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Remembering Prince (1958-2016)

Posted April 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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We were shocked to hear of the sudden padding of legendary musician Prince today. A musical genius and innovator, Prince was one of the most significant figures in the music industry. A pioneer of Minneapolis sound, Prince combined multiple genres – rock, R&B, jazz, funk, pop, disco, soul, hip hop, and psychedelia – to create his unique sound. Image: Penner, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)  In honor of his memory, we look back on some interesting… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth II

Posted April 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth II

Today Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday! She was born on April 21, 1926 in the home of her maternal grandfather’s house in London. On May 29, she was christened at Buckingham Palace and named Elizabeth after her mother, Alexandra after King George V’s mother who had died a few months before, and Mary after her paternal grandmother. At the time of her birth, no one expected that she would one day become queen…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Chester French

Posted April 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Daniel Chester French

Have you visited the Lincoln Memorial? On this day in 1850, sculptor Daniel Chester French was born in Exeter, New Hampshire. French was the son of Henry Flagg French, who worked for the U.S. Department of Treasury as the Assistant U.S. Treasury Secretary. After his family moved to Concord, Massachusetts, French became neighbors and friends with poet Ralph Waldo Emerson and author Louisa May Alcott’s family. It was under the influence and teachings of her sister Abigail May that… Read the full story

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American Revolutionary War Genealogy Project on Geni

Posted April 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you searching for your American Revolutionary War ancestors? You may want to check out the American Revolutionary War genealogy project on Geni! Image: Library of Congress Collaborate with others in Geni’s friendly and knowledgable community of researchers to discover the Patriots in your family tree. The Shot Heard ‘Round the World On April 19, 1775, battle broke out at Lexington as British forces and American colonial militias fought for the first time, marking the beginning of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Doris Roberts

Posted April 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Yesterday, news broke of the passing of actress Doris Roberts. She was perhaps best remembered for her role on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Roberts was born Doris May Green on November 4, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri. When she was 10, her father left the family. She would later take on her stepfather’s name Roberts as her own. Roberts discovered acting at an early age and dropped out of college to pursue acting full time…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Dawes

Posted April 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Dawes

As British forces prepared to march onto Lexington and Concord on April 18, 1775, two patriots set out on horseback to warn American colonists of the British advancement. While everyone may know the story of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, the story of William Dawes’s ride is often forgotten. Revere and Dawes embarked on different routes across Massachusetts in the event one was be captured. Dawes was assigned to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that they were in danger of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonardo da Vinci

Posted April 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a “Renaissance Man” in your family tree? On this day in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci in the Republic of Florence. A gifted an extremely talented individual, da Vinci’s genius ranged from science, arts, mathematics, engineering, astronomy, architecture and much more. Some of his greatest artistic masterpieces include the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and the Vitruvian Man. Did you know da Vinci wrote in neat mirror writing? One… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Sullivan

Posted April 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1866, Anne Sullivan, teacher to Helen Keller, was born in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. Born Johanna Mansfield Sullivan, Anne was the child of Irish immigrants who came to the U.S. during the Great Potato Famine. At the age of 8, she contracted trachoma, which made her nearly blind. She excelled as a student at the Perkins School for the Blind. Upon her graduation at the age of 20, Arthur Keller hired her… Read the full story

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Your Stories: Tackling the Welsh Medievel Tree

Posted April 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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We love hearing about stories from the Geni community about their journeys to uncover their family history. Today we’d like to share Anne Brannen’s story. A recent addition to Geni’s team of dedicated volunteer curators, Anne shares her family stories and the path that led her to tackle the medieval lines of the World Family Tree. After 22 years of working in Pittsburgh teaching at Duquesne University, Anne is now living a semi-retired life while… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Yuri Gagarin

Posted April 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space. Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was born on March 9, 1934 in the village of Klushino in Russia. The son of a carpenter and milkmaid, Yuri was the third of four children. As a young man, Yuri learned to fly while volunteering for weekend training as a Soviet air cadet at a local flying club. He later joined the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon Bonaparte

Posted April 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the Mediterranean island of Elba. As the Emperor of France, Napoleon established a hegemony over most of continental Europe. Often regarded as one of the greatest military commanders in history, Napoleon was able to establish a large empire through a series of military campaigns that would become known as the Napoleonic Wars. In 1812, Napoleon launched a disastrous invasion of Russia. The existing continental powers… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pablo Picasso

Posted April 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Pablo Picasso

Famous painter Pablo Picasso died on this day in 1973. Named one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, Picasso proved to be an immensely successful and prolific artist during his lifetime. He was baptized Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, a series of names honoring various saints and relatives. Picasso was born on October 25, 1881… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Wordsworth

Posted April 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you enjoy reading poetry? On this day in 1770, English Romantic poet William Wordsworth was born in the Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, England. Although orphaned by the age of 13, Wordsworth’s parents encouraged his education. He would write his first pieces of poetry while in grammar school and go on to study at Cambridge, but left before finishing his last semester. Wordsworth’s The Prelude is generally considered to be his greatest masterpiece. A semi-autobiographical… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Matthew Henson

Posted April 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Does your family tree have an adventurous streak? On this day in 1909, explorers Matthew Henson and Robert Peary were the first men to reach the North Pole. Matthew Henson was born on August 8, 1866 to freeborn black sharecroppers on a farm in Nanjemoy, Maryland. In 1887, Henson met Peary and was recruited to join Peary’s surveying expedition to Nicaragua. Soon Henson became Peary’s “first man” on expeditions. Henson holds the distinction of being… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Spencer Tracy

Posted April 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1900, actor Spencer Tracy was born. Considered one of the biggest stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Tracy captivated audiences with his impressive range and his frequent collaborations with fellow Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn. Spencer Bonaventure Tracy was born on April 5, 1900 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A rambunctious child, Tracy was place in the care of Dominican nuns at the age of 9 in the hopes of transforming his behavior. At the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Downey, Jr.

Posted April 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert Downey, Jr.

Happy birthday, Robert Downey, Jr. Today the star turns 51. Born into a creative household, the Iron Man star grew up in New York City’s Greenwich Village. As a child, he was exposed to drugs by his father, filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr. He would eventually overcome his drug addiction, but not before he spent several months in prison for drug related charges. As an actor, he has won great praise for his work. In 1992, he earned his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Debbie Reynolds

Posted April 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Debbie Reynolds

Remember watching the dynamic team of Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain? Today Reynolds celebrates her 84th birthday! Born Mary Frances Reynolds, she is the daughter of Maxine Harmon and Raymond Francis Reynolds, who was a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. A proud supporter of scouting, Reynolds was once a Girl Scout herself and a troop leader. Today, a scholarship is offered in her name to high school age Girl Scouts. After… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johann Sebastian Bach

Posted March 31, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Does music run in your family? On March 31, 1685 (N.S.), composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany. Considered one of the greatest composers of all time, Bach had music in his blood. He came from a family of musicians, stretching back generations. Bach’s second great grandfather, Veit Bach, was a baker, miller and founder of the Bach musical dynasty. He played the cittern and passed on his love for music to his son, Johannes Bach. Johannes would become… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Posted March 30, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have artists in your family tree? On this day in 1853, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh was born in Zundert, Netherlands. He shared the name Vincent with his paternal grandfather and stillborn brother, who died a year before his birth. Despite his family’s status as an upper-middle class family, van Gogh lived much of his life in poverty in pursuant of his art. Although today he is considered one of the greatest artists in history, van… Read the full story

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Spring Cleaning: Organize Your Genealogy Research

Posted March 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Now that spring is officially here, it’s the perfect time to do a little genealogy spring cleaning. Take a break from your research to reorganize, refresh and get yourself in the best shape before tackling your next genealogy hurdle. Image: Nationaal Archief, Flickr Here are some quick tips to get started on your genealogy spring cleaning: Time to scan old documents and photos! Do you have a pile of old documents and photos that you’ve been meaning to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President John Tyler

Posted March 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: President John Tyler

On March 29, 1790, John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States, was born in Charles City, Virginia. Born to a prominent and influential Virginia family, Tyler was one of the last presidents to hail from Virginia’s elite aristocracy of planters. Tyler’s time at the White House was unique. In 1840, the newly elected President, William Henry Harrison, died of illness only one month into his presidency. Tyler, who was serving as Vice President, then became… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Reba McEntire

Posted March 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Reba McEntire

Are you a country music fan? Today American country music singer Reba McEntire turns 61. She was born on March 28, 1955 in McAlester, Oklahoma to Jacqueline and Clark Vincent McEntire. Named after her maternal grandmother Reba Estelle Smith, the music legend learned to sing and play guitar at a young age. Her father and grandfather were both champion steer ropers, so as a child, she would sing at rodeos along with her siblings. During… Read the full story

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Women in World War I

Posted March 25, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
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World War I was an interesting time for women. As millions of men were off fighting in the Great War, women back home entered the work force in droves. It was the first time in American history that many women began to take on the jobs traditionally held by men. Before the U.S. entered the war, women were relegated to the home or to domestic work. In 1914, when World War I broke out in Europe, the traditional… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Aretha Franklin

Posted March 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Aretha Franklin

Happy 74th birthday, Aretha Franklin! The Queen of Soul was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. The daughter of Barbara and Clarence LaVaughn Franklin, Aretha was singing ever since she was a small child. She sang in her church choir before making her first gospel recordings at the age of 14. After her initial success in gospel music, Aretha signed on to a major record label which catapulted her career and earned her worldwide fame…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth I

Posted March 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to the Tudors? On this day in 1603, Queen Elizabeth I died at the age of 69. She was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn and succeeded to the throne after the death of her elder sister Queen Mary I. The last of the Tudor monarchs, Elizabeth I’s reign was known as the Elizabethan Era and is regarded as a golden age of English history. Her reign… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Henry

Posted March 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Patrick Henry

“Give me liberty or give me death!” On this day in 1775, Patrick Henry uttered his famous line in a speech made to the Second Virginia Convention. It was Henry’s impassioned words that was said to have convinced the delegates at the convention to pass a resolution that would mobilize arms against encroaching British forces before the start of the American Revolutionary War. Among the delegates in attendance were George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Considered one of the Founding… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Customize Your Name Preferences

Posted March 22, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Geni Tips: Customize Your Name Preferences

Did you know you can customize how names are displayed on Geni? Since Geni’s World Family Tree is shared by everyone, it’s important to provide you with ways you can personalize how names are displayed without infringing on the preferences of others. These name preferences apply to the family tree, lists and the rest of Geni. You can customize your name preferences in your account settings. Select Name Preferences to customize how names are displayed on Geni… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Reese Witherspoon

Posted March 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Reese Witherspoon

Happy birthday, Reese Witherspoon! Today the actress turns 40. Born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, Reese grew up in Tennessee and began her career as a child actor. From early roles in Election and Legally Blonde to her Academy Award winning role as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, Reese has found much success on film in a variety of roles. Reese recently celebrated her 40th birthday with a star-studded bash, which included a private concert from her cousin Taylor… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Matthew Broderick

Posted March 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Matthew Broderick

Happy birthday, Matthew Broderick! Today the actor turns 54. Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in Manhattan, New York to a creative family. His mother, Patricia Blow, was a playwright, actress and painter, while his father, James Broderick, was an actor best known for starring in the television series Family. While researching his ancestry, Broderick discovered that his second great grandfather, Robert Martindale, was a Union Soldier who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grover Cleveland

Posted March 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Grover Cleveland

Did you know Grover Cleveland is the only U.S. President to serve non-consecutive terms? He served as the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. Stephen Grover Cleveland was born on March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, New Jersey. The fifth of nine children, he was named Stephen in honor of the first pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell, where his father was a pastor at the time. He didn’t begin using the name… Read the full story

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Celebrities with Surprising Irish Roots

Posted March 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s St. Patrick’s Day! In celebration of the holiday, we take a look at some famous faces in Geni’s World Family Tree with surprising Irish ancestry. Barack and Michelle Obama Image: Peta Souza / White House The Obamas each have surprisingly deep Irish connections. The President’s Irish ancestry can be traced through his maternal lineage. His third great grandfather, Fulmoth Kearney, was born in Offaly, Ireland in 1830. He would later immigrate to the United States along with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Saint Patrick

Posted March 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s St. Patrick’s Day! This Irish holiday marks the anniversary of the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. On this day, people all around the world come together to celebrate Irish culture and heritage. Captured by pirates as a teen, St. Patrick returned to his home in Ireland a missionary to spread the teachings of Christianity. Many legends surround St. Patrick, including the tale of how he banished all snakes from Ireland…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pat Nixon

Posted March 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Pat Nixon

Today we remember former First Lady Pat Nixon on what would have been her 104th birthday. Nixon was born Thelma Catherine Ryan on March 16, 1912 in Ely, Nevada. She was given the nickname “Pat” by her father as a reference to her birthdate and Irish ancestry. She later dropped her first name and used “Pat,” and sometimes “Patricia,” though she never legally changed it. She grew up on a small truck farm in California, and by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andrew Jackson

Posted March 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to a U.S. President? On this day in 1767, Andrew Jackson was born near the border of North and South Carolina. The 7th President of the United States, Jackson was born near the end of the colonial era. His parents. Andrew and Elizabeth Jackson, had emigrated from Ireland just two years before Jackson was born. His father died three weeks before his birth. Only 13 during the American Revolution, Jackson worked informally as a militia… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert Einstein

Posted March 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Albert Einstein

Happy birthday, Albert Einstein! Today marks the 137th birthday of the brilliant physicist. Albert Abraham Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany. His parents were Pauline Koch and Herman Einstein, a salesman and engineer. In 1880, the family moved to Munich where his father and his uncle Jakob founded Elektrotechnische Fabrik J. Einstein & Cie, a company that manufactured electrical equipment based on direct current. In 1905, Einstein completed his PhD in Switzerland while working at a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Posted March 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Are you familiar with the story of Frankenstein? On this day in 1818, author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley first published her best known Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born in London, England in 1797 to Mary Wollstonecraft, a feminist philosopher and writer, and journalist William Godwin.  In 1814, she met poet Percy Shelley. The couple traveled around Europe for some time and struggled with financial difficulties and the death of their… Read the full story

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Middle Names in Your Family Tree

Posted March 10, 2016 by Amanda | 4 Comments
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What’s in a middle name? Not everyone has one and its significance varies between different cultures. If you come across someone with a middle name during your genealogy research, a closer investigation may give you fascinating insights into family traditions, your ancestors or even clues to missing branches. While the concept of a “middle name” has been around since the Middle Ages, it was not until 1835 that the phrase “middle name” first appeared in the Harvard University… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Chuck Norris

Posted March 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Chuck Norris

Happy birthday, Chuck Norris! Today the star turns 76. Carlos Ray Norris was born in Ryan, Oklahoma to Wilma Scarberry and Ray Norris, who was a World War II Army soldier. In 1958, Norris joined the U.S. Air Force as an Air Policeman. It was while he was based in South Korea that he began training in martial arts. After he was discharged, Norris rose to fame as a martial artist and opened his own Karate school…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clara Rockmore

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

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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Heroes

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

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

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

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

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Profile of the Day: William Penn

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

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

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Uncover the Maiden Names of Your Female Ancestors

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

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

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

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Profile of the Day: Jon Bon Jovi

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Justin Bieber

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

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Interesting Facts About Leap Day

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Leonardo DiCaprio

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

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

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Your Stories: Solving Genealogy Puzzles

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

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Profile of the Day: Buffalo Bill Cody

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

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