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Amazing! 86-Year-Old Woman Welcomes her 86th Great-Grandchild

Posted July 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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For her 86th birthday, Marie Frey got an extra special gift – her 86th great-grandchild! Recently, the Today Show shared Marie’s amazing celebration. The family welcomed Blakely Grace Frey on June 23. Blakely is the fifth child born to Marie’s grandson, Kenny. Being one of seven children, Marie had lots of experience growing up in a large family. She and her husband Gerald were married for nearly 60 years before he passed at the age of 83…. Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Navigate the Family Tree Faster

Posted July 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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If you have tried to navigate around a very large tree, chances are you may have encountered some fatigue while dragging your cursor across the screen. It’s possible you may have even gotten a bit lost as you followed a line from one branch to another. Did you know there are other ways to move around the family tree without having to drag it across the screen? Queen Elizabeth II’s family tree Here are a few options you may have overlooked to help you make your… Read the full story

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Genealogy Research: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Posted July 7, 2016 by Amanda | 4 Comments
Genealogy Research: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you’re just getting started researching your family history or have been doing genealogy for years, everybody makes mistakes. But if you have them in mind, you can take steps to make sure you don’t make some of the common mistakes that befall genealogists at some time or another. Here are five common genealogy mistakes for you to avoid: 1. Making assumptions One of the easiest and most common mistake to make is to make assumptions about… Read the full story

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Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Posted June 30, 2016 by Amanda | 18 Comments
Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

We’re excited to announce big news – Geni and Family Tree DNA, a global leader in genetic genealogy, have partnered to integrate Family Tree DNA test results into Geni’s World Family Tree. Today we are releasing a project that has been one and a half years in the making! As of today, Geni supports three major DNA technologies to enhance the World Family Tree - Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA and autosomal DNA. Users can now link their… Read the full story

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Unusual Family Heirlooms

Posted June 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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When relatives pass away, we may be lucky enough to inherit family heirlooms that have been passed on through generations. Some common family heirlooms include family Bibles, jewelry or furniture. However, sometimes we end up inheriting something that’s a little more unusual. (Image: U.S. National Archives) The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library holds an unusual family heirloom of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The image above is the Roosevelt Family Hairwork Bouquet, which was made from the hair… Read the full story

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New on Geni: Ancestor and Descendant Reports

Posted June 23, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Genealogy reports are an important part of family history research. Today, we’re happy to introduce Ancestor and Descendant Reports for your family tree on Geni. Ancestor and Descendant reports will enable you to view a compact list of a profile’s ancestors or descendants up to 20 generations. You may also export the report as a PDF to save to your computer, print it or share it with a friend or relative. To view a profile’s Ancestor and Descendant report, navigate… Read the full story

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Outdoor Genealogy Activities for the Summer

Posted June 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Summer is finally here! It’s the perfect time to get outdoors for some fun genealogy activities with your family. With longer days, you and your family can spend even more quality time together while also learning about your family’s heritage. Make the most of these long summer days with these family history activities: Photograph gravestones Now that the days are filled with sun, take your family on a trip to visit the graves of your ancestors or… Read the full story

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Baby Boy Born on Great-Great Grandmother’s 100th Birthday

Posted June 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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How’s this for a birthday gift? For her 100th birthday, Dorothy Martell witnessed the birth of her great-great grandson! KPNX reports that Weston Alexander Heiser was born on June 6, 2016, exactly 100 years to the day since Dorothy was born. Weston is the first son of Dorothy’s great granddaughter, Alyssa Heiser. Since finding out about her pregnancy, Alyssa had hoped she might give birth on her great grandmother’s birthday. She had gone into early labor… Read the full story

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Flag Day: 5 Interesting Facts

Posted June 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 14, the United States celebrates Flag Day in commemoration of the adoption of the U.S. flag. In honor of Flag Day, here are some interesting facts about the Stars and Stripes. 1. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution to adopt the official flag of the United States, which had 13 alternating red and white stripes and 13 stars in a blue field. That same day, the Continental Congress also established the Continental Army…. Read the full story

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Tips for Planning Your Next Family Reunion

Posted June 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Tips for Planning Your Next Family Reunion

Are you planning your next family reunion? Summer is fast approaching, which means it’s an excellent time to throw a family get-together. With lots of planning and a little creativity, you can make it a reunion that your family will not soon forget. Check out these quick tips to help you get organized for your next family reunion. 1. Gather your team Family reunions can come in all shapes and sizes and large gatherings are tough to do all… Read the full story

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