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Honor Your Military Ancestors This Memorial Day

Posted May 22, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

As we enter Memorial Day weekend, we take the time to remember the men and women who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Originally called Decoration Day, the tradition of the holiday was born after the Civil War. On Decoration Day, the graves of Civil War soldiers were decorated with flowers. However, after the devastation of World War I, the holiday was expanded to honor all soldiers who died during military service. Although several… Read the full story

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Mother’s Day Giveaway: Favorite Memory of Mom

Posted May 13, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

To celebrate Mother’s Day, we asked the community to share their favorite memories of their mother or a mother-figure in their lives. From the submitted entries, one lucky winner would receive a free 1-year Geni Pro subscription. Today, we’re excited to congratulate Lynn Grieder, the winner of our Mother’s Day giveaway! Lynn shared this special memory she has of her mother, Ethel Martin neé Hukkala: In 2002 we took my Mom on a “roots” trip… Read the full story

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Mother’s Day: Celebrate Mom for a Chance to Win

Posted May 1, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Celebrate your mother or a mother-figure in your life by sharing with us your favorite memory that you have together. Send in your stories to us and you can win a free 1-year Geni Pro subscription! If it’s a day trip to the beach or a special dress your mother made for you, we want to hear your stories! And if you have a photo, feel free to… Read the full story

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William Shakespeare: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bard

Posted April 23, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Playwright William Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616 in Straford-upon-Avon, England. Considered one of the greatest writers of the English language, Shakespeare’s body of work has been translated into every major language. Explore some fascinating facts about the Bard that you may not have known. 1. The exact date of his birth is unknown. Baptism of William Shakespeare / MyHeritage SuperSearch Shakespeare was the third of eight children born to John Shakespeare, an alderman and… Read the full story

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Ideas for Working on Your Family Tree at Home

Posted April 10, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

As many of us are self-isolating at home, you may be looking for something to do to help pass the time. Although we may all be at home in isolation, we can still continue to work together as a community on our shared family history. Below we’ve made a list of suggestions to help focus your work and perhaps help provide you with a welcomed distraction to pass the time productively. Review your family tree… Read the full story

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Look Who’s Related: The Office Edition

Posted April 3, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

This week actor John Krasinski launched Some Good News, a delightful new YouTube show to bring good news into everyone’s home. The inaugural episode also featured a mini-reunion with his former co-star from The Office, Steve Carell, to celebrate the hit comedy’s 15th anniversary. Since its premier in 2005, the critically acclaimed show has gained a devoted following. Today the beloved sitcom remains as popular as ever, if not more so, with new generations of… Read the full story

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Colorize Your Photos with MyHeritage In Color™

Posted March 24, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

If you are at home in isolation and are looking for a fun way to pass the time and enjoy genealogy, you may want to check out MyHeritage In Color™, MyHeritage’s groundbreaking new feature to automatically colorize old black and white photos. For a limited time, MyHeritage is providing free and unlimited access to MyHeritage In Color™ to everyone! Normally, only 10 photos can be colorized for users without a MyHeritage Complete Plan. However, from… Read the full story

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COVID-19 Update

Posted March 19, 2020 by Geni | No Comment

As COVID-19 increasingly impacts our day-to-day lives, we would like to update everyone that all is well at Geni and our Los Angeles-based team. Our top priority is the health and safety of our employees and as of March 12, the entire Geni team has been working from home. We are well suited to work remotely and will be able to continue serving our users without disruption.  We encourage our dedicated team of volunteer curators… Read the full story

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Famous Folks with Surprising Irish Roots

Posted March 17, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the holiday, we took a look into the World Family Tree to explore the surprising Irish heritage of a few celebrities. Check them out below and share how you’re connected too! Martin Sheen Georges Biard / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) Actor Martin Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez to Francsico Malabe Estévez and Mary Anne Phelan. Both of Sheen’s parents were immigrants to the United Sates…. Read the full story

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RootsTech 2020 Highlights

Posted March 6, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

We’re back from RootsTech 2020 where we had a fantastic time meeting new people, seeing old friends, and connecting with Geni users. This year thousands of people came together at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah to celebrate the 10th anniversary of RootsTech. Since making its debut 10 years ago, RootsTech has become the largest genealogy gathering in the world. During the first days of the conference, the Geni booth was… Read the full story

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