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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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Profile of the Day: Charles Perrault

Posted January 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Perrault

Remember reading fairytales growing up? On this day in 1628, French author Charles Perrault was born in Paris, France. Often described as the “father of the fairytale,” Perrault was known for penning some of the most beloved and recognizable stories, including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty. He derived many of his stories from pre-existing folktales and created the foundations of a new literary genre, the fairytale. He was born on January 12, 1628 to… Read the full story

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Goodbye, Ziggy Stardust: Remembering David Bowie

Posted January 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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News spread today of the death of iconic singer-songwriter David Bowie after an 18-month battle with cancer. He died on January 10, just two days after his 69th birthday. Herald as an innovator and pioneer, Bowie seemed to reinvent himself for each new generation of fans. Bowie constantly transformed his sound and appearance to the delight and surprise of audiences around the world. In remembrance of Bowie’s extraordinary life, we take a look at a few things… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alice Paul

Posted January 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alice Paul

On this day in 1885, woman’s right activist and suffragist Alice Paul was born. She was born on January 11, 1885 in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey to William Mickle Paul and Tacie Parry and was the eldest of four children. An influential figure of the women’s right movement, Paul was the leader and strategist of the 1910 campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment, which prohibits sex discrimination in the right to vote. She founded the… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Invite Relatives to Your Family Tree

Posted January 8, 2016 by Amanda | 5 Comments
Geni Tips: Invite Relatives to Your Family Tree

The traditional, solitary pursuit of genealogy is a thing of the past. Geni’s World Family Tree has made collaboration the easiest, fastest and most exciting way to uncover your family’s heritage. You can collaborate instantly with your relatives by inviting them to join the family tree on Geni. When your relatives join the tree, they can contribute their own knowledge of your family’s history and help research exciting, new branches of your ancestry. As more relatives are invited and the tree expands, you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Galileo Galilei

Posted January 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei died on this day in 1642. A pioneer and revolutionary thinker of his time, Galileo’s scientific discoveries would forever change the world’s understanding of the universe. Galileo was born on February 15, 1564 in Pisa, Italy. He was the oldest of six children born to Giulia Ammannati and Vincenzo Galilei, a famous lutenist and composer. As a young man, Galileo considered joining the priesthood before turning his attention to science and mathematics. His work… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Keres

Posted January 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you enjoy a game of chess? Today Estonia celebrates the 100th birthday of famous Estonian chess grandmaster Paul Keres. Keres was born on January 7, 1916 in Narva, Estonia. He showed an aptitude for chess at an early age, first learning about the game from his father and older brother, Harald. His brother would later go on to become a prominent physicist and is considered the father of the Estonian school of relativistic gravitation theory. From the mid-1930s to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jedediah Smith

Posted January 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jedediah Smith

Do you have explorers in your family tree? On this day in 1799, trapper and explorer Jedediah Smith was born in Jericho, New York. One of the first to explore the West, Smith is often considered one of America’s greatest trapper-explorers. In 1822, he joined William H. Ashley’s fur trading company to explore and trap in the Rocky Mountains. He would come to discover the South Pass through the Rockies, which offered a safer and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diane Keaton

Posted January 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 70th birthday to Diane Keaton! The actress was born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was a homemaker and once won the “Mrs. Los Angeles” pageant. Her father, John Newton Ignatius “Jack” Hall, was a real estate broker and civil engineer. After deciding to pursue a career in acting, she took on her mother’s maiden name “Keaton” to avoid confusion with another actress named Diane Hall. After finding success on Broadway, including… Read the full story

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New Year’s Twins Born in Different Years

Posted January 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have twins in your family tree? It’s not often you will find a pair of twins with different birthdays. However, for one San Diego couple, that’s just what they got. Not only were their twins born on different days, but they were not even born in the same year! A San Diego mother gave birth to twins, but one was born in 2015, the other in 2016. https://t.co/G7qBusgyDu pic.twitter.com/3so9OwMNz6 — WFMY News 2 (@WFMY)… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Newton

Posted January 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Isaac Newton

Today we remember Isaac Newton, who was born on January 4, 1643. Occasionally, his birthday is seen displayed as December 25, 1642, which is the date of his birth according to the old Julian calendar. He was born prematurely at Woolstrhope Manor in Lincolnshire, England, just three months after the death of his father. Small and weak, Newton was not expected to survive. However, Newton would go on to become one of the most influential scientists… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dick Clark

Posted December 31, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dick Clark

It’s New Year’s Eve! Do you remember ringing in the New Year with host Dick Clark? Today we remember the American Bandstand host who helped transform rock & roll into a cultural force. For 40 years, Clark hosted the annual special New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from Time Square in New York City. Millions of viewers wached each year as the lovable host helped countdown the ball drop as the previous year came to an end and the new year… Read the full story

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Looking Back at 2015

Posted December 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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As the new year approaches, we take a look back at some of the great things we accomplished in 2015. Many of our amazing feats could not have been done without the collaborative efforts of our amazing users and volunteer Curators, who work everyday on making Geni’s World Family Tree the largest and most accurate single family tree in the world. The year got off to an exciting start as we headed to Salt Lake City,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rudyard Kipling

Posted December 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 150th birthday of acclaimed author Rudyard Kipling! He was born Joseph Rudyard Kipling in Bombay, British India on December 30, 1865 to Alice MacDonald and John Lockwood Kipling. His mother was one of four notable sisters who had married well known men of the Victorian Era. His father, a sculptor and pottery designer, was the principal and professor of Architectural Sculpture at the Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art in Bombay. In 1865, his parents… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Tyler Moore

Posted December 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Mary Tyler Moore! Today the actress turns 79. The oldest of three siblings, Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York to Marjorie Hackett and George Tyler Moore. Her paternal great grandfather was Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Tighman Moore, a commander in the Confederate States Army. In 1861, Moore had offered his home in Winchester, Virginia to serve as the headquarters for Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Today, the home… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maggie Smith

Posted December 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Dame Maggie Smith! Today the legendary British actress turns 81. She was born Margaret Nathalie Smith on December 28, 1934 in Essex, England. Since making her stage debut at the age of 17, Smith has had an extensive and acclaimed career on film, stage and television. She won her first Academy Award in 1969 for her starring role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie opposite Michael Caine. She was introduced to a new generation of fans… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lady Bird Johnson

Posted December 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lady Bird Johnson

On this day in 1912, Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady of the United States, was born in Karnack, Texas. She was born Claudia Alta Taylor on December 22, 1912 at “The Brick House,” an antebellum planation mansion on the outskirts of town. As a child, her family nurse commented that she was as “pretty as a ladybird,” and the nickname stuck. As First Lady, Johnson worked on the beautification of the nation’s capital. She stated,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Fonda

Posted December 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jane Fonda

Happy birthday, Jane Fonda! Today the actress turns 78. Born into a Hollywood family, Jayne Seymour Fonda was the daughter of actor Henry Fonda and Canadian-born socialite Frances Ford Brokaw. When Fonda was 12, her mother committed suicide while under the care of a psychiatric hospital. She followed in her father’s footsteps and pursued a career in acting. During the 1960s, she scored several hits and landed her first Academy Award nomination for They Shoot Horses, Don’t… Read the full story

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Star Wars: Family Connections

Posted December 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Can you believe it’s been nearly 40 years since George Lucas first introduced Star Wars to the world? First released on May 25, 1977, few would have expected the film to become a worldwide phenomenon. Today, it would be hard to find someone who has not heard of the movies. This week, the iconic film franchise returns to the big screen to the great anticipation and delight of young and older generations with the latest installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Taking the helm from… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brad Pitt

Posted December 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Brad Pitt

Today marks Brad Pitt’s 52nd birthday! William Bradley Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Jane Etta Hillhouse and William Alvin Pitt. He grew up in Springfield, Missouri and majored in journalism at the University of Missouri. However, just weeks before graduating, Pitt packed up all of his belongings and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. He worked odd jobs around the city as he struggled to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: The Wright Brothers

Posted December 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1903, the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, made history by making the world’s first sustained, man-powered, heavier-than-air flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The brothers grew up in a close household, which fostered their creativity. Fascinated with flying from an early age, the brothers sought to make human flight a reality. On December 17, 1903, the brothers took their aircraft, named the Wright Flyer, to Kitty Hawk. With Orville as the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine of Aragon

Posted December 16, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Catherine of Aragon

Have you found your connection to royalty? On this day in 1485, Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII, was born in Alcalá de Henares near Madrid, Spain. The youngest daughter of Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella, Catharine was initially married to Henry’s older brother, Prince Albert. However, when the heir to the English throne died of an illness in 1502, Catherine found herself a widow. Shortly after Henry VIII… Read the full story

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Genealogists

Posted December 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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The holidays are fast approaching and many may still be scrambling to find last minute gifts for relatives and friends. Here are some gift ideas for the genealogist or family historian in your family: 1. DNA Test Give the gift of a genealogy DNA test to members of your family or friends. A DNA test is the perfect gift for relatives who may have hit a brick wall or simply want to know more about their origins…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

Posted December 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a Disney fan? On this day in 1966, Walt Disney died at the age of 65. He was born Walter Elias Disney on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois to Elias Charles Disney and Flora Call Disney. At 16, he tried to join the U.S. army during World War I, but was rejected for being underage. Undeterred, he joined the American Red Cross and worked as an ambulance driver in France. In 1928,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Washington

Posted December 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1799, President George Washington died at his estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia. He was 67 years old. Washington is remembered as one of the most important figures in American history. Born in 1732 on his family’s estate in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Washington led the Continental Army to victory during the American Revolution and served as the nation’s first President. In 1797, Washington retired from the presidency, establishing the tradition of the two-term… Read the full story

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10 Interesting Facts About Frank Sinatra

Posted December 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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December 12, 2015 marks Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. Known for his smooth voice and charm, Sinatra is remembered as one of the most popular and influential artists of the 20th century. Frank Sinatra, 1947 / Library of Congress In honor of the centennial of his birth, here are 10 interesting facts about Ol’ Blue Eyes: 1. His birth left him with lifelong scars. Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915 in an upstairs tenement… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward VIII

Posted December 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1936, history was made when Edward VIII became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He first ascended to the throne after the death of his father, George V. However, his reign had caused unease in government circles. His relationship with Wallice Simpson was controversial from the start. Only months into his reign, the couple announced their engagement, causing a constitutional crisis. The government, the public and the Church of England condemned the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ada Lovelace

Posted December 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ada Lovelace

Two hundred years ago today, pioneering mathematician Ada Lovelace was born in London, England. Augusta Ada Byron was born on December 10, 1815. She was the only legitimate child of the famous poet Lord George Gordon Byron, who left his wife and child shortly after Ada was born. Ada showed an apt for mathematics at an early age. Despite being outside the norm for women at the time, her mother encouraged her education in science and math,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kirk Douglas

Posted December 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Kirk Douglas

Happy birthday to Kirk Douglas! Can you believe the legendary actor is turning 99 today? He was born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam New York. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants and the family adopted the surname Demsky in the United States. Growing up, Douglas went by the name Izzy Demsky until he legally changed it to Kirk Douglas shortly before entering the Navy during World War II. After the war, Douglas pursued his career… Read the full story

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The Surprising Name Trend of 2015

Posted December 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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The year 2015 saw an unusual naming trend emerge. According to the parenting website BabyCenter.com, millennial parents have started to name their babies after Instagram filters. While it’s common for parents to draw inspiration from popular culture, many may still find it surprising to hear that the popular photo sharing app’s filters are the source of inspiration. Image: National Media Museum / Flickr If you’re a frequent user of Instagram, you may immediately recognize these unusual names…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eli Whitney

Posted December 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day 250 years ago, inventor Eli Whitney was born in Westborough, Massachusetts. Whitney was the eldest child of Eli Whitney, Sr., a prosperous farmer, and Elizabeth Fay. During the American Revolutionary War, Whitney had his own profitable nail manufacturing operation in his father’s workshop. After graduating from Yale, Whitney made his way to the South. It was there that he revolutionized the cotton industry with his invention of the cotton gin. His new machine quickly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Posted December 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Do you have ancestors who immigrated to the Great Plains? On this day in 1873, American author Willa Cather was born in Back Creek Valley, Virginia. She was best known for her novels O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia, which vividly depicted frontier life on the Great Plains. She was born Wilella Sibert Cather on December 7, 1873 on her maternal grandmother’s farm in the Back Creek Valley near Winchester, Virginia. For six generations,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jeff Bridges

Posted December 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Jeff Bridges! Today the actor turns 66. Born into a Hollywood family, Bridges got his start on film as an infant in the movie, The Company She Keeps. His father, Lloyd Bridges, was a prolific actor best known for starring in the television series Sea Hunt. Growing up, Jeff was very close to his brother Beau, who often acted as a surrogate father when their father was working. In 1971, he garnered wide acclaim after starring in The… Read the full story

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Mark Zuckerberg Welcomes a Baby Girl, Max

Posted December 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Mark Zuckerberg Welcomes a Baby Girl, Max

Congratulations to new parents Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan! The couple recently announced the birth of their daughter, Max, on Zuckerberg’s Facebook page. Maxima Chan Zuckerberg was born last week and was a healthy seven pounds, eight ounces. In a moving letter to their daughter, the happy parents expressed the joy they share for her arrival and their hopes for her future to live in a better world than today. To help make their desire a reality,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joseph Conrad

Posted December 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Polish ancestry? On this day in 1857, author Joseph Conrad was born in Berdychiv in the Russian Empire. Regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the English language, Conrad was in his twenties before he was able to speak the language fluently. He was born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski to Polish parents, Apollo Korzeniowski and Ewelina Bobrawska. Conrad’s family belonged to the Polish szlachta (nobility) and were bearers of the Nałęcz coat of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Ringling

Posted December 2, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Ringling

Did you visit the circus growing up? On this day in 1936, John Ringling, co-founder of the Ringling Brothers Circus, died at the age of 70. He was born Johan Nicholas Rüngeling on May 31, 1866 in McGregor, Iowa to German immigrants, Marie Salomé Juliar and August Rüngeling. In 1884, John and his brothers formed the Ringling Brothers Circus and traveled across the country with their show. Soon, they became a major competitor to the powerful Barnum & Bailey… Read the full story

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Remembering Rosa Parks

Posted December 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Sixty years ago, Rosa Parks became one of the defining symbols of the American Civil Rights movement when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This simple act of defiance sparked a wave of non-violent protest for equal rights. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was riding home from a long day at work on a segregated bus. She had been working as a seamstress at a Montgomery department… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bette Midler

Posted December 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bette Midler

Happy birthday, Bette Midler! Today the singer and actress turns 70. Bette Midler was born on December 1, 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Ruth Schindel, a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a painter at a Navy base. She was named after Bette Davis, one of her mother’s favorite actresses. Growing up in Hawaii, Bette’s family was one of the few Jewish families in the neighborhood. She attended Radford High School in Honolulu, where she graduated as valedictorian. After briefly studying… Read the full story

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10 Things You May Not Know About Mark Twain

Posted November 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is author Mark Twain’s 180th birthday. Lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age,” Twain’s works continue to live on after his death. His novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, continue to endure as some of the greatest works of American literature. Mark Twain / Library of Congress In honor of the 180th anniversary of his birth, here are some interesting facts about the great American author: 1…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Posted November 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading Anne of Green Gables? Today we celebrate author L.M. Montgomery on the 141st birthday. Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on November 30, 1874 in Clifton, Prince Edward Island, a small province on the east coast of Canada. After her mother died of tuberculosis when Montgomery was just 21 months old, her father sent her to live with her maternal grandparents. A prolific writer, she had over 100 stories published between 1897 to 1907. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Lee

Posted November 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bruce Lee

Today we remember Bruce Lee on what would have been his 75th birthday. Born on November 27, 1940 in San Francisco, California, Lee grew up in Hong Kong before moving back to the United Staes at the age of 18. His father was one of the leading Cantonese opera and film actors of the time. Like his father, Lee had a knack for performing and appeared in several films as a child. After joining a street… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sarah Josepha Hale

Posted November 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sarah Josepha Hale

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we highlight the woman who helped establish Thanksgiving as an official holiday in the U.S., Sarah Josepha Hale. She was born Sarah Josepha Buell on October 24, 1788 in Newport, New Hampshire to Captain Gordon Buell and Martha Whittlesay Buell. Homeschooled by her parents, Sarah went on to become a successful writer and poet. Most people are probably best familiar with her most popular work, the classic children’s nursery rhyme, “Mary Had… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Posted November 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember John F. Kennedy, Jr., who was born on this day in 1960. The second child of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, John Jr. was born just two weeks after his father was elected the 35th President of the United States, thus becoming the first child ever born to a president-elect. Just days before his third birthday, his father was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade. His funeral was held three days later… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Darling

Posted November 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Grace Darling, the English lighthouse keeper who helped rescue survivors of the Forfarshire shipwreck, on the anniversary of her 200th birthday. Grace Horsley Darling was born on November 24, 1815 in her grandfather’s cottage in Northumberland, England. She was the seventh of nine children born to William and Thomasin Darling. The Darlings lived at the lighthouse on Longstone Island, one of the Farne Islands, where her father operated the lighthouse. In the early hours of September 7,… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Print Your Family Tree Chart

Posted November 23, 2015 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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With the holidays fast approaching, you may want to consider decorating your house with a chart of your family tree. They also make great gifts for your entire family! You can create your own custom, high-quality version of your family tree for downloading or printing. Follow the steps below to create your very own family tree chart at home. 1. From the tree page, click on the printer icon at the bottom right corner. 2. A… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

Posted November 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

Did you ever have a fear of Frankenstein’s monster? It may be thanks to actor Boris Karloff’s frightening yet sympathetic turn as the iconic horror figure. Karloff was born William Henry Pratt on November 23, 1887 in London, England to Edward John Pratt, Jr. and Eliza Sarah Millard. His maternal grandmother, Eliza Julia Edwards, was a sister of Anna Leonowens, whose life in the royal court of Siam formed the basis of The King and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leo Tolstoy

Posted November 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Leo Tolstoy

On this day in 1910, author Leo Tolstoy passed away in Astapovo, Russia at the age of 82. Tolstoy was born at his family estate at Yasnaya Poyana, southwest of Tula, Russia. He came from a well-known family of old Russian nobility. His father, Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy, was a veteran of the Patriotic War of 1812. As a child, he experienced much loss. After his mother and father passed away, he and his siblings were sent… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meg Ryan

Posted November 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Meg Ryan

Happy birthday, Meg Ryan! Today the actress turns 54. She was born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra on November 19, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut. A semester before finishing college, Ryan dropped out to pursue a career as an actress. She chose the stage name “Ryan,” using her maternal grandmother’s maiden name. After landing the lead role in the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally…, Ryan became an international star. The box office hit would mark the first of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: David Beckham

Posted November 18, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: David Beckham

Soccer superstar David Beckham has been named this year’s sexiest man alive by People magazine. At the age of 40, Beckham receives the honor on its 30th anniversary. The title has become a staple of the popular magazine and now, Beckham joins the ranks alongside Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Johnny Depp. Beckham was born May 2, 1975 in London, England to David Edward Alan “Ted” Beckham and Sandra West. The middle child between two sisters, the… Read the full story

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Video: 100 Years of Women’s Fashion

Posted November 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Boy, has fashion changed in the last 100 years! In a video created by Mode.com, you can see 100 years of women’s fashion fly by in just two and a half minutes. Knowing how fashions have change over time is valuable when you are trying to date an old family photograph. From the flapper look of the Roaring Twenties to the grunge style of the 90s, the video demonstrates the typical style of each decade in the last century…. Read the full story

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