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Profile of the Day: Voltaire

Posted November 21, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Voltaire

On November 21, 1694, French Enlightenment writer Voltaire was born. He remembered for his advocacy of civil liberties and social reform. His witty essays, poems and historical works were a great influence on the thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions. Voltaire is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Voltaire’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Colin Powell

Posted November 18, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Colin Powell

Colin Powell, an American statesman and retired-four-star general of the U.S. Army, was the first African American to serve as the U.S. Secretary of State. He was also the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Colin Powell is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Colin Powell’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Posted November 17, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Arnold Schwarzenegger

On November 17, 2003, Austrian-born actor and former body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as the 38th governor of California. Dubbed “The Governator,” Schwarzenegger served as governor until 2011. Arnold Schwarzenegger is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Chief Sitting Bull

Posted November 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Chief Sitting Bull

Chief Sitting Bull Chief Sitting Bull was a Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux chief and holy man. Through his leadership, he united his people in resistance to the U.S. government’s expansion into their lands and way of life. Today, he is remembered as one of the greatest Native American leaders, a brave warrior and symbol of Native American resistance movements.   View Chief Sitting Bull’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Georgia O’Keeffe

Posted November 15, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Georgia O'Keeffe

On November 15, 1887, American artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born. Considered one of the foremost painters of the 20th century, O’Keeffe carved out a significant place for women painters in the art community that had been exclusive and still dominated by men. Before her death in 1986, O’Keeffe had become on of America’s most celebrated cultural icons. Georgia O’Keeffe 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: Prince Charles

Posted November 14, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Charles, Prince of Wales

On November 14, 1948, Charles, Prince of Wales, was born in Buckingham Palace. He is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and heir apparent to the throne. Today he celebrates his 63rd birthday. Prince Charles is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Prince Charles’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Morgan Freeman

Posted November 11, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Morgan Freeman

It was recently announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that five-time Oscar nominated actor Morgan Freeman will be the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 69th annual Golden Globes ceremony. Freeman is to be honored for the contributions he has made to the world of entertainment. Check out his family tree on Geni! View Morgan Freeman’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Shakira

Posted November 10, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Shakira

Tonight is the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards. Colombian singer Shakira was named the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year for her artistic achievement in the Latin music industry and her dedication to philanthropy. She is up for three Grammy awards tonight, including Album of the Year.   View Shakira’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Charles de Gaulle

Posted November 9, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Charles de Gaulle

On November 9, 1970, Charles de Gaulle died at the age of 79. de Gaulle was a French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. In 1958, he founded the French Fifth Republic and served as its first President. Charles de Gaulle is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Charles de Gaulle’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Edmond Halley

Posted November 8, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Edmond Halley

Today, November 8, is the 355th anniversary of English astronomer Edmond Halley‘s birthday. He is best known for computing the orbit of Halley’s comet, which is the only short-period comment that is visible to the naked eye from Earth every 75-76 years. Edmond Halley is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Edmond Halley’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Andy Rooney

Posted November 7, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Andy Rooney

On November 4, American journalist and 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney died at the age of 92. Before joining 60 Minutes, Rooney covered World War II and was one of the first American journalists to visit the Nazi concentration camps. Just one month ago, Rooney stepped down from his post on 60 Minutes, ending his 33 year run on the program.   View Andy Rooney’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Guy Fawkes

Posted November 4, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Guy Fawkes

Tomorrow, November 5, the U.K. celebrates Guy Fawkes Day. In 1605, Guy Fawkes conspired to blow up Parliament on November 5. However, the plot, famously known as the “Gunpowder Plot,” failed, and Fawkes was captured and executed for treason. Guy Fawkes is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Guy Fawkes’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Russell Crowe

Posted November 3, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Russell Crowe

Australian actor Russell Crowe has achieved both box office success and critical acclaim throughout his career. In 2001, Crowe won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film Gladiator.   View Russell Crowe’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Marie Antoinette

Posted November 2, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Marie Antoinette

On November 2, 1755, Marie Antoinette was born. As the queen consort of King Louis XVI of France, she helped provoke the popular unrest that led to the French Revolution and overthrow of the monarchy. Marie Antoinette was convicted of treason and executed by guillotine nine months after her husband’s execution. Marie Antoinette is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Marie Antoinette’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Diego Rivera

Posted November 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera Diego Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter and muralist, whose art reflected the lives of working class people of Mexico. Do you have info about Diego Rivera’s genealogy? Help build his tree in Geni’s World Family Tree to see how you’re related!   View Diego Rivera’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Vlad the Impaler

Posted October 31, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Vlad the Impaler

In honor of Halloween, today we highlight Vlad the Impaler, Prince of Wallachia, otherwise known as Dracula. Remembered for his cruelty, Vlad the Impaler served as the inspiration for the name of Bram Stoker‘s vampire novel, Dracula. Vlad the Impaler is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Vlad the Impaler’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Pam Grier

Posted October 28, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Pam Grier

Actress Pam Grier achieved fame during the 1970′s after starring in a series of successful blaxploitation films. Throughout her career, she appeared in several horror films including Ghost of Mars, Something Wicked This Way Comes and Scream, Blacula, Scream.   View Pam Grier’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Washington Irving

Posted October 27, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Washington Irving

American author Washington Irving is best known for his short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The story tells the tale of Ichabod Crane and his encounter with the Headless Horseman, who haunts the small village of Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Washington Irving’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

Posted October 26, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Boris Karloff

Actor Boris Karloff is largely recognized as one of the true icons of horror. He is best remembered for his terrifying portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster in the films Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein. The character of Frankenstein’s monster first appeared in Mary Shelley‘s Gothic  novel, Frankenstein in 1818. View Boris Karloff’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Vincent Price

Posted October 25, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Vincent Price

Legendary horror film actor Vincent Price was best known for his distinctive voice and menacing screen presence. Dubbed the Master of Horror, Price appeared in several classic horror films, including The House of Wax, The Fly and The House on Haunted Hill. Vincent Price is connected to over 59 million profiles on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Vincent Price’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Stephen King

Posted October 24, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Stephen King

Best-selling novelist Stephen King is known for blending horror, fantasy and science fiction into a consistently scary mix. Much of his work has been adapted into highly successful horror films, such as Carrie, The Shining, Misery and Salem’s Lot. Stephen King is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Stephen King’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

Posted October 21, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was an American poet and activist. Best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes was one of the earliest innovators of jazz poetry. Langston Hughes is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Langston Hughes’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Herbert Hoover

Posted October 20, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Herbert Hoover

On October 20, 1964 President Herbert Hoover died at the age of 90. Hoover was the 31st President of the United States. When the Wall Street Crash of 1929 struck less than 8 months after he took office, Hoover sought to combat the ensuing Great Depression with volunteer efforts and public works projects such as the Hoover Dam. Herbert Hoover is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Cornwallis

Posted October 19, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Charles Cornwallis

On October 19, 1781, British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, signifying the end of the American Revolutionary War. Charles Cornwallis is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Charles Cornwallis’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

Posted October 18, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Thomas Edison

On October 18, 1931, inventor Thomas Edison died at the age of 84. His inventions, such as the electric light bulb, significantly influenced life around the world. Did you know he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and team work to the process of invention? As a result, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. Thomas Edison is connected to over 59… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rita Hayworth

Posted October 17, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Rita Hayworth

On October 17, 1918, legendary Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth was born. Over her long career, Hayworth appeared in over 61 films and is named one of the American Film Institute’s Greatest Stars of All Time. Rita Hayworth is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Rita Hayworth’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Jimi Hendrix

Posted October 14, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Jimi Hendrix

Today we highlight American guitarist and singer-songwriter Jimi Hendrix. One of the most influential musicians in musical history, Hendrix synthesized many different styles into his own unique sound. In 1992, he was posthumously inducted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jimi Hendrix is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Jimi Hendrix’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Thatcher

Posted October 13, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Margaret Thatcher

On October 13, 1925 former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was born. In 1979, she became the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the UK. Margaret Thatcher is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Margaret Thatcher’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Robert E. Lee

Posted October 12, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Robert E. Lee

On October 12, 1870, General Robert E. Lee died at the age of 63. During the American Civil War, Lee commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. After the war, Lee became a Southern hero of the war, and today, remains an iconic American military figure. Robert E. Lee is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Robert E. Lee’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted October 11, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Eleanor Roosevelt

On October 11, 1884, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was born. During her husband’s presidency, Roosevelt broke away from the traditional role of First Lady and remained politically active. She was vocal in her support of the African American civil rights movement and worked to enhance the status of working women. Eleanor Roosevelt is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Eleanor Roosevelt’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Columbus

Posted October 10, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Christopher Columbus

Today, the United States celebrates Columbus Day in honor of Christopher Columbus‘s discovery of the New World in 1492. A Spanish explorer, Columbus completed four voyages across the Atlantic to the American continents. His expeditions played a significant role in Spain’s colonization of the New World. Christopher Columbus is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Christopher Columbus’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Michelle Obama

Posted October 7, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Michelle Obama

Today we highlight Michelle Obama, the first African-American First Lady of the United States. As First Lady, she has focused her attention on current social issues, including education, supporting military families and promoting healthy eating for families across the country. Michelle Obama is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Michelle Obama’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Steve Jobs

Posted October 6, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Steve Jobs

Yesterday, October 5, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died at the age of 56. Considered one of the world’s greatest innovators and visionaries, Jobs revolutionized technology and changed the way the world communicates and interacts. Check out his profile on Geni. View Steve Jobs’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Robert H. Goddard

Posted October 5, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Richard Goddard

On October 5, 1882 physicist and inventor Robert H. Goddard was born. Known as the father of modern rocketry, Goddard is credited with creating and building the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket. Robert Goddard is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Robert H. Goddard’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Buster Keaton

Posted October 4, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Buster Keaton

On October 4, 1895 silent film actor Buster Keaton was born. Keaton was known as “The Great Stone Face” for getting big laughs for his physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression. Buster Keaton is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Buster Keaton’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Gore Vidal

Posted October 3, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Gore Vidal

On October 3, 1925, American author, playwright and activist Gore Vidal was born. Praised for his highly provocative works, Vidal’s writing career has spanned over six decades. His most well known and controversial book is The City and the Pillar, which was one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality. Gore Vidal is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Gore Vidal’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Madam C.J. Walker

Posted September 30, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker Madam C.J. Walker was an African American business woman, philanthropist and founder of the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Walker was the first woman to become a millionaire by her own achievements. View Madam C.J. Walker’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Posted September 29, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder was an American author best known for writing the Little House series, which was based on her own childhood experiences as a pioneer. The popularity of the series continued to grow after her death in 1957. In 1974, it was eventually adapted into the long running television show, Little House on the Prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder is connected to over 59 million profiles in the World Family Tree. How… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harpo Marx

Posted September 28, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Harpo Marx

Today we remember comedian and film star Harpo Marx, who died on September 28, 1964. Known for performing in silence, Marx used pantomine and often a horn or whistle to communicate during his performances. A gifted harp player, Marx often incorporated the harp into his films. View Harpo Marx’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Adams

Posted September 27, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Samuel Adams

On September 27, 1722, Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, was born. Adams was an important political leader during the American Revolution and in 1776, signed the Declaration of Independence. Did you know that Samuel Adams is the second cousin of President John Adams? Samuel Adams is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Samuel Adams’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: T.S. Eliot

Posted September 26, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
T.S. Eliot

On September 26, 1888, American poet T.S. Eliot was born. Considered one of the greatest poets in history, Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. T.S. Eliot is connected to over 59 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View T.S. Eliot’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Springsteen

Posted September 23, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Bruce Springsteen

On September 26, 1949, Bruce Springsteen was born. Throughout his highly successful career, Springsteen has earned several awards and sold over 200 million records worldwide. In 1999, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How are you related to “The Boss”? View Bruce Springsteen’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Abraham Lincoln

Posted September 22, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Abraham Lincoln

On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that all slaves in rebel states should be free as of January 1, 1863. The final proclamation made abolition a central goal of the American Civil War. Check out Abraham Lincoln’s family tree and see how you’re related! View Abraham Lincoln’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted September 21, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
J.R.R. Tolkien

On September 21, 1937, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien was published. The highly popular fantasy children’s book will be adapted into a movie by director Peter Jackson, who famously brought Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy to the big screen. How are you related to the fantasy author? View J.R.R. Tolkien’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Sophia Loren

Posted September 20, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Sophia Loren

On September 20, 1934, actress Sophia Loren was born in Rome, Italy. Loren achieved international fame for her award winning work in film and is known as an icon of beauty and glamour. Did you know in 1962, Loren became the first actress to win an Academy Award for a non-English speaking performance for her role in the film, Two Women? How are  you related? View Sophia Loren’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Adam West

Posted September 19, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Adam West

On September 19, 1928, actor Adam West was born. While West is most notable for his lead role in the 1960′s Batman TV series, today he is known for playing eccentric mayor, Adam West, on the animated TV show, Family Guy. How are you related to Adam West? View Adam West’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Lauren Bacall

Posted September 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Lauren Bacall

On September 16, 1924, actress Lauren Bacall was born. Known for her husky voice and sultry looks, Bacall earned multiple awards for her performances in film and Broadway. How are you related? View Lauren Bacall’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Prince Harry

Posted September 15, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Prince Harry

Today, September 15, marks Prince Harry’s 27th birthday. As the youngest son of Prince Charles and Princes Diana, he is third in the line of succession to the throne of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth Realms. Check out his family tree and see how you’re related! View Prince Harry’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Isadora Duncan

Posted September 14, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Isadora Duncan

Today we remember dancer Isadora Duncan, who passed away on September 14, 1927. Dubbed the creator of modern dance, Duncan broke away from convention and developed free, emotional and natural movements. How are you related? View Isadora Duncan’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Tupac Shakur

Posted September 13, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Tupac Shakur

Today, we remember American rapper and actor Tupac Shakur, who died on September 13, 1996. Even after his death, Shakur has become one of the best selling music artists in the world, having sold over 75 million albums worldwide. Check out his Geni profile and perhaps you can help build his family tree! View Tupac Shakur’s Geni Profile