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Geni Tips: Merge This Profile

Posted November 30, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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When trees overlap on Geni, they are merged together to create a single, more complete family tree. Usually this happens when you encounter a Tree Match notifying you of a duplicate profile. But did you know you can still merge duplicate profiles even without a Tree Match? There are multiple ways to merge duplicates, but here we will cover how to begin a merge from a profile page. To merge the duplicate profile, first click on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill

Posted November 30, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill

Today we remember Winston Churchill, who was born on this day in 1874. Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the prominent Spencer family. His father was a politician and his mother was an American socialite. Churchill was born two months premature in Blenheim Palace, a monumental country house that was rewarded to his ancestor, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, for his military triumphs…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louisa May Alcott

Posted November 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading Little Women? On this day in 1832, author Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. The second daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott and Abby May, Alcott was born on her father’s 33rd birthday. Amos Alcott was a transcendentalist and established an experimental school in Boston. She grew up around family friends Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, who were a part of the Transcendental Club along with her father.. At the outbreak… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Hathaway

Posted November 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne Hathaway

On this day in 1582, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were married in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six months later, Hathaway gave birth to their daughter, Susanna. Although not much is known about Hathaway’s life beyond references in legal papers, much has been speculated about her relationship with the legendary Bard. She is believed to have grown up in a farmhouse in the village of Shottery. At the time of their marriage, Shakespeare was 18 and Hathaway was 26 and pregnant… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joe DiMaggio

Posted November 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Joe DiMaggio

Happy birthday, Joe DiMaggio! Today we remember the baseball legend on what would have been his 102nd birthday. Joseph Paul DiMaggio was born on November 25, 1914 in Martinez, California. He was the eighth of nine children born to Sicilian immigrants Giuseppe DiMaggio and Rosalia Mercurio. His father had come from a long line of fisherman and had hoped that his son would follow in his footsteps. However, Joe’s talent in baseball set his path on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Bradford

Posted November 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Bradford

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a conversation starter for Thanksgiving dinner – share with your relatives how your family is related to William Bradford, governor of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts and organizer of the very first Thanksgiving. A passenger of the Mayflower and signatory of the Mayflower Compact, Bradford was known as the leader of the early Plymouth Colony settlers. He served as governor of the colony for 30 years. His journal, Of Plymouth Plantation, is considered to be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harpo Marx

Posted November 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1888, comedian Harpo Marx was born in New York City, New York. He was born Adolph Arthur Marx to Samuel “Frenchie” Marx and Minnie Schoenberg on November 23, 1888. The second oldest of five boys, Harpo and his brothers took on a variety of odd jobs to help support the family. In 1910, Harpo and his brothers, Leonard (“Chico”), Julius (“Groucho”) and Milton (“Gummo”) formed a singing troupe originally called “The Four… Read the full story

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A Forgotten Thanksgiving Tradition

Posted November 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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As we get ready to enjoy Thanksgiving with family, we are reminded of the many traditions that come with the holiday. From the huge family feast of turkey and stuffing to football and even the annual Thanksgiving Day parade, traditions help make the holiday we spend with family special. But there’s an old American tradition that many may not be aware of from a time when Thanksgiving looked a little different than today. Image: Library of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Posted November 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Fifty-three years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was fatally shot by a sniper while traveling in an open motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline. Celebrated as one of the most beloved Presidents of the United States, Kennedy’s sudden death shocked the entire nation. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the second of nine children born to Joseph… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Goldie Hawn

Posted November 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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What’s your favorite Goldie Hawn movie? Today the actress celebrates her 71st birthday. Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born on November 21, 1945 in Washington, D.C. She was named after her maternal great aunt, Goldie Hochhauser. Starting at the age of three, Hawn took ballet and tap dance lessons. She began her career as a professional dancer before getting her big break on the popular variety show, Laugh-In. Hawn easily segued into film and landed her first major film role in the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard

Posted November 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard

On this day in 1923, astronaut Alan Shepard was born in East Derry, New Hampshire. In 1961, Shepard became the first American to travel into space. Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. was the oldest of two children born to Alan B. Shepard, Sr. and Pauline Renza Emerson. Shepard’s family had very early roots in America. His 8th great grandfather was Mayflower passenger Richard Warren, who was a signer of the Mayflower Compact in 1620. One of the original… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary I

Posted November 17, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary I

Have you found your connection to royalty? On this day in 1558, Mary I of England died at the age of 42. With no children of her own, her half-sister Elizabeth succeeded to the throne. The eldest daughter of King Henry VIII, Mary came to power after the death of her Protestant half-brother, Edward VI. A devoted Catholic, Mary restored England to Roman Catholicism during her five-year reign. She had hundreds of Protestant dissenters burned at… Read the full story

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10 Tips for Family History Interviews

Posted November 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
10 Tips for Family History Interviews

With the holidays just around the corner, chances are you will be getting together with your relatives to celebrate. It may also present a great opportunity to catch a few relatives for an interview about your family history! Before seeing your relatives this holiday season, here are some tips to help prepare for an interview with your relatives. 1. Plan ahead First, take a look at what information you have and what you may still be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Posted November 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Do you have a favorite Clark Gable movie? Today we remember the legendary actor on the 56th anniversary of his death. William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio. While he was an infant, his mother died, possibly from a brain tumor. From a young age, Gable aspired to become an actor. He found work with second-class theater companies and eventually made his way across the country to California. In the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Georgia O’Keeffe

Posted November 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who are the artists in your family tree? On this day in 1887, American artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The second of seven children, Georgia Totto O’Keeffe grew up on a dairy farm. She was named after her maternal grandfather, George Victor Otto, a Hungarian who had immigrated to the United States. After the death of her husband, O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico where she found inspiration in the New Mexico landscape…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Banting

Posted November 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frederick Banting

Today we celebrate the 125th birthday of Canadian scientist Frederick Banting, whose research led to the discovery of insulin to treat diabetics. Banting was born on November 14, 1891 in Alliston, Ontario. He was the youngest of five children born to William Thompson Banting and Margaret Grant. During World War I, he served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. In 1918, he was wounded during the Battle of Cambrai, but despite his injuries, Banting continued to… Read the full story

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Veterans Day: Celebrities Who Served in the Military

Posted November 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate Veterans Day in recognition of the men and women who have served in the armed forces. In honor of the holiday, here’s a look at a few famous veterans in Geni’s World Family Tree: 1. Buster Keaton Buster Keaton’s WWI draft card / NARA Remembered as one of the funniest comedians of the Silent Film Era, Buster Keaton served in the United States Army in France with the 40th Infantry Division during World War I…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonard Cohen

Posted November 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary Canadian singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, who passed away at the age of 82. Leonard Norman Cohen was born on September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec to a middle-class Jewish family. His mother, Masha Klonitsky, was the daughter of a Talmudic writer and was of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. His father, Nathan Cohen, owned a clothing store and died when Cohen was just 9 years old. Growing up, he was encouraged by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Burton

Posted November 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1925, Welsh actor Richard Burton was born in Pontrhydyfen, Wales. Born Richard Walter Jenkins, Jr., he was the twelfth child of parents Richard Walter Jenkins, Sr. and Edith Maude Thomas. His father was a coal miner and his mother worked as a bartender. At the age of two, he lost his mother shortly after she gave birth to the family’s thirteenth child. He was then taken in by his sister Cecilia and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

Posted November 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about an ancestor?  On this day in 1914, actress Hedy Lamarr was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungry. Although Lamarr was best known as an actress during MGM’s “Golden Age,” you may be surprised to learn about her background as an inventor and the role she played in the creation of wireless communication. During the 1940s, Lamarr starred in several successful films. But as World War II raged, Lamarr felt… Read the full story

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Did Your Ancestors Vote?

Posted November 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Did Your Ancestors Vote?

It’s Election Day in the U.S. Today, millions of Americans will head to the polls to cast their votes for President. This presidential election between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton will certainly go down into the history books and may possibly result in the country’s first female president. As voters take to the polls, we take a minute to remember that many of our ancestors may have also participated in elections during their lifetimes. Did your ancestors vote? Voter… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

Posted November 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

On this day in 1847, Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, was born in Dublin, Ireland. Abraham Stoker was the third of seven children born to Abraham Stoker and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley. As a child, Stoker suffered from an illness that left him bedridden until he started school at the age of seven. After studying mathematics at Trinity College, Stoker worked as a civil servant at Dublin Castle and as a theater critic for the Dublin Evening… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

Posted November 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

On this day in 1867, renowned physicist Marie Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland. Thanks to her pioneering research on radioactivity, Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to win twice in different fields, Physics and Chemistry. Curie was the fifth and youngest child born to Bronisława Boguska and Władyslaw Sklodowski, both teachers. Her paternal grandfather was also a well known teacher in Lublin and her family of educators… Read the full story

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Photos: Our Mustachioed Ancestors

Posted November 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s Movember again, an annual event where men grow out their mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health. When looking through old family photos, it’s likely you’ve come across some mustachioed ancestors. Mustache styles have changed over time, so your ancestor’s facial hair may even be a clue to help you date your photo. In honor of Movember, here’s a fun look at some epic mustaches of the past. Image: Australian National… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

Posted November 4, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

On this day in 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the entrance to the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. Tutankhamun became the Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty at the age of 9. When he came to power, there was much unrest in Egypt. He reversed several changes made during his father’s reign, including restoring the worship of the old gods. He ruled for nearly 10 years before his death around the age of 18. Howard Carter had spent… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sissy Spacek

Posted November 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sissy Spacek

Do you remember watching Carrie? The classic horror film starring Sissy Spacek celebrates its 40th anniversary today. Based on Stephen King’s best-selling first novel of the same name, the movie was released in theaters on November 3, 1976 to widely positive reviews. Not only did it succeed in frightening audiences, it also became one of the rare horror films to be nominated for multiple Academy Awards. An unknown actress when she was first cast, Spacek earned her first Oscar nomination for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Howard Hughes

Posted November 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Howard Hughes

On this day in 1947, Hollywood producer and aviator Howard Hughes flew the Spruce Goose on its first and only flight. Also called the Hughes Flying Boat, the plane was the largest aircraft ever built at the time. Hughes was a successful and extremely wealthy movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. Hughes had a lifelong passion for aviation and was an avid pilot. He even set a few aviation records himself, including a… Read the full story

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5 Things to Know About the Day of the Dead

Posted November 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
5 Things to Know About the Day of the Dead

November 1 and 2 marks the celebration of the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, a traditionally Mexican holiday focused on the remembrance of friends and family who have died. Although the holiday is particularly a Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead is observed by many cultures throughout the world. The colorful and festive holiday is celebrated with family and friends in remembrance of their loved ones who have died. In honor of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Crane

Posted November 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Stephen Crane

On this day in 1871, American author Stephen Crane was born in Newark, New Jersey. He is best known for his highly acclaimed novel The Red Badge of Courage, where Crane authentically depicted the realities of battle during the American Civil War and the psychological turmoil of the novel’s protagonist, a Union soldier who grapples with his own cowardice after he flees from the battlefield. Crane was the fourteenth child born to Johnathan Townley Crane, a minister,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Keats

Posted October 31, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1795, English Romantic poet John Keats was born in London, England. The son of Thomas Keats and Frances Jennings, Keats was the eldest of the couple’s four surviving children. Keats lost both of his parents while he was still young. His father died when Keats was 8 after falling from a horse. When he was 14, his mother died of tuberculosis. During this time, Keats found solace in the arts and literature. Despite… Read the full story

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How Geni and MyHeritage Helped Me Find My Grandmother’s Family

Posted October 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
How Geni and MyHeritage Helped Me Find My Grandmother’s Family

We love to hear stories from our users about the fascinating discoveries they have made on Geni. Below we share a story from Angela Sinickas Shiromani, who connected with descendants of her grandmother’s siblings through Geni. This amazing discovery finally united two lines of the family after being separated across two continents for over 60 years. In June 2013, while on a trip to Lithuania to speak at the Lithuanian World Economic Forum, Angela decided… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bill Gates

Posted October 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bill Gates

Happy birthday, Bill Gates! Today the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist turns 61. William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington to William H. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell. By the age of 13, Gates began to show an interest in computer programming and continued to pursue his passion during college. He would drop out of Harvard University to form a company called “Micro-soft” with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Later dropping… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Singer

Posted October 27, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Isaac Singer

Did your family own a Singer sewing machine? On this day in 1811, inventor Isaac Singer was born in Pittstown, New York. Singer’s improvements to the sewing machine would make it more practical and efficient than ever before. Isaac Merritt Singer was born to Adam Singer and Ruth Benson on October 27, 1811. Around the age of 12, he left home to work various odd jobs and even joined a traveling stage act. By the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Posted October 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Today marks the 135th anniversary of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Remembered as the most famous shootout in the history of the Wild West, the gunfight was the result of the long-simmering feud between outlaw Cowboys, the Clanton-McLaurys, and lawmen Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and temporary policeman Doc Holliday. The 30 second shootout took place on October 26, 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. The Earp brothers were targets of death threats by the group of outlaws… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Convert Photos to Documents

Posted October 25, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Geni Tip: Convert Photos to Documents

Before Geni introduced documents, users were able to upload records, such as census records or passenger lists, as photos. Now years later, many people are still not aware that you can convert those old photos into documents. By converting these types of photos into documents, you make these records even more useful in your family tree. Once the image is made into a document, you can use them as sources for your family’s profiles. For each profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Abigail Adams

Posted October 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Abigail Adams

On this day in 1764, future President John Adams married Abigail Smith at the Smith family home in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Abigail Adams was born on November 22, 1744 to Elizabeth Quincy and William Smith, a pastor. The couple had known each other since they were children and throughout their courtship and marriage exchanged over 1,100 letters. Their letters were filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics and provided a unique window into 18th century life and personal insight… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

Posted October 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

On this day in 1632, Dutch tradesman Antoni van Leeuwenhoek was born. Known as the “Father of microbiology,” van Leeuwenhoek is considered to be the first person to observe microbes. He was born in Delft in the Netherlands to Philips Antonisz van Leeuwenhoek, a basket maker, and Margaretha Bel van den Berch, who had come from a brewer family. A draper, van Leeuwenhoek made for an unlikely scientist. He became interested in lensmaking while working in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Nobel

Posted October 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1833, Swedish inventor and philanthropist Alfred Nobel was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Although today Nobel is best remembered for establishing the Nobel Prizes, he first earned his fortune as the inventor of dynamite. After his brother died in an explosion at his father’s arms factory, Nobel sought to find a safer substance than the unstable nitroglycerin. It was after a newspaper incorrectly published Nobel’s obituary that he became concerned with how he would be remembered by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mickey Mantle

Posted October 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1931, baseball legend Mickey Mantle was born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. He was born to Elvin Charles “Mutt” Mantle, a lead miner, and Lovell Richardson. A huge baseball fan, Mantle’s father had named him after Mickey Cochrane, a Hall of Fame catcher. A gifted athlete while in school, Mantle was scouted and signed to a minor league contract right out of high school. By the age of 19, Mantle was playing for the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ferdinand II of Aragon

Posted October 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ferdinand II of Aragon

On October 19, 1469, Ferdinand II of Aragon married Isabella I of Castile. Their marriage would pave the way for the unification of Aragon and Castile into the single country of Spain. In 1492, the monarchs brought the Reconquista to an end when the last Islamic state in Iberia at Granada finally fell to the expanding Christian kingdoms. Soon after, Ferdinand and Isabella agreed to sponsor Christopher Columbus on an expedition to reach the Indies by sailing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick III

Posted October 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1831, German Emperor Frederick III was born in the New Palace at Potsdam, Prussia. The only son of Emperor Wilhelm I, Frederick was celebrated for his leadership and successes during the Second Schleswig, Austro-Prussian and Franco-Prussian Wars. Despite his military success, Frederick was known to dislike warfare and was often praised for his humane conduct. After the death of his father at the age of 90 on March 9, 1888, Frederick… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rita Hayworth

Posted October 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Rita Hayworth

Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth was born on October 17, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York. One of the top stars of the 1940s, Hayworth appeared in a total of 61 films throughout her long career. Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino was the oldest child of two dancers. Her father, Eduardo Cansino, Sr., and her mother, Volga Hayworth, had performed with the Ziegfeld Follies. Her paternal grandfather, Antonio Cansino, was a renowned Spanish classical dancer. At the peak of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William the Conqueror

Posted October 14, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: William the Conqueror

Today marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. On this day in 1066, William the Conqueror led his forces to defeat King Harold II of England. In January 1066, the death of the childless King Edward the Confessor resulted in a struggle for succession to the English throne. After his death, Harold II was browed king. However, William, then Duke of Normandy, had claimed he was the rightful heir to the throne. According… Read the full story

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Your Stories: Finding Connections to Family

Posted October 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Barbara Zinn first became interested in family history in 1998 when her husband’s aunt sent the couple his family history. Since then, Barbara had been doing her husband’s genealogy off and on.  After researching her husband’s family for a number of years, Barbara became interested in seeing what she could find about her own family. Mary Louise Spencer (Barbara’s paternal grandmother) / Courtesy of Barbara Zinn “Because of my upbringing, and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Dylan

Posted October 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bob Dylan

Congratulations to Bob Dylan! It was announced today that legendary singer and songwriter was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Dylan’s win for the Nobel Prize was a surprise for many. He is the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature since author Toni Morrison won the prize in 1993. He’s also the first person who is considered primarily a musician to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hugh Jackman

Posted October 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hugh Jackman

Happy birthday, Hugh Jackman! Today the actor turns 48. Jackman was born on October 12, 1968 in Sydney, Australia to Grace McNeil (Greenwood) and Christopher John Jackman. His parents were English and had come to Australia as part of the “Ten Pounds Poms” immigration in 1967. Implemented after World War II, the immigration program was an effort to increase the population of Australia. Emigrants were charged only ten pounds sterling to migrate to the country…. Read the full story

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Featured Project: Daughters of the American Revolution

Posted October 11, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
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On October 11, 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded. The non-profit organization and genealogical scoeity welcomes women who are directly descended from Patriots who served in the American Revolutionary War. The group works to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Check out these fast facts about the founding of the Daughters of the American Revolution: 1. It emerged during a time of renewed passion and interest in the early days of American history. Image: Library… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted October 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

On this day in 1884, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City, New York. She was born Anna Eleanor Roosevelt to Elliot Bullock Roosevelt and Anna Rebecca Hall. The niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor was a shy child growing up and by the age of ten, she was orphaned. In 1892, her mother died from diphtheria, as did her younger brother just a few months later. On August 14, 1894,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Giuseppe Verdi

Posted October 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Giuseppe Verdi

Do you have an ear for music? Perhaps it’s in your genes! 203 years ago, Giuseppe Verdi was born in Le Roncole, Italy. A dominant figure of the Italian opera scene, Verdi is remembered as one of the most renowned opera composers in history. He was born Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi to Carlo Giuseppe Verdi, an innkeeper, and Luigia Uttini, a spinner, in a small Italian village. He is believed to have been born either on… Read the full story

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First Cousins Reunited

Posted October 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
First Cousins Reunited

We love hearing stories of families reunited through Geni. Recently, Eli Rabinowitz finally found his first cousin Zara Smushkovich after being separated for over 35 years! The discovery was made thanks to the help of a friendly person on Facebook who found the family tree on Geni. Zara’s father, David, and Eli’s mother, Rachel Zara’s father, David Zeldin, and Eli’s mother, Rachel, were siblings. During World War II, David had joined the Soviet Army. His children, Mendel and… Read the full story

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