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Profile of the Day: Ansel Adams

Posted February 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ansel Adams

On this day in 1902, photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco, California. He is best remembered for his iconic black and white photos of the American wilderness, especially those of Yosemite National Park. Adams was the only child born to Charles Hitchcock Adams and Olive Bray. His grandfather founded a prosperous lumber business, which his father eventually inherited. Adams would later come to condemn the lumber industry for cutting down many of… Read the full story

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Chinese New Year: Year of the Dog

Posted February 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Chinese New Year! Also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, the new year is celebrated according to the lunar calendar with each year associated with one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Today marks the first day of the Year of the Dog on the lunar calendar. In celebration of the new year, here are some things to know about the holiday: 1. At the core of the holiday is family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

Posted February 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

On this day in 1923, archaeologist Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. The tomb of the boy king is considered to be one of the best preserved and most intact pharaonic tombs ever found in the Valley of the Kings. Carter had spent many years excavating in the Valley of the Kings in search of the undiscovered tomb of the young pharaoh, who died around the age of 18. Finally, on November 4,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ernest Shackleton

Posted February 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ernest Shackleton

Do you have adventurers in your family tree? On this day in 1874, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton was born. Considered one of the principal figures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, Shackleton’s expeditions to Antarctica pioneered routes into the continent’s interior. Shackleton was born on February 15, 1874 in Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland to Henry Shackleton and Henrietta Letitia Sophia Gavan. At 16, he joined the mercantile marine service and later became a sublieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Today we remember abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, who was born into slavery sometime around February 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland. Although the exact date of his birth is unknown, Douglass chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14. While he was young, the wife of his master, Sophia Auld, began teaching Douglass the alphabet, despite laws that prohibited teaching slaves to read. Once his master put… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Posted February 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

On this day in 1809, Charles Darwin was born. Darwin’s theory of evolution by the process of natural selection transformed the world’s understanding of nature. In commemoration of his enormous contributions to science, his birthday is celebrated each year as Darwin Day. Darwin was born at his family home, the Mount, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The large home was built by his father, Robert Darwin, a wealthy society doctor and financier. His paternal grandfather was Erasmus Darwin, a renowned… Read the full story

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Webinar: Introducing the Geni World Family Tree

Posted February 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Webinar: Introducing the Geni World Family Tree

Geni curator Randy Schoenberg recently gave a great webinar, “Introducing the Geni World Family Tree,” with Legacy Family Tree webinars. If you missed it, you can catch it now in the video below. Join Randy as he gives a great introduction to the benefits of collaboration in the World Family Tree and discusses why you should be building and preserving your family tree on Geni. Randy also talks about some of the unique features of Geni, including genealogy projects, which… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amy Lowell

Posted February 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Amy Lowell

Do you have any poets in your family? On this day in 1874, American poet Amy Lowell was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. A leading poet of the Imagist school of poetry, Lowell was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926. Amy Lawrence Lowell was born into a prominent New England family. Her brother, Percival Lowell, was an astronomer whose work would lead to the discovery of Pluto. In fact, the dwarf planet’s name was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Dean

Posted February 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James Dean

On this day in 1931, actor James Dean was born in Marion, Indiana. The Rebel Without a Cause star’s life was cut short when he died at the age of 24 in a car accident. Dean was the only child born to Winton Dean and Mildred Marie Wilson. After his mother died of uterine cancer when he was nine years old, Dean was sent to live with an aunt and uncle on their farm in Fairmount, Indiana. A… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Dickens

Posted February 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Dickens

On this day in 1812, Victorian writer Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England. Considered the greatest writer of the Victorian era, Dickens’s work was widely popular during his lifetime. Dickens was the second of eight children born to Elizabeth Barrow and John Dickens, a clerk in the Royal Navy Pay Office. The family struggled financially and eventually, his father was sent to Marshalsea Debtor’s Prison for his heavy debts where his mother and the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Aaron Burr

Posted February 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Aaron Burr

On this day in 1756, Aaron Burr was born in Newark, New Jersey. Although he served as the third Vice President of the United States, Burr is perhaps best remembered for killing his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804. Burr was the second child of Esther Edwards and the Reverend Aaron Burr, Sr., who was the second president of the College of New Jersey (now known as Princeton University). His maternal grandfather was Jonathan Edwards,… Read the full story

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Quick Genealogy Tip: Projects on Geni

Posted February 5, 2018 by Amanda | 3 Comments
Quick Genealogy Tip: Projects on Geni

Geni curator Jarrett Ross, also known as the GeneaVlogger, recently made a great video on how to use Projects on Geni. Projects are a great way to organize your research about any particular topic and work with others who are also interested in that same research topic. By adding relevant profiles to the project, all project collaborators can easily work together to add new discoveries to the World Family Tree. If you are interested in a particular genealogy research subject, you can quickly start a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Witherspoon

Posted February 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Witherspoon

Are you related to a Founder Father of the United States? On this day in 1723, John Witherspoon was born in Gifford, Scotland. A strong advocate for colonial independence, Witherspoon was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The eldest child of the Reverend James Alexander Witherspoon and Anne Walker, Witherspoon was a minister in the Church of Scotland before immigrating to the colonies. He was recruited to become the first president of the College of… Read the full story

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Your Oldest Photographs of an Ancestor

Posted February 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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We recently asked this question on Facebook, “What’s the oldest photograph you have of an ancestor?” We received so many great responses that we thought it would be great to share some of the beautiful photographs we received. Check out a few of our favorite photos below and feel to share some from your own collection of old photographs in the comments below! Felipe Vargas Brignardello: The oldest picture I have is from 1864, in the middle is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Farrah Fawcett

Posted February 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Farrah Fawcett

Remember watching Charlie’s Angels? On this day in 1947, star Farrah Fawcett was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ferrah Leni Fawcett was the youngest of two daughters born to Pauline Alice Evans, a homemaker, and James William Fawcett, an oil field contractor. After generating interest from various agencies, Fawcett dropped out of the University of Texas to try her luck in Hollywood. Fawcett quickly booked several commercials and television guest spots. Her big break came in 1976 when she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

Posted February 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

To kick off Black History Month, we’re featuring poet and author Langston Hughes, who was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. A leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City, Hughes’s writing depicted the life, experiences, and culture of African Americans in the U.S and addressed the racial issues in society. Hughes was the son of James Nathaniel Hughes and Caroline Mercer Langston. His parents separated shortly after he was born and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Justin Timberlake

Posted January 31, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 37th birthday to Justin Timberlake! This year will be a big one for the popular musician. In just a couple of days, his fifth studio album will be released, right before his performance at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. The former Mouseketeer was born Justin Randall Timberlake on January 31, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee to Lynn Harless and Randall Timberlake, a Baptist minister. He grew up surrounded by music and was taught to play the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Posted January 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt

On this day in 1882, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, was born in Hyde Park, New York. As the only U.S. President to serve four terms in office, Roosevelt led the nation through the Great Depression and World War II until his death in 1945. Roosevelt was born into one of the oldest and wealthiest families in New York. In 1905, Roosevelt married his distant cousin, Eleanore Roosevelt, at the home… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Oprah Winfrey

Posted January 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Oprah Winfrey

Happy birthday, Oprah! Today media icon Oprah Winfrey turns 64. After facing considerable hardship growing up, Winfrey has become one of the most successful and influential entrepreneur’s in the world. Although Winfrey was named “Orpah” on her birth certificate, people mispronounced it as “Oprah” so often that the name stuck. Born into poverty in rural Mississippi, she got her start working in radio and by the age of 19, Winfrey was co-anchoring the local evening news. In 1986,… Read the full story

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Australia Day: The First Fleet on Geni

Posted January 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today Australia celebrates Australia Day! The holiday commemorates the day in 1788 when British settlers arrived on the shores of Australia for the first time. Led by Captain Arthur Phillip, the first boats arrived at Sydney Cove on January 26, 1788. On shore, Phillip raised the British flag to signal the beginning of the colony. In honor of Australia Day, we’re highlighting the genealogy projects for the First Fleet! Before the American Revolutionary War, the British, faced… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wilder Penfield

Posted January 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Wilder Penfield

On this day in 1891, Canadian-American neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield was born. Penfield is best remembered for his pioneering work mapping the human brain and his groundbreaking discovery to treat epilepsy. During his lifetime, Penfield was called “the greatest living Canadian.” Penfield was born on January 26, 1891 in Spokane, Washington and spent much of his youth growing up in Wisconsin. In 1934, he established the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University. It was there that Penfield began his groundbreaking… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Virginia Woolf

Posted January 25, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Virginia Woolf

Today we celebrate the 136th birthday of British author Virginia Woolf. A pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device, Woolf is remembered as a central figure of the modernist movement in literature. Woolf was born Adeline Virginia Stephen on January 25, 1882 in London England to Sir Leslie Stephen, a prominent author and mountaineer, and Julia Jackson, a noted philanthropist. She was born into a well-educated, well-connected family with several generations of abolitionists…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Diamond

Posted January 24, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Neil Diamond! Today the “Sweet Caroline” singer turns 77. Diamond was born on January 24, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York to a Jewish family. In high school, Diamond was a member of the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club alongside future music icon Barbra Streisand. The former classmates would later record the hit duet, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” in 1978. He attended New York University on a fencing scholarship intending to study medicine, but… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Camilla Collett

Posted January 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Camilla Collett

Do you have Norwegian ancestry? On this day in 1813, Norwegian writer Camilla Collett was born in Kristiansand, Norway. Often referred to as the first Norwegian feminist writer, Collett was a passionate advocate of women’s rights and an influential figure in Norwegian literature. Collett was the daughter of Alette Thaulow and Nicolai Wergeland, a priest and politician. Her father was a member of the Norwegian Constituent Assembly at Eidsvoll, which wrote the Constitution of Norway in 1814. Her brother,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Victoria

Posted January 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1901, Queen Victoria died at the age of 81. At the time of her death, the Queen had reigned for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days, making her the longest reigning British monarch. It wasn’t until 2015 that her second great granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, surpassed her record as the longest reigning monarch in British history. At the time of her birth on May 24, 1819, Victoria was the fifth in the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dolly Parton

Posted January 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dolly Parton

Today country music superstar Dolly Parton celebrates her 72nd birthday! Parton went from very humble beginnings to become one of the most successful artists in history. Not only has she made her mark in music and film, but she even has her own theme park called Dollywood. Parton was born on January 19, 1946 in Locust Ridge, Tennessee and was the fourth of twelve children born to Robert Lee Parton and Axie Lee Caroline Owens. She… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: A.A. Milne

Posted January 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: A.A. Milne

It’s Winnie the Pooh Day! The day commemorates the birthday of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne, who was born on January 18, 1882 in London, England. In 1926, Milne first published his beloved children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, a collection of stories following the adventures of the honey-loving teddy bear and his friends. Although he studied mathematics in school, Milne found his passion as a writer. He was writing magazine articles before joining the British Army in World… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Muhammad Ali

Posted January 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Muhammad Ali

On this day in 1942, boxing legend Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky. An Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, Ali is remembered as one of the greatest athletes in history. He was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. to Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr., a painter, and Odessa O’Grady, a domestic helper. He became interested in boxing at the age of 12 after his bike was stolen. He told the police officer, Joe… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katy Jurado

Posted January 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Katy Jurado

Today we remember trailblazing Mexican film actress Katy Jurado, who was born on this day in 1924. Considered one of the leading actresses during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, Jurado was one of the first Mexican actresses to successfully crossover to Hollywood. She was born María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to a wealthy family. Despite the disapproval of her family, Jurado decided to pursue a career as an actress. She… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The time is always right to do what is right.” Today the U.S. celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. An icon of the American Civil Rights movement, King worked to end racial discrimination and inequality through non-violent protest and civil disobedience. In 1963, he helped to organize the March on Washington, where he delivered his… Read the full story

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5 Things to Do to Get Started on Your Family Tree

Posted January 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
5 Things to Do When You First Get Started on Your Family Tree

If you’re interested in getting started on your genealogy, but at a loss as to what you need to do first, here are some tips on what to do to begin building your family tree. 1. Keep it simple and start with what you know. The first step is the easiest – simply start with what you know. Begin with yourself and work your way back to your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc. This will give you a good… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Perrault

Posted January 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Perrault

What’s your favorite fairy tale? 390 years ago today, French author Charles Perrault was born in Paris, France. Sometimes referred to as the “father of the fairy tale,” Perrault wrote some of the most beloved and recognizable fairy tale stories in literary history. Perrault was born into a wealthy bourgeois family. He worked in the government before deciding to dedicate himself to his children. He wrote several stories, many derived from pre-existing folk tales, and published them in Tales… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alice Paul

Posted January 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we highlight suffragist Alice Paul, who was born on January 11, 1885 in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. One of the leading women’s rights activist of the 20th century, Paul was a key figure in the campaign to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The eldest of four children born to William Mickle Paul I and Tacie Parry, Paul grew up in a prominent Quaker family. After traveling to England to further her education,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: David Bowie

Posted January 10, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary musician David Bowie on the second anniversary of his death. Bowie passed just two days after his 69th birthday after an 18-month battle with cancer. Bowie was born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947 in Brixton, South London, England. He changed his last name to “Bowie” out of fear of being confused with The Monkey’s lead singer, Davy Jones. In 1969, Bowie scored his first hit song, “Space Oddity,” which was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Posted January 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Happy birthday to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge! Today the Duchess turns 36. Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born on January 9, 1982 in Reading, Berkshire, England to Michael Middleton and Carole Goldsmith. She studied art history at the University of St. Andrews, where she met Prince William in 2001. On April 29, 2011, the couple wed at Westminster Abbey in London. This year, the royal family will have many occasions to celebrate. It was announced this week that their two-year… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted January 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Elvis! 83 years ago today, Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in a two-room shotgun house built by his paternal grandfather. Known as the King of Rock and Roll, Presley is remembered as one of the most successful and iconic musicians in history. Sadly, Presley’s identical twin brother was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his birth. He grew up as an only child and was very close to his parents, especially his mother. At… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Washington Carver

Posted January 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the death of botanist and inventor George Washington Carver. Born into slavery, George would rise to become one of the most prominent scientists of his time. He revolutionized the agriculture industry by developing new crop rotation methods to better conserve nutrients in the soil. George was born in Diamond, Missouri in 1864, shortly before the end of slavery. His mother, Mary, was a slave owned by Moses Carver, a German immigrant and… Read the full story

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Genealogy Goals for 2018

Posted January 4, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
New Year's Goals

What are your genealogy goals for 2018? Get the new year started on the right foot by laying out what you  hope to accomplish this year. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 1. Get your relatives to take a DNA test If you’ve already taken a DNA test for genealogy, make a plan to encourage your relatives to take a DNA test too. This is especially important for your older relatives. Connect their results to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis Braille

Posted January 4, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Louis Braille

Happy World Braille Day! Today the world celebrates the birth of Louis Braille, the man who created a system of reading and writing for the blind and visually impaired. Known simply as braille, the system is still used today by millions all around the world. Braille was born on January 4, 1809 in Coupvray, France to Simon-René Braille and Monique Baron. At the age of 3, Braille injured his eye with an awl while in his father’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted January 3, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: J.R.R. Tolkien

On this day in 1892, J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was the son of Arthur Tolkien, a bank manager, and Mabel Suffield. After his father died of rheumatic fever in 1896, his mother took her young family to live with relatives in Birmingham, England. Tragedy struck his family yet again 8 years later when his mother died of acute diabetes. During World… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Asimov

Posted January 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is National Science Fiction Day! The day is celebrated annually on the birthday of renowned science fiction author Isaac Asimov, who was born in Petrovichi, Russia. Although the exact date of his birth is unknown, Asimov celebrated his birthday on January 2. The son of Anna Berman and Judah Asimov, Asimov came to the U.S. as a toddler. A bright child, Asimov taught himself how to read at the age of 5 and graduated from high school at the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Goodyear

Posted December 29, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Goodyear

Do you have inventors in your family tree? On this day in 1800, inventor and chemist Charles Goodyear was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Goodyear invented the process of vulcanization, which revolutionized the rubber industry. Goodyear was the eldest of six children born to Amasa Goodyear and Cynthia Bateman. His third great grandfather, Stephen Goodyear, was one of the founders of the colony of New Haven in 1638. After his family’s hardware store went bankrupt, Goodyear set… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary II

Posted December 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary II

On this day in 1694, Mary II, Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland, died at the age of 32. Her death came just five years after Mary and her husband, William III, jointly became king and queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland following the Glorious Revolution. Mary was born on April 30, 1662 and was the eldest daughter of King James II and VII and his first wife, Anne Hyde. Although her mother bore eight children, only Mary… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johannes Kepler

Posted December 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1571, mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler was born in Weil der Stadt in what is now Germany. A key figure of the Scientific Revolution, Kepler is best remembered for discovering the three laws of planetary motion. Kepler’s paternal grandfather was a respected craftsman and served as mayor of the city. However, his parents were poor. His father earned a living as a mercenary and left the family when Kepler was young. His mother, Katharina Guldenmann,… Read the full story

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A Look Back at 2017

Posted December 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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As 2017 comes to a close, we’re taking some time to reflect on this past year on Geni. We celebrated an exciting milestone, introduced new enhancements, met genealogists all around the country, and heard some wonderful stories from our users. Here are our highlights: This year, Geni celebrated our 10th anniversary! Geni first launched in January 2007 with one goal in mind – to create a single family tree of the entire world. Today, Geni’s World Family Tree… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

Posted December 26, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

On this day in 1972, President Harry S. Truman died at the age of 88. He and his wife Bess, who died in 1982, are buried at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri to John Anderson Truman and Martha Ellen Young. His middle name was a matter of debate between his parents. His father wanted to give him the middle name… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beatrix Potter

Posted December 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Beatrix Potter

On this day in 1943, author Beatrix Potter died at the age of 77. Although best remembered for her beloved children’s book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Potter was also an avid conservationist and sheep farmer. She purchased many pieces of land in an effort to preserve the English countryside. At her death, Potter left nearly all of her vast property to the National Trust and today, the land is now included in the Lake District National Park…. Read the full story

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Vintage Holiday Postcards

Posted December 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Vintage Holiday Postcards

Do you have any vintage holiday cards? It’s an old practice to send holiday cards to friends and loved ones during the holidays. They are also a great find for genealogists. Old postcards can often provide some important clues for your family history and can provide an intimate connection with your family’s past. They may even provide you with a new name or give you a clue as to how someone is related. With the holidays only a few days away, here’s a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Fonda

Posted December 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jane Fonda

Happy birthday to Jane Fonda! Today the actress turns 80. She recently celebrated the exciting milestone with a star-studded fundraiser in Atlanta, where she raised $1.3 million for charity. She was born on December 21, 1937 to legendary actor Henry Fonda and Frances Ford Seymour in New York City. At the age of 12, her mother committed suicide while receiving treatment at a psychiatric hospital. After working as a model, Fonda decided to follow in her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Stewart

Posted December 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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What’s your favorite holiday movie? On this day in 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life premiered in New York City. The holiday classic starred James Stewart in his first film after taking a break from Hollywood to serve in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. The film was based on the short story, “The Greatest Gift,” written by Philip Van Doren Stern. Stern had self-published the story as a palm-sized booklet and printed about 200 copies to give to friends… Read the full story

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