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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

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Profile of the Day: Yoko Ono

Posted February 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Yoko Ono

Tomorrow, February 18th, is musician and artist Yoko Ono‘s birthday. Ono instantly gained worldwide fame when she married Beatles front man John Lennnon in 1969. During their marriage, the pair often collaborated on musical and art projects to promote peace. After Lennon’s death, Ono continued her work in avant-garde art, music and film making. She has also continued her philanthropic contributions to the arts, peace and AIDS outreach programs. Yoko Ono is connected to over 60 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Juhan Smuul

Posted February 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Juhan Smuul

This Saturday, February 18, will mark the 90th anniversary of famed Estonian writer and poet Juhan Smuul‘s birth. Smuul wrote several novels, often based on his life in his native islands of Muhu. In 1965, he was named People’s Writer of the Estonian SSR. Over his career, Smuul was honored with several prestigious awards for his work. He was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1952 and the Lenin Prize in 1961. Johan Smuul is connected to over… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ernest Shackleton

Posted February 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Ernest Shackleton

On February 15, 1874, polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton was born. Shackleton was one of the principle figures during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. His expeditions to Antarctica pioneered routes into the continent’s interior. In 1909, Shackleton and his team made a southern march and established a record Farthest South latitude at 88° 23′ S, by far the closest convergence in exploration history at the time. For his achievement, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII. Sir… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Giacomo Casanova

Posted February 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Giacomo Casanova

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today, we highlight Giacomo Casanova, an Italian adventurer and author whose name has become synonymous with the art of seduction. Although history remembers him best as a womanizer, Casanova is also recognized as one of the foremost chroniclers of his age. His autobiography, Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life), is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Whitney Houston

Posted February 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Whitney Houston

Today we remember iconic singer Whitney Houston, who passed away on Saturday, February 11 at the age of 48. A six-time Grammy winner, Houston achieved massive success with her signature song, “I Will Always Love You” from her film, The Bodyguard. An inspiration to musicians all over the world, Houston will be remembered as one of the greatest artists in history. Whitney Houston’s profile is not yet connected to Geni’s World Family Tree. Perhaps you can… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marisa Tomei

Posted February 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Marisa Tomei

Tonight, an all new episode of Who Do You Think You Are? features Oscar winning actress Marisa Tomei and her journey to Italy to learn the truth about the death of her great grandfather. Marisa Tomei’s family tree on Geni is still pretty small and not yet connected to the World Family Tree. After tonight’s episode, perhaps you will be able to help connect her to over 60 million profiles on Geni!   View Marisa… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mia Farrow

Posted February 9, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Mia Farrow

On February 9, 1945, actress Mia Farrow was born. She is best known for her role as a woman pregnant with Satan’s baby in the film Rosemarry’s Baby. She has devoted much of her life to humanitarian efforts and is a strong advocate of children’s rights. As an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Farrow has worked extensively to raise awareness for children in Africa. Mia Farrow is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jules Verne

Posted February 8, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Jules Verne

On February 8, 1828, French author Jules Verne was born. A pioneer of the science fiction genre, Verne wrote about space, air and underwater travel before the practical means of air travel and submarines had been invented and before any means of space travel had been devised. He is best known for his novels, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Thomas More

Posted February 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Sir Thomas More

On February 7, 1477, philosopher Sir Thomas More was born. More is best remembered for his controversial book, Utopia. In the last years of his life, More served as Lord Chancellor and an important councilor to King Henry VIII of England. However, when he refused to accept the king as the head of the Church of England, More was tried for treason and beheaded. Today, he is recognized as a saint within the Catholic Church…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eli Manning

Posted February 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Eli Manning

Did you watch the Super Bowl yesterday? In a tense and exciting game, the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21 – 17. Today we highlight Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who was named Super Bowl XLVI MVP. Manning now has two Super Bowl wins under his belt, and was previously named MVP after the Giants’ 2008 Super Bowl win. Eli Manning is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Sheen

Posted February 3, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Martin Sheen

Season 3 of Who Do You Think You Are? kicks off tonight with an all new episode centered around actor Martin Sheen. Did you know that Martin Sheen’s real name is Ramón Estévez? Tune in tonight to watch Sheen discover his family history. Martin Sheen is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps after tonight’s episode you may be able to help connect him to over 61 million profiles on Geni!   View Martin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brigham Young

Posted February 2, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Brigham Young

Today, is the first day of Rootstech! In honor of this event, we’re highlighting Brigham Young‘s Geni profile. Brigham Young was an early leader of the Latter Day Saint movement and founder of Salt Lake City, Utah. Young even served as the first governor of the Utah Territory. Brigham Young is connected to over 61 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Brigham Young’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Posted February 1, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Clark Gable

On February 1, 1901, actor Clark Gable was born. Considered an acting legend, Gable is perhaps best remembered for his role as Rhett Butler in the 1939 classic film Gone with the Wind. Did you know that during World War II, Gable enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps? He joined shortly after his third wife, actress Carole Lombard died in a plane crash while returning from a World War II Bond tour. Clark Gable… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jackie Robinson

Posted January 31, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Jackie Robinson

On January 31, 1919, baseball player Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia. Robinson broke the baseball color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, becoming the first black Major League Baseball player. Jackie Robinson is not yet connected to Geni’s World Family Tree. Check out his profile and help connect him to over 61 million profiles on Geni!   View Jackie Robinson’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Oscar Niemeyer

Posted January 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Oscar Niemeyer

Today, we highlight Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Specializing in modern architecture, Niemeyer was a pioneer in exploring the formal possibilities of reinforced concrete solely for their aesthetic impact. In 1988, Niemeyer was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most prestigious award in architecture, for the Cathedral of Brasília. Oscar Niemeyer is connected to over 61 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Oscar Niemeyer’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Captain Edward Smith

Posted January 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Captain Edward Smith

On January 27, 1850, Captain Edward Smith was born. He was an English naval reserve officer and captain of the RMS Titanic. He died when the ship sank in 1912. This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Have you checked out the RMS Titanic project on Geni? Take a look and become a project collaborator to help identify and list the survivors and casualties of the sinking of the Titanic. Perhaps… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ellen DeGeneres

Posted January 26, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Ellen DeGeneres

On January 26, 1958, comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana. DeGeneres is beloved by children as the voice of Dory in the Pixar film Finding Nemo. She has won thirteen Emmy awards and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts. Ellen DeGeneres is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Ellen DeGeneres’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Virginia Woolf

Posted January 25, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Virginia Woolf

On January 25, 1882, English author Virginia Woolf was born. She is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in modernist literature and one of the greatest innovators of the English language. Her most famous novels include Mrs. Dalloway, The Lighthouse and Orlando. Virginia Woolf is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Virginia Woolf’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Meryl Streep

Posted January 24, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Meryl Streep

Early this morning, the 2012 Academy Award nominations were announced. Breaking her previous record, actress Meryl Streep received her 17th Oscar nomination with her nod for Best Actress, thus making her the most-nominated actor in history. Streep is nominated for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the UK, in the film The Iron Lady. Meryl Streep is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edvard Munch

Posted January 23, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Edvard Munch

On January 23, 1944, Norwegian painter Edvard Munch died at the age of 80. An important pioneer of the Expressionist movement, Munch is perhaps best known for his painting, The Scream, which acquired an iconic status in popular culture during the late twentieth century. Edvard Munch is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Edvard Munch’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Etta James

Posted January 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Etta James

Today we remember blues singer Etta James, who passed away early this morning at the age of 73. The “At Last” singer died from complications from leukemia. James powerhouse voice is regarded by many as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. She’s won six Grammy Awards and in 1993, she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. James’s music has inspired a wide variety of musicians… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cary Grant

Posted January 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Cary Grant

Yesterday marked the 108th anniversary of Cary Grant‘s birth. Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach in Bristol, England in 1904. Before gaining fame as one of Hollywood’s classic leading men, Grant joined a circus troupe and performed as a stilt walker, acrobat, juggler and mime. Today, he is remembered as one of the greatest stars of all time. What’s your favorite Cary Grant film? Cary Grant is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Janis Joplin

Posted January 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Janis Joplin

On January 19, 1943, American singer and songwriter Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. Known for her powerful and original voice, Joplin rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company and later as a solo artist. Some of her greatest hits include, “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Mercedes Benz” and “Try (Just a Little Bit Harder).” Sadly, Joplin’s life was cut short after succumbing to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Muhammad Ali

Posted January 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Muhammad Ali

On January 17, 1942, boxing champion Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1960, Ali won an Olympic gold medal in boxing and he would go on to become the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion. In his retirement, he has devoted much of his time to philanthropy and despite his diagnosis with Parkinson’s, he remains active as a public figure for many charitable organizations. Muhammad Ali is connected to over 60… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, January 16, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the U.S. Observed on the third Monday of January each year, the holiday honors iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. King was the leading activist for nonviolent protest against racial discrimination during the United States Civil Rights Movement. His leadership was fundamental to the movement’s success and inspired others to continue his work for many years to come. In 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize… Read the full story