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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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Profile of the Day: Nora Ephron

Posted June 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember director and writer Nora Ephron, who passed away yesterday at the age of 71. Ephron was born May 19, 1941 to a family of screenwriters. She became one cinema’s most successful female filmmakers, earning three Academy Award nominations for writing the films Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally… and Sleepless in Seattle. Her last written and directorial effort was the film Julie & Julia, which earned Meryl Streep a Best Actress Oscar nomination… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jason Schwartzman

Posted June 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today actor Jason Schwartzman celebrates his 32nd birthday! Schwartzman is the nephew of acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola and cousin to Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Cage. With such an impressive Hollywood pedigree, it’s no wonder he was destined for movie stardom. Schwartzman can most recently be seen on the big screen in the film, Moonrise Kingdom. Check out Jason Schwartzman’s family tree! Perhaps you can help connect the Coppola family to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John McEnroe

Posted June 25, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s the first day of Wimbledon! The oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon is regarded by many as one of the most prestigious tennis championships. Today, we highlight Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, one of the most successful and high profile players in the history of tennis. Although his notorious temper sometimes overshadowed his performance on the court, McEnroe won 17 Grand Slam titles, 77 career single titles, and 77 double titles throughout his career…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Turing

Posted June 22, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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This Saturday, June 23, marks the 100th anniversary of visionary computer scientist Alan Turing‘s birthday. Born in London, England in 1912, Turing studied mathematics at Cambridge University. During World War II, Turing played a vital role in deciphering the messages encrypted by the German’s Enigma machine, providing vital intelligence for the Allies. He would later change the world with the invention of modern computers and become known as the father of artificial intelligence. Despite his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

Posted June 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 21, 1839, Brazilian novelist Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Machado was the grandson of slaves; his father was a mulatto housepainter and his mother was an Azorean Portuguese washerwoman. Despite being regarded as the greatest writer of Brazilian literature, Machado did not gain widespread popularity outside Brazil until after his own lifetime. Today, his novels Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas and Dom Casmurro are considered masterpieces of realist literature…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicole Kidman

Posted June 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Nicole Kidman! Today the Oscar winner turns 45. Recently, Kidman has been receiving lots of praise for her performance in the critically acclaimed Hemingway & Gellhorn, based on the real-life romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Did you catch the film’s premiere on HBO? Nicole Kidman is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Nicole Kidman’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Wallis Simpson

Posted June 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 19, 1896, American socialite Wallis Simpson was born in Pennsylvania. She is perhaps best remembered for her relationship with Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor. After Edward’s accession as King, he desired to marry the twice-divorced Simpson. This threatened to cause a constitutional crisis in the U.K. and ultimately, lead the King to abdicate the throne in 1936 so he would be free to marry Simpson. Today, she remains a controversial figure in British… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul McCartney

Posted June 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Paul McCartney! The former Beatle celebrates his 70th birthday today. The music icon is still going strong; he most recently performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert. Did you know the Guinness Book of World Records has dubbed him the “most successful composer and recording artist of all time”? Paul McCartney’s family tree is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help connect him to over 60 million profiles… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Posted June 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tomorrow June 16 is Bloomsday! Celebrated in Dublin and many other parts of the world, Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses are relived. At over 600 pages, Ulysses is considered an iconic piece of Modernist literature. Are you a James Joyce aficionado? James Joyce is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?    … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Betsy Ross

Posted June 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today, June 14, is Flag Day in the U.S., commemorating the day the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States. In honor of Flag Day, today we highlight Betsy Ross, who is widely believed to have been commissioned by George Washington to make the very first American flag in 1776. Although there is little evidence to prove the legend, Betsy Ross has become a significant symbol in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Butler Yeats

Posted June 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 13, 1865, Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats was born. Named one of the greatest writers of 20th century literature, Yeats became the first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923. He is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize. What’s your favorite Yeats poem? William Butler Yeats is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Anne Frank, who was born on June 12, 1929. It was 70 years ago that Anne received her famous diary as a present for her 13th birthday. Shortly thereafter, she and her family were forced into hiding for two years until they were discovered and taken to a Nazi concentration camp. During that time, Anne kept a first hand account of her life in hiding. Sadly, Anne died in the concentration camp… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Luís Vaz de Camões

Posted June 11, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we highlight Luís Vaz de Camões, who is considered one of Portugal’s greatest poets in history. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Homer and Dante. Camões was born circa 1524 in Lisbon and died June 10, 1580. He is perhaps best remembered for his epic masterpiece, The Lusiads. It’s influence in Portuguese is so profound that it is called the “language of Camões.” Luís Vaz de Camões is connected to over 60… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley MacLaine

Posted June 8, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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Last night, actress Shirley MacClaine was honored with the American Film Institute’s lifetime achievement award. The 40th recipient of the honor, MacClaine has enjoyed a long career in Hollywood and the theater. Nominated five times for an Academy Award, she finally won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Terms of Endearment in 1983. Her younger brother, actor Warren Beatty, was on hand to present her with the AFI prize. Shirley McClaine is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince

Posted June 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Prince! The legendary musician turns 54 today. Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the R&B icon has sold over 80 million records worldwide. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And this year, his best-selling hit “Purple Rain” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, thus preserving it as a piece of cultural significance for many years to come. Are you a fan of the great… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ray Bradbury

Posted June 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury died last night at the age of 91. A master of science fiction, Bradbury was able to anchor his visions of the future with the familiarity of the present. He brought the often dismissed science fiction genre into the literary mainstream and will be remembered as one of the most celebrated authors of the 20th century. Ray Bradbury is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted June 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day 56 years ago, Elvis Presley performed “Hound Dog” on the Milton Berle Show. Although it may seem subdued by today’s standards, his gyrations on stage caused a storm of controversy. His scandalous performance became a defining moment of Presley’s career and helped catapult him to fame and become the King of Rock and Roll. Elvis Presley is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Posted June 4, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Over this four-day weekend in the UK and the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, which marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. It was in 1952 that Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne after the death of her father, George VI. Did you know she is only the second monarch in the history of the United Kingdom to achieve this important milestone? The first monarch to have celebrated a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted June 1, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 1, 1926, Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles, California. The blonde star would have been 86 today. Marilyn overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world’s biggest cultural icons and most enduring sex symbols. Sadly, her life was cut short at the age of 36 when she died of a drug overdose. Marilyn Monroe is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clint Eastwood

Posted May 31, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Clint Eastwood! On May 31, 1930, Clint Eastwood was born in San Francisco, California. Today, the talented actor and director turns 82! Before making it in Hollywood, Eastwood served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In addition to his long and accomplished film career, Eastwood has had a hand in politics for a number of years. Did you know he once served as mayor of Carmel, California? Clint Eastwood is connected… Read the full story