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Profile of the Day: Henry II of France

Posted March 31, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henry II

On this day in 1519, Henry II of France was born in the royal Château de Saint -Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, France. He was the second son of Francis I and Claude, Duchess of Brittany, who was the daughter of Louis XII of France. As a child, he and his older brother were captured and held prisoner in Spain. They remained in captivity for over four years. At the age of 14, he married Catherine de’ Medici. However,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Celine Dion

Posted March 30, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today singer Celine Dion celebrates her 49th birthday! Celine Marie Claudette Dion was born on March 30, 1968 in Charlegmagne, Quebec, Canada to a large family. The youngest of 14 children, Dion grew up in a close-knit family filled with music. From a young age, Dion dreamed of becoming a performer. At the age of 5, she made her first public appearance singing with her siblings at her parents’ small piano bar. She signed her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patty Duke

Posted March 29, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Patty Duke

Today we remember actress Patty Duke, who passed away on this day one year ago. She was born Anne Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Queens, New York. The youngest of three children, Duke experienced a very difficult childhood. Her father was an alcoholic and her mother suffered from clinical depression. At the age of 8, she was placed in the care of talent managers, who added her to their stable of child actors, and forced… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Posted March 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dwight D. Eisenhower

On this day in 1969, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, died at the age of 78. Dwight David Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890 in Denison, Texas. He was the third of seven sons born to David Jacob Eisenhower and Ida Elizabeth Stover. His parents had a strong religious background and set aside time everyday for a daily family Bible reading. Since he was a child, Eisenhower was known by the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Under

Posted March 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marie Under

Today we remember Estonian poet Marie Under, who was born on this day in 1883. Considered one of Estonia’s great poets of the 20th century, Under has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature multiple times, but has never won. Born in what is today Tallinn, Estonia, Under learned to read at the age of 4 and began writing her own poetry by the age of 14. She first wrote her poetry in German, but… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Houdini

Posted March 24, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harry Houdini

On this day in 1874, illusionist Harry Houdini was born in Budapest, Hungary. The legendary magician was born Erik Weisz to Rabbi Mayer Samuel and Cecilia Weisz. One of seven children, Houdini took on several odd jobs as a child. He made his public debut at the age of 9 as a trapeze artist and called himself “Ehrich, the Prince of the Air.” When he launched his career as a professional magician, he changed his… Read the full story

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Where to Find Your Ancestors’ Signatures

Posted March 23, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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During your genealogy research, you’ll often come across the signatures of your ancestors. Signatures are fascinating because they might be the only traces of handwriting you may find in your ancestors’ own hand. Not only are they fun to find, they can also help supplement your genealogy research. Signatures can be a good way to verify if separate documents belong to the same person. For example, by comparing signatures, you may be able to conclude that a deed signed by James Ford is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joan Crawford

Posted March 23, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1905, actress Joan Crawford was born in San Antonio, Texas. Born Lucille Fay LeSueur, Crawford was the youngest of three children born to Thomas E. LeSueur and Anna Bell Johnson. Her parents separated while Crawford was young and her mother remarried Harry Cassin, a theater owner. Growing up, she would use the name Billie Cassin. With a love for dancing, Crawford left school to pursue a dancing career full time. After dancing on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Shatner

Posted March 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Star Trek? Today star William Shatner celebrates his 86th birthday! He was born on March 22, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Anne Garmaise and Joseph Shatner. His paternal grandfather, Wolf Shattner, changed the spelling of the family’s surname to “Shatner.” Shatner began his career in entertainment as a child performing in radio programs and later studied acting in college. A classically trained Shakespearean actor, Shatner often performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Timothy Dalton

Posted March 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who is your favorite James Bond? On this day in 1946, License to Kill star Timothy Dalton was born in Colwyn Bay, Wales. He was the oldest of five children born to Peter Dalton-Leggett and Dorthy Scholes. His father was a captain in the Special Operations Executive during World War II. When he was young, it seemed Dalton would follow his father’s footsteps into the military. As a teen, he was even a member of the Air… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fred Rogers

Posted March 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Fred Rogers

Remember watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood growing up? Today we remember everyone’s favorite neighbor Fred Rogers on what would have been his 89th birthday. Fred McFeely Rogers was born on March 20, 1928 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania to James and Nancy Rogers. Rogers did not originally intend to pursue a career in television. After college, he studied to become an ordained minister. However, his career path made an unexpected change when he returned home and discovered his parents had purchased… Read the full story

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St. Patrick’s Day: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

Posted March 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, here are some interesting facts about the holiday that you may not have known: 1. Saint Patrick was not Irish. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. He was actually born in Britain, probably in Scotland. He was kidnapped by pirates at the age of 16 and spent 6 years as a slave in Ireland. He became… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Saint Patrick

Posted March 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Saint Patrick

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! On this day in 461, Saint Patrick, a Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, died in Downpatrick, Ireland. It’s believed he was born in Britain, probably Scotland, around 387. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped by pirates and taken to Ireland where he was enslaved. He was held captive for six years before escaping and returning home. During his time in captivity, Patrick became deeply devoted to Christianity. After… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Madison

Posted March 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1751, James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, was born at Belle Grove Plantation near Port Conway, Virginia. Madison was the oldest of twelve children born to James Madison, Sr. and Nelly Conway Madison. His father had served as a colonel in the militia during the American Revolutionary War. After reaching adulthood, he inherited Mount Pleasant, the largest tobacco plantation in the area. As he continued to acquire property over… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julius Caesar

Posted March 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Julius Caesar

Beware of the Ides of March. On this day in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of Roman senators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. The group called themselves the “Liberatores.” Hailed for his successful military campaigns, Caesar transformed the Roman Empire with many social and governmental reforms. Shortly before his death, Caesar was declared dictator perpetuo (“dictator in perpetuity”) by the Senate. Caesar’s death sparked a series of civil wars within the… Read the full story

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Albert Einstein

Posted March 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
5 Things You Didn't Know About Albert Einstein

Today we celebrate the birthday of Albert Einstein, one of the most brilliant minds in history. Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, in the Kingdom of Wüttemberg in what was then the German Empire. Considered one of the most influential physicists of the 20th century, Einstein’s scientific breakthroughs dramatically changed our understanding of the universe. Albert Einstein / Library of Congress In honor of his birthday, here are some interesting facts about Albert… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Billy Crystal

Posted March 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Billy Crystal

Happy birthday, Billy Crystal! Today the comedian and actor turns 69. William Edward Crystal was born on March 14, 1948 in New York City, New York. His father, Jack Crystal, worked as a jazz promoter, producer and owner of Commodore Music Store. He sometimes brought home comedy albums featuring Bob Newhart and Sid Caesar, which had a great influence on Crystal growing up. After starting in stand up, Crystal got his big break after landing the role… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Herschel

Posted March 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Herschel

On this day in 1781, astronomer William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun. Born on November 15, 1738 in the Electorate of Hanover in Germany, then a part of the Holy Roman Empire, Herschel moved to Great Britain at the age of 19. He worked as a musician and composer before discovering an interest in astronomy. As his interests grew stronger, Herschel began building his own telescopes and noting his… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Use Flip Nodes to See Profile Details in the Family Tree

Posted March 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you tried using flip nodes while working in the family tree? Flip nodes are a great way to see more details about a profile without having to leave the tree. With flip nodes, you can have quick access to a profile’s basic information, DNA markers, a peek at the About section, a brief summary of the profile’s history, and a description of how the profile is related to you. You will also have easy access to additional actions right in the tree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Tubman

Posted March 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harriet Tubman

Today marks the 104th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman. After escaping from slavery herself, she helped lead hundreds of others to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Araminta Harriet Ross was one of 9 children born to slave parents, Harriet Green and Ben Ross. On September 17, 1849, Tubman and her two brothers, Ben and Henry, escaped. Eventually, her brothers had second thoughts and returned, leaving Tubman to escape to Philadelphia alone. Once free, she made it… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Anning

Posted March 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember English fossil collector and paleontologist Mary Anning, who died on this day in 1847. Mary Ann Anning was born in 1799 in Lyme Regis, a coastal town in Dorset, England. Her father was a cabinet maker who supplemented his income by mining the coastal cliffside for fossils to sell to tourists. Growing up, her father often took Mary on fossil hunting expeditions to earn more money for the family. When she was… Read the full story

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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Women in History

Posted March 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today the world celebrates International Women’s Day, recognizing the past and present achievements of women all around the world. In honor of the day, we’re highlighting some of the inspiring women in Geni’s World Family Tree who have made their mark in history: Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) Image: Wikimedia Commons A leader of the women’s suffrage movement, Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to run for President of the United States in 1872. She was a candidate for the Equal… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johann Köler

Posted March 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johann Köler

Do you have Estonian roots? On this day in 1826, Estonian painter Johann Köler was born. A leader of the Estonian national awakening, Köler is considered to be the first professional painter of Estonia. Köler was born March 8, 1826 in Lubjassaare farmstead in Ivaski, Vijandi County to a peasant family. Although the family had little money, Köler managed to attend school and eventually study painting at the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts. Best… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicéphore Niépce

Posted March 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicéphore Niépce

On this day in 1765, French inventor Nicéphore Niépce was born in Chalon-sur-Saône-et-Loire, France. He is best remembered as the inventor of photography and one of the most important pioneers of the field. The son of a wealthy lawyer, Niépce’s entire family fled during the French Revolution, but he returned to serve in the French army under Napoleon. After returning home to manage his family’s estate, Niépce developed an interest in science. In 1807, together with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michelangelo

Posted March 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of the works by Michelangelo? On this day in 1475, the Italian Renaissance artist was born in Caprese near Arezzo, Tuscany, today known as Caprese Michelangelo. He was born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni to a family of bankers. As a child, Michelangelo was sent to live with a nanny and her husband, who was a stonecutter, and it was there that he first developed his love for marble. A gifted and versatile artist,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

Posted March 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

“Ahoy!” That’s the greeting Alexander Graham Bell first proposed for answering the telephone. The inventor and engineer was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The second son born to Alexander Melville Bell and Eliza Grace Symond, Bell had two brothers who would later die of tuberculosis. His mother was mostly deaf and his father was a phonetician and taught elocution to the deaf. Born just “Alexander Bell,” the future inventor begged his father for a middle… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Theodor Seuss Geisel

Posted March 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! Today marks the 113th birthday of the beloved children’s book author. Theodore Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts to Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Seuss. His father was a successful brewmaster before the family brewery was closed when Prohibition took effect. He was later appointed as superintendent of Springfield’s public parks system by the mayor. Geisel published his first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederic Chopin

Posted March 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frédérick Chopin

Do you have any Polish ancestry? 207 years ago, Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin was born. Frédéric François Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola in what was then the Duchy of Warsaw, a Polish state established by Napoleon. Although his baptism record states his birthday as February 22, 1810, Chopin and his family used the birthdate March 1, which today is generally accepted as the correct date. A child prodigy, Chopin was playing the piano and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Linus Pauling

Posted February 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Linus Pauling

On this day in 1901, chemist and activist Linus Pauling was born in Portland, Oregon. Regarded as one of the most influential scientists in history, Pauling is often considered to be the founder of the fields of quantum chemistry and molecular biology. The eldest child of Herman Henry Pauling and Lucy Darling, Pauling showed an interest in science at a young age. He contributed many discoveries across several scientific fields. The father of microbiology, Pauling’s studies of hemoglobin… Read the full story

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Oscar Night 2017: Surprising Relatives

Posted February 27, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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This year’s Oscars was one for the history books. Best Supporting Actor winner Mahershala Ali made Academy Award history last night by becoming the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. Viola Davis, the first African American actress to receive three Oscar nominations, finally won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. With her win, she has become the first African American to achieve the “Triple Crown of Acting,” winning an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar. Full of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Taylor

Posted February 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Taylor

Today we remember acting legend Elizabeth Taylor on what would have been her 85th birthday. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 in London, England to American parents, Francis Lenn Taylor, an art dealer, and Sara Sothern, a retired actress. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, the family returned to the United States and settled in Los Angeles, California. Soon after, Taylor began auditioning for films. By the age of 12, Taylor… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Winslow Homer

Posted February 24, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1836, American landscape painter Winslow Homer was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Homer was the second of three sons born to Charles Savage Homer and Henrietta Maria Benson. He came from a long line of New England families from both of his parents. As a child, he was encourage by his mother to pursue his interests in painting. Early in his career, Homer worked as a lithographer and then as an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: W.E.B. Du Bois

Posted February 23, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember sociologist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois, who was born on February 23, 1868. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts to Mary Silvinia Burghardt and Alfred Du Bois. His mother’s family was a part of a small free black community in Great Barrington and they had long owned land in the area. His maternal second great grandfather, Tom Burghardt, was a slave and possibly earned his freedom… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Washington

Posted February 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Washington

Today we celebrate the 285th birthday of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Washington was born on February 22, 1732 on his family’s plantation, the Pope’s Creek Estate, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was the first son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball. His great grandfather, John Washington, emigrated to Virginia from England in 1656. Known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Washington led the Continental Army… Read the full story

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Geni Turns 10: Congrats to the Winner of Our Geni Pro Giveaway!

Posted February 21, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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Last month, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Geni’s launch by announcing a chance for one lucky user to win a free year of Geni Pro. For a chance to win, people were asked to answer one question – “What first sparked your interest in genealogy?” We received many great responses from the community and a winner was randomly chosen from our list of valid entries sent to us via Facebook, Twitter and email. Today we’re excited… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rue McClanahan

Posted February 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day; Rue McClanahan

Remember watching The Golden Girls? On this day in 1934, star Rue McClanahan was born in Healdton, Oklahoma. She was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan to Dreda Rheua-Nell Medaris, a beautician, and William Edwin McClanahan, a building contractor. Her name was was a contraction of her parents’ middle names, but she dropped the “Eddi” when she was mistaken for a boy and drafted into the military in error after finishing school. After graduating from college, McClanahan found work in theater… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sidney Poitier

Posted February 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Sidney Poitier! Today the legendary actor celebrates his 90th birthday. Poitier was born on February 20, 1927 in Miami, Florida to Bahamian parents Evelyn Outen and Reginald James Poitier. He was born two months premature while his parents were vacationing in the U.S. Until the age of 10, Poitier lived on his family’s farm on Cat Island in the Bahamas. At the age of 15, he was sent to Miami to live with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rene Laennec

Posted February 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: René Laënnec

On this day in 1781, French doctor René Laënnec was born in Quimper, France. Considered one of the greatest physicians in history, Laënnec made many significant contributions to the world of medicine, most notably his invention of the stethoscope. As a boy, René Theophile Hyacinthe Laënnec was sent to live with his uncle, Guillaume-François Laënnec, after the death of his mother. His uncle was the dean of medicine at the University of Nantes and under… Read the full story

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Highlights From RootsTech 2017

Posted February 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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We had a fantastic time at RootsTech 2017. Each year the conference gets bigger and bigger, and this year was no exception with an estimated 30,000 attendees! RootsTech 2017 We always have a wonderful time getting to see old friends and meeting new people enthusiastic to learn more about collaboration in genealogy. This year curators Anne Brannen and Ashley Odell joined the Geni team at the booth to help introduce Geni to new visitors. Their genealogy expertise… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sonny Bono

Posted February 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sonny Bono

Remember listening to the music of Sonny & Cher? Today we remember Sonny Bono on what would have been his 82nd birthday. Salvatore Phillip Bono was born on February 16, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan. The son of Sicilian immigrants, Bono and his family moved to California when he was seven. After dropping out of school, Bono worked a series of odd jobs to support himself. He began his music career as a songwriter before achieving… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Susan B. Anthony

Posted February 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Susan B. Anthony

On this day in 1820, suffragist Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts. Born into a Quaker family, Anthony grew up in a politically active household. Her family was active in the anti-slavery movement, and by the age of 17, Anthony was already collecting anti-slavery petitions. Encouraged to pursue her education, Anthony became a teacher while continuing to fight for social reforms that would bring equality to all. In 1851, Anthony met Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the Seneca Falls Convention…. Read the full story

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Family Stories: Weddings

Posted February 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Some of the best stories come from our own families. Often these lasting memories are passed down through generations either through storytelling or in personal journals or diaries. This Valentine’s Day, take a look back at the wedding stories in your family tree. You may even want to look for their wedding announcements in old newspapers, which sometimes include a story or description of the happy couple’s special day. Below are a few interesting wedding stories we found… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass was born into slavery around February 1817 in Talbot County, Maryland. Although the exact date of his birth is unknown, Douglass later chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14. As a child, Douglass was sent to live with a ship carpenter named Hugh Auld. During this time, Auld’s wife began teaching Douglass how to read. Douglass would continue to teach himself how to read and write, believing that “knowledge is the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Posted February 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Do you love watching old Shirley Temple movies? Today we remember the beloved child actor, who passed away on this day in 2014 at the age of 85. Temple was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California. She was first discovered in a dancing class at the age of 3 and was cast in Baby Burlesks, a series of short films that satirized recent film and political events using preschool children in every role. Throughout… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Henry Harrison

Posted February 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Henry Harrison

On this day in 1773, William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States, was born on the Berkely Plantation in Charles City County, Virginia. The last U.S. president to be born a British subject, Harrison was the youngest son of Benjamin Harrison V and Elizabeth Bassett Harrison. A member of the Continental Congress, Harrison’s father was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and served as the fifth governor of Virginia. At the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jules Verne

Posted February 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jules Verne

“What one man can imagine, another will someday be able to achieve.” Are you a science fiction fan? On this day in 1828, the “Father of Science Fiction” Jules Verne, was born in Nantes, France. The son of bourgeois parents, it was intended that Verne would follow in his father’s footsteps to become a lawyer. However, it was during his studies that Verne discovered his passion for literature and theater. He earned his law degree,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Posted February 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Laura Ingalls WIlder

Remember reading Little House on the Prairie? On this day in 1867, author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in a log cabin outside of Pepin, Wisconsin. Wilder was a descendant of the Delano family, the same ancestral family of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In fact, Wilder and President Roosevelt were fifth cousins once removed. Her life growing up with her pioneer family in the “Big Woods” became the basis of her “Little House” books. She published… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ronald Reagan

Posted February 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks what would have been Ronald Reagan’s 106th birthday! Born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois, Reagan was the son of Nelle Clyde Wilson and John Edward Reagan. Reagan began his entertainment career in radio before landing roles on the silver screen during the 1930s. Over the course of his Hollywood career, Reagan appeared in over 50 films and served as President of the Screen Actors Guild for many years. During World War II,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Norman Rockwell

Posted February 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Norman Rockwell

On this day in 1894, American illustrator Norman Rockwell was born in New York City, New York. Norman Perceval Rockwell was born on February 3, 1894 to Jarvis Waring Rockwell and Anne Mary “Nancy” Hill. Rockwell’s 7th great grandfather, John Rockwell, was one of the first settlers in Connecticut. For over four decades, Rockwell’s illustrations of everyday life in America graced the covers of The Saturday Evening Post magazine. Although disliked by critics, Rockwell’s work was beloved by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Farrah Fawcett

Posted February 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Farrah Fawcett

Today we remember actress Farrah Fawcett on what would have been her 70th birthday. She was born Ferrah Leni Fawcett on February 2, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was the second daughter born to Pauline Alice Evans and James William Fawcett, an oil field contractor. Fawcett first discovered her love for acting while in high school and in 1968, she decided to try her luck in Hollywood. She soon booked several commercials and guest spots… Read the full story

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