze medal in the Women’s Uneven Bars. The three time world champion won Britain’s first  women’s Olympic gymnastics medal in the history of the sport. As team captain, she also led Team GB to finish sixth in the women’s team finals, their highest placed finish since 1928. Beth Tweddle is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can help connect her to over 60 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gerd Kanter

Posted August 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we highlight Estonian discus thrower Gerd Kanter. Kanter has been named one of Estonia’s strongest medal hopefuls. In the 2008 Summer Olympics, Kanter won the gold medal in the men’s discus throw. Will he be able to defend his title and earn his second gold medal in the event? Gerd Kanter is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Gerd Kanter’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Carl Lewis

Posted August 3, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today, the Olympic track and field events begin. To welcome the start of these events, we’re highlighting track and field legend Carl Lewis. Over his long and highly successful athletic career, Lewis won 10 Olympic medals, 9 of which were gold. In the process, he set numerous world records and is considered by many to be the greatest track and field athlete of all time. Carl Lewis is not yet connected to the World Family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Aly Raisman

Posted August 2, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman competes for her second Olympic medal in the Women’s Individual All-Around. In one of the biggest surprises of the Olympics, Raisman scored the second highest qualifying score, knocking out her teammate and reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber from the finals. Just a few days later, the team captain of the U.S. women’s gymnastic team led the “Fab Five” to win their first Olympic gold medal. Aly Raisman is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Phelps

Posted August 1, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps made Olympic history yesterday by becoming the most decorated Olympian. Phelps set a new record after winning his 19th medal as part of the U.S. men’s 4×200 meter freestyle relay team. His latest gold medal win breaks Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina’s record of 18. After four Olympic games, his medal count now stands at 15 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze. With more races left to go, Phelps is likely to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edoardo Mangiarotti

Posted July 31, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we highlight Italian fencer Edoardo Mangiarotti, the most decorated fencer in the history of the sport. Mangiarotti made his first Olympic appearance at the age of 17 during the 1936 games in Berlin. Over a span of 24 years, Mangiarottie won a record of 13 Olympic medals (six gold, five silver, two bronze). Did you know fencing is one of the original sports of the modern Olympic games? Edoardo Mangiarotti is not yet connected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Zara Phillips

Posted July 30, 2012 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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This weekend, Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, made her Olympic equestrian debut. With several members of the royal family in attendance to cheer her on, she is now one of the favorites for a medal. Did you know that both of her parents were also Olympic athletes? Her father, Captain Mark Phillips won Olympic gold in 1972 and silver in 1988. Her mother, Princess Anne, competed in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and serves… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pierre de Coubertin

Posted July 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony! Are you excited to watch the celebration? In honor of the official opening of the Games, we’re highlighting Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern-day Olympics. In 1894, Coubertin created the International Olympic Committee, which has since become the governing body of the Olympic Movement. During the late 19th century, Coubertin’s advocacy for the Games centered on a number of ideals about sport. Coubertin saw value in encouraging competition among… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sandra Bullock

Posted July 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Sandra Bullock! Today, the lovable star turns 48. In 2009, Bullock won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film, The Blind Side. Did you know she is the only actor to have been named both “Best” and “Worst” performer for the same year? She also took home 2009′s “Worst Actress of the Year” Razzie award for her performance in All About Steve just a day before winning her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sally Ride

Posted July 25, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we remember Sally Ride, who passed away earlier this week from pancreatic cancer. In 1983, Ride became the first American woman in space when she flew into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. Not only will she be remembered as a pioneering astronaut and a passionate advocate of female advancement in the sciences, but as an inspiration for women for generations to come. Sally Ride is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Simon Bolivar

Posted July 24, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 24, 1783, Venezuelan military and political leader Simón Bolívar was born. Together with José de San Martín, Bolivar played an instrumental role in the South American fight for independence from the Spanish empire. In 1825, the Republic of Bolivia was created and named after the inspirational leader, hailed by many as El Liberator (The Liberator). Simón Bolívar is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Simón Bolívar’s Geni… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amy Winehouse

Posted July 23, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember singer Amy Winehouse, who died on July 23, 2011 at the age of 27. She was known for her powerful vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz. In 2006, Winehouse became the first female British artist to win five Grammys. Sadly, her talents were often overshadowed by her battle with drugs and alcohol. Amy Winehouse is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Posted July 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 20, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Millions around the world were glued to their television sets as Armstrong took his first steps on the lunar surface and spoke his famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Neil Armstrong’s Geni… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edgar Degas

Posted July 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 19, 1834, painter and sculptor Edgar Degas was born in Paris, France. Although he is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, Degas rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist. Regardless, his highly celebrated works helped shape the fine art landscape for years to come and greatly influenced modern artists like Pablo Picasso. Edgar Degas is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can help connect… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margaret “Molly” Brown

Posted July 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 18, 1867, first class Titanic passenger and philanthropist Margaret “Molly” Brown was born in Hannibal, Missouri. Dubbed “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” by historians, Brown became famous for surviving the Titanic disaster. Her acts of heroism made her the subject of many Titanic legends. She famously took on an oar herself in her lifeboat and protested for the crew of Lifeboat No. 6 to return to look for survivors. Later in life, she used… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Posted July 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 17, 1947, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was born in London. Her relationship with Prince Charles was highly controversial not only becase of their affair while he was married to Princess Diana, but also due to her status as a divorcee. However, with the consent of Queen Elizabeth II, Parlaiment and the Church of England, the couple were able to wed in 2005. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is connected to over 60 million profiles in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roald Amundsen

Posted July 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 16, 1872, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was born. In 1911, Amundsen led the Antarctic expedition to discover the South Pole, beating his British rival Robert Falcon Scott. He was also the first explorer to reach both the North and South Poles and the first person to traverse the Northwest Passage. Amundsen disappeared in 1928 while taking part in a rescue mission. Along with fellow explorers Scott and Ernest Shackleton, Amundsen is remembered as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harrison Ford

Posted July 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Harrison Ford! Today, the movie star turns 70! His career has spanned decades and includes some of the most iconic roles in film history, from Star War‘s Han Solo to Indiana Jones. His other memorable films include Blade Runner, Air Force One and The Fugitive. Five of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry. Did you know Ford is also a licensed pilot? What’s your favorite Harrison Ford film? Harrison Ford’s family tree is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Eastman

Posted July 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 12, 1854, American inventor and philanthropist George Eastman was born. As the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company and inventor of roll film, Eastman helped bring photography to the mainstream by making it accessible to the general public. By 1927, Eastman Kodak became the largest U.S. company in its industry. Did you know roll film was the basis for the invention of motion picture film in 1888? George Eastman is connected to over… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laurence Olivier

Posted July 11, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 11, 1989, legendary actor Laurence Olivier died in Steyning, West Sussex, England. Hailed as one of the greatest actors in history, Olivier played a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen. He received 12 Academy Award nominations throughout his career. Did you know Olivier is one of only a few actors to be interred in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey? Laurence Olivier is not yet connected to the World Family Tree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marcel Proust

Posted July 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 10, 1871, French author Marcel Proust was born in Auteuil, France. Considered one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, Proust was best known for his monumental work In Search of Lost Time, or Remembrance of Things Past. The seven part novel was published between 1913 and 1927 and today, is recognized as one of the major literary works of French expression. Marcel Proust is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Spencer Gore

Posted July 9, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 9, 1877, the very first Wimbledon lawn tennis tournament began. 25 players competed in the Gentlemen’s Singles tournament, the only event at the games. At the end of the tournament, English cricketer Spencer Gore became the first winner of a Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. Are you a tennis fan? Spencer Gore is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Spencer Gore’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George W. Bush

Posted July 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 6, 1946, George W. Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut. The eldest son of Barbra Bush and George H.W. Bush, Bush followed in his father’s footsteps and became the 43rd President of the United States in 2001. Did you know he is the second president to have been the son of a former president? The first father-son presidential pair was John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. George W. Bush is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Booth

Posted July 4, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 5, 1865, British Methodist preacher William Booth founded The Salvation Army. Originally established as the Christian Mission, Booth and his wife Catherine were determined to fight poverty and religious indifference with military efficiency. They modeled the organization after the British Army. Soon they were providing food to some of London’s most impoverished areas. The Salvation Army made its first appearance in the U.S. during the Great Depression and provided food and shelter for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andy Griffith

Posted July 3, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Today we remember Andy Griffith, who died this morning at the age of 86 at his home in Roanoke Island, North Carolina. The beloved actor found instant success starring as the small-town sheriff in The Andy Griffith Show. In his early years, Griffith aspired to become an opera singer before turning his attention to acting after college. Although he enjoyed a long and diverse career years after The Andy Griffith Show, including a 9-year stint on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted July 2, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Seventy-five years ago on July 2, 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Posted June 29, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 29, 1861, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning died in Florence, Italy. As one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian Era, Browning’s poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States during her lifetime. In 1846, she secretly married fellow poet Robert Browning against her father’s wishes. Her father disowned her and the couple moved to Italy. Browning was plagued by ill health throughout her life. After suffering from weakness and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Posted June 28, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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300 years ago today, French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born. Rousseau believed that man was good by nature and was corrupted by society. His political philosophies significantly influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological and educational thought. Jean-Jaques Rousseau’s tree is still pretty small. Perhaps you can help expand his tree and connect him to over 60 million profiles on Geni!     View Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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