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10 Interesting Facts About Nelson Mandela

Posted July 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela, who is often considered one of the most inspirational and beloved leaders in history. In honor of this occasion, check out these 10 interesting facts about the former South African president and freedom fighter. Image: Library of Congress 1. Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtata, South Africa. He was given the name Rolihlahla, a Xhosa… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Brown

Posted July 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Margaret Brown

On this day in 1867, American socialite and philanthropist Margaret Brown was born. A survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Brown was dubbed “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” by historians for her legendary tales of heroism during the disaster. She was born Margaret Tobin in Hannibal, Missouri in a two-room cottage to John Tobin and Johanna Collins. In 1886, she married James Joseph “J.J.” Brown, a self-educated entrepreneur and mining engineer. The family had little… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Posted July 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall! Today the Duchess turns 71. She was born Camilla Rosemary Shand on July 17, 1947 at King’s College Hospital in London. She was the eldest of three children born to Bruce Shand, an officer in the British Army, and Rosalind Cubitt. Although her relationship with Prince Charles was once thought to be highly controversial, the couple was finally married in a civil ceremony in 2005 with the permission… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roald Amundsen

Posted July 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Norwegian ancestry? On this day in 1872, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was born in Borge, Østfold, Norway. Amundsen was born into a family of shipowners and captains and had a lifelong desire for polar exploration. One of the key figures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, Amundsen was the first explorer to reach the South Pole. He gained invaluable knowledge for his journey in the Antarctic from his earlier expedition traversing the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Jacob Astor IV

Posted July 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Jacob Astor IV

Was anyone in your family tree a passenger on the RMS Titanic? On this day in 1864, Titanic passenger John Jacob Astor IV was born in Rhinebeck, New York. At the time of his death on the doomed luxury ship, Astor was considered one of the richest men in the world. Astor was born into the prominent Astor family. His great grandfather, John Jacob Astor, was a German immigrant and made his fortune by building a fur trading… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Eastman

Posted July 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Eastman

Did your family own a Kodak camera? On this day in 1854, inventor George Eastman was born in Waterville, New York. He was the youngest child of George Washington Eastman and Maria Kilbourn. After the death of his father in 1862 and the death of his older sister in 1870, a 16 year old Eastman left school to start working to help support his family. In 1888, he received a patent for his roll-film camera and registered… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: E.B. White

Posted July 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: E.B. White

Do you remember reading Charlotte’s Web? On this day in 1899, author E.B. White was born in Mount Vernon, New York. The youngest child of Samuel Tilly White and Jessie Hart White, Elwyn Brooks White was the couple’s sixth child. He hated the name “Elwyn,” spent most of his life going by the nickname “Andy.” His older brother, Stanley Hart White, was a professor of Landscape Architecture and inventor of the Vertical Garden. He was a very… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Posted July 10, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Today we celebrate the 162nd birthday of inventor Nikola Tesla! Tesla is remembered for his groundbreaking discoveries in the production, transmission, and application of electric power. Tesla was born in what is now Smiljan, Croatia on July 10, 1856. He was one of five children born to Milutin Tesla, an Eastern Orthodox priest, and Đuka Mandić.  In 1884, Tesla came to the United States and began working for Thomas Edison. However, a few months later, Tesla quit the company…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Hanks

Posted July 9, 2018 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Do you have a favorite Tom Hanks movie? Today the beloved actor turns 62. Tom Hanks was born Thomas Jeffrey Hanks on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California to Janet Frager, a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford, a cook. In 1979, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. After appearing in low-budget movies and bit parts on television, Hanks landed the lead role in the television comedy Bosom Buddies. Although the show lasted… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nancy Reagan

Posted July 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nancy Reagan

On July 6, 1921, former First Lady Nancy Reagan was born. She was the wife of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, and spent her years at the White House as an advocate for decreasing drug and alcohol abuse. Although known as “Nancy” throughout her life, she was born Anne Frances Robbins in Manhattan, New York to Kenneth Seymour Robbins, a farmer and car salesman, and Edith Prescott Luckett, a film and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: P.T. Barnum

Posted July 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: P.T. Barnum

On this day in 1810, P.T. Barnum was born. Known for founding the famous “Barnum & Bailey Circus,” Barnum found huge success with his strange menagerie of performers. He was born Phineas Taylor Barnum in Bethel, Connecticut to Philo Barnum, an innkeeper and tailor, and Irene Taylor. Barnum showed a gift for selling at an early age, peddling cherry rum to innkeepers by the age of 12. In 1941, he opened Barnum’s American Museum, where… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Franz Kafka

Posted July 3, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1883, author Franz Kafka was born in Prague in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The eldest of six children, Kafka grew up in a middle-class, German-speaking, Jewish family. His two younger brothers died in infancy, leaving him as the only son in the family. Though Kafka died several years before World War II, his three sisters would go on to perish during the Holocaust. Kafka showed an interest in writing at an early age, however, his work attracted little… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Savery

Posted July 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Thomas Savery

On this day in 1698, English inventor and engineer Thomas Savery received the patent for the first steam engine. His invention would lead to the first commercially used steam powered engine. Savery was born to a prominent family in England in 1650. Known to have an interest in engineering, mathematics, and invention, Savery became a military engineer and invented various types of devices. In 1698, he patented an early steam engine that provided a new method for pumping water… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Send Collaboration Requests

Posted June 29, 2018 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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The World Family Tree on Geni currently has over 120 million people connected. This has been made possible through collaborative research of millions of Geni users. Although information on public profiles is accessible to everyone, the ability to edit them may be limited depending on your permissions. All users can edit the basic information of any public profile they are connected to, but to get full edit permissions on a profile, you will need to send a collaboration request… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katharine Hepburn

Posted June 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, who passed away on this day 15 years ago. Remembered as one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses in film history, Hepburn earned a record 4 Academy Awards for Best Actress, more than any other performer and still holds the record to this day. Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907 to a very progressive family. Her father, Thomas Norval Hepburn, was a urologist who helped establish the New England Social Hygiene… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Posted June 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Franz Ferdinand

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife were assassinated by a Serbian nationalist during an official visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia. His assassination sparked a chain of events that would lead to the beginning of World War I. Ferdinand was the eldest son of Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria, who was the younger brother of Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, and Maximilian… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Posted June 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Today we remember author, activist, and lecturer Helen Keller, who was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Helen Adams Keller spent her childhood living at her family’s homestead, Ivy Green, which was built by her grandfather in 1820. Born physically normal, Keller did not lose her sight or hearing until she was 19 months old due to an illness. Although her health recovered, the illness left her deaf and blind for the rest of her life. Unable to see, hear… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ariana Grande

Posted June 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Ariana Grande! Today the popular singer turns 25. She was born Ariana Grande-Butera on June 26, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Burtera. Her parents separated while she was a child. Grande has Italian ancestry through both of her parents and has described herself as half Abruzzesse and half Sicilian. Her ancestors were born in Italy before making their way to the United States. Much of her Sicilian ancestry on the paternal side… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Orwell

Posted June 25, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading Nineteen Eighty-Four? On this day in 115 years ago, author George Orwell was born. Orwell is often considered one of the most influential voices of the 20th century. The author was born Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903 in Motihari, Bihar, British India. His father, Richard Walmesley Blair, worked in the Opium Department of the Indian Civil Service. At the age of one, his mother took him and his sisters to England. Better known by his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Erich Maria Remarque

Posted June 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Erich Maria Remarque

Do you remember reading All Quiet on the Western Front? On this day in 1898, German author Erich Maria Remarque was born. Remarque is best known for his many works illustrating the realities and horrors of war. During World War I, Remarque was conscripted into the German Army at the age of 18. He fought on the Western Front and suffered several wounds durning battle. His experiences in the trenches would heavily influence his writing in the future… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Posted June 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Happy birthday to the Duke of Cambridge! Today Prince William turns 36. The Duke of Cambridge was born on June 21, 1982 at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. The Prince was the first royal heir to be born in a hospital. Since then, all three of his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, were also born at the same hospital as their father. The tragic death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Audie Murphy

Posted June 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Audie Murphy

On this day in 1925, World War II hero Audie Murphy was born in Kingston, Texas. One of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, Murphy received every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army. After the war, he enjoyed a successful acting career and became one of Hollywood’s most popular stars. Murphy was the seventh of twelve children born to Emmett Berry Murphy and Josie Bell Killian. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Posted June 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Today we remember baseball legend Lou Gehrig, who was born on this day in 1903. Considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, Gehrig was nicknamed “the Iron House” for his durability. He set the record for most consecutive games played and led his team to six World Series titles. He was born Heinrich Ludwig Gehrig in Manhattan, New York to German immigrant parents. From an early age, Gehrig showed a natural talent for sports. He earned… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul McCartney

Posted June 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Paul McCartney

Happy birthday, Paul McCartney! Today the legendary musician turns 76. Jams Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England. His mother, Mary Patricia Mohin, was a midwife and his father, James McCartney, was a jazz trumpet player and pianist. At the age of 14, his mother died of an embolism shortly after undergoing an operation to stop the spread of cancer. Her death had a profound impact on his life and would become… Read the full story

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Before They Were Stars: Yearbook Photos of Famous Faces

Posted June 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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In many parts of the world, the end of the school year means students receive their yearbooks to sign and remember the year they’ve had. Years from now, they will be able to look back at these yearbooks to remember what happened during this unique moment of their lives. Yearbooks are also fantastic records to explore for genealogy, too. With these school records, you can learn about what clubs and activities family members were a part of and see… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edvard Grieg

Posted June 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edvard Grieg

Today we remember Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, who was born on this day 175 years ago. Considered one of the leading Norwegian composers of the Romantic Era, Grieg successfully brought the music of Norway to international audiences. Grieg was born on June 15, 1843 in Bergen, Norway to Alexander Greig, a merchant and vice-consul in Bergen, and Gesine Judithe Hagerup, a music teacher. Grieg grew up in a very musical family. He was first taught to play… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Posted June 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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“So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” According to legend, these are the words President Abraham Lincoln said upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the popular anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, shortly after the start of the American Civil War. The novel’s vivid depiction of the realities of slavery is often credited with helping to change the public’s opinion of slavery and fuel the abolitionist cause leading into the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon

Posted June 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon

Have you found your connection to a Titanic passenger? On this day in 1863, English fashion designer and survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon was born. She was considered one of the leading fashion designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Lady Duff-Gordon was born Lucy Christiana Sutherland on June 13, 1863 in London, England to Douglas Sutherland, a civil engineer, and Elinor Sounders. After her first marriage, Lady Duff-Gordon began working as a dressmaker… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank Today we remember Anne Frank, who was born on this day 89 years ago. Annelies Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany to Otto and Edith Frank. The family lived in Frankfurt until Anne was five. In 1933, the family fled to Amsterdam after the Nazi party came to power. On her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacques Cousteau

Posted June 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jacques Cousteau

Have you ever been scuba diving? Today we remember famous oceanographer and explorer Jacques Cousteau, who was born on this day in 1910. A pioneer of marine conservation, Cousteau studied all forms of life in the water and documented his extensive investigations in books and films. Jacques-Yves Causteau was born in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, France to Daniel and Elizabeth Cousteau. In 1930, he entered the French naval academy and graduated as a gunnery officer. However, a serious car accident… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted June 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born on this day in 1867 in the farming town of Richland Center, Wisconsin. Considered one of the greatest architects in history, Wright has designed some of the most iconic buildings in the world. He was born Franklin Lincoln Wright on June 8, 1867 to William Cary Wright, a music teacher and minister, and Anna Lloyd Jones, a country school teacher. He was given the middle name “Lincoln” after Abraham Lincoln,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Virginia Apgar

Posted June 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1909, American obstetrical anesthesiologist Virginia Apgar was born. Known as the inventor of the Apgar score, Apgar is credited with saving the lives of millions of newborn babies. Apgar was born on June 7, 1909 in Westfield, New Jersey. She developed her interest in science partly from her father, who was an amateur astronomer and inventor. In 1949, Apgar became the first woman to become a full professor at the Columbia University College of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Trumbull

Posted June 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Trumbull

Do you have American Revolutionary War ancestors? On this day in 1756, artist John Trumbull was born. Trumbull is often referred to as “The Painter of the Revolution” for his iconic historical paintings and portraits. Trumbull was born in Lebanon in colonial Connecticut on June 6, 1756 to Jonathan Trumbull and Faith Robinson. His father served as the Governor of Connecticut Colony, and then after the American Revolutionary War, served as the Governor of the state of… Read the full story

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Jamboree 2018 Recap

Posted June 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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We had a fun time at the 49th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree! From May 31 – June 2, a few members of the Geni team headed over to the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, California to participate in this exciting and engaging conference. The Geni booth before the doors opened For the first time, the exhibit hall was open on the Thursday, which is usually reserved for DNA Day. This year the day was packed with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Posted June 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Today we remember Robert F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. After winning the California presidential primary, Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968. He would succumb to his wounds 26 hours later. Kennedy was the seventh child born to Joseph Kennedy, Sr. And Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. During his brother’s presidency, Kennedy served as the Attorney General of the United States and was one… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George III

Posted June 4, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George III

What’s your connection to royalty? On this day in 1738, George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland, was born. George III was Great Britain’s longest living and reigning monarch until the reign of his granddaughter, Queen Victoria. The eldest son of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and Augusta of Saxa-Gota, George was born two months prematurely and was not expected to survive. When his father died unexpectedly in 1751, George became the heir-apparent to his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted June 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Happy birthday, Marilyn Monroe! Today we remember the legendary film icon on what would have been her 92nd birthday. Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles California to Gladys Pearl Baker. Soon after her birth, Marilyn’s surname was changed to Baker. With her mother unable to care for her, Marilyn spent much of her childhood in foster homes. At 16, she married her first husband, a merchant marine, and began working in a munitions factory…. Read the full story

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Introducing Our New HTML Tree on Geni

Posted May 30, 2018 by Amanda | 13 Comments
Introducing Our New HTML Tree on Geni

We’re proud to announce a long awaited improvement for Geni users – our new HTML tree is now available on all tablet and mobile devices! The new HTML tree replaces our HTML5 version of the tree, which was previously available for devices that do not support Flash. In the past, the HTML5 tree presented users with a very limited version of the family tree, which did not provide users with the best experience for working… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mel Blanc

Posted May 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Bugs Bunny cartoons? On this day in 1908, voice actor Mel Blanc was born in San Francisco, California. Known as “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” Blanc brought to life some of the most iconic cartoon characters during America’s golden age of animation. While working for Warner Bros., Blanc created the voices for about 90 percent of the studio’s cartoons, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Posted May 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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How are you related to the Kennedy’s? On this day in 1917, John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Remembered as one of the most beloved presidents in the history of the United States, Kennedy’s leadership and accomplishments continues to inspire generations years after his death. Kennedy was the second of nine children born to Joseph “Joe” Kennedy and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald. He was named in honor of his maternal grandfather, John Francis Fitzgerald, who… Read the full story

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Memorial Day: Remembering Our Military Ancestors

Posted May 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today the U.S. celebrates Memorial Day to honor of the men and women who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Many people will take this time to visit cemeteries to honor our fallen soldiers. The holiday is often celebrated with large parades and family barbecues as we also welcome the unofficial beginning of summer. Image: Kathleen T. Rhem, U.S. Army This long weekend also presents a great opportunity to research your military ancestors. Here are a few ideas on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted May 25, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a poet in your family tree? On this day in 1803, American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts. The son of Rev. William Emerson and Ruth Haskins, Emerson was named after his mother’s brother Ralph and his father’s great grandmother, Rebecca Waldo. He is descended from Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley. In fact, he carried the mitochondrial DNA of Tilley, since he is descended from an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Dylan

Posted May 24, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bob Dylan

Happy birthday, Bob Dylan! Today the iconic musician turns 77. A gifted songwriter, Dylan is often considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the world. Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. When Dylan first began performing in college he took on the name “Bob Dylan” after the poet Dylan Thomas. During the 1960s, Dylan became known as the voice of an entire generation. He was the songwriter of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bonnie & Clyde

Posted May 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bonnie and Clyde

On this day in 1934, infamous outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot and killed in an ambush by police in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Between 1932-1934, the famous gangsters captured the attention of the American public as they traveled throughout the country committing robberies and murders. The media coverage of their dangerous actions was intense and the couple used this to their advantage. After evading capture for two years, they were finally stopped as they drove… Read the full story

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Join Geni at Jamboree 2018!

Posted May 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Will you be at the 49th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree next week in Burbank, California? Geni will be there May 31 – June 2, 2018 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. We look forward to this fun conference every year! A few changes are in store for this year’s conference. By popular demand, this year, the exhibit hall will be open a day early on Thursday, May 31 during the Genetic Genealogy Conference. Jamboree will then… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted May 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Arthur Conan Doyle

Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? On this day in 1859, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A prolific writer, Doyle is best remembered for his creation of private detective Sherlock Holmes. He wrote four novels and over fifty short stories featuring the fictional detective. Doyle was born to a prosperous Irish family. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, where he first began writing short stories…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Lindbergh

Posted May 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Lindbergh

On this day in 1927, Charles Lindberg completed the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh completed the flight in his custom built single-engine monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis, from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York to Paris, France in 33 and a half hours. Lindbergh was born on February 4, 1902 in Detroit, Michigan to Charles August Lindbergh, a former Congressman, and Evangeline Lodge Land. From a young age, Lindbergh showed an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicholas II of Russia

Posted May 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicholas II of Russia

On this day in 1868, Nicholas II of Russia was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. The last Emperor of Russia, Nicholas II’s reign saw the Russian Empire fall from one of the greatest powers in Europe and into economic and military ruin. Nicholas II was the eldest son of Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna. He was closely related to several monarchs in Europe, including King George V of England, who was his first cousin. In 1894,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maureen O’Sullivan

Posted May 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Maureen O'Sullivan

Do you remember watching Tarzan? On this day in 1911, Irish actress Maureen O’Sullivan was born. Often considered Ireland’s first film star, O’Sullivan is perhaps best remembered for her portrayal of Jane in six Tarzan films. O’Sullivan was born in Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland to Mary Eva Frazer and Charles Joseph O’Sullivan, who was an officer in the Connaught Rangers and served in World War I. Growing up, she went to school in Dublin where she was classmates with future Academy Award winning actress… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tamara de Lempicka

Posted May 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Tamara de Lempicka

Do you have Polish ancestry? Today we remember Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka, who was born on this day 120 years ago. Known as “The Baroness with a Brush,” Lempicka gained fame for her bold Art Deco portraits of aristocrats and celebrities. Lempicka was born Maria Górska on May 16, 1898 in Warsaw, Poland. Her father was a Russian Jewish lawyer and her mother was a Polish socialite. As a young child, Lempicka developed a strong… Read the full story

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