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Memorial Day: Remembering Our Military Ancestors

Posted May 30, 2016 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: Mel Blanc

Posted May 30, 2016 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: James “Wild Bill” Hickok

Posted May 27, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: James "Wild Bill" Hickok

Do you have roots in the Old West? Wild Bill Hickock, one of America’s most legendary gunslingers, was born on this day in 1837. Born and raised on a farm in rural Illinois, James Butler Hickok lived a life filled of adventures. During the American Civil War, Hickok served as a scout and spy for the Union army. He also worked as a stagecoach driver and lawman. A gifted marksman from an early age, the legend… Read the full story

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Come See Geni at SCGS Jamboree 2016

Posted May 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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We’re excited for the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree taking place on June 3-5, 2016 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Jamboree has always been one of the most fun genealogy events of the year. A short drive from the Geni office, Jamboree is a great opportunity to reunite with old friends and meet new faces. This year’s theme is “Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past.” Presentations will be held on a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Wayne

Posted May 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a favorite Western film? On this day in 1907, legendary icon John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa. Although he was born Marion Robert Morrison, he preferred to be called by his nickname, “Duke.” He was a gifted athlete and even landed a football scholarship to the University of Southern California. Wayne got his start in film with small parts in low budget Westerns. His big break came when he was cast in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted May 25, 2016 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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Queen Victoria: The Grandmother of Europe

Posted May 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have royal blood? On this day in 1819, Queen Victoria was born in Kensington Palace in London. One of the longest reigning monarchs in British history, Victoria’s strategic marriage of her nine children to royal and noble families across Europe earned her the nickname, “the Grandmother of Europe.” Image: Library of Congress In honor of her birthday, here are some interesting facts about Queen Victoria: 1. She was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel F.B. Morse

Posted May 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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“What hath God wrought?” This was the message Samuel F.B. Morse sent from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capital to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland, to inaugurate the first telegraph line on May 24, 1844. Morse was born on April 27, 1791 in Charlestown, Massachusetts to Jedediah Morse, a pastor and geographer, and Elizabeth Ann Finley Breese. Morse had established a career as a painter when a tragic event would pull… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bonnie & Clyde

Posted May 23, 2016 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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Funny and Unusual Names in the Family Tree

Posted May 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Funny and Unusual Names in the Family Tree

Have you found any funny or unusual names during your genealogy research? Naming trends change and evolve over time, so what may seem odd-sounding to us today, may not have been so strange at the time. Nevertheless, we still get a good chuckle when we come across one of these names as we think to ourselves, “what were they thinking?” Check out some funny and unusual names we found in Geni’s World Family Tree! 1. Experience Bliss 2. Fanny Rash 3. Honest… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Stewart

Posted May 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James Stewart

Today we remember actor James Stewart, who was born on this day in 1908. The son of  Alexander Maitland Stewart and Elizabeth Ruth Jackson, Stewart was the eldest of three children. He got his first taste of performing while a student at Princeton University. Although he would earn a degree in architecture, Stewart ultimately chose to pursue an acting career after graduating college. He had started to find some success in film, but when World War II began,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Boleyn

Posted May 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, was beheaded for charges of treason and adultery. Her marriage to Henry VIII was scandalous from the start and plunged the country into political and religious upheaval. Denied an annulment for his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon by the Roman Catholic Church, Henry VIII broke away from the Church to establish the Church of England under the control of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Cochran

Posted May 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who are the fascinating women in your family tree? On this day in 1953, pioneering aviator Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier. She was born Bessie Lee Pittman and grew up in a small town in Florida. After divorcing her first husband, Robert Cochran, she began using the name Jacqueline or “Jackie.” Cochran moved to New York where she landed a position at the prestigious Saks Fifth Avenue salon. It was… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Tag Multiple Profiles to a Document

Posted May 17, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Geni Tips: Tag Multiple Profiles to a Document

As any genealogist will say, documents are vital to doing good genealogy research. It’s important to remember to upload your documents to your family’s profiles on Geni and add sources to ensure the family tree is as accurate as possible. What happens when you have a document with multiple people in it? Records such as the census or passengers lists may hold the names of entire families. Instead of uploading the document to every profile, you can simply tag… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Haakon VII of Norway

Posted May 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Haakon VII, King of Norway

Today Norway celebrates its Constitution Day, referred to simply as syttende mai (seventeenth May) by Norwegians. The national holiday is observed each year to commemorate the signing of the Constitution of Norway at Eidsvoll on May 17, 1814. The constitution declared Norway to be an independent nation in an attempt to avoid being ceded to Sweden after Denmark-Norway’s defeat in the Napoleonic Wars. The Crown Prince of Denmark-Norway, Christian Frederik, was named the first king of Norway,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.

Posted May 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you know that the first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929? The ceremony’s first host was none other than the Academy’s first president, actor Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Long before it would become Hollywood’s biggest night, the first Academy Awards were handed out at a dinner party for around 270 guests at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony lasted just 15 minutes and honored the best films of 1927… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bea Arthur

Posted May 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bea Arthur

Do you remember watching The Golden Girls or Maude? Today, we remember star Bea Arthur on what would have been her 94th birthday. She was born Bernice Frankel on May 12, 1922 in New York City, New York. Before beginning her career as an actress, Arthur worked as a truck driver and typist in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve during World War II. After the war, she found success in theater and earned a Tony Award… Read the full story

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Video: Everyone Who’s Immigrated to the U.S. Since 1820

Posted May 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have immigrant ancestors? Here’s an interesting video from Metrocosm depicting immigration to the United States from 1820 to 2013. Watch the changing immigration patterns in the U.S. over a period of nearly two centuries. The data comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration Office. In this colorful animation, the country’s brightness corresponds to its total migration to the U.S. at any given time, while each dot represents 10,000 individuals. It’s interesting to see how immigration patterns have… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale

Posted May 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale

Have you found your connection to the “Lady with the Lamp”? On this day in 1820, Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy. A nursing pioneer, Nightingale is remembered as the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale was born to an affluent and elite British family. Growing up, she felt uncomfortable among her family’s social circles and preferred to spend her time helping the poor and ill near her family’s estate. By the age of sixteen, she knew… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Irving Berlin

Posted May 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Irving Berlin

Do you remember the songs “White Christmas,” “Blue Skies” or “Anything You Can Do”? They all were written by legendary composer and lyricist Irving Berlin, who was born on this day in 1888. Berlin was born Israel Isidore Baline in Tyumen, Siberia in the Russian Empire. One of eight children, Berlin and his family fled to the United States to escape Jewish persecution. The family settled in New York City in 1893, where Berlin worked to help support his… Read the full story

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Genealogy Conferences: NGS 2016 Recap

Posted May 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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We had a great time meeting everyone at the NGS 2016 Family History Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida! Between May 4-7, genealogists and family historians from all around the country gathered at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Boward County Convention Center to enjoy a fascinating array of genealogy lectures and learn more about what’s going on in the world of genealogy. The Geni booth at NGS 2016 before opening day At the Geni booth, we welcomed many people interested in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fred Astaire

Posted May 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Fred Astaire

117 years ago, legendary actor Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Considered one of the greatest entertainers of Old Hollywood, Astaire dazzled audiences on the stage and screen with his charisma and energy. He was the son of Johanna Geilus and Frederic Austerlitz and had an older sister Adele, who proved to a natural dancer and singer. Together, the siblings developed a vaudeville act as children and became quite popular thanks to their father’s salesmanship. His… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.M. Barrie

Posted May 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: J.M. Barrie

Remember the story of Peter Pan? On this day in 1860, author J.M. Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland. Barrie was born James Matthew Barrie to David Barrie and Margaret Ogilvy. The ninth of ten children, Barrie was drawn to storytelling as a small child. He first found work as a writer and journalist, but discovered his work in theater increasing as time passed. During his third play, he met a young actress named Mary Ansell and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Clooney

Posted May 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, George Clooney! Today the star turns 55. Clooney has an interesting pedigree. Not only is he the nephew of famous actress Rosemary Clooney, but his fourth great grandmother, Mary Ann Whitehouse (Sparrow), is the half sister of Nancy Lincoln, the mother of President Abraham Lincoln. That makes Abraham Lincoln his first cousin five times removed! After small parts on television, Clooney finally hit it big with a starring role in the hit drama ER. Since then,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ann B. Davis

Posted May 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ann B. Davis

Do you remember watching The Brady Bunch? On this day in 1926, actress Ann B. Davis was born in Schenectady, New York. Best known for playing the beloved and hilarious housekeeper Alice Nelson on the popular 70s sitcom, Davis was a longtime veteran of the stage and screen. She caught the acting bug in college, where she had originally planned to study medicine. After her breakout hit on the 1950s sitcom The Bob Cummings Show, for which she won two… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn

Posted May 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn

Do you have a favorite Audrey Hepburn movie? Today marks what would have been the 88th birthday of the legendary actress. Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen van Heemstra Ruston on May 4, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium. Her mother, Baroness Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch aristocrat and after divorcing Hepburn’s father, raised her alone as a single mother. She studied ballet and quickly became a “star pupil.” The Nazi’s occupation of the Netherlands during World War II had… Read the full story

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After 100 Years, Family Welcomes Its First Girl

Posted May 3, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
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It was reported recently that a Northern Idaho family has finally broken their 100 year old streak – the Underdahl family finally welcomed their first baby girl after 101 years. The record was finally broken when Scott and Ashton Underdahl welcomed Aurelia Marie Ann on April 12. The couple have a son, Archer, and had been hoping to finally bring a girl into the family. After a century-long streak of boys, baby Aurelia was born at 8lbs 3oz…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bing Crosby

Posted May 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bing Crosby

Happy birthday, Bing Crosby! Today marks the 113th birthday of the legendary star. He was born Henry Lillis Crosby, Jr. on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington. The fourth of seven children, Crosby loved to listen to music on his phonograph as a child and enjoyed reading the comedy feature “The Bingville Bugle” in the Sunday edition of the Spokesman-Review. His love for the comic earned him the nickname “Bingo from Bingville,” which eventually shortened to “Bing.” Crosby’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine the Great

Posted May 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1729, Catherine the Great was born. Catherine the Great reigned over Russia from 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67. She was born Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg on May 2, 1729. Her father belonged to the ruling German family of Anhalt, but held the rank of a Prussian general. After converting to the Russian Orthodox Church, she received the new name Catherine. On August 21, 1745,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Randolph Hearst

Posted April 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to a media tycoon? On this day in 1863, American newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst was born in San Francisco, California. Hearst was the only son of wealthy mining magnet George Hearst and his wife, Phoebe Apperson Hearst. He entered the publishing business after receiving control of The San Francisco Examiner from his father. Before long, Hearst used his vast wealth to acquire more and more newspapers and magazines across the country. His vast media… Read the full story

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Join Geni at the NGS 2016 Family History Conference

Posted April 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Next week Geni is heading to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference. From May 4-7, genealogists and family historians from all around the country will come together at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center to learn more about the latest in genealogy. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from over 150 lectures on a wide range of topics. The theme to this year’s conference is “Exploring the Centuries: Footprints… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hertha Marks Ayrton

Posted April 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hertha Marks Ayrton

Today marks the 162nd birthday of British engineer and inventor Hertha Marks Ayrton. A pioneering scientist, Ayrton was the first woman to read her own paper before the British Royal Society. She presented her work on electric arcs and ripples in sand and water, and brought a scientific explanation for this simple observation, “when a wave washes over sand, ripples will appear.” She was awarded the society’s prestigious Hughes Medal for her work. Ayrton was born Phoebe Sarah… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Coretta Scott King

Posted April 27, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1927, American civil rights activist Coretta Scott King was born in Marion, Alabama. Although best known as the widow of Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta also made significant contributions to the Civil Rights movement both before and after her husband’s death. Coretta Scott was the third child born to Obadiah Scott and Bernice McMurray. Her father was the first black person in their neighborhood to own a vehicle,… Read the full story

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The Life of William Shakespeare

Posted April 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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While the world celebrated the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on April 23, today marks the day the Bard was baptized. Image: Wikimedia Commons Although the exact date of William Shakespeare’s birth is unknown, we do know the day he was baptized thanks to his baptism records. He was baptized at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-on-Avon on April 26, 1564. Since a child’s baptism generally takes place just a few days after birth, it is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carol Burnett

Posted April 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Carol Burnett

Happy birthday, Carol Burnett! Today the beloved comedic actress celebrates her 83rd birthday. Born on April 26, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas, Burnett caught the acting bug at a young age. After her parents divorced in the late 1930s, she was sent to live with her grandmother in a boarding house in Hollywood, California. In the second grade, she briefly invented an imaginary twin sister named Karen and found enjoyment in fooling the other boarders. Though she found steady… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

Posted April 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

Love listening to the sound of Jazz? On this day in 1917, Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia. From her earliest days as a small child, the Queen of Jazz was passionate about music and spent hours listening to Jazz records her mother brought home. After the death of her mother when she was 15, Ella was sent to live with her aunt in Harlem. She suffered many hardships during this time, including a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Muir

Posted April 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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This Earth Day, we highlight the profile of naturalist and advocate John Muir, who was instrumental in preserving the wilderness of the United States. Muir was born on April 21, 1838 in Dunbar, Scotland and immigrated with his family to the United States when he was eleven years old. The family settled in Wisconsin, where Muir developed a fascination and wonder for the natural world. Muir devoted much of his later life to the preservation of… Read the full story

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Remembering Prince (1958-2016)

Posted April 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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We were shocked to hear of the sudden padding of legendary musician Prince today. A musical genius and innovator, Prince was one of the most significant figures in the music industry. A pioneer of Minneapolis sound, Prince combined multiple genres – rock, R&B, jazz, funk, pop, disco, soul, hip hop, and psychedelia – to create his unique sound. Image: Penner, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)  In honor of his memory, we look back on some interesting… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth II

Posted April 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth II

Today Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday! She was born on April 21, 1926 in the home of her maternal grandfather’s house in London. On May 29, she was christened at Buckingham Palace and named Elizabeth after her mother, Alexandra after King George V’s mother who had died a few months before, and Mary after her paternal grandmother. At the time of her birth, no one expected that she would one day become queen…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Chester French

Posted April 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Daniel Chester French

Have you visited the Lincoln Memorial? On this day in 1850, sculptor Daniel Chester French was born in Exeter, New Hampshire. French was the son of Henry Flagg French, who worked for the U.S. Department of Treasury as the Assistant U.S. Treasury Secretary. After his family moved to Concord, Massachusetts, French became neighbors and friends with poet Ralph Waldo Emerson and author Louisa May Alcott’s family. It was under the influence and teachings of her sister Abigail May that… Read the full story

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American Revolutionary War Genealogy Project on Geni

Posted April 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you searching for your American Revolutionary War ancestors? You may want to check out the American Revolutionary War genealogy project on Geni! Image: Library of Congress Collaborate with others in Geni’s friendly and knowledgable community of researchers to discover the Patriots in your family tree. The Shot Heard ‘Round the World On April 19, 1775, battle broke out at Lexington as British forces and American colonial militias fought for the first time, marking the beginning of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Doris Roberts

Posted April 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Yesterday, news broke of the passing of actress Doris Roberts. She was perhaps best remembered for her role on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Roberts was born Doris May Green on November 4, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri. When she was 10, her father left the family. She would later take on her stepfather’s name Roberts as her own. Roberts discovered acting at an early age and dropped out of college to pursue acting full time…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Dawes

Posted April 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Dawes

As British forces prepared to march onto Lexington and Concord on April 18, 1775, two patriots set out on horseback to warn American colonists of the British advancement. While everyone may know the story of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, the story of William Dawes’s ride is often forgotten. Revere and Dawes embarked on different routes across Massachusetts in the event one was be captured. Dawes was assigned to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that they were in danger of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonardo da Vinci

Posted April 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a “Renaissance Man” in your family tree? On this day in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci in the Republic of Florence. A gifted an extremely talented individual, da Vinci’s genius ranged from science, arts, mathematics, engineering, astronomy, architecture and much more. Some of his greatest artistic masterpieces include the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and the Vitruvian Man. Did you know da Vinci wrote in neat mirror writing? One… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Sullivan

Posted April 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1866, Anne Sullivan, teacher to Helen Keller, was born in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. Born Johanna Mansfield Sullivan, Anne was the child of Irish immigrants who came to the U.S. during the Great Potato Famine. At the age of 8, she contracted trachoma, which made her nearly blind. She excelled as a student at the Perkins School for the Blind. Upon her graduation at the age of 20, Arthur Keller hired her… Read the full story

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Your Stories: Tackling the Welsh Medievel Tree

Posted April 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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We love hearing about stories from the Geni community about their journeys to uncover their family history. Today we’d like to share Anne Brannen’s story. A recent addition to Geni’s team of dedicated volunteer curators, Anne shares her family stories and the path that led her to tackle the medieval lines of the World Family Tree. After 22 years of working in Pittsburgh teaching at Duquesne University, Anne is now living a semi-retired life while… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Yuri Gagarin

Posted April 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space. Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was born on March 9, 1934 in the village of Klushino in Russia. The son of a carpenter and milkmaid, Yuri was the third of four children. As a young man, Yuri learned to fly while volunteering for weekend training as a Soviet air cadet at a local flying club. He later joined the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon Bonaparte

Posted April 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the Mediterranean island of Elba. As the Emperor of France, Napoleon established a hegemony over most of continental Europe. Often regarded as one of the greatest military commanders in history, Napoleon was able to establish a large empire through a series of military campaigns that would become known as the Napoleonic Wars. In 1812, Napoleon launched a disastrous invasion of Russia. The existing continental powers… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pablo Picasso

Posted April 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Pablo Picasso

Famous painter Pablo Picasso died on this day in 1973. Named one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, Picasso proved to be an immensely successful and prolific artist during his lifetime. He was baptized Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, a series of names honoring various saints and relatives. Picasso was born on October 25, 1881… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Wordsworth

Posted April 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you enjoy reading poetry? On this day in 1770, English Romantic poet William Wordsworth was born in the Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, England. Although orphaned by the age of 13, Wordsworth’s parents encouraged his education. He would write his first pieces of poetry while in grammar school and go on to study at Cambridge, but left before finishing his last semester. Wordsworth’s The Prelude is generally considered to be his greatest masterpiece. A semi-autobiographical… Read the full story

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