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Are Big Families Better?

Posted October 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Are Big Families Better?

Do you come from a large family? In the past, it was typical to find families with three or more children. However, these days, statistics show couples who have more than two children are on the decline. Image: National Library of Ireland / Flickr Changes in culture, healthcare and technology have led to changes in what is considered the ideal family size. Starting in the 1930s, the U.S. has seen a shift from the ideal number of children… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt

Posted October 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt

On this day in 1858, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, was born in New York City. He was the second of four children born to Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., a glass businessman and philanthropist, and Martha Stewart “Mittie” Bulloch, a socialite and southern belle thought to be one of the inspirations for the character Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. Nicknamed “Teedie,” Roosevelt spent much of his childhood indoors due to illness… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maureen O’Hara

Posted October 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary film actress Maureen O’Hara, who passed away this weekend. She was born Maureen FitzSimons on August 17, 1920 in Ranelagh, Ireland. Starting from a young age, O’Hara dreamed of becoming an opera singer and stage actress like her mother, but she was convinced by actor Charles Laughton to try her hand at film. Her first major movie was Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn. Her performance in that film led to her casting as the… Read the full story

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Hardworking Centenarian Still Going Strong

Posted October 23, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
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Here’s a story that may put your work ethic to shame. In an interview with local Buffalo news station WGRZ, New Yorker Felimina Rotundo revealed that at the age of 100, she is still keeping busy working 11 hour days, six days a week at a local laundromat. Image: WGRZ Born in 1915, Felimina was a teen during the Great Depression and remembers it well. At 15, she got her first job working at a shoe factory… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Carson

Posted October 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johnny Carson

Do you remember watching The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson? Today we celebrate what would have been host Johnny Carson’s 90th birthday. John William Carson was born on October 23, 1925 in Corning, Iowa to Homer Homer Lloyd “Kit” Carson and Ruth Hook. As a child, Carson developed his entertainment skills by performing magic for his family and friends. He called himself “The Great Carsoni” and by the age of 14, began performing at county fairs… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sarah Bernhardt

Posted October 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any actors in your family? On this day in 1844, stage and early film actress Sarah Bernhardt was born. Once called “the most famous actress the world has ever known,” Sarah Bernhardt was one of the most in demand actresses in Europe and the Americas. She rose to fame in the 1870s on the stages of France and with the advent of film, she became one of the first actors to appear in… Read the full story

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It’s Back to the Future Day!

Posted October 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
It's Back to the Future Day!

Great Scott! Today is Back to the Future Day! The future has finally arrived as Back to the Future fans around the world celebrate the arrival of Marty McFly and Doc Brown on October 21, 2015. In the film, Back to the Future – Part II, Doc, Marty, and his girlfriend Jennifer, leave 1985 behind and travel 30 years into the future in Doc’s DeLorean time machine to help the couple’s future children. Twenty-six years later, the second installment of the Back… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carrie Fisher

Posted October 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Carrie Fisher! Today the star turns 59. The daughter of actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Fisher seemed destined to follow her parents into show business. In 1977, she skyrocketed to international fame when she was cast as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Despite also becoming a best-selling author and screenwriter, and taking on memorable supporting roles in films such as When Harry Met Sally…, Fisher remains most recognized for her role… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bela Lugosi

Posted October 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bela Lugosi

Do you like scary movies? On this day in 1882, horror film legend Bela Lugosi was born. He was born Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó to Paula de Vojnich and István Blaskó, a banker, in Lugos, Hungary. Around the age of 11, he left home and took on odd jobs to support himself in his travels. It was during this time that he began acting on stage and was soon accepted into Hungary’s Academy of Performing Arts. As… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: General Charles Cornwallis

Posted October 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: General Charles Cornwallis

Did your ancestors fight in the American Revolutionary War? On this day in 1781, British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, effectively bringing an end to the American Revolution. During his early days in the war, Cornwallis had successfully driven George Washington’s troops out of New Jersey. In 1779, Cornwallis became a leading figure in the British “southern strategy” to gain control of the southern colonies. Although Cornwallis had generally been successful in his battles, including his notable victory… Read the full story

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6 Unusual Wills and Testaments

Posted October 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you used wills as a resource in your family history research? When a person dies, they will often leave their possessions and money to their family and thereby, giving you more clues about other relatives in your family tree. Occasionally, you may come across a few odd requests made by the deceased. Here are some notable, unusual last requests: 1. Harry Houdini Image: Library of Congress In the 1920s, legendary illusionist Harry Houdini spent much… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Angela Lansbury

Posted October 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 90th birthday to Angela Lansbury! The Murder, She Wrote actress was born in London, England on October 16, 1925 to Edgar Lansbury, a politician, and stage and film actress Moyna Macgill. When she was nine, her father died from stomach cancer. She has stated that his death was a defining moment of her life. At the onset of the Blitz in 1940, her family immigrated to the United States. She studied acting while in New York City… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Desi Arnaz

Posted October 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Desi Arnaz

Today is the 64th anniversary of the premiere of I Love Lucy! Do you remember watching? The beloved sitcom starred real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and William Frawley and Vivian Vance as the Ricardo’s best friends and neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Originally, executives had been pursuing Ball to adapt her popular radio series My Favorite Husband for television. However, Ball insisted that Arnaz play her on-air husband so the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: A.A. Milne

Posted October 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: A.A. Milne

Remember Winnie the Pooh? On this day in 1926, author A.A. Milne published his children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, a collection of stories following the adventures of the honey-loving teddy bear and his friends. Milne’s real life inspiration for his characters came right from his home. The character Christopher Robin was named after his son, Christopher Robin Milne, and the character Winnie the Pooh was named after his son’s teddy bear. The rest of his son’s stuffed toys were incorporated into Milne’s… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Add Events to Timelines

Posted October 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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As relatives are added to the family tree, we will often enter the usual basic information, such as names, birth and death dates and location, etc. But did you know you can enhance your relatives’ profiles even further by adding life events to their Timelines? The Timeline is a great way to visualize the events that occur throughout a person’s life. For your convenience, the Timeline is automatically populated with information that may have already been added to a profile. This includes information… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Osmond

Posted October 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Marie Osmond! Today the the singer turns 56. Born Olive Marie Osmond on October 13, 1959 in Ogden, Utah, Marie shares her birthday with her father, George, who was born in 1917. She was the only girl out of nine children. Growing up, her brothers sang and performed on television as the Osmond Brothers. During the 1970s, she followed her brothers into show business and entered the country music scene. Her first single… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Columbus

Posted October 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is Columbus Day in the U.S. Established as a federal holiday in 1937, the day commemorates Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World in 1492. Columbus set sail from Spain across the Atlantic with his ships, the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Although not the first to arrive to the American continent, Columbus’ expeditions played a significant role in Spain’s colonization of the New World. Celebration of the holiday has changed over time…. Read the full story

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Remembering John Lennon

Posted October 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember music icon John Lennon on what would have been his 75th birthday. As one-fourth of the musical phenomena The Beatles, John rose to worldwide fame and went on to become a vocal anti-war activist and supporter of peace. His song “Imagine” became the best selling single of his solo career. Though he died in 1980 at the age of 40, his legacy continues to endure and inspire new generations. Image: Library of Congress In honor… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles X of France

Posted October 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles X of France

Have you found your connection to French royalty? On this day in 1757, Charles X was born at the Palace of Versailles. Named Charles Philippe, he was made Count of Artois at birth by his grandfather, King Louis XV. As the youngest son of the Dauphin Louis and his wife, the Dauphine Marie Josèphe, Charles was never expected to inherit the throne. At the outbreak of the French Revolution, he fled France. He returned in 1814 when the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Matt Damon

Posted October 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Matt Damon! Today The Martian star turns 45. He was born Matthew Paige Damon on October 6, 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, and Nancy Paige, an early childhood education professor. At the age of ten, he met his longtime friend, Ben Affleck. Together, the childhood friends catapulted to Hollywood stardom after co-writing the screenplay for the Academy Award winning film, Good Will Hunting. The duo took home the coveted statue for Best Original Screenplay…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edgar Allan Poe

Posted October 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of the spooky tales written by Edgar Allan Poe? 166 years ago today, the famous poet and writer died in Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 40. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809, Poe was orphaned as a young child. He was taken in by John Allan, a successful merchant, and his wife. Considered the inventor of detective fiction, Poe is best known for his tales of mystery and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carole Lombard

Posted October 6, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Carole Lombard

Today we remember actress Carole Lombard, who was born on this day in 1908. She was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana and was the third child and only daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth Peters. Discovered by a director while playing baseball with friends, Lombard made her first film appearance at the age of 13. She went on to star in more than 20 silent films and is best remembered for her roles… Read the full story

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Video: 100 Years of Wedding Dresses

Posted October 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Video: 100 Years of Wedding Dresses

Recently, the story of a woman who became the 11th bride to wear a 120-year-old heirloom wedding dress made headlines. Now a new video created by Mode.com shows how wedding dress fashions have changed over the last 100 years. It’s amazing watching how styles have changed over the last ten decades. Perhaps the video may even help you date some old wedding pictures! Watch the video below: Do these wedding gown fashion trends resemble the wedding dresses in your… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Goddard

Posted October 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert Goddard

In the last few months, NASA has discovered fascinating new details about Mars and Pluto. These exciting revelations in space exploration may not have been possible without the pioneering work of physicist and inventor Robert Goddard, who was born on this day in 1882 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Known as the father of modern rocket propulsion, Goddard is credited with creating, building, and launching the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket.  Despite his groundbreaking work, Goddard received very little public support for his… Read the full story

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Family History Month: Get the Kids Involved

Posted October 2, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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October is Family History Month! What better time to introduce your children to your family’s heritage than the month dedicated to it? Take some time to spark your children’s interest in your family’s history and they will love it and appreciate it as they get older. Here are some fun activities to get your budding genealogists active in learning about your family’s roots: Become a Family Detective Image: Anna, Wikimedia Commons Have a little Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew on your hands?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Groucho Marx

Posted October 2, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Groucho Marx

Happy 125th birthday, Groucho Marx! The master comedian was born Julius Henry Marx on October 2, 1890 in New York City, New York. He was the third of five sons born to Samuel “Frenchie” and Minnie Marx. As the family struggled financially, Groucho’s mother sought to guide her sons’ talents into a prosperous career in show business. By the 1920s, the Marx Brothers became one of the biggest comedic acts in the country. Groucho’s signature glasses, bushy… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julie Andrews

Posted October 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Julie Andrews! Today the actress turns 80. The Sound of Music star was born Julia Elizabeth Wells on October 1, 1935 in Surrey, England. Her mother and stepfather were performers and she occasionally joined them on stage. After finding work on the London stage, Andrews moved to the U.S. In 1956, she appeared on Broadway in My Fair Lady, starring as Eliza Doolittle, and received her first Tony Award nomination for her performance. Although the decision to replace her with Audrey… Read the full story

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Do You Share Personality Traits with Your Ancestors?

Posted September 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Do You Share Personality Traits with Your Ancestors?

When it comes to family resemblances, we often talk about the physical similarities between ourselves and our relatives and ancestors. From a cousin who shares the same eyes of a grandparent to a baby nephew who is the spitting image of his second great grandfather, these similarities are frequently a popular topic of any family get-together. Image: Florida Memory, Flickr But what about personality traits? Has a relative ever commented that you share your grandfather’s sense of adventure? Or perhaps your… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Dean

Posted September 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary actor James Dean, who passed away on this day 60 years ago. James Byron Dean was born on February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana to Winton Dean and Mildred Marie Wilson. After his family moved to California, Dean’s mother died of uterine cancer. His father, unable to care for him, sent Dean back to Indiana to live with family. He later returned to California and enrolled in UCLA to study theater. Once he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jerry Lee Lewis

Posted September 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 80th birthday to Jerry Lee Lewis! The rock and roll legend was born on September 29, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana. Lewis taught himself the play the piano at an early age and at 14, he made his first public performance. He eventually headed to Memphis, Tennessee and found work with Sun Records. While working as a studio musician, Lewis had the opportunity to play his piano alongside Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Fleming

Posted September 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alexander Fleming

On this day 87 years ago, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. The accidental find would become one of the most important discoveries in the history of science. Before leaving for a vacation with his family, Fleming left out a stack of unwashed petri dishes containing cultures of bacteria in the sink. On September 28, 1928, Fleming returned to his lab and noticed something unusual. Mold had grown in a petri dish and the staph bacteria around the mold had been killed. After… Read the full story

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Tips to Decipher Old Handwriting

Posted September 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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While researching your family history, you may come across many old handwritten records that are hard to read. Although genealogists would love to see clear, easy-to-read penmanship, you’ll find that that is not always the case. From the census enumerator with the sloppy cursive to your ancestors’ flourished writings in old journals, handwritten documents can sometimes feel impossible to decipher. Image: 1912 Catholic Church marriage record from Mexico Time and patience are key to understanding exactly what is written on the page. Check… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley Jones

Posted September 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching The Partridge Family? Today, we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the hit sitcom starring Shirley Jones and David Cassidy. The show premiered on September 25, 1970 and ran for four seasons. Jones played the widowed mother of five musically talented children with Cassidy portraying her eldest son. In real life, Jones was married to David Cassidy’s father, Jack. The show was loosely based on The Cowsills, a popular family music group in the 1960s. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jim Henson

Posted September 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jim Henson

Beloved Muppet creator Jim Henson was born on this day in 1936. Today we remember him on what would have been his 79th birthday. Henson rose to stardom after showcasing his Muppet creations on the popular 1970′s children’s show, Sesame Street. Henson helped bring to life many of the show’s characters including Ernie, Guy Smiley and Kermit. In 1976, Henson launched The Muppet Show and introduced the world to Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and many… Read the full story

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Top Baby Names 100 Years Ago

Posted September 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Choosing a name for your baby can be one of the hardest tasks for soon-to-be parents. Picking out the perfect name can be a lot of pressure. Many parents may look back into their family tree in search for inspiration. Image: Nationaal Archief / Flickr Here’s a look back at the top 5 most popular girl and boy names from 100 years ago according to the U.S. Social Security Administration: Top 5 Female Names of 1915 Mary Helen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Springsteen

Posted September 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bruce Springsteen

Happy birthday, Bruce Springsteen! Today The Boss turns 66. Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey to Doug and Adele Springsteen. He was first inspired to pursue music after watching Elvis Presley’s performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. He skyrocketed to fame in 1975 after releasing his third album, Born to Run. The record sold millions of copies and is often considered to be one of the best rock and roll albums… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Faraday

Posted September 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Michael Faraday

On this day in 1791, English physicist Michael Faraday was born in Surrey, England. Faraday is credited with In making many discoveries in electricity and magnetism. Faraday was the third child born to James and Margaret Faraday. His family was not well off and could only afford him a basic education. At the age of 14, he began an apprenticeship with a local bookseller and educated himself by reading a wide range of scientific books. Despite his limited… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: H.G. Wells

Posted September 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: H.G. Wells

Are a fan of science fiction? On this day in 1866, author H.G. Wells was born in Kent, England. Herbert George Wells was the fourth and youngest child born to Joseph Wells, a shopkeeper and professional cricketer, and Sarah Neal, a former domestic servant. When he was a child, an accident left Wells bedridden with a broken leg. To pass the time, he immersed himself in books and discovered a desire to craft stories of his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Greta Garbo

Posted September 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Greta Garbo

Today we celebrate the life of Hollywood icon Greta Garbo, who was born 110 years ago today. Greta Lovisa Gustafsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden on September 18, 1905 to Anna Lovisa and Karl Alfred Gustafsson. The youngest of three children, Garbo dropped out of school at the age of 13 to care for her ailing father. He would die in 1920 when she was 14. Growing up in poverty, Garbo dreamed of becoming an… Read the full story

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Constitution Day: 7 Facts About the U.S. Constitution

Posted September 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is Constitution Day! On this day, the U.S. observes the adoption of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. The U.S. Constitution / U.S. National Archives Here are seven interesting facts about the Constitution: 1. The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 by 39 delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Some notable signers included George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton. 2. James Madison is often hailed as the “Father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Tubman

Posted September 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harriet Tubman

On this day in 1849, Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in the South. She would go on to lead many others to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Araminta Harriet Ross was one of nine children born to Harriet “Rit” and Ben Ross. She was born into slavery around 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland. On September 17, 1849, Harriet escaped to Philadelphia. She would soon return to Maryland to lead her family and many others to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lauren Bacall

Posted September 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Lauren Bacall on what would have been her 91st birthday. Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 in The Bronx, New York. Her mother emigrated from Romania through Ellis Island, while her father was born in New Jersey to Polish parents. Known for her distinctive voice, Bacall catapulted to stardom opposite Humphrey Bogart in the 1944 film, To Have and Have Not. Despite their 25-year age difference, the couple married in… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Customize Your Tree Preferences

Posted September 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you know you can customize the view of your family tree to your own preferences? Geni’s easy to use family tree interface is customizable so you can choose the family tree view that works best for you. Here are a few tips on what you can see: Starting with the view most are familiar with, the Standard tree view will show each profile’s node, picture (if available) and years of birth and death. Click… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince Harry of Wales

Posted September 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Prince Harry of Wales

Happy birthday, Prince Harry! Today the British royal turns 31. The youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Harry was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London of September 14, 1984. He is currently fifth in line to the throne, after his nephew, Prince George, and his niece, Princess Charlotte. After graduating from school, Harry pursued a career in the military and did two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Harry is also involved in numerous charities… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

Posted September 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key penned the poem that would later become the lyrics to the United States’ national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Key was born on August 1, 1779 at the family plantation in Maryland. His father was a lawyer, a judge and an officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. During the War of 1812, Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British forces while on board the… Read the full story

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Half Sisters Reunited Through Geni

Posted September 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Half-sisters Diana Lee and Yevan Chernoff-Christian were separated for decades until a family friend made a discovery that would bring them together. Image: Yevan Chernoff-Christian and Diana Lee / GlendaleNewsPress A recent article in the Glendale News Press revealed that the sisters were reunited after a friend made a remarkable discovery on Geni. Two years ago, Melanie Kunisch, Yevan’s friend and an avid genealogists, spent some time helping Yevan research her ancestry. After tracing her parents’… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Connick, Jr.

Posted September 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harry Connick, Jr.

Happy birthday, Harry Connick, Jr.! Today the talented singer turns 48. Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. was born on September 11, 1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Harry exhibited his musical talents at an early age, learning the piano at the age of three and performing publicly by the age of five. In 1989, he got his big break when he was asked to provide the soundtrack for the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nathan Hale

Posted September 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1776, Nathan Hale, a solider in the Continental Army, volunteered to spy behind British lines. Nathan Hale was born in Coventry, Connecticut Colony on June 6, 1755. Educated at Yale, Hale joined the Connecticut militia after the start of the American Revolutionary War. Prior to the upcoming Battle of Harlem Heights, General George Washington called for a volunteer to cross enemy lines to gather intelligence. Hale volunteered for the dangerous mission and… Read the full story

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Queen Elizabeth II: The Longest Reigning British Monarch

Posted September 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today Queen Elizabeth II achieves a new milestone – not only is she the United Kingdom’s longest lived monarch, but she now holds the distinction of being the longest reigning monarch in British history. She surpasses Queen Victoria’s record of 63 years, seven months and two days on the throne. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, June 1953 / Library and Archives Canada Just like her second great grandmother, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth II was never… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hugh Grant

Posted September 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 55th birthday, Hugh Grant! Grant was born Hugh John Mungo Grant in Hammersmith, England to a military family. His father was a Captain and served with the Seaforth Highlanders for eight years. His paternal grandfather, Major James Murray Grant, DSO was decorated for bravery and leadership at Saint-Valery-en-Caux during World War II. In 1994, Grant achieved international stardom as the star of hit comedy Four Wedding and a Funeral. He has since continued to… Read the full story

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