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Profile of the Day: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted May 22, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
Arthur Conan Doyle

On May 22, 1859, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A prolific writer, Doyle wrote 60 mystery stories featuring the iconic detective Sherlock Holms and his loyal assistant Watson. With several recent film and television adaptations, Sherlock Holms continues to remain immensely popular today. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s family tree is still a bit small. Perhaps you can help expand his tree and connect him to the World Family Tree on Geni…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

Posted May 21, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
Clara Barton

On May 21, 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. After learning of the Red Cross in Europe, she returned to the U.S. and campaigned for the establishment of an American Red Cross organization to provide emergency response in the event of crisis from war or natural disasters. She served as the organizations first president and led it for 23 years. Clara Barton is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Honoré de Balzac

Posted May 20, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 20, 1799, noted French novelist Honoré de Balzac was born in Tours, France. Regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature, Balzac exhibited an unfiltered representation of society in his works. La Comédie Humaine, a series of short stories and novels representing French life after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, is widely regarded as one of his greatest achievements of his career. Many subsequent novelists would be greatly influenced… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maureen O’Sullivan

Posted May 17, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 17, 1911, actress Maureen O’Sullivan was born in Boyle, Ireland.  As one of Ireland’s first film stars, O’Sullivan is perhaps best remembered for her portrayal as Jane in six Tarzan features. Did you know as a child, O’Sullivan attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart along with future Academy Award winning actress Vivien Leigh? Maureen O’Sullivan is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rainn Wilson

Posted May 16, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tonight, the popular comedy televisions series The Office airs its final episode after nine season. In honor of the finale, we’re highlighting Rainn Wilson‘s family tree on Geni. Born in Seattle, Washington, Wilson found stardom as Dwight Schrute on The Office, for which he received three Emmy nominations. Are you sad to see The Office end? Check out The Office (U.S. Series) project on Geni to learn more about the genealogies of the entire cast and some fun family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emily Dickinson

Posted May 15, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
Emily Dickinson

Today we remember poet Emily Dickinson, who died on May 15, 1886 in Amherst, Massachusetts. During her lifetime, Dickinson composed nearly eighteen hundred poems, however fewer than a dozen were published while she was living. Today, she is considered one of the most celebrated and revered poets in history. Emily Dickinson is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Emily Dickinson’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Gainsborough

Posted May 14, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 14, 1727, painter Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury, England. Although he preferred to paint landscapes, Gainsborough’s portrait paintings were well regarded in English society. He painted the portraits of King George III and his queen, and became a founding member of the Royal Academy. Thomas Gainsborough is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Thomas Gainsborough’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Colbert

Posted May 13, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Stephen Colbert! On May 13, 1964, The Colbert Report host was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. Named one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2012, Colbert has won several Emmys, a Grammy and a Peabody Award for his work. Did you know Colbert is the youngest of 11 children? Check out Stephen Colbert’s family tree on Geni!     View Stephen Colbert’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Victoria Woodhull

Posted May 10, 2013 by Hiromimarie | 2 Comments
Victoria Woodhull

On May 10, 1872 Victoria Woodhull, a leader of the woman’s suffrage movement, became the first woman nominated for President of the United States. She was nominated by the then newly formed Equal Rights Party. In 1871, she had spoken publicly against the government being composed only of men; she proposed developing a new constitution and a new government. In 1870, Woodhull and her sister Tennessee Claflin were the first women to operate a brokerage… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rainier III, Prince of Monaco

Posted May 9, 2013 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On May 9, 1949, Rainier III became the Sovereign Prince of Monaco on the death of his grandfather Prince Louis II. His mother Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois had renounced her rights to the throne in 1944 in favour of her son. Prince Rainier III was one of the longest ruling monarchs of the 20th century having ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years. He was best known outside of Europe for having… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Gordon Selfridge, Sr.

Posted May 8, 2013 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On May 8, 1947, Harry Gordon Selfridge, Sr. died in London, England. Selfridge invested in building his own department store, Selfridges, in London when he was unimpressed with the quality of British retailers and had noticed that the large stores in London had not adopted the latest selling ideas that were being used in the United States. He was the first to promote Christmas sales with the catchphrase “Only __ Shopping Days Until Christmas”, while… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Browning

Posted May 7, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 7, 1812, English poet Robert Browning was born in London, England. Widely recognized as a master of dramatic monologue, Browning is considered to be one of the formost poets of the Victorian age. The love story between Browning and his wife, writer Elizabeth Barrett is perhaps one of the most famous courtships in literature. Check out Robert Browning’s family tree on Geni!     View Robert Browning’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Sigmund Freud

Posted May 6, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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On May 6, 1856, Sigmund Freud was born in Freiberg, Austria. Best known as the founder of psychoanalysis, Freud’s contributions significantly impacted the field of psychology. His theories regarding the unconscious mind and mechanisms of repression continue to influence the field today. Sigmund Freud is connected to 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Sigmund Freud’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Mitchell

Posted May 3, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 3, 1937, Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her epic novel Gone With the Wind. Her book was a phenomenal success and in 1939, it was adapted to film starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. Today her novel and the film continue to have a strong following. Margaret Mitchell is connected to 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Margaret Mitchell’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine the Great

Posted May 2, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 2, 1729, Catherine the Great was born. The most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, Catherine the Great came to power following a coup that overthrew her husband, Peter III. Her reign is often considered the Golden Age of the Russian Empire, bringing the ideas of the Enlightenment to the country. Catherine the Great is connected to 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?    … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jose de Alencar

Posted May 1, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 1, 1829, Brazilian writer José de Alencar was born in Fortaleza, Brazil. Alencar is considered to be one of he most famous and influential Brazilian Romantic novelists of the 19th century. He was a major exponent of the literary tradition known as “Indianism.” José de Alencar is connected to over 69 million people on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View José de Alencar’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Willem-Alexander

Posted April 30, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today the Netherlands celebrate as Willem-Alexander was sworn in as king after his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicated the throne, ending her rule of 33 years. The queen announced her intention to step down earlier in the year, stating it was time for the country to be led by a new generation. Willem-Alexander is the first Dutch King in more than 120 years. King Willem-Alexander is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Randolph Hearst

Posted April 29, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
William Randolph Hearst

On April 29, 1863, American newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst was born in San Francisco, California. As the leading newspaper publisher of the late 19th century and early 20th century, Hearst exercised enormous political influence over the American public. Today his mansion, Hearst Castle, is now a California State Monument and widely popular tourist attraction. William Randolph Hearst is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?    … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carol Burnett

Posted April 26, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Carol Burnett! Today, the comedy icon turns 80. She was born in San Antonio, Texas to Jodie and Louise Burnett. After her parents divorced, she moved to Hollywood with her grandmother. Best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, Burnett has enjoyed a long and successful career in Hollywood. Today, her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located in front of the Hollywood Pacific Theater, where she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward R. Murrow

Posted April 25, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 25, 1908, American broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow was born in North Carolina. Murrow first gained prominence during World War II. Millions of Americans followed his radio broadcasts for the latest news on the war. Considered one of journalism’s greatest figures, Murrow was known for his honesty and integrity in delivering the news. Edward R. Murrow is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Milton Hershey

Posted April 24, 2013 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On April 24, 1907 Milton S. Hershey opened Hersheypark which is a family theme park founded by Hershey originally for the exclusive use of his employees. He was the founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company and Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Did you know that Hershey and his wife Catherine “Kitty” Sweeney were to travel on the Titanic? Kitty Hershey was ill at the time so they cancelled their reservations. A copy of the check Hershey wrote to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Posted April 23, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 23, 1928, child star Shirley Temple was born in Santa Monica, California. She began her film career at the age of three, and soon found international fame as one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. As an adult, Temple enjoyed great success as a diplomat. What’s your favorite Shirley Temple movie? Shirley Temple is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Shirley Temple’s Geni… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Al Gore

Posted April 22, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s Earth Day! In honor of the day we’re highlighting Vice President Al Gore, who is perhaps one of the most notable environmental figures today. Credited with re-energizing the environmental movement, Gore’s highly popular and award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, brought global awareness to the Earth’s changing climate.  In 2007, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless environmental activism. Al Gore is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Posted April 19, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
Charles Darwin

On April 19, 1882, Charles Darwin died at his home, the Down House.  In his groundbreaking publication, On the Origin of Species, Darwin introduced his theory of evolution to the world. The book and his future publications would prove to form the foundation of our current understanding of how man evolved through the process of natural selection. Considered on of the most influential figures in history, Darwin is buried in Westminister Abby, near other influential scientists Isaac… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert Einstein

Posted April 18, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
Albert Einstein

Today we remember renowned physicist Albert Einstein, who died April 18, 1955 at the age of 76. Born in Ulm, Germany, Einstein chose to remain in the United States when Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany during his visit to the U.S. in 1933. In 1940, Einstein became an American citizen. One of the most brilliant minds in history, Einstein’s scientific breakthroughs profoundly influenced our understanding of the world today. Albert Einstein is connected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Cartwright

Posted April 17, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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On April 17, 1820, Alexander Cartwright, a volunteer firefighter, was born in New York City. Referred to as a “father of baseball,” it is believed Cartwright is the first person to develop a new set of rules that would form the basis for modern baseball, including the use of a diamond-shaped field. For decades, controversy surrounded the origins of America’s national pastime; its invention wrongly attributed to Civil War hero Abner Doubleday. On June 3,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charlie Chaplin

Posted April 16, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 16, 1889, film icon Charlie Chaplin was born in London, England. One of the biggest stars of the Silent Era, Chaplin is considered a pioneer and one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. In 1919, he founded United Artist film studio with D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford. Help build Charlie Chaplin’s family tree to see how you’re related!       View Charlie Chaplin’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Jean-Paul Sartre

Posted April 15, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 15, 1980, French existentialist philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre died in Paris, France. Considered one of the key leading figures of 20th century French philosophy, much of Sartre’s work profoundly influenced a variety of disciplines. In 1964, Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, however he turned it down, stating “that a writer’s accepting such an honor would be to associate his personal commitments with the awarding institution, and that, above all,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant

Posted April 12, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 12, 1861, the American Civil War began when Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter. For four years, the war divided the nation. Under the command of Ulysses S. Grant, the Union armies defeated the Confederate armies of the South and brought an end to the war. After the Civil War, Grant would serve two consecutive terms as the 18th President of the United States. Ulysses S. Grant is connected to over 68 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gustav Vigeland

Posted April 11, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 11, 1869, Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland was born in Mandal, Norway. Considered one of the most important artists in Norwegian history, many of Vigeland’s lifeworks can be found in Norway’s Vigeland Park, the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist. Did you know Vigeland was also the designer of the Nobel Peace Prize medal? Check out Gustav Vigeland’s family tree and help connect him to over 68 million people on Geni!… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted April 10, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 10, 1925, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published. Widely regarded as a “Great American Novel,” the literary classic perfectly captured the essence of the Roaring Twenties. Today, the novel is considered Fitzgerald’s best work. F. Scott Fitzgerald is connected to over 68 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Annette Funicello

Posted April 9, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Yesterday, beloved Mouseketeer Annette Funicello died at the age of 70 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. As a member of the original Mickey Mouse Club, Funicello quickly gained fame for her versatile talents. Funicello was just 13 when she was personally selected by Walt Disney himself to join the cast of the popular 1950s variety show. Did you remember watching Annette Funicello on The Mickey Mouse Club?     View Annette Funicello’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Thatcher

Posted April 8, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Margaret Thatcher, who passed away today at the age of 87. Nicknamed the “Iron Lady,” Thatcher was known for her uncompromising, conservative politics and hard-driving leadership style. She was the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the only woman to have held the post. RIP Margaret Thatcher.     View Margaret Thatcher’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Roger Ebert

Posted April 5, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary film critic Roger Ebert, who passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. The first film critic to ever with a Pulitzer Prize, Ebert gained national fame with his trademark “thumbs-up and thumbs-down” film reviews on his long-running syndicated televisions series At the Movies with his partner-in-crime, the late Gene Siskel. Just days before his passing, it was announced that Ebert’s cancer had returned. He left a final blog post titled, “Leave… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anthony Perkins

Posted April 4, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 4, 1932, actor Anthony Perkins was born in New York City. The son of film actor Osgood Perkins and Janet Esslestyn, Perkins is a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger John Howland, his 7th great grandfather. He is best remembered for playing Norman Bates in the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. Have you caught the newest television re-imagining of Hitchock’s Psycho with British actor Freddie Highmore in Perkins’ iconic role of Norman Bates? Anthony Perkins is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Buffalo Bill

Posted April 3, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is the anniversary of the first successful Pony Express run. On April 3, 1860, the very first Pony Express mail delivery service ran from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California by horseback, using a series of relay stations. During its short lifespan, the Pony Express was the West’s most direct means of east-west communication. Perhaps the most notable rider was Buffalo Bill, whose adventures as a young Pony Express rider have come to epitomizes… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen

Posted April 2, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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On April 2, 1805, beloved fairytales author Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark. During his lifetime, Andersen won critical appraise worldwide for his innovated stories, which often presented lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity.  Each year, his birthday is celebrated as International Children’s Book Day around the world. What’s your favorite childhood story? Hans Christian Andersen’s family tree on Geni is still very small. Perhaps you can help expand… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucille Ball

Posted April 1, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy April Fools’ Day! What better way to celebrate this funny day than with the family tree of iconic sitcom star Lucille Ball. Ball’s Lucy Ricardo could always be counted on to come up with some crazy plan to get what she wanted. While her antics always ended up causing trouble for her and everyone around her, no one could help but love Lucy. Lucille Ball is connected to over 68 million people on Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cy Young

Posted March 29, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On March 29, 1867, baseball player Cy Young was born in Gilmore, Ohio. During his 22-year career in baseball, Young pitched for five different teams. He established numerous pitching records, some of which have stood for a century. In 1937, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Are you a baseball fan? Check out Cy Young’s family tree and see how you’re related!     View Cy Young’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Virginia Woolf

Posted March 28, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember writer Virginia Woolf, who passed away on March 28, 1941. She was born into a privileged English household in 1882. Considered one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century, Woolf was a central figure in London literary society. Her most famous works include Mrs. Dalloway and Orlando. Although she was a remarkably gifted writer, Woolf battled bouts of deep depression. In 1941, she took her own life at the age of 59. Virginia… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Under

Posted March 27, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On March 27, 1883, Estonian poet Marie Under was born in Tallinn, Estonia. Considered one of the greatest Estonian poets of the 20th century, Under was nominated by the Estonian PEN club several times as a candidate for the Nobel Prize for literature. The daughter of a schoolteacher, Under learned to read at the age of 4 and began writing poems at the age of 14. In 1944, during the U.S.S.R.’s occupation of Estonia, Under… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walt Whitman

Posted March 26, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember poet Walt Whitman, who passed away on March 26, 1892 at the age of 72. One of the most influential poets in the American canon, Whitman was often called the “father of free verse.” Whitman worked various jobs throughout his life, including a career as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk and he was even a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War. Walt Whitman is connected to over 68 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sarah Jessica Parker

Posted March 25, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On March 25, 1965, actress Sarah Jessica Parker was born in Nelsonville, Ohio. When featured on the first season of Who Do You Think You Are?, Parker discovered a family connection to the California Gold Rush. Her fourth great grandfather, John S. Hodge, headed off to California in 1850 in search of gold. Sarah Jessica Parker is connected to over 68 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Sarah… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Henry

Posted March 22, 2013 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On March 23, 1775 one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America Patrick Henry made his best known speech in the House of Burgesses in Richmond, Virginia during the American Revolutionary War. Henry argued in favor of mobilization for military action against the encroaching British military force when the House was undecided whether to mobilize or not. He ended his speech with the famous words: “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” Patrick… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Lindbergh

Posted March 21, 2013 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On March 21, 1928 aviator Charles Lindbergh was presented with the Medal of Honor for the first solo trans-Atlantic flight. At the age of 25, Lindbergh flew solo non-stop from New York City to Paris, France from May 20-21, 1927. His non-stop flight instantaneously gained him world fame and won him the Orteig Prize. Check out Charles Lindbergh’s family tree and help connect him to over 68 million people on Geni!     View Charles Lindbergh’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Newton

Posted March 20, 2013 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On March 20, 1727, English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton died at the age of 84. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution. Newton’s book Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation. He built the first practical reflecting telescope and developed a theory of colour based on the observation that a prism decomposes white light into… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Manuel II of Portugal

Posted March 19, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On March 19, 1889, Manuel II of Portugal was born. The last King of Portugal, Manuel II ascended to the throne after the assassination of his father, King Carlos I of Portugal, and his older brother, Luis Felipe, Prince Royal of Portugal. His reign ended with the dissolution of the monarchy in the 1910 revolution, and he thusly lived the remainder of his life in exile. Manuel II of Portugal is connected to over 68… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grover Cleveland

Posted March 18, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On March 18, 1837, Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell, New Jersey. Did you know Cleveland is the only person to serve two non-consecutive Presidential terms? He was both the 22nd and the 24th President of the United States. Grover Cleveland is connected to over 68 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Grover Cleveland’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Andrew Jackson

Posted March 15, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On March 15, 1767, Andrew Jackson was born in Waxhaw, South Carolina. The 7th President of the United States, Jackson earned the nickname “Old Hickory” because of his toughness and agressive personality. As president, Jackson was known for his support of individual liberty and the creation of the Democratic Party. Although dubbed the “people’s president,” historians have criticize his support of slavery and his role in the forceful removal of Native Americans from their lands…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Victor Emmanuel II

Posted March 14, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On March 14, 1820, Victor Emmanuel II, King of Italy, was born in Torino, Italy. King of Sardinia from 1849 to 1861, he became the first king of a united Italy since the 6th century and held the title until his death in 1878. The people gave him the epithet Padre della Patria, “Father of the Fatherland.” Victor Emmanuel II is connected to over 68 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you… Read the full story

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