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Profile of the Day: Edgar Allan Poe

Posted October 7, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember poet Edgar Allan Poe, who died on October 7, 1849 at the age of 40. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe is generally credited with being the first to to write the modern detective story. His poem “The Raven” ranks as one of the best known pieces of poetry in American literature. Are you a fan of his spooky tales? Edgar Allan Poe is connected to over 70… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbara Billingsley

Posted October 4, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy anniversary, Leave It to Beaver! On October 4, 1957, the legendary television show Leave It to Beaver aired its first episode and become one of the nation’s most beloved comedies. In honor of the sitcom’s 56th anniversary, we’re highlighting Barbara Bilingsley‘s profile on Geni. Alongside her on-screen husband Hugh Beaumont, and Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers as their sons Wally and Beaver, the Cleavers stood as the idyllic American suburban family of the mid-20th century…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Clancy

Posted October 3, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember author Tom Clancy, who passed away on October 1, 2013. Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1947, Clancy was best known for his military thrillers and stories of espionage set in the aftermath of the Cold War. Seventeen of his novels were best-sellers, with over 100 million copies in print. Even if you haven’t read his novels, it is likely you may have seen their movie adaptations, including The Hunt For Red October,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles M. Schulz

Posted October 2, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember the comic strip Peanuts? On October 2, 1950, the beloved comic by Charles M. Schulz was first published. Featuring the classic characters Snoopy, Charlie Brown and many others, Peanuts ran until February 14, 2000, with nearly 18,000 strips published in all. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Schulz developed an early interest in comics. He based the character of Charlie Brown on himself, while the inspiration for Snoopy came from his childhood pet. Today,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jimmy Carter

Posted October 1, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Jimmy Carter! Today the former President turns 89. In 2002, Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development” through The Carter Center, a non-profit devoted to the advancement of human rights and alleviation of human suffering. He holds the honor of being the only President to be awarded the prize after… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Truman Capote

Posted September 30, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember author Truman Capote, who was born September 30, 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a child, he was sent to live with relatives in Monroeville, Alabama where he befriended  future Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee. The pair would continue to remain best friends throughout their lives. Considered one of the most recognizable authors of the 20th century, many of Capote’s works have been adapted for film and television, including his most popular literary classics Breakfast… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Adams

Posted September 27, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to a Founding Father? On September 27, 1722, Samuel Adams was born in Boston in the British colony of Massachusetts. A strong opponent of British taxation, Adams emerged as an important public figure in Boston against actions he viewed infringed on the rights of the colonists. He even played a vital role in organizing the Boston Tea Party in protest of the British Parliament’s passing of the Tea Act. In 1776, he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Olivia Newton-John

Posted September 26, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a Grease fan? This day in 1948, star Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England. Raised in Melbourne, Australia, Olivia began her career performing in clubs and television spots during the 1960s in England. It wasn’t until her breakthrough performance as Sandy in the musical Grease that she became known as an international star. Did you know she is the granddaughter of the Nobel Prize-winning atomic physicist Max Born? His work was instrumental in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Douglas

Posted September 25, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday Michael Douglas! Today the Hollywood star turns 69. Did you know he also shares a birthday with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones? Michael has had plenty of reasons to celebrate this week. Just this past Sunday, Michael won an Emmy award for his portrayal of Liberace in the film Behind the Candelabra. What’s your favorite Michael Douglas performance? Michael Douglas is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Theodor Seuss Geisel

Posted September 24, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember beloved children’s book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, who passed away 22 years ago at the age of 87. Affectionately remembered by his pen name Dr. Seuss, Geisel published 46 children’s books that featured his unique blend of imaginative characters and rhymes. His most celebrated books include Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Did you know that during World War II he worked in an animation… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Springsteen

Posted September 23, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Bruce Springsteen! Can you believe that today The Boss turns 64? He was born in 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey to a working-class household. His father was of Dutch and Irish ancestry; his surname in Dutch means jumping stone. His Italian ancestry stems from his mother’s lineage; his maternal grandfather was born in Vico Equense, a town near Naples. To date, he has sold over 120 million albums worldwide and has collected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sophia Loren

Posted September 20, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Sophia Loren! Today the Italian actress turns 79! She was born Sofia Villani Scicolone in Rome Italy to Romilda Villani and Riccardo Scicolone. Widely recognized as Italy’s most renowned and honored actresses, Loren began her path to international stardom after entering a beauty pageant at the age of 14. She has since made over 100 films and is the first actress to win an Academy Award for a non-English speaking performance. Did you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Trisha Yearwood

Posted September 19, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Trisha Yearwood! Today the country music artist turns 49. Earlier this month Trisha was featured on an episode of the genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? where she traced her paternal side of the family to England. There she discovered a surprising royal connection – her ancestors stole, wounded and killed “several fat bucks” from English royal hunting grounds in the 1700s. Did you catch her episode when it aired? Trisha Yearwood… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Greta Garbo

Posted September 18, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On September 18, 1905, legendary actress Greta Garbo was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She was the third youngest child of Anna Lovisa Karlsson, a homemaker who later worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. The family lived an impoverished life and at the age of 13, Garbo dripped out of school to stay home and look after her ill father. She began her cinematic career in Sweden and at 19, came… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hank Williams

Posted September 17, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On September 17, 1923, country music’s first superstar Hank Williams was born in Butler County, Alabama. Best known for his hits “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” and “I’m So Lonesome I could Cry,” Williams is regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time. Sadly, his abuse of prescription drugs and alcoholism severely deteriorated Williams’s health. In the early morning hours of New Years Day in 1953, Williams died at… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lauren Bacall

Posted September 16, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Lauren Bacall! Today the sultry actress turns 89. She was born Betty Joan Perske in New York City to Jewish parents. Her mother immigrated from Romania, and her father was born in New Jersey, to parents from Poland. She first emerged as a leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film, To Have and Have Not. In 1945, the co-stars married and remained married until Bogart’s death.  Did you know that she is a first cousin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roald Dahl

Posted September 13, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Roald Dahl Day! Today in 1916, author Roald Dahl was born in Lllandaff, Wales to Norwegian parents, Harald and Sofie Dahl. Dahl’s father had emigrated to the UK from Sarpsborg, Norway and settled in Cardiff in the 1880s. His mother came over and married his father in 1911. During World War I, he served in the Royal Air Force as a flying ace and intelligence officer, eventually rising to the rank of wing commander…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Cash

Posted September 12, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Johnny Cash, who passed away on September 12, 2003, less than four months after his wife June Carter Cash passed. Considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Cash’s music transcended multiple genres, affording him the rare honor of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. What’s your favorite Johnny Cash song? Johnny Cash… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Connick Jr.

Posted September 11, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Harry Connick, Jr.! Today the singer and actor turns 46. It’s a big year for the versatile star, who will be joining the latest season of American Idol as the newest addition to the judges table. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Harry exhibited his musical talents at an early age. He started learning the keyboards at the age of 3, performing publicly at the age of 5 and recording with a jazz band… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jim Parsons

Posted September 10, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tonight’s season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? follows The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons as he explores his father’s heritage. His journey takes him to Louisiana, where he discovers his ancestor Dr. Jean Baptiste Hacker once practiced medicine after graduating from medical school. From there, he traces his lineage to France, revealing his family’s imprint in history. Before tonight’s episode, check out Jim Parsons’ family tree on Geni and see how you’re related!… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Colonel Sanders

Posted September 9, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate fried chicken entrepreneur Colonel Sanders‘s 123rd birthday! On September 9, 1890, he was born Harland David Sanders in Henryville, Indiana to Wilber David and Margaret Ann Sanders. At the age of 40, Sanders was running a service station in Kentucky which catered to feeding traveling customers. Over the years, he perfected his “Secret Recipe” for fried chicken. His food was so notable that he was eventually named a Kentucky Colonel in 1949… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Addams

Posted September 6, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate social activist Jane Addams‘ 153rd birthday. On this day in 1860, Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois. Her father was a prominent political figure in Illinois and a friend of President Abraham Lincoln. In 1889, Addams and Ellen Gates Starr opened Hull House, one of the first settlement houses in the U.S. which provided services to immigrants and the poor in the Chicago area. Her work as a social reformer helped bring… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XIV

Posted September 5, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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375 years ago today, Louis XIV was born in the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. As soon as he ascended to the throne, Louis XIV took steps to consolidate his power and establish his absolute authority. He would become one of the longest reigning monarchs in European history. During his reign, Louis built the Palace of Versailles, an opulent palace that posed as a symbol of Louis’s centralized power. Although he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Eastman

Posted September 4, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On September 4, 1888, George Eastman received a patent for his roll-film camera and registered his trademark, Kodak. Eastman’s invention revolutionized the industry and helped make photography available to the general public. In 1892, he established the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York. The company was one of the first firms to mass-produce standardized photography equipment. Considered one of the most outstanding philanthropists of his time, Eastman donated more than $100 million to various organization…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: e.e. cummings

Posted September 3, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember poet e.e. cummings, who passed away on September 3, 1962 at the age of 67. He was born Edward Estlin Cummings, but went by the abbreviated form of his name in all lower case letters in the style of his poems. From a young age, Cummings new he wanted to be a poet. His body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays and several essays. Today he is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Posted August 30, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 30, 1797, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in London, England. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. In 1816, she married poet Percy Shelley. Best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein, Shelley infused elements of the Romantic movement, creating what is considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Initially published anonymously, the book proved to be a huge… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Locke

Posted August 29, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 29, 1632, English philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset, England. His father was a country lawyer and clerk to the Justices of the Peace in Chew Magna. Both of his parents were Puritans. Widely considered on of the most influential Enlightenment thinkers, Locke’s work had a significant impact on the development of epistemology and political philosophy. Locke postulated that the mind was a blank slate or tabula rasa and that knowledge is determined… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shania Twain

Posted August 28, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Shania Twain! Today the country singer turns 48. Shania was born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Ontario, Canada. Did you know she has Irish, French-Canadian and English ancestry. She is even part Cree through her biological father’s line. Sometimes referred to as “The Queen of Country Pop”, Shania has sold more than 75 million albums world wide and has won 5 Grammy Awards. Shania Twain is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cindy Crawford

Posted August 27, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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On tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? former supermodel Cindy Crawford travels across the U.S. and to the U.K. in search of her family’s origins. Along the way she finds connections to the English Civil War and possible links to European royalty. Will you be watching tonight’s episode? Before the show, check out her family tree on Geni and see how you’re related!       View Cindy Crawford’s Geni Profile   Image… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joseph-Michel Montgolfier

Posted August 26, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 26, 1740, Joseph-Michel Montgolfier was born in Annonay, France. Joseph-Michel was the inventor of the hot air balloon, along with his brother, Jacques-Étienne. In June 1783, the brothers successfully demonstrated publicly the first manned ascent, carrying Étienne to the sky. In recognition of their achievement, their father Pierre was elevated to the nobility and the hereditary appellation of de Montgolfier by King Louis XVI of France.   Have you ridden in a hot air balloon?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbara Eden

Posted August 23, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Barbara Eden! The I Dream of Jeannie star was born Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, Arizona. After her parents divorced, she moved to San Francisco with her mother at the age of three. Her mother later re-married, however the family was hit hard by the Great Depression. Unable to afford many luxuries, Barbara’s mother entertained the children by singing songs. Her early exposure to music left a lasting impression and inspired her to pursue… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ray Bradbury

Posted August 22, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate Ray Bradbury‘s birthday. On this day in 1920, Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois to Esther Moberg, a Swedish immigrant and Leonard Spaulding Bradbury, a power and telephone lineman of English descent.Bradbury began writing his own stories as a child. During the Great Depression, he would sometimes use butcher paper to compose his works. It was his gift for storytelling that helped bring science fiction to mainstream audiences and make him one of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elmore Leonard

Posted August 21, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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RIP Elmore Leonard. Yesterday, the American novelist and screenwriter died at the age of 87. Considered one of the most influential crime writers, Leonard was known for his gritty realism and strong dialogue. Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Rum Punch. A few his short stories have made it to the big and small screens including the film 3:10 to Yuma and the current television series Justified. Were you a fan… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Chris O’Donnell

Posted August 20, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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Before catching the newest episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, check out actor Chris O’Donnell‘s family tree on Geni. Known for starring on the hit show NCIS: Los Angeles, tonight O’Donnell visits St. Louis, Missouri to investigate his paternal ancestry. Along the way, he discovers his family’s patriotic legacy and the role they played in early American history. Chris O’Donnell is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Coco Chanel

Posted August 19, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 19, 1883, fashion designer Coco Chanel was born in Saumur, France. After the death of her mother, Coco’s father sent her to live in an orphanage where she learned to sew, a trade that would make her one of the most influential fashion pioneers of the twentieth century. Her perfumes, handbags and trademark suits and little black dresses are still highly popular today. Coco Chanel is connected to over 70 million people in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted August 16, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley, who passed away on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42. Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi to Vernon and Gladys Presley. From very humble beginnings, Elvis would go on to be one of the most successful musicians in history. His first number one hit was “Heartbreak Hotel” and shortly after he made his big screen debut in the movie Love Me Tender. A popular fixture on television,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon Bonaparte

Posted August 15, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 15, 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio, France. In 1804, he became the first emperor of France and established hegemony over most of continental Europe. In what would be called the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon’s drive for military expansion changed the world. After being forced into exile on the island of Elba, Napoleon was able to regain power of France temporarily before suffering a crushing defeat at Waterloo. Although he would live the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Martin

Posted August 14, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Steve Martin! Today he turns 68. In 1945, the “wild and crazy” comedian was born in Waco, Texas and moved to southern California as a young child. Martin got his start entertaining audiences during his teens, performing magic tricks and banjo music at Disneyland. Since then, he’s not only become one of the most successful comedic actors but also an author, playwright and musician. Did you know that he won a Grammy Award… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Zooey Deschanel

Posted August 13, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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In tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? Zooey Deschanel  investigates tales of abolitionists in her father’s Quaker ancestry. Are you excited to see what mysteries she will uncover? Before the show, check out Zooey Deschanel’s family tree on Geni and see how you’re related!       View Zooey Deschanel’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Ian Fleming

Posted August 12, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 12, 1964, author Ian Fleming died at the age of 56. Fleming was best known for bringing suave British Secret Intelligence Service agent James Bond to life in his series of spy novels. Inspired by his own experience working for British Naval Intelligence during World War II, Fleming published his first Bond novel, Casino Royal, in 1953. Following the book’s success, 11 Bond novels and short-story collections would be published between 1953 and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward VII

Posted August 9, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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On August 9, 1902, Edward VII was crowned the King of the United Kingdom and Ireland after the death of his mother Queen Victoria. Before his ascension to the throne, he served as heir apparent and held the title of Prince of Wales longer than any of his predecessors. He was recently surpassed by his great-great grandson Prince Charles as the longest-serving heir apparent in British history. Edward VII is connected to over 70 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: General Robert E. Lee

Posted August 8, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1863, following his defeat at Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee sent his letter of resignation as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Taking the defeat personally, Lee seriously questioned his ability to lead the confederate army into battle. Upon receiving the letter, Davis promptly refused his resignation. Robert E. Lee is connected to over 70 million people on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charlize Theron

Posted August 7, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Charlize Theron! Today the Academy Award winning actress turns 38. Born in South Africa, Charlize moved to the U.S. in her teens to pursue a career in modeling. Did you know her second great uncle Daniel Theron was a captain during the Second Boer War? He is best known as the driving force behind the formation of a military bicycle corps used by the Boer Army for scouting and relaying messages. Check out her family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Chelsea Handler

Posted August 6, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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In tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? comedian Chelsea Handler learns more about her grandfather Karl Stoecker and his past as a German soldier during World War II. Are you eager to see what surprises will be revealed? Chelsea Handler is not yet connected to World Family Tree. Check out her family tree and help connect her to over 70 million people on Geni.     View Chelsea Handler’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted August 5, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Marilyn Monroe, who passed away on this day in 1962. She overcame a very difficult childhood to become one of the world’s biggest and most influential cultural icons. Her widely successful career was cut short when she died at the age of 36 from a drug overdose. What’s your favorite Marilyn Monroe film? Marilyn Monroe is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wild Bill Hickcok

Posted August 2, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today in 1876, frontiersman Wild Bill Hickcok was shot in the back and killed while playing poker at the Nuttal & Mann’s Saloon in Deadwood, located in the southern Dakota Territory. The legend of Wild Bill was known throughout the American West. During his lifetime, he was one of the first Pony Express riders, fought for the Union Army during the American Civil War, and became a lawman on the frontier. Considered one of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Herman Melville

Posted August 1, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 1, 1819, author Herman Melville was born in New York City. Although he experienced success early in his literary career, by the time of his death, his popularity had severely declined. It wasn’t until the “Melville Revival” in the early 20th century that his work won recognition, especially Moby-Dick which was hailed as one of the literary masterpieces of literature. Do you remember reading Moby-Dick? Herman Melville is connected to over 70 million people… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: St. Ignatius of Loyola

Posted July 31, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. On July 31, 1556, Ignatius of Loyola died in Rome. He was a Spanish Knight and theologian who founded the Society of Jesus, a Jesuit order of Roman Catholic missionaries. An important figure of the Counter-Reformation, Ignatius was canonized as a saint in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV. He is a foremost patron saint of soldiers and the Society of Jesus. St. Ignatius is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christina Applegate

Posted July 30, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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Before watching tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? take a look at actress Christina Applegate‘s family tree on Geni. Thanks to the collaboration of several Geni users, you can see how you’re related to Emmy- winning actress before the show. Christina Applegate is connected to over 70 million people on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Christina Applegate’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Posted July 29, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Vincent van Gogh, who died on July 29, 1890. Although he is widely considered to be one of the most influential painters of the 20th century, van Gogh was virtually unknown during his lifetime. After years of suffering from frequent bouts of mental illness, van Gogh died at the age of 37 from a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest. Today his work is revered for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold… Read the full story

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