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Profile of the Day: Sonny Bono

Posted January 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Sonny Bono

Today we remember Sonny Bono, who died January 5, 1998 in a tragic skiing accident. Bono is best remembered for his singing career alongside his then wife Cher. He wrote and produced some of their greatest hits, including “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On.” Bono entered politics in the late 1980′s when he successfully ran for mayor of Palm Springs, California. In 1994, Bono was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacob Grimm

Posted January 4, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Jacob Grimm

On January 4, 1785, jurist and writer Jacob Grimm was born. Along with his brother Wilhelm, the Brothers Grimm embarked on a project to compile a written collection of oral folktales. This important collection was later published as the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which included such classics as “Hansel and Gretel,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Snow White.” What’s your favorite Grimm fairy tale? Jacob Grimm 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: Lucretia Mott

Posted January 3, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Lucretia Mott

On January 3, 1793, Lucretia Mott, an early proponent of the women’s rights movement, was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts. She was an ardent anti-slavery activist and participated in several public lectures in support of the anti-slavery movement. In 1848, Mott and fellow abolitionist Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women’s rights convention of its kind to be held in the United States. Lucretia Mott is connected to over 60 million profiles… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rudyard Kipling

Posted December 30, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Rudyard Kipling

On December 30, 1865, English poet and author Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India. Kipling was an innovative story teller and best remembered for his adventure novel The Jungle Book and his poems, Gunga Din and If. In 1907, Kipling received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Rudyard Kipling is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Rudyard Kipling’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Jon Voight

Posted December 29, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Jon Voight

On December 29, 1938 actor Jon Voight was born. Voight rose to fame in the late 1960s with his role in Midnight Cowboy and found continued success in the films Deliverance and The Champ, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Did you know he is also the father of actress Angelina Jolie? Jon Voight 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: Woodrow Wilson

Posted December 28, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Woodrow Wilson

On December 28, 1856, Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia. He was the 28th President of the United States who led the country through World War I. Wilson helped shape the Treaty of Versailles, which marked the end of the war. Wilson also helped create the League of Nations, an international governmental organization whose principal mission was to maintain world peace. In 1919, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Price for his peace-making efforts… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Posted December 27, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Charles Darwin

On December 27, 1831, Charles Darwin set sail on the HMS Beagle, beginning a five-year survey expedition of the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  His discoveries during his voyage led him to form the basis of his theories in evolution. In 1859, he published On the Origin of Species, his groundbreaking piece of scientific literature which laid out his theories of evolution through natural selection. Charles Darwin is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Dickens

Posted December 22, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Charles Dickens

In 1843, English novelist Charles Dickens published one of his best known novels, A Christmas Carol. To this day, the novel has never been out of print and has been adapted into films, the stage and other media. The story follows the transformation of the stingy Ebenezer Scrooge after the spiritual visits of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. It is said that Dickens’ novel redefined the spirit and importance of Christmas… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Stewart

Posted December 21, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
James Stewart

In 1946, actor James Stewart starred in the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Although it was considered a box office flop when it was first released, today the film is a staple of Christmas television around the world. It has since been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made. James Stewart 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: Judas Maccabeus

Posted December 20, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Judas Maccabeus

Sunset this evening marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. Today we highlight Judas Maccabeus, who lead the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire. The festival of Hanukkah was instituted to commemorate Maccabee’s victory and the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Judas Maccabee is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Judas Maccabeus’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Rosemary Clooney

Posted December 19, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Rosemary Clooney

In 1954, Rosemary Clooney starred alongside Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen in the holiday classic film, White Christmas. The musical has become a holiday staple and according to the Guinness Book of World Records, its most notable song, “White Christmas,” is the best-selling single of all time, with an estimated 50 million copies sold worldwide. Did you know that Rosemary Clooney is Academy Award winning actor George Clooney‘s aunt? Rosemary Clooney is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Philip K. Dick

Posted December 16, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Philip K. Dick

On December 16, 1928, science fiction writer Philip K. Dick was born. Dick was the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series, which is dedicated to preserving America’s literary heritage by publishing the authoritative editions of America’s best and most significant writing. Many of his stories have been adapted to film, including Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly and Minority Report. Philip K. Dick is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Madison

Posted December 15, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
James Madison, Fourth President of the United States of America

Today, December 15, is Bill of Rights Day in the U.S. On this day in 1791, the United States Bill of Rights was ratified, and thus becoming one of the most important and influential documents in history and remains a vital symbol of freedom and liberty. Today we highlight its key author, James Madison, who first introduced the Bill of Rights to Congress in 1789. Today, Madison is remembered as the “Father of the Constitution” for his pivotal role… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nostradamus

Posted December 14, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Nostradamus

On December 14, 1503, French astrologer Nostradamus was born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. Nostradamus believed he could predict the future and documented his predictions in his book, The Prophecies, which has become famous worldwide. To this day, many people believe the prophecies in his book predict major world events that have or will come true. Do you believe in Nostradamus’s prophecies? Check out Nostradamus’s family tree on Geni! View Nostradamus’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Taylor

Posted December 13, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Elizabeth Taylor

Today, the jewelry collection of legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor will go up for auction at Christie’s auction house in New York. The collection consists of 269 pieces of jewelry, including a 33.19-carat, emerald cut diamond ring Richard Burton once gifted her. The sale is estimated to fetch over $30 million and the proceeds will go towards The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which she established in 1991 to assist those living with HIV and AIDS. Elizabeth Taylor is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Edmund Hillary

Posted December 12, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Sir Edmund Hillary

Yesterday, December 11, was International Mountain Day. It was designated by the United Nations as a day to create awareness of the role mountains play to life and highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development. In honor of International Mountain Day, today we highlight explorer and mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary. On May 29, 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Sir Edmund… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Newt Gingrich

Posted December 9, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Newt Gingrich

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich‘s sudden surge in the polls has gained lots of press coverage recently. As the Republican primaries draw near, all eyes are set on tomorrow night’s presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa. Gingrich will duke it out against fellow GOP candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Newt Gingrich is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Newt… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary, Queen of Scots

Posted December 8, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Mary, Queen of Scots

On December 8, 1542, Mary, Queen of Scots was born. Mary was the only legitimate child of King James V of Scots. When she was just six days old, her father died and thus, she ascended to the throne. Queen Elizabeth I saw Mary as a threat to her crown and had her imprisoned for nearly twenty years. She was later tried and executed for treason for her involvement in a plot to assassinate Queen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Noam Chomsky

Posted December 7, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Noam Chomsky

On December 7, 1928, linguist Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Considered the “father of modern linguistics,” Chomsky’s work has influenced a wide range of fields, including computer science, mathematics and psychology.   View Noam Chomsky’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Ashton Kutcher

Posted December 6, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Ashton Kutcher

The star-studded movie New Year’s Eve opens this Friday. Today we highlight one of the many celebrities in the film, Ashton Kutcher. Last night the Two and a Half Men star and the rest of the film’s all-star cast walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere. Did you know Ashton Kutcher has a twin? His fraternal twin brother, Michael, suffers from cerebral palsy and is a spokesperson for the advocacy organization Reaching for the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Posted December 5, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

On December 5, 1791, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at the age of 35. Considered one of the most influential composers of the Classical era, Mozart composed over 600 pieces and remains one of the most popular classical composers today. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Princess Alice of Battenberg

Posted December 2, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Princess Alice of Battenberg

Tomorrow, December 3, is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Promoted by the U.N. since 1992, it’s an international day of observance to promote awareness and understanding of disability issues. In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, today we highlight Princess Alice of Battenberg, who was the mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. She was congenitally deaf but could speak and lip-read in three different languages. She devoted most of the remaining years of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rosa Parks

Posted December 1, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Rosa Parks

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama to a white passenger. The incident resulted in her arrest and sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her act of defiance became an important symbol of the U.S. Civil Rights movement and made Parks an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.   View Rosa Parks’s Geni Profile

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Profile of the Day: Mark Twain

Posted November 30, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Mark Twain

Today marks American author and humorist Mark Twain‘s 176th birthday! Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 in Missouri. He is best remembered for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with the latter often referred to as “the Great American Novel.” Mark Twain is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related? View Mark Twain’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Natalie Wood

Posted November 29, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Natalie Wood

Today we remember actress Natalie Wood, who died on November 29, 1981 at the age of 43. She first began working in film as a young child, playing one of her most memorable roles at the age of 9 in Miracle on 34th Street. She continued to have a successful career as an adult, including roles in Rebel Without a Cause and West Side Story. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department recently announced that the investigation into her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Claude Levi-Strauss

Posted November 28, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
Claude Lévi-Strauss

On November 28, 1908, French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss was born. He has been called the “father of modern anthropology” and argued that the “savage” mind had the same structures as the “civilized” mind and that human characteristics are the same everywhere. Claude Lévi-Strauss is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: William Bradford

Posted November 23, 2011 by Amanda | 3 Comments
William Bradford

This Thursday, the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving. One of the most significant figures of this national holiday is William Bradford, an English leader of the settlers of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts who served as its governor for over 30 years. In November 1621 after the Pilgrim’s first successful harvest, Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited the colony’s Native American allies to join. The celebration is remembered today as the first Thanksgiving. William Bradford is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Massasoit

Posted November 22, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Massasoit

This Thursday, the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving. When the Pilgrims first settled at Plymouth, the settlers suffered through a brutal winter. Massasoit, the leader of the Wampanoag tribe, forged an alliance with the Pilgrims and helped prevent the failure of the Plymouth Colony. To celebrate the  Pilgrim’s first successful harvest, the settlers held a celebratory feast and invited their Native American allies to join, including Massasoit. Today, the celebration is remembered as the first Thanksgiving. View… Read the full story

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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