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Amanda is the Marketing Communications Manager at Geni. If you need any assistance, she will be happy to help!

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Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Posted March 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 170th birthday of lawman Wyatt Earp, who is best remembered for his involvement in the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Considered one of the most famous shootouts in the history of the Wild West, the 30-second gunfight resulted in the death of three outlaws. Earp was the only person to emerge from the shootout unharmed. Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was born on March 19, 1848 in Monmouth, Illinois to Nicholas Porter Earp and… Read the full story

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Irish Genealogy Projects on Geni

Posted March 16, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
Irish Genealogy Projects on Geni

Do you have Irish ancestry? With millions of Irish people who have emigrated abroad, it is estimated that over 80 million people worldwide claim some Irish descent. If you are trying to learn more about your Irish ancestors, Irish genealogy projects on Geni are a fantastic way to collaborate and connect with others who are also researching their Irish roots. These genealogy projects are the perfect place to seek advice, meet others researching their Irish ancestors, and work together towards the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Caroline Herschel

Posted March 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Caroline Herschel

On this day in 1750, astronomer Caroline Herschel was born in Hanover, Germany. A pioneer for women in the field of astronomy, Herschel made several significant contributions to the field, including the discovery of several comets. As a young girl, Herschel was struck with typhus, which stunted her growth. At just 4 feet and 3 inches, her mother believed that she would be destined for spinsterhood and would not require much of an education. However, her father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julius Caesar

Posted March 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Julius Caesar

Today marks the Ides of March. The famous date is remembered as the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. His assassination was the result of a conspiracy by many Roman senators, led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, who plotted to kill the Roman dictator in an effort to restore the Roman Republic. Considered one of the greatest military commanders in history, Caesar was hailed for his successful military campaigns as a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Hawking

Posted March 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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We are sad to hear of the passing of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who has died in his home at the age of 76. Considered one of the most brilliant minds in science, Hawking overcame great odds to make some of the most groundbreaking discoveries about our universe. Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England to Frank Hawking and Isobel Walker. Born into a well educated family, Hawking showed an aptitude for math and science at an early age. He studied… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Percival Lowell

Posted March 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Percival Lowell

On this day in 1855, astronomer Percival Lowell was born in Boston, Massachusetts. The founder of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, Lowell’s research would form the beginnings of the work that led to the discovery of Pluto 14 years after his death. Lowell was born to a wealthy and prominent New England family. His great grandfather, John Lowell, was one of the first Judges to be appointed by President George Washington, and later by President John Adams, for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Liza Minnelli

Posted March 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today singer and actress Liza Minnelli turns 72! The eldest daughter of film legend Judy Garland and director Vincent Minnelli, it seemed Minnelli was destined to become a star. A powerhouse on the stage and screen, Minnelli has won numerous awards across the entertainment industry, including an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California. She made her film debut at the age of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Yuri Gagarin

Posted March 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Yuri Gagarin

On this day in 1934, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was born in the village of Klushino in Smolensk, Russia. Gagarin made history in 1961 when he became the first human to travel into outer space. Gagarin was the third of four children born to Alexey Ivanovich Gagarin, a carpenter and bricklayer, and Anna Timofeyevna Gagarina, a milkmaid. He made his first flight after joining a local flying club. He trained as a Soviet air cadet before… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ignacy Łukasiewicz

Posted March 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ignacy Łukasiewicz

Do you have any Polish ancestors? On this day in 1822, Polish pharmacist Ignacy Łukasiewicz was born in Zadusxniki, Poland. A notable inventor and philanthropist, Łukasiewicz is perhaps best remembered for the invention of the modern kerosene lamp. The youngest of five children, Łukasiewicz was born to an impoverished noble family. To help support his family, he began to work as a pharmacist’s assistant in a pharmacy. During this time, he became involved in several political organizations… Read the full story

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RootsTech 2018 Highlights

Posted March 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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We’re back from RootsTech 2018 and we had a wonderful time! Thousands of genealogists from all around the world gathered at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the largest family history conference in the world. Throughout the conference, the Geni booth was packed with people eager to learn more about collaboration  and Geni’s World Family Tree. Several users stopped by to say hi and tell us how much they enjoy using the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

Posted March 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

How far telephones have come! On this day in 1876, inventor Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his new revolutionary invention, the telephone, and forever changed the way people communicated. Bell’s family had a significant influence on his research on hearing and speech. His father and grandfather were elocutionists and both his mother and his wife were deaf. His research led to experimentations with hearing devices and an interest in transmitting speech over wires. Bell… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gabriel García Márquez

Posted March 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Gabriel García Márquez

Have you read One Hundred Years of Solitude? On this day in 1927, Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia. Considered one of the greatest Latin American writers of the 20th century, Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. Affectionally known as “Gabo” throughout Latin America, Márquez pioneered the style of “magical realism,” which incorporated fantastic or magical elements into seemingly realistic fiction. He was raised by his maternal grandparents… Read the full story

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Research Based on Geni’s World Family Tree Featured in Prestigious Journal Science

Posted March 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Research Based on Geni’s World Family Tree Featured in Prestigious Journal Science

We’re excited to share that the science team at Geni’s parent company, MyHeritage, led by MyHeritage’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Yaniv Erlich, has had a groundbreaking paper published today in Science, one of the most influential academic journals in the world. The research was conducted with scientists at Columbia University, the New York Genome Center, MIT and Harvard, and provides fresh insights into the last couple of centuries of marriage and migration in Europe and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Francis Crick

Posted February 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? On this day in 1953, scientists James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the chemical structure of DNA. Their revolutionary discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA would forever change the study of genetics and heredity. Crick was born on June 8, 1916 in Weston Favell, Northamptonshire, England. His grandfather, Walter Drawbridge Crick, was an amateur naturalist who corresponded with Charles Darwin. From a young age, Crick had a strong interest in… Read the full story

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Discover How You’re Related with the Geni Pathfinder

Posted February 27, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
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Have you ever met someone at a conference and wanted to quickly see if you’re related? Now you can use the Geni Pathfinder, our new handy tool on your mobile device to easily discover how you’re related to the people you meet at genealogy conferences, family reunions, or anywhere else! Begin by navigating to this url on your mobile device: https://www.geni.com/pathfinder (you will be prompted to login, if you have not already). A QR code and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Steinbeck

Posted February 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Steinbeck

Remember reading The Grapes of Wrath? On this day in 1902, author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California. Considered one of the great American novelists, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Steinbeck was the son of Olivia Hamilton, a former school teacher, and John Ernst Steinbeck, who served as Monterey County treasurer. Growing up in a small rural town, Steinbeck spent his summers working on nearby ranchers alongside migrant workers. Many of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Cash

Posted February 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johnny Cash

Today we remember music legend Johnny Cash on what would have been his 86th birthday. One of the best-selling music artists of all time, Cash’s music transcended multiple genres, affording him the rare honor of multiple inductions in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Cash was born J.R. Cash on February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas to Ray Cash and Carrie Rivers…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Keats

Posted February 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Keats

Today we remember English poet John Keats, who died on this day in 1821 at the age of 25. The young poet had devoted his life to poetry, publishing three books of poetry before his death. Although his poems were not generally well received by critics during his lifetime, today Keats is regarded as one of the most beloved English poets history. Keats was born on October 31, 1795 in Moorgate, London, England to Thomas Keats… Read the full story

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Geni is Heading to RootsTech 2018

Posted February 22, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
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Next week the Geni team will be heading to Salt Lake City, Utah for RootsTech 2018, the world’s largest genealogy conference. Between February 28 – March 3, thousands of genealogists from around the world will gather at the Salt Palace Convention Center to learn more about the latest in the world of genealogy. This year has an exciting group of keynote speakers, including Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton and renowned genealogist Henry Louis Gates, Jr. With… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Washington

Posted February 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Washington

Today marks George Washington’s 286th birthday! Washington was born on February 22, 1732 on his family’s plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Remembered as one of the most important figures in American history, Washington led the Continental Army to victory during the American Revolution and went on to serve as the nation’s first president. Recently, a researcher at the Schaffer Library in New York discovered what is believed to be a lock of George Washington’s hair… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter III of Russia

Posted February 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Peter III of Russia

On this day in 1728, Peter III of Russia was born. The Russian ruler served as Emperor of Russia for a mere 6 months before he was overthrown by his wife, Catherine the Great. Peter III was the son of Charles Frederick, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, a nephew of Charles XII of Sweden, and Anna Petrovna, the daughter of Emperor Peter I. Born in Kiel, in the duchy of Holstein-Gottorp, both of Peter’s parents died when he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ansel Adams

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

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

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Chinese New Year: Year of the Dog

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

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Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Ernest Shackleton

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

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

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

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Webinar: Introducing the Geni World Family Tree

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Amy Lowell

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

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

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Profile of the Day: James Dean

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Charles Dickens

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Aaron Burr

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

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

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Quick Genealogy Tip: Projects on Geni

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

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

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Profile of the Day: John Witherspoon

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

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

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Your Oldest Photographs of an Ancestor

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

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Profile of the Day: Farrah Fawcett

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Justin Timberlake

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

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Profile of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Oprah Winfrey

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

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

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Australia Day: The First Fleet on Geni

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

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Profile of the Day: Wilder Penfield

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Virginia Woolf

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Neil Diamond

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

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Profile of the Day: Camilla Collett

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Queen Victoria

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

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Profile of the Day: Dolly Parton

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

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

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Profile of the Day: A.A. Milne

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Muhammad Ali

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Katy Jurado

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

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

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