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Profile of the Day: Clara Rockmore

Posted March 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Does anyone in your family play the theremin? Today we celebrate the 105th birthday of master theremin performer Clara Rockmore. She was born Clara Reisenberg on March 9, 1911 in Vilnius, Lithuania, which was then a part of the Russian Empire. A talented violinist growing up, Rockmore was forced to give up the instrument due to health problems caused by malnutrition. After her family fled to the United States, Rockmore met Léon Theremin, inventor of the world’s first electronic… Read the full story

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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Heroes

Posted March 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate International Women’s Day, which recognizes the past and present achievements of women all around the world. In honor of the the day, here are some of remarkable women throughout history found in Geni’s World Family Tree: Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) Image: Wikimedia Commons A gifted mathematician, Ada Lovelace wrote the world’s first computer program nearly a century before the first computers were built. Lovelace envisioned a day when a single machine could be programed for a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland

Posted March 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland

Do you have royal connections? On this day in 1702, Anne Stuart, sister of Mary II, became Queen regnant of England, Scotland and Ireland. She was the second daughter born to James II and VII and his first wife, Anne Hyde. When Anne’s father was deposed in the Glorious Revolution, her brother-in-law, William III, and her sister, Mary II, became joint monarchs. Although the sisters had been close, they became estranged over the years. After… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Penn

Posted March 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Penn

Do you have Quaker ancestors? On this day in 1681, Charles II of England granted William Penn a land charter for a large piece of land in America, which would become Pennsylvania. William Penn was the son of Margaret Jasper and English Admiral Sir William Penn. Admiral Penn took part in the restoration of Charles II and was eventually knighted and served in the Royal Navy. In 1861, Charles II granted Penn a large piece of… Read the full story

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Uncover the Maiden Names of Your Female Ancestors

Posted March 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you having trouble searching for your female ancestors? Documentation for women is often difficult to come by in the historical record. Often times, name changes and omissions in favor of male relatives make it difficult to track down your female ancestors. Image: Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives The month of March is designated as Women’s History Month. In honor of the month long celebration, here are some ways you can uncover the maiden names of your… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

Posted March 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have inventors in your family tree? On this day in 1847, inventor and engineer Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. The inventor of the first practical telephone, Bell’s work was heavily influenced by his life at home. Both his mother and his wife were deaf, while his father, grandfather and brother concentrated their work on elocution and speech. In 1876, Bell received the patent for the telephone with the assistance of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jon Bon Jovi

Posted March 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jon Bon Jovi

Happy birthday, Jon Bon Jovi! Today the rocker turns 54. John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. was born on March 2, 1962 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. His parents, John Francis Bongiovi, Sr. and Carol Sharkey, met while in the Marines. Interestingly, his mother was also a former model and one of the first Playboy bunnies. Jon’s interest in music began when he was young, and by his early teens, he knew he wanted to be a rock… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Justin Bieber

Posted March 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Justin Bieber! Today the pop star turns 22. Bieber was born on March 1, 1994 in London, Ontario, Canada. From a young age, Bieber showed a special talent for music. Growing up, he learned to play the piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet. At the age of 12, his mother uploaded a video of Bieber performing at a local singing competition to YouTube so their family and friends to see. As she continued to upload more… Read the full story

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Interesting Facts About Leap Day

Posted February 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Interesting Facts About Leap Day

Today is Leap Day! Why do we have leap days? Because it actually takes about 365¼ days for the Earth to orbit the sun. To account for this, an extra day is added every four years to the Gregorian calendar. This occurs every year divisible by four, with the exception of century years, unless it is divisible by 400. Here are some interesting facts about leap day: 1. You can thank Julius Caesar for leap year. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonardo DiCaprio

Posted February 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Leonardo DiCaprio

Congratulations to Leonardo DiCaprio for finally winning his first Oscar! The six-time Academy Award nominee finally took home the coveted prize for Best Actor for his role in the film, The Revenant. The film was inspired by the experiences of American frontiersman Hugh Glass, who had been left for dead by his companions after being mauled by a grizzly bear. Years in the making, DiCaprio earned his first Oscar nomination 22 years ago in 1994. When accepting the award, the audience… Read the full story

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Your Stories: Solving Genealogy Puzzles

Posted February 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Since the first grade, Geni Curator Jim Wile knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. With dreams to become a math teacher, Jim was working towards his degree in education when his birth date was called in the military draft lottery. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 902nd Military Intelligence Group. Despite his three-year detour, Jim went on to achieve his goal to become a teacher of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Buffalo Bill Cody

Posted February 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have cowboys or lawmen in your family tree? On this day in 1846, Buffalo Bill Cody was born in the Iowa Territory. Though born in the U.S., Cody spent much of his childhood growing up in his father’s hometown in Canada before the family moved to the Kansas territory. Buffalo Bill’s life was filled with fascinating adventures, making him a legendary figure of the American Wild West. At the age of 14, he became a rider… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Harrison

Posted February 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Harrison

Do you have a favorite Beatles song? Today we remember George Harrison, who was born on February 25, 1943 in Liverpool, England. The youngest of four children, much of Harrison’s early life was filled with music. He first joined Paul McCartney and John Lennon at the age of 14 when the group was still called the Quarrymen. Forming the Beatles with the addition of drummer, Ringo Starr, the rock group released their first hit single,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wilhelm Grimm

Posted February 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you enjoy reading fairy tales growing up? Today we remember Wilhelm Grimm, who was born 230 years ago today. Wilhelm Carl Grimm was born on February 24, 1786 in Hanau, Germany. The younger half of the famous Brothers Grimm, Wilhelm began his professional career studying law at the University of Marburg alongside his brother Jacob. The brothers remained close throughout their lives and dedicated many years collecting and documenting German folktales together. They would later… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Resolve Conflicting Data After a Merge

Posted February 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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After spending time merging duplicates, it’s easy to forget to go back to resolve conflicting data on profiles. Data conflicts arise when two profiles are merged but some of the information on the profiles do not match. Instead of discarding the mismatched information, we allow you to review these conflicts and choose the best data to keep. The information you select will appear on the individual’s profile page. Below we’ll walk you through how to review and… Read the full story

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

Posted February 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: W.E.B. Du Bois

On this day in 1868, civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Du Bois is often considered one of the most influential proponents of civil rights during the first half of the 20th century. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868 to Alfred and Mary Silvina Du Bois. His mother’s family was a part of a small, free black community in Great Barrington and had long… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Drew Barrymore

Posted February 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Drew Barrymore! Today the actress turns 41. Drew Blythe Barrymore was born into the famous Barrymore dynasty of actors. The granddaughter of legendary actor John Barrymore, Drew descends from a long line of performers. John Barrymore’s siblings, Lionel and Ethel, were also renowned stage actors. Not only that, her great grandparents, Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew, were accomplished stage actors as well. Her second great grandparents, John and Louisa Lane Drew, owned and ran their own… Read the full story

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Remembering Harper Lee

Posted February 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Remembering Harper Lee

Today we mourn the death of brilliant author Harper Lee. She passed away at the age of 89 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. The beloved author of To Kill a Mockingbird was revered by many who grew up reading her classic novel. In honor of her passing, we take a look back at her life. 1. Nelle Harper Lee was the youngest of four children born to Frances Cunningham (Finch) and Amasa Coleman Lee. Her first name was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James F. Reed

Posted February 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1847, the first rescuers reached the surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of American pioneers stranded in the snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Leading the ill-fated wagon train to California were George Donner and James F. Reed. In the spring of 1846, parties led by Reed and Donner joined together to head west to California. Along the way, several other families joined the wagon train. After arriving at Fort… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Travolta

Posted February 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Travolta

Happy birthday, John Travolta! Today the star turns 62. John Joseph Travolta was the youngest of six children born to Salvatore Travolta and Helen Cecilia Burke. He grew up in a family of entertainers and at 16, dropped out of high school to pursue an acting career in New York. He got his first taste of success when he was cast as Vinnie Barbarino on the television sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter. Just a few short years later, he… Read the full story

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Tips to Get Started on Your Family Tree

Posted February 17, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Back to Basics: Tips to Get Started on Your Family Tree

Learning about your genealogy can be a rich and rewarding experience, but many who are eager to discover more often find they are at a lost as to where or how to begin. Family history research doesn’t need to feel so overwhelming. Check out these tips on how to get started on researching your family tree: 1. Start with what you know The easiest way to begin is to start with the information you already know…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

Posted February 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

On this day in 1801, Thomas Jefferson was elected the third President of the United States over his running mate, Aaron Burr, who also happened to be his 11th cousin. The election of 1800 was one of the most intense and contentious elections in U.S. history and exposed one of the flaws in the original Constitution. The then Vice President Thomas Jefferson had defeated President John Adams, but due to the rules outlined in the Constitution,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Taylor Swift

Posted February 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Congratulations to Taylor Swift, who took home the Grammy award for Album of the Year on Monday night! She is the first woman to win the coveted award twice. In her much buzzed about acceptance speech, Swift took a moment to send an empowering message to young women everywhere. She said, “I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to… Read the full story

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Newspapers: Wedding and Anniversary Announcements

Posted February 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you found your ancestors’ wedding or anniversary announcements in old newspaper records? These happy announcements can be a wonderful treasure trove of genealogical information. They may also hold stories of the love your relatives shared on their special day. Many of these may even include a photograph of the happy couple! We’ve uncovered a few lovely examples below. Check them out: Sisters married on the anniversary of their parents’ wedding The Ogden Standard, February 14, 1920 A… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Posted February 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 207th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Celebrated as Darwin Day throughout the world, the day commemorates Darwin’s enormous contribution to science. Charles Robert Darwin was born on February 12, 1809 at his family’s home in Shrewsbury, England. His family was wealthy and well known in English society. His paternal grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, was an abolitionist and a key thinker of the Enlightenment movement. While his maternal grandfather, Josiah Wedgewood, was a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

Posted February 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio and was the youngest of seven children born to Samuel Ogden Edison, Jr. and Nancy Matthews Elliott. His father was an exiled political activist from Canada and had taken part in the unsuccessful Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837. A prolific inventor,… Read the full story

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RootsTech 2016 Recap

Posted February 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
RootsTech 2016 Recap

We had a fantastic time at RootsTech 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah! This year’s conference was bigger than ever with an estimated 25,000 people attending and over 150,000 watching classes online. The Geni booth at RootsTech 2016 This year, Geni had an amazing booth with plenty of room to accommodate the crowds of visitors eager to learn more about collaborative genealogy in a single family tree. New users starting their family trees on Geni We loved… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jefferson Davis

Posted February 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jefferson Davis

Do you have ancestors that fought for the Confederacy during the American Civl War? On this day in 1861, Jefferson Davis was notified by telegraph that he had been chosen as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America. Although he was the strongest and first choice to lead the new Confederate States, Davis was reluctant to take the position. He was at his plantation gardening when he received the news that he was unanimously… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President William Henry Harrison

Posted February 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: President William Henry Harrison

Are you related to a U.S. President? On this day in 1773, President William Henry Harrison was born on a plantation in Virginia. The ninth President of the United States, Harrison was the last U.S. president to be born as a British subject before American Independence. He was the youngest son of Benjamin Harrison V and Elizabeth Bassett and his family were prominent political figures. His father was a member of the Continental Congress and signed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Blackwell

Posted February 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Blackwell

Do you have any doctors in your family tree? On this day in 1821, Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in the United States, was born in Bristol, England. Elizabeth was raised in a liberal household with a strong emphasis on education. In 1832, her father moved the family to United States and when he died in 1838, he left the family in great debt. To help make ends meet, Elizabeth, her older sisters, and her mother opened… Read the full story

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BFFs Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer Are Related!

Posted February 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Recently, actress Jennifer Lawrence and comedian Amy Schumer made headlines with their newfound friendship. The new pals made a splash at the Golden Globes, where they were both up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Lawrence took home the coveted prize for her performance as the titular character in Joy. But there’s no love lost between the two friends. The duo are reportedly co-writing a screenplay along with Schumer’s sister, where the two actresses will… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Posted February 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Have you read Ulysses? On this day in 1882, author James Joyce was born in Dublin, Ireland. James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born on February 2, 1882 to John Stanislaus Joyce and Mary Jane Murrary. Joyce grew up in an unstable household due to his father’s drinking. A bright child, Joyce taught himself Norwegian so he could read the works of Henrik Ibsen in their original language. Regarded as one of the most influential and important authors… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

To kick off Black History Month, today we celebrate the life of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland around February 1818. Although the exact date of his birth is not known, he chose to celebrate it on February 14. Years later, after escaping to the North, he took the surname Douglass. As a child, he secretly taught himself to read and write, believing that “knowledge is a pathway… Read the full story

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Meet the Geni Team at RootsTech 2016

Posted January 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Next week, the Geni team will be heading to RootsTech 2016, the largest family history event in the world. From February 3-6, genealogists and family history enthusiasts from around the country will gather at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah to attend this unique genealogy conference. From the family history novice to genealogy experts, everyone has the opportunity to learn and discover the latest tools and technologies for researching your family history. This innovative… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Selleck

Posted January 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Tom Selleck! Today the popular actor turns 71. Thomas William Selleck was born on January 29, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan. An athlete growing up, Selleck attended the University of Southern California on a basketball scholarship. He studied business administration before shifting his focus to acting. He got his big break when he was cast as the star of the detective series, Magnum, P.I. The show was a big success and earned Selleck an Emmy for Outstanding… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: W.B. Yeats

Posted January 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Irish ancestry? On this day in 1939, renowned Irish poet William Butler Yeats died in Menton, France. W.B. Yeats was born on June 13, 1865 in Dublin, Ireland to John Butler Yeats and Susan Mary Pollexfen. His mother had come from a wealthy merchant family, who owned a milling and shipping business. Yeats grew up in a creative and artistic family; his father had abandoned his studies of law to become an artist… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

Posted January 27, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

Remember the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? 184 years ago today, author and photographer Lewis Carroll was born. The eldest son in a family of 11 children, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson spent much of his childhood reading books. He enjoyed entertaining the children of his close friend, Henry George Liddell, and spent much time delighting them with stories of fantastic adventures. Liddell’s daughter, Alice, became the inspiration for Carroll’s most famous character, Alice, and her adventures… Read the full story

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Geni’s World Family Tree Surpasses 100 Million Profiles

Posted January 26, 2016 by Amanda | 13 Comments
Geni’s World Family Tree Surpasses 100 Million Profiles

Today we’re excited to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now connects over 100 million profiles! Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the entire Geni community, the World Family Tree has quickly become the largest, highest-quality family tree of the world. This significant milestone is the product of the hard work and research done by our dedicated community of users and our trusted team of volunteer Curators. The World Family Tree is the definitive family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ellen DeGeneres

Posted January 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ellen DeGeneres

Happy birthday, Ellen DeGeneres! Today the beloved comedian and talk show host turns 58. She was born Ellen Lee DeGeneres on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana. Ellen got her start in comedy doing stand-up at small clubs and coffee houses. In 1986, Ellen made her first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson where she became the first female comedian to be invited by the iconic host to join him for an onscreen chat. Today,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Virginia Woolf

Posted January 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who is your favorite author? On this day in 1882, English author Virginia Woolf was born in Kensington, England. She was born Adeline Virginia Stephen to well-educated and well-connected parents. Her father, Sir Leslie Stephen, was a notable historian, author and mountaineer. Her mother, Julia Prinsep Stephen, was the niece of famous photographer Julia Margaret Cameron and the first cousin of the temperance leader Lady Henry Somerset. Considered one of the greatest modernist writers of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lord Byron

Posted January 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any poets in your family tree? On this day in 1788, English poet Lord Byron was born in London, England. Regarded as one of the greatest British poets in history, Lord Byron is perhaps just as well known for his amorous escapades as his works of literature. He was born George Gordon Byron on January 22, 1788. He was the son of Captain John “Mad Jack” Byron and his second wife, Catherine… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XVI of France

Posted January 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1793, Louis XVI was executed for treason by guillotine. Louis XVI was born on August 23, 1754 in the Palace of Versailles. He was the second son of Louis, the Dauphin of France, and thus the grandson of Louis XV. When his brother died at the age of nine, followed by his father’s death in 1765, a young Louis became the next in line to inherit his grandfather’s crown. He ascended to the… Read the full story

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Second Cousins Discovered on Geni

Posted January 20, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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We love hearing stories from our users when they make fascinating new discoveries. Recently, genealogy blogger Kitty Cooper shared an amazing discovery she made just last week thanks to Geni. Through the power of collaboration, she’s found her long lost second cousins in Germany! Kitty shares that her family has always known of family in Bavaria, but surnames and where they lived remained a mystery. According to family lore, Kitty’s great grandfather, Benedict Reiner, was studying to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles III of Spain

Posted January 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles III of Spain

Have you found your connection to the Spanish monarchy? On this day in 1716, Charles III, King of Spain, was born in Madrid. The third surviving son of Philip V of Spain, but the eldest by his second wife, Charles became the Duke of Parma and Piacenza at the age of 15. As Duke, he conquered the kingdoms of Naples and Sicily and was crowned king on July 3, 1735. He reigned as Charles VII… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dolly Parton

Posted January 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dolly Parton

Happy birthday, Dolly Parton! Today the country superstar turns 70. She was born on January 19, 1946 in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. The fourth of twelve children, Parton grew up in poverty and often sang of her family’s struggles in her music. She began performing as a child and made television appearances by the age of ten. Since scoring her first No. 1 hit, Parton has enjoyed a long, successful career. She’s the most honored female… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cary Grant

Posted January 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1904, star Cary Grant was born in Bristol, England. He was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 to Elias James Leach, a tailor’s presser, and Elsie Maria Leach, a factory seamstress. Grant had an unhappy childhood. When he was 9 years old, his father placed his mother in a mental institution and told a young Grant that she had gone away on a “long holiday.” Later, he was told… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eighty-seven years ago today, civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. A middle child, King was named after his father, Martin King. After a trip to Germany in 1934, his father chose to change his name and his son’s name to Martin Luther King in honor of the German Protestant reformer, Martin Luther. As a child, King enjoyed singing with his church choir and even had the opportunity to perform with… Read the full story

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10 Most Common Family Heirlooms

Posted January 14, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
10 Most Common Family Heirlooms

Family heirlooms are often precious artifacts linking the present to your family’s heritage. They hold stories and memories from the past about the lives of loved ones that are no longer around. Usually passed down from generation to generation, family heirlooms provide us with a greater personal connection to our ancestors, perhaps more so than a census record or death certificate could provide. They often provide a unique insight into your family’s history and hold deep… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Rickman

Posted January 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alan Rickman

Today we remember actor Alan Rickman, who has passed away at the age of 69. A versatile actor, Rickman showcased his remarkable talent on both the stage and silver screen. He is perhaps best known for playing Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film franchise as well as his villainous roles in Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Born on February 21, 1946 in London, England, Rickman was the second son born to working class parents. His father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Cash

Posted January 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1968, Johnny Cash performed live at Folsom State Prison. His live album recording At Folsom Prison was a hit and stayed at the top of the charts for weeks. In 1955, Cash first released is single, “Folsom Prison Blues.” He was inspired to write the song from the perspective of the incarcerated after watching the movie, Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison, while serving in the United States Air Force Security Service. Not only had the… Read the full story

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