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Look Who’s Related: Tom Hanks, Mister Rogers, and More!

Posted November 22, 2019 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Look Who's Related: Tom Hanks, Mister Rogers, and More!

This weekend the movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, hits theaters nationwide. The film stars Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, the host of the beloved children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The film was inspired by the 1998 article “Can You Say…Hero?” by Tom Junod for Esquire. The film follows journalist Lloyd Vogel, who is assigned to profile the television icon for Esquire magazine. Recently on the red carpet, Hanks learned of his own personal connection to Rogers - they are… Read the full story

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Introducing the Consistency Checker to the World Family Tree

Posted November 8, 2019 by Amanda | 9 Comments
Introducing the Consistency Checker to the World Family Tree

Today we are excited to introduce the new Consistency Checker to Geni’s World Family Tree. The Consistency Checker will constantly monitor changes to profiles in the family tree to detect common errors or inconsistencies and bring them to your attention so that you can make the necessary changes to improve the quality and accuracy of the family tree. This helpful tool checks for 26 types of inconsistencies, ranging from obvious issues, such as a child… Read the full story

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Family History Month 2019 Giveaway Winner

Posted November 5, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Family History Month 2019 Giveaway Winner

In celebration of Family History Month, we ran a contest throughout the month of October for a chance for one lucky winner to receive a free year of Geni Pro. To enter, you simply needed to submit your answer to the question: If you could go back in time, which ancestor would you visit and why? We received lots of entries submitted through Facebook, Twitter, and email. One lucky winner was chosen at random from the list of entries…. Read the full story

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7 Facts About the History of Spirit Photography

Posted October 30, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you seen any old photos with ghostly images? Chances are you may be looking at an old spirit photograph. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, spirit photography became incredibly popular. Many people came to believe that spirit photographers could capture the image of a deceased loved one in a photograph. Check out these 7 facts about the history of spirit photography: Preus Museum, Flickr 1. Spirit photography was discovered by accident by William H. Mumler… Read the full story

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TEDMED: How We’re Building the World’s Largest Family Tree

Posted October 16, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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MyHeritage’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Yaniv Erlich, recently gave a talk at TEDMED to share what he and his team have discovered analyzing data from Geni’s World Family Tree as well as other exciting developments in the world of biomedical research and genealogy. In his talk, Dr. Erlich explains the fascinating patterns that have emerged from his work, including new insights into the last couple of centuries of marriage and migration in Europe and North America, and the… Read the full story

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Family History Month: Win 1-Year of Pro

Posted October 2, 2019 by Amanda | 3 Comments
Family History Month: Win 1-Year of Pro

October is finally here and that means Family History Month is once again upon us. In celebration of Family History Month, we’re giving away a free 1-Year subscription of Geni Pro! This Family History Month you can take your genealogy research on Geni to the next level with a chance to win a Geni Pro subscription. How to enter To enter our giveaway, simply answer the following question: If you could go back in time, which ancestor would you visit… Read the full story

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MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Lectures Now Available

Posted September 25, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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If you were unable to attend MyHeritage LIVE 2019 in Amsterdam and missed the live streams, you’re in luck! All MyHeritage LIVE 2019 lectures are now available to view for free! All recordings can be viewed from the comfort of your own home on MyHeritage Education, MyHeritage’s newly launched education center. The second annual MyHeritage user conference was a big success with over 450 people in attendance from 30 countries all around the world. Attendees… Read the full story

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New: Add Relationship Data Faster in the Family Tree

Posted September 19, 2019 by Amanda | One Comment
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Over the years, many users have requested the ability to add marriage and divorce dates and locations while adding new profiles to the family tree. Today we are excited to finally fulfill this request! New marriage and divorce sections in the add profile form Previously, a spouse had to be added to the tree first before marriage or divorce information could be entered. After the spouse was added, you were required to edit the profile again to update the marriage and/or… Read the full story

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Look Who’s Related: The Backstreet Boys

Posted September 11, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Geni’s parent company, MyHeritage, partnered with the Backstreet Boys to dive into their DNA to discover their ancestral origins. One of the most successful musical groups in history, the Backstreet Boys recently released their ninth studio album DNA and are in the midst of their DNA World Tour. In promotion of their latest album, the entire group (AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell) took a MyHeritage DNA test to learn more about where their families come from. Watch the Backstreet… Read the full story

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MyHeritage LIVE 2019 to be Live Streamed

Posted September 5, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Unable to make it to MyHeritage LIVE 2019 in Amsterdam September 6-8? MyHeritage has announced that all lectures on the genealogy and DNA tracks will be live streamed throughout the conference! Now everyone will have the opportunity to learn from MyHeritage’s fantastic international lineup of genealogy and DNA experts. The live stream will be available directly on the MyHeritage LIVE website and the MyHeritage Facebook page to watch via Facebook Live for free. From there, you will have the opportunity to… Read the full story

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