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Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Posted August 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1786, American frontiersman and folk hero Davy Crockett was born. David Crockett was born to John Wesley Crockett and Rebecca Hawkins in what is today Tennessee. He was named after his paternal grandfather, who was killed in a Cherokee raid at the onset of the Cherokee-American wars. Crockett gained fame for his many larger-than-life exploits. A skilled woodsman, an excellent hunter, and gifted storyteller, Crockett developed a reputation as a legendary frontiersman. Stories of his exploits… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted August 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Forty years ago today, Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, died at the age of 42. The music legend was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi in a two-room shotgun house built by his grandfather. His twin brother, Jesse, died during childbirth. Although he grew up poor, by the time of his death, Presley had become one of the most successful musicians in history. After exploding into the spotlight with his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julia Child

Posted August 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you love to cook? On this day in 1912, beloved chef Julia Child was born. Julia Carolyn McWilliams was born on August 15, 1912 in Pasadena, California to John McWilliams, Jr., a land manager, and Julia Weston. Her maternal grandfather, Byron Weston, was the founder of the Weston Paper Company and served as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. The host of the popular cooking show, The French Chef, Child didn’t learn to cook until she… Read the full story

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New Enhancements to DNA Matches

Posted August 14, 2017 by Amanda | 2 Comments
New Enhancements to DNA Matches

We’re excited to announce some recent enhancements to our DNA features on Geni. These new improvements will make it easier for you to find your connection to relatives based on your shared DNA. Shared DNA Matches   Your DNA matches will now display shared DNA matches between you and your match. By seeing the DNA matches you have in common, you can start narrowing down your connection in the family tree. For example, if your… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Martin

Posted August 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Steve Martin

Happy birthday, Steve Martin! Today the actor turns 72. Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas to Mary Lee Stewart and Glenn Vernon Martin. When he was young, his family moved to southern California. As a teen, he became a cheerleader in high school and got his first job at Disneyland selling guidebooks and performing magic tricks. In 1977, Martin got his big break as a guest host on the late-night sketch comedy… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andrew Carnegie

Posted August 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1919, American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie died at the age of 83. A titan of the American steel industry in the late 19th century, Carnegie devoted his last years of his life to large-scale philanthropy, directing much of his wealth towards public libraries and education. Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland in a one room cottage. At the age of 13, he moved to America with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Herbert Hoover

Posted August 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Herbert Hoover

On this day in 1874, Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States, was born in West Branch, Iowa. Hoover was the son of Hulda Randall Minthorn and Jesse Hoover, a blacksmith. Sadly, by the age of 9, he was an orphan. He was raised by his uncle, John Minthorn, a physician and businessman. Before the presidency, Hoover worked as an engineer in China. He and his wife, Lou, were in Tianjin during the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tove Jansson

Posted August 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Finnish ancestry? Today we celebrate beloved Finnish children’s book author and artist Tove Jansson, who was born on this day in 1914. Tove Marika Jansson was born in Helsinki, Finland on August 9, 1914 to Viktor Jansson, a sculptor, and Signe Hammarsten-Jansson, a graphic designer and illustrator. The family belonged to the Swedish-speaking minority of Finland. Best known as the author of the Moomin children’s books and cartoons, Jansson is perhaps one of the most… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dustin Hoffman

Posted August 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Dustin Hoffman! Can you believe the actor turns 80 today? Dustin Lee Hoffman was born on August 8, 1937 in Los Angeles, California. He was the second son born to Lillian Gold and Harry Hoffman, who worked as a set decorator at Columbia Pictures. He was named after stage and silent film actor, Dustin Farnum. Hoffman comes from a Jewish family of immigrants from Ukraine, Poland, and Romania. After dropping out of college, Hoffman pursued acting full… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charlize Theron

Posted August 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charlize Theron

Today actress Charlize Theron celebrates her 42nd birthday! The South African star was born on August 7, 1975 in Benoni, in what was then the Transvaal Province of South Africa. An only child, she grew up on her parents’ farm outside of Johannesburg and spent her childhood studying dance. Life at home was difficult. Her father was an alcoholic and was physically abusive. When she was 15, her father violently attacked her mother. Her mother… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barack Obama

Posted August 4, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Barack Obama

Happy birthday to Barack Obama! Today he turns 56. On August 4, 1961, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Ann Dunham and Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. His mother was born in Wichita, Kansas and his father was born in Nyanza Province, Kenya. His parents had met while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa and married just six months before he was born. Growing up, Obama was not close to his father. His… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Sheen

Posted August 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Martin Sheen

Happy birthday, Martin Sheen! Today the actor turns 77. He was born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez on August 3, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio to immigrant parents. His father, Francisco Estévez, was born in Spain, while his mother, Mary-Ann Phelan, was born in Ireland. As one of ten children, Sheen grew up in a large family. When his mother died when he was 11 years old, the family faced the possibility of separation, either into foster homes… Read the full story

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IAJGS 2017 Recap

Posted August 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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We’re back from Orlando, Florida, where the Geni team attended the 37th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. It was a great opportunity to meet new people and chat with many excited Geni users. The Geni booth before the doors opened The Geni booth was a popular stop during the conference. To our surprise, we ran out of Geni water bottles faster than any other conference! Randy Schoenberg giving his Geni.com World Family Tree lecture On the first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry III of France

Posted August 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1589, Henry III of France died at the hands of a religious fanatic. Henry III was born on September 19, 1551 at the royal Château de Fontainebleau. The fourth son of King Henry II and Catherine de Medici, Henry was never expected to become the King of France. He ruled as the King of the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth before inheriting the French throne following the death of his brother, Charles IX, in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Clark

Posted August 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1770, explorer William Clark was born in Caroline County, Virginia. From 1804 to 1806, Clark helped lead the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition across the country to the Pacific Ocean. Clark was the ninth of ten children born to John Clark and Ann Rogers. Five of his older brothers fought during the American Revolution, including his second-oldest brother, George Rogers Clark, who rose to the rank of general. In 1803, Meriwether… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.K. Rowling

Posted July 31, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, J.K. Rowling! Today the Harry Potter author turns 52. The day also marks Harry Potter’s birthday! On July 31, 1965, Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. She later adopted the pen name “J.K. Rowling,” incorporating her paternal grandmother’s name, Kathleen, for the second initial. From a young age, Rowling frequently wrote stories of fantasy. When she began writing the first Harry Potter book, Rowling was a single mother and struggling financially. However, her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted July 24, 2017 by Amanda | 3 Comments
Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Today we celebrate the 120th birthday of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart! Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas in the home of her maternal grandfather, Alfred Gideon Otis. Since she was a child, Earhart had a strong sense of adventure. During World War I, she trained as a nurse’s aide in Toronto. On December 28, 1920, Earhart took her first plane ride that would forever change her life. She signed up to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ernest Hemingway

Posted July 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ernest Hemingway

Today we remember author Ernest Hemingway, who was born on this day in 1899. Ernest Miller Hemingway was bon on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois to Clarence Edmonds Hemingway, a physician, and Grace Hall, an opera singer and painter. During World War I, Hemingway enlisted with the Red Cross to become an ambulance driver. While at the Italian front, he was severely injured and spent months recuperating in a hospital in Milan. It was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Posted July 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Forty-eight years ago today, astronaut Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first person to walk on the moon. On the morning of July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. It would be NASA’s first manned mission to the Moon. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on the Moon’s surface. The momentous event was broadcasted on live television to audiences around the world…. Read the full story

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Join Geni at IAJGS 2017

Posted July 19, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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We’re excited to be headed to Orlando, Florida for the 37th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy! The conference will take place July 23 – 28 at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort. IAJGS is always a lively affair with genealogists from all over the world coming together to see old friends, meet new people and learn more about the world of Jewish genealogy. Come see Geni at the exhibit hall, which is open July 23… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted July 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Benedict Cumberbatch! Today the Sherlock star turns 41. Cumberbatch was born on July 19, 1976 in London, England to Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, both well-known television actors. His paternal grandfather, Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, was a submarine officer in the British Royal Navy in both World Wars. His great grandfather, Henry Arnold Cumberbatch, was a British diplomate and served as Queen Victoria’s consul in Turkey, Lebanon, and Romania. The actor launched to stardom as Sherlock Holmes in the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Glenn

Posted July 18, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Glenn

Today we remember legendary astronaut John Glenn on what would have been his 96th birthday. John Herschel Glenn, Jr. was born on July 18, 1921 to John Herschel Glenn, Sr. and Clara Sproat in Cambridge, Ohio. In 1943, Glenn married his high school sweetheart, Anna Castor. The couple had met when they were just toddlers and remained married for 73 years until his death. An original member of the Mercury Seven, Glenn was the first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

Posted July 17, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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On this day in 1955, Walt Disney opened Disneyland for the first time in Anaheim, California. After visiting various amusement parks with his daughters, Disney was inspired to build his own theme park where adults and children could enjoy rides and attractions together. The construction of Disneyland began on July 16, 1954 and would cost $17 million to complete. One year later on July 17, 1955, the park opened to much fanfare. Over 28,000 people attended… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woody Guthrie

Posted July 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Woody Guthrie

On this day in 1912, American folk singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma. Guthrie was named after Woodrow Wilson, who was then the Democratic candidate for President. He faced family tragedies early in his life, including the death of his sister in a fire. His mother, suffering from Huntington’s disease, was also later institutionalized. By the age of 14, Guthrie was left to fend for himself. During the Dust Bowl, Guthrie joined… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Stewart

Posted July 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Patrick Stewart

Happy birthday, Patrick Stewart! Today the actor turns 77. The Shakespearean trained actor was born on July 13, 1940 in Mirfield, England. He had a difficult childhood and grew up in a poor, abusive household. His father, Alfred Stewart, was a regimental sergeant major in the British Army and suffered from what was then known as combat fatigue, which is closely related to post-traumatic stress disorder. Stewart found solace in acting and participated in plays throughout… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

Posted July 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

Today marks writer Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday! He was born David Henry Thoreau on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts to John Thoreau, a pencil maker, and Cynthia Dunbar. His maternal grandfather, Asa Dunbar, had led Harvard’s 1766 “Butter Rebellion,” the first recorded student protest in the colonies. Thoreau was a leading transcendentalist and naturalist and often wrote about nature and the environment. He is best remembered for his novel Walden, which reflected on living a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Quincy Adams

Posted July 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 250th birthday of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. Adams was born on July 11, 1767 in Braintree, Massachusetts to John and Abigail Adams. He was named after his mother’s maternal grandfather, Colonel John Quincy. The city of Quincy, Massachusetts was named after the Colonel. As a young boy, Adams witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill from the top of Penn’s Hill above the family farm. The son of a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eva Ekeblad

Posted July 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Eva Ekeblad

On this day in 1724, Swedish aristocrat and scientist Eva Ekeblad was born. She was known for discovering how to make flour and alcohol from potatoes, which significantly reduce famine for years to come. She was born Eva De la Gardie on July 10, 1724 to Magnus Julius De la Gardie, a statesman, and Hedvig Catharina Lilje, who was known for hosting political salons. When potatoes were first introduced into Sweden in 1658, they were only… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ringo Starr

Posted July 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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What’s your favorite Beatles song? Today we celebrate drummer Ringo Starr’s 77th birthday! The former Beatle was born Richard Starkey to Elsie Gleave and Richard Starkey in Liverpool, England. He spent some of his childhood in and out of hospitals. After an appendectomy at the age of 6, he contracted peritonitis, which left him living in a children’s hospital for a year while he recovered. A few years later, he contracted tuberculosis and was admitted to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frida Kahlo

Posted July 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frida Kahlo

Today we remember artist Frida Kahlo, who was born on this day 110 years ago. Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, a village outside of Mexico City, Mexico. Her father, Guillermo Kahlo, was a photographer born in Germany and immigrated to Mexico in 1891. At the age of 6, Kahlo contracted polio, which left her right leg shorter than her left. Kahlo first began painting after she was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Booth

Posted July 5, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Booth

On this day in 1865, the Salvation Army was founded by William Booth, a London minister, and his wife Catherine. The couple had first established the Christian Mission, which would later become known as the Salvation Army, to help the poor and destitute in London’s East End. They held meetings open to the poorest and the most in need, including alcoholics, criminals and prostitutes. Run with military efficiency modeled after the British Army, the charitable organization soon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Posted July 4, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading The Scarlet Letter? On this day in 1804, author Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts. Hawthorne’s third great grandfather, William Hathorne, was the author’s first American ancestor. He was a prominent member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and even held the positions of magistrate and judge. Hawthorne’s second great grandfather, John Hathorne, was one of the leading judges during the Salem witch trials. He was the only judge involved to never… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Cruise

Posted July 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Tom Cruise

Happy birthday, Tom Cruise! Today the actor turns 55. Tom Cruise was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York. When he was young, Cruise had considered becoming a priest, however, he left after a year in seminary school. He was encouraged to join the drama department in high school and caught the bug for acting. After making memorable appearances in the films Taps and The Outsiders, Cruise got his big break… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Victor Hugo

Posted June 30, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Victor Hugo

On this day 155 years ago, Victor Hugo published the final chapter of his epic novel Les Misérables. Victor Marie Hugo was born on February 26, 1802 in Besançon, France. His father, Joseph Léopold Sigisbert Hugo, was a French general and served during the Napoleonic wars. Considered one of the greatest French writers in history, Hugo is best remembered for his novels The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Misérables. A well regarded writer during his lifetime, Hugo was a key… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Posted June 29, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

On this day in 1861, English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning died at the age of 55. Remembered as one of the most popular poets of the Victorian Era, Elizabeth was very well known during her lifetime in Europe and America. The eldest of twelve children, Elizabeth Barrett Moulton-Barrett was born on March 6, 1806 in Coxhoe Hall in County Durham, England. Her father’s family had acquired their wealth in Jamaica, where they owned sugar plantations. From a… Read the full story

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7 Places to Find Where Your Ancestors are Buried

Posted June 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you know where your ancestors are buried? As many genealogists would know, you can find a lot of genealogical information on a gravestone. That is if you know where to look. If you have yet to find where your ancestor is buried, check out these tips to help you locate your ancestor’s final resting place. 1. Obituaries Obituaries hold a wealth of genealogical information. Often you may find vital information such as birth or death dates, the names… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry VIII of England

Posted June 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henry VIII of England

How are you related to the Tudors? On this day in 1491, Henry VIII of England was born at Greenwich Palace in London, England. He was the third child and second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Of his six siblings, only three would survive infancy. His older brother, Arthur, was expected to inherit the throne. However, just 20 weeks after his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Arthur died at just 15 years old…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Posted June 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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“There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.” Today we remember Helen Keller, who was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Struck blind and deaf before the age of two, Keller had very limited means of communication. Her family was referred to Alexander Graham Bell, who recommended they travel to the Perkins Institute for the Blind in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George IV

Posted June 26, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: George IV

How are you related to royalty? On this day in 1830, George IV died at the age of 67. Born on August 12, 1762, George was the eldest son of King George III and Queen Charlotte. In 1810, he became regent as his father’s health and mental stability deteriorated. He ascended to the throne in 1820 after his father’s death. Known for his extravagant, indulgent lifestyle and heavy drinking, George was often ridiculed in public for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Turing

Posted June 23, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alan Turing

Mathematician Alan Turing was born on this day in 1912 in London, England. The pioneering computer scientist is widely recognized as the father of artificial intelligence. From a young age, Turing excelled in mathematics and went on to study cryptology in college. During World War II, Turing played a vital role in deciphering the messages encrypted by the German’s Enigma machine. By cracking the code, the Allies gained access to crucial information that would help… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Judy Garland

Posted June 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Judy Garland, who passed away on this day in 1969. The legendary actress was born Francis Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She was the youngest child of Ethel Marion and Francis Avent Gumm, who had settled in Grand Rapids to run a theater featuring vaudeville acts. As the daughter of former vaudeville actors, Garland got her start on stage at an early age. She made her first public performance at… Read the full story

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Your Stories: From Friends to Family

Posted June 21, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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Geni’s World Family Tree aims to connect people from all parts of the world. With an international user base, we love to hear the diverse stories from our users as they research their family histories. Sharmalan (right) with his mother Elaveni, his grandmother Visalatchy, his wife Vasuge and his daughter Vaishnavi Sharmalan Thevar was born in 1984 in Malaysia. A colorful nation made up of many different cultures and ethnicities, it’s not surprising for Malaysians… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William, Duke of Cambridge

Posted June 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William, Duke of Cambridge

Happy 35th birthday to Prince William! On June 21, 1982, Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Three decades later, his children, George and Charlotte, would be born in the same hospital. As a child, he had the opportunity to have wider experiences than what is typical for most royal children. His mother, Princess Diana, took the future king and his brother Harry to places such as Walt Disney… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Morse

Posted June 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1840, inventor Samuel Morse received the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse revolutionized communication when he invented the single-wire telegraph system. The telegraph transmitted electric pulses over wires, enabling people to send messages over vast distances. Morse developed a code known as Morse code, which used pulses and pauses to communicate along his telegraph system. Morse was inspired to develop a faster means of communication after the death of his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Moe Howard

Posted June 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Moe Howard

Do you remember watching The Three Stooges? On this day in 1897, Moe Howard was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was born Moses Harry Horwitz to Solomon Horwitz and Jennie Gorovitz and was of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. The fourth of five brothers, Moe developed an interest in performing early in his life. He got his start as part of the vaudeville act with Ted Healy and His Stooges. Eventually, Moe, along with his brother Curly, and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Posted June 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Happy Bloomsday! The day celebrates the work of Irish writer James Joyce, whose most famous novel, Ulysses, takes place entirely on June 16, 1904. Bloomsday is observed annually on June 16 in Dublin, Ireland and other places throughout the world. The day is celebrated with a variety of events from public readings of Ulysses to pub crawls. Avid readers will often dress in Edwardian costumes and retrace Ulysses protagonist Leopold Bloom’s route around Dublin. The date, June 16, held a special… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: King John of England

Posted June 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: King John of England

On this day in 1215, King John of England put his royal seal on the Magna Carta, which established that everyone, including the king and the government, were not above the law. Not only is the Great Charter one of the most famous documents in the world, it is also one of the most important documents in the history of democracy. At the time, King John was facing a political crisis. Rebel barons were opposed to the King’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Posted June 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

On this day in 1811, American writer and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut. She was the seventh of thirteen children born to Lyman Beecher, a Calvinist preacher, and Roxana Foote. The Beecher family was a prominent New England family known for their involvement in political issues regarding religion, civil rights and social reform. Her great grandfather, General Andrew Ward V, had served in the American Revolutionary War. Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin,… Read the full story

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Highlights From Jamboree 2017

Posted June 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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We had a great time at the 48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree! It’s always a delight to see old friends and meet new users right here in Burbank, California. The Geni computers were often occupied throughout the conference Our booth was packed much of the time with many people eager to ask questions about how they can be a part of Geni’s World Family Tree of 114 million people. Jamboree attendees got to take advantage… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: W.B. Yeats

Posted June 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: W.B. Yeats

Do you have Irish ancestors? On this day in 1865, Irish poet W.B. Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland. William Butler Yeats was the son of John Butler Yeats, a lawyer and portrait painter, and Susan Mary Pollexfen, whose wealthy merchant family owned a milling and shipping business. His father was not the only artist of the family. His brother Jack became a well-known artist and Olympic medalist, while his sisters, Elizabeth and Susan May, became… Read the full story

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