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Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

Posted February 1, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On February 1, 1902, American poet, novelist and playwright Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes was one of the earliest innovators of jazz poetry and a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Raised mainly by his maternal grandmother, Mary Patterson, Hughes often credited her for instilling in him a lasting sense of racial pride. Langston Hughes is connected to over 67 million people on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Langston… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Justin Timberlake

Posted January 31, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Justin Timberlake! Today the versatile artist turns 32. It was announced yesterday that Timberlake would be performing at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. A couple of weeks ago, he released his first song, “Suit & Tie,” from his new album. It’s been over six years since he first took a break from music to pursue his acting career. Are you excited to see JT heading back to his musical roots? Justin Timberlake is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anton Hansen Tammsaare

Posted January 30, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 135th birthday of Estonian writer Anton Hansen Tammsaare. Born on January 30, 1878 in Albu, Estonia, Tammsaare came from a poor farming background and became one of the most important figures in Estonian literature. His most famous publication, Truth and Justice, a pentalogy chronicling the evolution of Estonian society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is considered to be one of the major works of Estonian literature. Today, many refer… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Frost

Posted January 29, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we remember poet Robert Frost, who passed away January 29, 1963 in Boston, Massachusetts. Frost frequently depicted New England rural life in his work, using the early twentieth century setting to examine complex and philosophical themes. Considered one of the most popular and critically respected American poets of his generation, Frost was honored with four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. Robert Frost is connected to over 67 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ludvig Holberg

Posted January 28, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 28, 1754, writer and playwright Ludvig Holberg died at the age of 69. Best remembered for his comedic and satirical poetry, Holberg is considered the founder of modern Norwegian and Danish literature. He also played an important role as a historian and philosophical essayist. His works about natural and common law were widely read by many Danish law students for over two hundred years. Ludvig Holberg is connected to over 67 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Jobim

Posted January 25, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 25, 1927, Brazilian musician Tom Jobim was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Considered one of the most important songwriters of the 20th century, many of the most famous jazz singers, such as Ella Fitzgerald, prominently featured Jobim’s songs on their albums. Today he is remembered as the primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style of music. Tom Jobim is connected to over 67 million people in Geni’s World Family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ernest Borgnine

Posted January 24, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
Ernest Borgnine

On January 24, 1917, actor Ernest Borgnine was born in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents had immigrated to the United Sates from Italy and changed their name from Borgnino to Borgnine. Borgnine’s career in film and television spanned over six decades. In 1955, he won the Academy Award for Marty and at the age of 92, Borgnine earned an Emmy Award nomination for his work on the television drama ER. Check out Ernest Borgnine’s family tree… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Hancock

Posted January 23, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
John Hancock

On January 23, 1737 (N.S.), John Hancock was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. A proud Patriot of the American Revolution, he was the first to sign the United States’s Declaration of Independence. According to American lore, Hancock signed his name largely and clearly so that King George could read it without his spectacles. John Hancock is connected to over 67 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View John Hancock’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: D.W. Griffith

Posted January 22, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 22, 1875, pioneering silent film director D.W. Griffith was born in LaGrange, Kentucky. Dubbed by some as “the man who invented Hollywood,” Griffith’s groundbreaking work laid the foundations for many of the basic techniques for film making.  He founded United Artist together with Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. D.W. Griffith is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View D.W. Griffith’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XVI

Posted January 21, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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On January 21, 1793, King Louis XVI of France was executed for treason by guillotine. Louis XVI ascended to the throne in 1774, and was the last Bourbon King of France. Scientists recently discovered an old gourd believed to contain the blood of Louis XVI. Written on the gourd were the words “On January 21, Maximilien Bourdaloue dipped his handkerchief in the blood of Louis XVI after his decapitation”. Apparently, after his execution, spectators dipped… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kevin Costner

Posted January 18, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
Kevin Costner

On January 18, 1955, actor and director Kevin Costner was born in Lynwood, California. It’s been a good week for the multi-talented star. On January 14, he won the best actor Golden Globe award for his performance in the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. Did you know Costner’s ancestors first immigrated to the States from Germany in the 1700′s? Kevin Costner is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Muhammad Ali

Posted January 17, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today, boxing champion Muhammad Ali turns 71! Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, he changed his name after converting to Islam. Ali learned to box at an early age and by 22, he won his first heavy weight championship. He would go on to become the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion and he will be remembered as one of the greatest boxing legends in history. Muhammad Ali is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt

Posted January 16, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 16, 2001, Theodore Roosevelt was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his charge up the San Juan Hill, Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Did you know that the Roosevelts are one of only two father-son pairs to receive the Medal of Honor? In 1944, his son, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. received the Medal of Honor for heroism in the Battle of Normandy. Theodore Roosevelt is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 15, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Remembered as one of the greatest orators in American history, King’s words for peace and equality for all continues to inspire many people throughout the world. Have you checked out Martin Luther King, Jr.’s family tree? King is not yet connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amy Poehler

Posted January 14, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you watch Amy Poehler and Tina Fey host the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards last night? In addition to hosting duties, the two stars were also nominated for Best Actress in a TV series. Although they went home empty handed, the funny duo kept the audience in stitches throughout the night. Amy Poehler is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Amy Poehler’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Hardy

Posted January 11, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
Thomas Hardy

On January 11, 1928, English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy died at the age of 87. At the time of publication, some of Hardy’s greatest novels, including Far From the Madding Crowd, Tess of the d’Ubervilles and Jude the Obscure, were met with strong negative outcries from the Victorian public for his frank treatment of sex. Although his work was heavily criticized, Hardy became widely famous in English literature. Are you a fan of Thomas Hardy’s work?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carl Linnaeus

Posted January 10, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, who died on January 10, 1778. Linnaeus was born in the village of Råshult in Småland, Sweden to Nils Ingemarsson Linnaeus and Christina Brodersonia. His father was an avid gardener and introduced Linnaeus to the world of botany at an early age. Dubbed the “Father of Modern Taxonomy,” Linnaeus developed a system for naming and classifying organisms that is still widely used today. Carl Linnaeus is connected to over 66 million people… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Posted January 9, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Happy birthday, Kate Middleton! Today, the Duchess of Cambridge turns 30! On April 29, 2011, Kate married Prince William in Westminster Abbey while millions of people watched around the world. Just last month, the couple announced that the Duchess was pregnant with their first child. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?       View Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eli Whitney

Posted January 8, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 8, 1825, inventor Eli Whitney died of prostate cancer just one month after his 59th birthday. Considered one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution, Whitney’s cotton gin revolutionized the way cotton was harvested. His invention reinvigorated slavery and profoundly impacted the economy of the Antebellum South. Eli Whitney is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. how are you related?     View Eli Whitney’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine of Aragon

Posted January 7, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 7, 1536, Catherine of Aragon died at the age of 50. She was the first wife of King Henry VIII of England and the mother of Mary I of England, who succeeded to the throne after the death of her half-brother Edward VI. In 1533, unhappy that their marriage had produced no surviving male heir, Henry VIII sought to have their marriage annulled. When the pope refused, Henry VIII broke free from the Roman… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XV

Posted January 4, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
Louis XV

On January 5, 1757, Louis XV of France survived an assassination attempt by Robert-François Damiens. Damiens would eventually be the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, the traditional form of capital punishment used for regicides. Louis XV had succeeded his great-grandfather, Louis XIV, at the age of five. Usually depicted as the weakest of the Bourbon monarchs, some scholars believe that his decisions during his reign may have led to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vitus Bering

Posted January 3, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 3, 1959, Alaska was admitted as the 49th U.S. state. To commemorate the occasion, we’re highlighting explorer Vitus Bering‘s family tree. Credited with the discovery of present day Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, Bering’s explorations of North America led the way to Russia’s foothold on the continent. Today, the Bering Strait, the Bering Sea, Bering Island, Bering Glacier and the Bering Land Bridge have all been named in his honor. Vitus Bering is connected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Asimov

Posted January 2, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 2, 1920, author Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia. Considered one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century, Asimov wrote and edited over 500 books during his lifetime. His work covered a wide variety of topics, however, he is best remembered for his mastery of science fiction literature. Today, readers are still captivated by his works. Isaac Asimov is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Guy Lombardo

Posted December 31, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Guy Lombardo

Happy New Year’s Eve! Today we highlight popular bandleader Guy Lombardo‘s family tree. For almost half a century, audiences joined Lombardo as he ushered in the New Year on American radio and television. For many, it was a time honored tradition to gather with family and friends on New Year’s Eve and listen to Lombardo and his orchestra perform their signature rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.” How will you be ringing in the New Year? Guy… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary II of England

Posted December 28, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Mary II of England

On December 28, 1694, Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, William of Orange. Following the Glorious Revolution, William and Mary assumed the English throne after the deposition of Mary’s father King James II. Did you know William was also Mary’s first cousin? Mary II of England is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Mary II… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis Pasteur

Posted December 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Louis Pasteur

On December 27, 1822, French scientist Louis Pasteur was born in Dole, France. Known for his scientific breakthroughs in the prevention of diseases, Pasteur made remarkable strides in the study of germs and was the first to encourage doctors to sanitize their hands and equipment before surgery. Perhaps his most famous scientific contribution was his development of pasteurization, which bears his name. Louis Pasteur is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Lee III

Posted December 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On December 26, 1799, Henry Lee III famously eulogized George Washington as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” During the American Revolution, Lee served as a cavalry officer in the Continental Army and earned the nickname “Light-Horse Harry.” Did you know that he is the father of Robert E. Lee? Henry Lee III is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Peary

Posted December 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Robert Peary

Christmas is almost here! Are you ready for Santa and his sleigh? In anticipation of the holiday, today we highlight Robert Peary, the American explorer who claimed to have discovered the North Pole in 1909. Although widely credited with the discovery through most of the 20th century, recently Peary’s claim has come under criticism. Robert Peary is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Stewart

Posted December 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
James Stewart

On December 20, 1946, the classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life was first released in New York City. The film was James Stewart‘s first starring vehicle after taking a break from Hollywood to serve in the U.S. Air Force. Today, the film is considered one of the greatest movies of all time and a must-see during the holidays. What’s your favorite holiday film? James Stewart is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emily Brontë

Posted December 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Emily Brontë

On December 19, 1848, novelist Emily Brontë died of tuberculosis at the age of 30. The second youngest of the famous Brontë siblings, Emily published her work under the pen name Ellis Bell. In 1847, she published her only novel, Wuthering Heights. Although almost unknown during her lifetime, today Emily’s work is considered a classic of English literature. Emily Brontë is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Posted December 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On December 18, 1863, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was born. Ferdinand became the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian thone after his cousin, Crown Prince Rudolf committed suicide and his father, Archduke Karl Ludwig, renounced the throne shortly after. Ferdinand’s assassination in 1914 sparked the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?       View Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s Geni… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Orville Wright

Posted December 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful man-powered airplane flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers grew up in Dayton, Ohio and showed an interest in flying at an early age. With Orville as the pilot, the brothers’ aircraft remained in the air in a controlled and sustained flight for 12 seconds. Orville Wright is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Washington

Posted December 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
George Washington

On December 14, 1799, George Washington died in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Washington served as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and presided over the drafting of the American Constitution. Widely regarded as the “father of the country,” Washington also served as the first president of the United States. After retiring from the presidency, he returned to his home in Mount Vernon to attend to his plantation. Upon his death, Washington… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Todd Lincoln

Posted December 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Mary Todd Lincoln

On December 13, 1818, Mary Todd Lincoln was born in Lexington, Kentucky. Mary staunchly supported her husband Abraham throughout his presidency and sadly, witnessed his fatal shooting at the Ford’s Theater. Yesterday, actress Sally Field received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her portrayal of the former First Lady in the film, Lincoln. Did you know the two woman are also distantly related? Sally Field is Mary Todd Lincoln’s 22nd cousin! Mary Todd Lincoln… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Erasmus Darwin

Posted December 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Erasmus Darwin

On December 12, 1731, Erasmus Darwin was born. Considered one of the key thinkers of the Enlightenment, Darwin conducted groundbreaking research in botany and was a great advocate of biological evolution. His grandson, Charles Darwin, drew much from his research when developing his own groundbreaking theory of evolution. Erasmus Darwin is connected to over 66 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Erasmus Darwin’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Edward VIII

Posted December 11, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Edward VIII

On December 11, 1936, Edward VIII became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. After only a few months on the throne, Edward caused a constitutional crisis when he proposed marriage to Wallis Simpson, a divorced American socialite. In a radio broadcast to the Empire, Edward explained his decision to abdicate, “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ada Lovelace

Posted December 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Ada Lovelace

On December 10, 1815, English mathematician Ada Lovelace was born in London, England. Dubbed the “World’s First Computer Programmer,” Lovelace is best remembered for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine contain what is recognized as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine. Nearly a century before the first computers were built, Lovelace envisioned a day that a single machine could be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Posted December 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On December 7, 1941, the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese bombers. Over 2,400 Americans were killed during the surprise attack. The next day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” After his forceful speech, he swiftly called on Congress to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

Posted December 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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In December 1877, Thomas Edison successfully made one of the earliest recordings of a human voice using his new tinfoil cylinder phonograph. When Edison recited the children’s nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and played it back, he was astonished to hear his voice. His invention quickly made him famous, and he was dubbed by the press as “The Wizard of Menlo Park.” Considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, many of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: General George Custer

Posted December 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
George Custer

On December 5, 1839, General George Custer was born in New Rumly, Ohio. Although he developed a strong reputation during the American Civil War, much of his achievements have been overshadowed by this disastrous final battle in 1876. At the Battle of Little Bighorn, Custer led 210 of his men into battle against a coalition of Native American tribes. He and all of his men lost their lives in what became known as “Custer’s Last Stand.”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William the Lion

Posted December 4, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
William the Lion

On December 4, 1214, William I, also known as William the Lion, died in Sterling, Scotland. Between 1165 – 1214, William reigned as King of the Scots, making his reign the second longest in Scottish history.  Did you know he was not known William the Lion during his lifetime? The name was attached to him because of his standard, a red lion rampant on a yellow background, and the chronicler John of Fordun, who called… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joseph Conrad

Posted December 3, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Joseph Conrad

On December 3, 1857, Polish author Joseph Conrad was born in Berdychiv, Ukraine. Considered on of the greatest writers of the English language, Conrad drew inspiration from his own exotic travels at sea. His rich prose and vivid descriptions of adventure and nautical travels continue to captivate modern audiences. Joseph Conrad is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help connect him to over 65 million people on Geni!     View… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jonathan Swift

Posted November 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Jonathan Swift

On November 30, 1667, Irish author and satirist Jonathan Swift was born. Best remembered for writing Gulliver’s Travels, Swift was considered the foremost prose satirist of the English language. First published in 1726, Gulliver’s Travels became popular as soon as it was published. Since then, it has never been out of print. Jonathan Swift is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Jonathan Swift’s Geni… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louisa May Alcott

Posted November 29, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Louisa May Alcott

On November 29, 1832, American author Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Raised by transcendentalist parents, the Little Women author grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Did you know that she served as a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War? Louisa May Alcott is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Louisa… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ferdinand Magellan

Posted November 28, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Ferdinand Magellan

On November 28, 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set sail through a strait at the southern end of South America to reach the Pacific Ocean. With three ships under his command, Magellan and his crew became the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Ferdinand Magellan is connected to over 65 million profiles connected to the World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Ferdinand Magellan’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Lee

Posted November 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On November 27, 1940, actor and martial arts legend Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco, California. Raised in Hong Kong, Lee was first introduced to the film industry by his father and appeared in several films as a child actor. Lee’s later film productions elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim. Considered to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Larry Hagman

Posted November 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Larry Hagman

Today we remember television icon Larry Hagman, who passed away on November 23 at the age of 81. Best known for portraying ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing on the popular soap Dallas, Hagman recently returned to the small screen in the new version of Dallas, introducing his iconic character to a new generation of television viewers. Larry Hagman is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can help connect him to over 65… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Brewster

Posted November 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
William Brewster

Today we highlight Mayflower passenger William Brewster. When the colonists landed at Plymouth Colony, Brewster became the senior elder of the colony, serving as its religious leader and as an adviser to Governor William Bradford. Did you know he was the oldest Mayflower passenger to participate in the First Thanksgiving? William Brewster is connected to over 65 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View William Brewster’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Zumbi dos Palmares

Posted November 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Zumbi

Today, Brazil celebrates Dia da Consciência Negra. On this day, the Brazilian people reflect upon the injustices of slavery and celebrate the contributions Brazilians of African descent have made to society. The day is marked by the anniversary of the death of Zumbi dos Palmares, the last leader of the Quilombo dos Palmares, a settlement of black slaves who had escaped from farms, prisons and Brazilian slave quarters. Considered a national hero of Brazil, Zumbio refused to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jodie Foster

Posted November 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Jodie Foster

On November 19, 1962, actress Jodie Foster was born in Los Angeles, California. Foster began acting in commercials at the age of 3. Since then, she’s become one of the most critically acclaimed actresses of her generation. Her first Academy Award nomination came at the age of 13 for her role as preteen prostitute Iris in Taxi Driver. Did you know she’s also incredibly smart? In 1985, Foster graduated from Yale University with a degree… Read the full story

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