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Profile of the Day: Willie Nelson

Posted April 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Willie Nelson

Today country music artist and activist Willie Nelson turns 79! Willie Nelson was born on April 30, 1933 in Abbott, Texas. Despite approaching 80, Willie has not let his age slow him down. To much of his fans’ delight, Willie continues to tour and perform in concerts with other major musicians. Did you know that his fourth great grandfather John Nelson served as a Major in the American Revolutionary War? Willie Nelson is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rob Lowe

Posted April 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Rob Lowe

Actor Rob Lowe is featured in tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? Will you be watching as Lowe travels to Germany and learns about his unexpected connection to the American Revolutionary War? Be sure to check out how Rob Lowe is related to Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Charlie Sheen and Helen Hunt here! Rob Lowe 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: Carol Burnett

Posted April 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Carol Burnett

Today actress Carol Burnett turns 79! Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 26, 1933. For 11 years, she starred in the highly successful variety/sketch comedy show The Carol Burnett Show. During its run, the series won 25 Emmy Awards and today, it’s remembered as one of the best shows in television history. Did you know her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located in front of the Hollywood Pacific Theater where she worked… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Guglielmo Marconi

Posted April 25, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Guglielmo Marconi

On April 25, 1874, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi was born. Marconi is often referred to as the father of long distance radio transmission. In 1909, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics along with Karl Ferdinand Braun for their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy. Did you know that the two radio operators aboard the Titanic (Jack Phillips and Harold Bride) were employees of the Marconi International Marine Communication Company? The two men worked tirelessly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbra Streisand

Posted April 24, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Barbra Streisand

On April 24, 1942, Barbra Streisand was born in Brooklyn, New York. Over her long career, Steisand has sold over 140 million albums worldwide and amassed a great number of music and acting awards, including two Academy Awards and eight Grammys. She is also one of the few entertainers who can claim to have won an award in all four major American entertainment awards, the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Barbra Streisand is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Shakespeare

Posted April 23, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
William Shakespeare

On April 23, 1564, English poet and playwright William Shakespeare was born. Although his birth date has never been confirmed, records show he was baptized on April 26, and it was custom at the time to wait three days before baptizing a new born. Shakespeare died on the same day 52 years later on April 23, 1616. Shakespeare is widely considered to be the greatest dramatist of all time. Today, his plays are still performed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon III

Posted April 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Napoleon III

On April 20, 1808, French emperor Napoleon III was born in Paris, France. He was the nephew and heir of Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1848, he was elected President of the French Second Republic in a landslide victory. However, in 1851, Napoleon III initiated a coup d’etat and ascended to the throne as Emperor of the French in 1852. After a crushing defeat in the Franco-Prussian War, the Second French Empire fell and Napoleon III was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dick Clark

Posted April 19, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we remember Dick Clark, who passed away yesterday at the age of 82. As the host of American Bandstand, Clark introduced the country to rock ‘n’ roll and transformed it into a cultural force. For decades, his show helped launch the careers of some of music’s biggest names to viewers of all ages. For the last four decades, Clark counted down the New Year at Times Square in New York City. In 2004, he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leopold Stokowski

Posted April 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Leopold Stokowski

On April 18, 1882, orchestral conductor Leopold Stokowski was born in London. Stokowski was known for popularizing classical music throughout his 60-year career. Today he is revered as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century. Perhaps his most well known accomplishment is his work conducting the musical score for the Disney film, Fantasia. In 1942, Stokowski was awarded with an honorary Academy Award for his unique achievement in bringing music to the screen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Victoria Beckham

Posted April 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Victoria Beckham

On April 17, 1974, Victoria Beckham was born. She rose to fame as a member of the British pop sensation, the Spice Girls. Together they sold over 75 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling female group of all time. Dubbed Posh Spice during her Spice Girls days, Victoria has found continued success as a fashion designer and style icon. In 1999, Victoria married soccer superstar David Beckham at Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland. Are you a fan of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pope Benedict XVI

Posted April 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Pope Benedict XVI

Today, April 16, Pope Benedict XVI celebrates his 85th birthday. He was born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger in 1927. In 2005, Pope Benedict succeeded John Paul II as the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church. This is just the first of Pope Benedict’s milestones this month. April 19 marks the 7th anniversary of his election as pope and April 24 is the anniversary of the beginning of his pontificate. Pope Benedict XVI’s family tree is still… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Samuel Morley

Posted April 13, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Henry Samuel Morley

Today’s Titanic passenger story involves love, a sapphire necklace and tragedy. Remember the necklace worn by Kate Winslet’s character in James Cameron’s film Titanic? It was inspired by today’s tragic Titanic love story. Henry Samuel Morley was a confectioner from England. Although he was married and had a 12-year-old daughter, Henry made plans to leave England and travel to California. He told his friends he was traveling to the United States to recuperate from illness, however he was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Colonel Archibald Gracie, IV

Posted April 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Colonel Archibald Gracie IV

Colonel Archibald Gracie, IV was an American writer, amateur historian and a first class passenger aboard the Titanic. He spent much of the voyage chaperoning various unaccompanied women, including American author Helen Churchill Candee. After the Titanic struck the iceberg, Gracie put on his life-jacket and helped escort the women he had chaperoned into the lifeboats. Once all the regular boats had launched, Gracie assisted Second Officer Charles Lightoller in freeing the four collapsible boats that were… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isidor Straus

Posted April 11, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Isidor Straus

Perhaps one of the most famous passenger stories from the Titanic is that of Isidor and Ida Straus. Isidor Straus was a former U.S. Congressman and the co-owner of Macy’s department store with his brother Nathan. He and his wife Ida were traveling back to the U.S. from Germany on board the RMS Titanic. Their infant grandson, Stuart Scheftel, had caught a cold and had been left behind in England with his nurse. After the Titanic struck… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Violet Jessop

Posted April 10, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Violet Jessop

Today we highlight Violet Jessop, who was a stewardess aboard the Titanic. Amazingly, Jessop survived three different maritime disasters within a span of five years. In 1911, while working as a stewardess on the HMS Olympic, the ship collided with the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Hawke, causing major flooding and damage. Fortunately, no lives were lost. Coincidentally, the Olympic was commanded by Captain Edward Smith, who would later captain the Titanic. On April 10, 1912,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joseph Laroche

Posted April 9, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Joseph Laroche

In honor of the Titanic‘s 100th anniversary, we will be highlighting Titanic passengers this week. Our first Titanic passenger is Joseph Laroche, a Paris-educated Haitian engineer who was traveling on board the Titanic with his family. Although Laroche was from a powerful family in Haiti, he did not experience the same privileged lifestyle in France. Unable to find employment in France because of his race, Laroche decided to return to home to Haiti with his expectant wife and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edie Falco

Posted April 6, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Edie Falco

Tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? features actress Edie Falco. Will you be watching tonight as she investigates her maternal ancestors and makes a startling discovery about a tragic event in her family’s past? Edie Falco’s tree is still pretty small. Perhaps after tonight’s episode, you will be able to help expand her tree and connected her to over 60 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree.   View Edie Falco’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kurt Cobain

Posted April 5, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Kurt Cobain

Today we remember musician Kurt Cobain, who died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound on April 5, 1994. As the lead singer of the grunge band Nirvana, Cobain redefined the music of the 90′s. To this day, Cobain is remembered as one of the most iconic rock musicians in history. Kurt Cobain is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Kurt Cobain’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted April 4, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we remember civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., who was fatally shot in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. Dr. King was in town to support striking African American sanitation workers. Years after his death, his legacy lives on. Considered one of the most iconic civil rights activists in history, Dr. King’s work to end racial discrimination and inequality through nonviolent methods continues to inspire people all around the world. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Goodall

Posted April 3, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Jane Goodall

On April 3, 1934, British primatologist Jane Goodall was born. Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is perhaps best known for her 45-year study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute, which is dedicated to bringing awareness to the preservation of animals and the conservation of their habitats. Jane Goodall’s family tree is still pretty small. Perhaps you can help connect her to over 60… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dorothea Dix

Posted April 2, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Dorothea Dix

On April 2, 1802, American activist Dorothea Dix was born. Dix has often been described as “the most effective advocate of humanitarian reform in American mental institutions during the nineteenth century.” She successfully lobbied state legislatures and the U.S. Congress to create the first generation of American mental asylums. Dorothea Dix is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Dorothea Dix’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Rita Wilson

Posted March 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? features actress Rita Wilson and her quest to discover her family history. Watch tonight as she journeys to Greece and Bulgaria to trace her paternal ancestry. Rita Wilson’s tree is still pretty small. Perhaps after tonight’s episode, you can help expand her family tree.   View Rita Wilson’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Cy Young

Posted March 29, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Cy Young

On March 29, 1867, American Major League Baseball player Cy Young was born. During his 22-year career in baseball, Young pitched for five different teams. In 1937, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Cy Young is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Cy Young’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Lady Gaga

Posted March 28, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Lady Gaga

Today, March 28, is Lady Gaga‘s 26th birthday! Lady Gaga was born Stefani Germanotta in New York.  Are you a fan of the “Born This Way” singer? The song became her third number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Lady Gaga’s family tree is still pretty small. Perhaps you can help build her tree and connect her to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree.   View Lady Gaga’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Gloria Swanson

Posted March 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Gloria Swanson

On March 27, 1899, actress Gloria Swanson was born. Considered one of the biggest stars of the silent era, Swanson made the successful transition to “talkies” with her turn in the 1950′s film Sunset Blvd. She earned her third Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Norma Desmond, a faded silent movie star. Did you know that she has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to film and television? Gloria… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Connick, Jr.

Posted March 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Harry Connick, Jr.

Last night Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s newest PBS series Finding Your Roots premiered with a look into singer and actor Harry Connick, Jr.‘s genealogy. In the episode, Harry learned that one of his ancestors was a privateer who fought for the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. Did you catch this latest genealogy show? Harry Connick, Jr. is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Harry Connick,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helen Hunt

Posted March 23, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Helen Hunt

Tonight’s new episode of Who Do You Think You Are? features actress Helen Hunt as she traces her paternal ancestry. Her search leads her to San Francisco, where she discovers her family’s connection to the formation of the banking institution, Wells Fargo. Will you be watching tonight? Helen Hunt is connected to over 60 million profiles on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Helen Hunt’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Marcel Marceau

Posted March 22, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Marcel Marceau

On March 22, 1923, acclaimed French actor and mime Marcel Maceau was born in Strasbourg, France. Marceau gained international fame for his silent performances as Bip, the white-faced character he brought to life on the stage and screen. Marcel Marceau’s family tree is still pretty small. Perhaps you can help build his tree and connect him to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. View Marcel Marceau’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Henry Morton Stanley

Posted March 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Henry Morton Stanley

On on March 21, 1871, journalist Henry Morton Stanley began his famous search through Africa for the missing British explorer Dr. David Livingstone. Livingstone had set out for a two year expedition into Africa in 1865 to find the source of the Nile River. However, six years after his expedition began, little was heard of Livingstone. The New York Herald sent Stanley on a highly publicized search to find him. Upon their meeting in 1871, Stanley… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henrik Ibsen

Posted March 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Henrik Ibsen

On March 20, 1828, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen was born. Often referred to as “the father of prose drama,” Ibsen’s plays were considered scandalous by many of his era. He is regarded as one of the greatest playwrights since Shakespeare and his works have influenced many other great writers, including Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and Eugene O’Neill. Henrik Ibsen 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: Glenn Close

Posted March 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Glenn Close

On March 19, 1947, actress Glenn Close was born in Greenwich, Connecticut. This year she was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her role in the film Albert Nobbs. She lost the coveted award to Meryl Streep, her 15th cousin once removed. Glenn Close is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Glenn Close’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: St. Patrick

Posted March 16, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
St. Patrick

Tomorrow, March 17, is St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the festive Irish holiday, we are highlighting St. Patrick‘s profile on Geni! St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. Do you have any Irish ancestry? Let us know you will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the comments below! St. Patrick is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marcus Brutus

Posted March 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Marcus Brutus

On this day in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate by Marcus Junius Brutus and a group of approximately 60 Roman senators. Although the Senate passed an amnesty on the assassins, the uproar among the population caused Brutus and the conspirators to leave Rome. A series of civil wars ultimately followed, ending with the victory of Caesar’s adopted heir, Octavian and the formation of the Roman Empire. Octavian would become… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert Einstein

Posted March 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Albert Einstein

On March 14, 1879, German physicist Albert Einstein was born. Regarded as the “father of modern physics” and one of the most prolific intellects in history, Einstein’s name has become synonymous with genius. He is perhaps best remembered for his theory of relativity and his mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc². In 1921, Einstein received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his revolutionary contributions to the field. Albert Einstein is connected to over 60 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Percival Lowell

Posted March 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Percival Lowell

On March 13, 1855, mathematician and astronomer Percival Lowell was born. Lowell is best known for fueling speculation that there were canals on Mars. He also formed the beginning of the effort that led to the discovery of Pluto. In fact, the naming of Pluto was influenced by Percival Lowell’s initials “PL.” Percival Lowell is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Percival Lowell’s Geni… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mitt Romney

Posted March 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Mitt Romney

On March 12, 1947, GOP candidate Mitt Romney was born in Detroit, Michigan. The race to win the Republican presidential nomination has intensified with Rick Santorum on the heels of the former Massachusetts governor. Will front-runner Romney be able to clinch the nomination? Mitt Romney is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Mitt Romney’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Jerome Bettis

Posted March 9, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Jerome Bettis

Tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? features retired NFL player Jerome Bettis on his journey to learn about his family history. Follow Bettis as he travels to the fields his ancestors worked on as slaves. Jerome Bettis’s family tree is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps after tonight’s episode you can help connect him to over 60 million profiles on Geni!   View Jerome Bettis’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Queen Anne

Posted March 8, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Queen Anne of Great Britain

On March 8, 1702, Queen Anne ascended to the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the death of William III. In 1707, Queen Anne united the kingdoms of England and Scotland into a single sovereign state, the Kingdom of Great Britain. Despite multiple pregnancies, Anne died without an heir, and thus was the last monarch of the House of Stuart. She was succeeded by George I of the House of Hanover. Queen Anne is connected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kathryn Bigelow

Posted March 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Kathryn Bigelow

On March 7, 2010, director Kathryn Bigelow made Oscar history by becoming the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for the film, The Hurt Locker. Did you know that Bigelow was once married to fellow nominee James Cameron? The Hurt Locker would also ultimately claim Best Picture over Cameron’s Avatar.   View Kathryn Bigelow’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Gabriel García Márquez

Posted March 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Gabriel García Márquez

On March 6, 1927, Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez was born. Considered one of the most significant Latin American authors of the 20th century, Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. He is perhaps best known for his novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. Gabriel García Márquez 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: Heitor Villa-Lobos

Posted March 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Heitor Villa-Lobos

On March 5, 1887, Brazillian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos was born in Rio de Janeiro. Described as “the single most significant figure in 20th-century Brazillian art music,” Villa-Lobos has become one of the best known Latin American composers in history. He is best known for composing Bachianas Brasileiras, which combines Brazilian folk music with European classical music styles. Heitor Villa-Lobos 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: Reba McEntire

Posted March 2, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Reba McEntire

Tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? features country singer Reba McEntire. Watch her journey as she discovers how her family came to America. Reba McEntire is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Reba McEntire’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Saint David

Posted March 1, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Saint David

Today, Wales celebrates Saint David’s Day in remembrance of the death of Saint David. Across the country, festivities and parades are occurring in celebration of the holiday. Saint David is the patron saint of Wales. He was a Welsh Bishop during the 6th century. Regarded as a renowned teacher, Saint David founded a monastery at Glyn Rhosyn (The Vale of Roses), which is where St. David’s Cathedral stands today. His foundation at Glyn Rhosyn became… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gioachino Rossini

Posted February 29, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Gioachino Rossini

Today, we highlight the “Rock Star of Opera,” Gioachino Rossini, who was born February 29, 1792 in Pesaro, Italy. Rossini was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas, including his most famous Italian comedy, The Barber of Seville. He is considered one of the most popular opera composers in history. Have you seen today’s Google Doodle in honor of Rossini’s Leap Day birthday? Gioachino Rossini’s family tree is still pretty small. Perhaps you can help build… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James D. Watson

Posted February 28, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
James D. Watson

On February 28, 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Frances Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA at Cambridge University. Their research was instrumental in understanding how genetic information is passed and revolutionized the study of biology and medicine. Watson and Crick were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 for their historic scientific breakthroughs. James D. Watson 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: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Posted February 27, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

On February 27, 1807, American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine. Longfellow was considered one of the most popular poets of his day. His works were significant in shaping the American character and legacy, especially his poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” which created the American legend of Paul Revere‘s Midnight Ride. Longfellow was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri‘s The Divine Comedy. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is connected to over 60 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Blair Underwood

Posted February 24, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Blair Underwood

Who Do You Think You Are? is back tonight with an all new episode featuring actor Blair Underwood. Follow him on his journey as DNA testing and newly discovered documents help him to reconnect with his ancestors. Blair Underwood is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Blair Underwood’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Posted February 23, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Nikola Tesla

Today we highlight popular inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla, whose groundbreaking discoveries help give birth to the commercialization of electricity. In 1856, Tesla was born in the village of Smiljan in what is now Croatia. He pioneered concepts that paved the way for modern alternating current (AC) electricity and in 1891, invented the Tesla coil. Nikola Tesla is connected to over 60 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Nikola Tesla’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Drew Barrymore

Posted February 22, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Drew Barrymore

On February 22, 1975, actress and producer Drew Barrymore was born in Culver City, California. Barrymore was born into the famous Barrymore dynasty of actors. She is the granddaughter of acting legend John Barrymore. After her breakout role in ET: the Extra-Terrestrial at the age of 6, Barrymore quickly became one of the most recognized child actors. Following a turbulent childhood and adolescent drug addiction, Barrymore successfully transitioned from a child actor to a highly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Frederick Douglass

Yesterday, February 20, marked the anniversary of the death of abolitionist and equal rights leader Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born into slavery in Tuckahoe, Maryland. In 1838, Douglass escaped from slavery and soon became one of the leading figures of the Abolitionist movement. He wrote several autobiographies detailing his life as a slave, including his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became influential in its support for abolition. Frederick… Read the full story