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The Boston Molasses Disaster

Posted January 15, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 15, 1919, one of the strangest disasters in history occurred in Boston, Massachusetts when 2.3 million gallons of molasses poured down the streets of Boston, killing 21 people. The tragedy became known as the Boston Molasses Disaster or the Great Boston Molasses Flood. The Boston Daily Globe, January 16, 1919 / MyHeritage SuperSearch The disaster occurred at the Purity Distilling Company facility in the North End neighborhood of Boston. During this time, molasses was… Read the full story

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5 Family History Research Goals for 2019

Posted January 11, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
5 Family History Research Goals for 2019

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to sit down and layout what you want to accomplish in your family history research this year. If you’re having trouble figuring out where to start, here are some genealogy research goals you may want to keep in mind for 2019. 1. Create research plans This year strive to create a research plan before jumping into your tree. With a specific focus in mind, you will be able to better… Read the full story

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Year in Review: 2018

Posted December 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Year in Review 2018

As the year comes to close, we’re taking a look back at some of the amazing things that happened at Geni. This year an amazing 50,000 family trees connected to Geni’s World Family Tree, helping to bring the total number of profiles in the World Family Tree to nearly 130 million people! From new improvements to our long-awaited HTML version of the tree to the release of two-factor authentication to better secure your Geni accounts to the… Read the full story

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Mary Poppins: Look Who’s Related

Posted December 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you remember watching Mary Poppins? This week Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to the classic Disney children’s film, hits theaters with star Emily Blunt taking the reigns from Julie Andrews as everyone’s favorite magical nanny. The sequel sees Mary Poppins return to the home of the now adult Banks children, who are struggling to raise Michael’s young children after a family tragedy. Today, many people around the world consider Mary Poppins to be one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Now… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Add Custom Event Details

Posted December 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Geni Tips: Add Custom Event Details

We’ve written before about the importance of adding events to profile timelines to provide more details about the lives of your ancestors. Did you know that you can also add custom details to any event? This is perfect for when you want to add important information that is not covered in the standard data fields provided by Geni. For example, you may include additional details to a baptism event by adding a field for godparents. Or perhaps more details about an immigration… Read the full story

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MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Lectures Now Available Online

Posted November 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Lectures Now Available Online

Did you miss MyHeritage LIVE? If you were unable to attend the first-ever MyHeritage user conference in Oslo, Norway and missed the live stream, now is your chance to watch all 24 classes online for free courtesy of Legacy Family Tree Webinars. All classes from both the genealogy and DNA track are available for free on Legacy Family Tree and each one is jam-packed with information. Even if you watched the live stream, you may want to catch the lectures… Read the full story

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5 Family Activities For This Thanksgiving

Posted November 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Thanksgiving turkey

This Thursday the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving! The holiday is known for bringing together family and friends to share a traditional feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other delicious dishes. Thanksgiving is an excellent opportunity for everyone to give thanks and share stories around the dinner table. With the entire family gathered together, it’s also great time to do a little genealogical digging. Here are five ways to share some family history with your relatives this… Read the full story

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Notable Mayflower Descendants

Posted November 16, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment

Do you have any ancestors who were on the Mayflower? In 1620, 102 passengers arrived to the New World aboard the Mayflower and established the Plymouth Colony. Today, millions of people can trace their ancestry back to these early settlers. Image: Wikimedia Commons Here’s a look at a few notable Mayflower descendants in Geni’s World Family Tree: George Eastman George Eastman was the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company. He helped bring photography to mainstream audiences with the introduction of the… Read the full story

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MyHeritage LIVE Highlights

Posted November 9, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment

From November 2-4, 2018, MyHeritage hosted their first-ever user conference, MyHeritage LIVE, in Oslo, Norway. Over 400 attendees from 28 different countries around the world headed over to the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel to participate in this unique conference. Another 60,000 tuned in to watch some of the many genealogy and DNA track sessions live streamed on the conference website and the MyHeritage Facebook page. Attendees had multiple presentations and hands-on workshops to choose from, each offering a unique… Read the full story

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Family History Month Giveaway Winner

Posted November 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Congrats - Win a 1-Year Geni Pro Subscription

The month of October was Family History Month. In honor of the month-long celebration of family history, we offered the Geni community the chance to win a free 1-year Geni Pro subscription. Participants simply had to send us their answer to the question, “What’s the most surprising or interesting discovery you’ve made in your family tree?” A lucky winner was chosen at random from the many eligible entries submitted through comments on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, and email. We’re happy to congratulate John… Read the full story

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