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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Posted May 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember President John F. Kennedy on what would have been his 98th birthday. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. The second of nine children born to Joseph “Joe” Kennedy and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald, John was frequently ill as a child. His older brother, Joe, had been pegged to be the family’s political standard-bearer and was expected by his father to seek the Presidency. After Joe’s death in World War… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ian Fleming

Posted May 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 107th birthday to author Ian Fleming! The James Bond author was born on May 28, 1908 in Mayfair, London to a wealthy family. His father, Valentine Fleming, was a Member of Parliament and died in the trenches during World War I. Winston Churchill, a friend and fellow Parliament member, wrote Valentine’s obituary in The Times. During World War II, Ian was recruited to work as a British Naval intelligence officer. His experience in the world of espionage inspired him to… Read the full story

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10 Fun Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge

Posted May 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
10 Fun Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge

On this day in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public. Do you have any relatives who worked on the bridge? Or maybe relatives who were present on opening day? Today the bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California and the United States. Check out some fun facts you may not know about one of the most photographed bridges in the world: Image: Golden Gate Bridge / Wikimedia Commons… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wild Bill Hickok

Posted May 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any gun-slingers in your family tree? On this day in 1837, legendary gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok was born in Troy Grove, Illinois. Born James Butler Hickok, “Wild Bill” was an excellent marksman from a very young age. His adventurous life was ripe for legendary status. During the American Civil War, he served as a civilian scout for the Union Army. Although no records exist, some believe he may have even served as a Union spy in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Wayne

Posted May 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Wayne

Do you have a favorite John Wayne film? On this day in 1907, the Western star was born in Winterset, Iowa. John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison to Clyde Leonard Morrison and Mary “Molly” Alberta Brown. His middle name was soon changed to Mitchell after his parents decided to name their next son Robert. While growing up in Glendale, California, he acquired the nickname “Duke” which followed him the rest of his life. After spending nearly… Read the full story

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Memorial Day: Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers

Posted May 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Memorial Day: Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers

It’s Memorial Day in the U.S.! On this day, the country honors the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the U.S. military. Typically, the day is celebrated by visiting cemeteries, attending parades and family gatherings and barbecues. Memorial Day was first introduced after the end of the Civil War. The day was expanded to encompass all American soldiers who died in service after the devastation of World War I. In honor of their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laurence Olivier

Posted May 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary actor Laurence Olivier on his 108th birthday. The son of a clergyman, Olivier was encouraged to pursue a career as an actor despite his family’s long history of holding prominent positions in the Church. A great interpreter of Shakespeare’s words, Olivier brought many of the bard’s work to life on stage and film, including the film version of Hamlet, for which he directed and starred. The film would become the first non-American… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: How to Add Documents to a Profile

Posted May 21, 2015 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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As any genealogist will tell you, documenting your genealogy is incredibly important. While working on the World Family Tree, it is vital to add documents to ensure the information is as accurate as possible. It also allows others to see and verify where the profile’s information came from. Adding documents to profiles is easy on Geni. Follow the steps below to learn how: Documents can be added directly to the profiles in your family tree. Simply navigate to the profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

Posted May 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

On this day in 1881, the American Red Cross was founded by pioneering nurse Clara Barton in Washington, D.C. Born Clarissa Harlowe Barton on Christmas Day in 1821, Clara spent most of her life helping others. During the American Civil War, she became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her tireless work helping the sick and wounded. She operated the Missing Soldiers Office after the war and by the time the office closed in 1867,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cher

Posted May 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Cher

Happy birthday, Cher! Today the music icon turns 69. Born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California, Cher dreamed of becoming famous as a young girl. At 16, she dropped out of school to pursue an acting career. She rose to stardom as part of a singing act with her husband, Sonny Bono, whom she met in 1962. The duo was best known for the hit song “I Got You Babe” and their immensely popular variety… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lawrence of Arabia

Posted May 19, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we remember British World War I hero Lawrence of Arabia on the 80th anniversary of his death. He was born Thomas Edward Lawrence on August 16, 1888 in Tremadoc, Wales. After studying architecture and archaeology in school, Lawrence spent several years excavating in the Middle East. At the outbreak of war between Britain and the Ottoman Empire, Lawrence enlisted in the British military. Due to his expertise in Middle Eastern affairs, he was assigned as an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicholas II of Russia

Posted May 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicholas II of Russia

On this day in 1868, Nicholas II was born in Pushkin, Russia. Born Nikolai Alekasndrovich Romanov, Nicholas II was the eldest son Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna of Russia. He was related to several monarchs in Europe, including his first cousin King George V. In 1894, he inherited the Russian throne after his father’s death. His reign saw Imperial Russia go from being one of the foremost powers of the world to economic and military… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion: Get 25% Off Tickets

Posted May 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Global Family Reunion: Geni users get 25% off tickets

The Global Family Reunion is only a few weeks away! Today we’re excited to share that Geni users will receive a special discount on Global Family Reunion tickets – 25% off! Best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is hosting the largest family reunion event in history and you’re invited! The Global Family Reunion has been dubbed an “ancestry Lollapalooza” by The New York Times. It will feature over 50 speakers and more than 400 activities and exhibits. As the home of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: B.B. King

Posted May 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we honor blues legend B.B. King, who passed away at the age of 89. Riley B. King was born on September 16, 1925 on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi. He was exposed to music at a young age as a member of his church’s gospel choir. He was first introduced to the blues by his great aunt at the age of 7 and by 12, he had purchased his first guitar. His mother’s first cousin,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meriwether Lewis

Posted May 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Meriwether Lewis

On this day in 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark departed St. Louis, Missouri to begin their mission of exploring the American Northwest. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson wanted to get an accurate assessment of the new land and its resources. He enlisted Lewis to command the expedition, who recruited his close friend William Clark as his Second Lieutenant in command. The journey to the Pacific coast lasted two years. During this… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Inge Lehmann

Posted May 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 127th birthday to pioneering seismologist Inge Lehmann! Today’s Google Doodle honors the Danish scientist, who discovered the Earth’s inner core. Here are five things to know about Inge Lehmann: 1. Lehmann was born on May 13, 1888 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her father, Alfred Georg Ludvik Lehmann, was an experimental psychologist and one of the most significant influences for her intellectual development. 2. She studied mathematics at the University of Copenhagen and the University of… Read the full story

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Most Popular Baby Names of 2014

Posted May 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you searching for baby names? The U.S. Social Security Administration has released the top 10 names for 2014! At the top of the list this year are Noah for boys and Emma for girls. This is the second year in a row that Noah has claimed the top spot. Emma has been among the top three baby names since 2003. A popular name during the early 1900s, the name fell out of fashion in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale

Posted May 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any nurses in your family tree? On May 12, 1820, pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy. Named after her place of birth, Florence was born to a rich, upper-class British family. From a young age, she knew her calling was to become a nurse and help the ill and poor. During the Crimean War, reports about the horrific conditions for the wounded made its way to Britain. In 1854,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Salvador Dalí

Posted May 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Spanish ancestry? On this day in 1904, surrealist painter Salvador Dalí was born. He was born Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domènech in Figueres, Spain. Nine months before his birth, his older brother, also named Salvador, died of gastroenteritis. At the age of five, his parents had told him that he was the reincarnation of his brother. A believer in the concept, Dalí incorporated images of his brother into his work… Read the full story

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Memories of V-E Day

Posted May 8, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Memories of V-E Day

Today we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day! On May 8, 1945, millions of people throughout Western Europe took to the streets to celebrate the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II in Europe. Image: City of Toronto Archives Once the announcement was made of Germany’s surrender, jubilant celebrations erupted throughout the streets of Europe. Millions danced, waved flags, threw streamers and even kissed strangers. This important day had… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

Posted May 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

Did you know the 70th anniversary of V-E Day also happens to be the 131st birthday of President Harry S. Truman? Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri to John Anderson Truman and Martha Ellen Young. His parents named him after his maternal uncle, Harrison “Harry” Young,  but had difficulty settling on a middle name. Ultimately, they simply chose to use the letter “S” in tribute of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Posted May 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Do you have Russian ancestry? On this day in 1840, famous Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Vyatka, Russia. Considered one of the most popular Russian composers in history, Tchaikovsky’s works included symphonies, concertos, operas and ballets. Tchaikovsky began taking piano lessons at the age of five and showed an adept talent for music. Despite his passion, Tchaikovsky was educated for a career as a civil servant. He spent a short tenure as a clerk with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Posted May 6, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary filmmaker Orson Welles! Born on May 6, 1915, Welles was known as one of the greatest radio and cinema artists of the era. Early in his career, Welles juggled work in the theater with his extensive work as a radio actor, writer, director and producer. His famous live broadcast of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds caused widespread panic after many listeners mistakenly believed the show to be real…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nellie Bly

Posted May 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is the 151st birthday of American journalist, inventor and record-breaker Nellie Bly! Born Elizabeth Jane Cochrane in Cochran’s Mills, Pennsylvania, she wrote under the the pen name “Nellie Bly.” Bly was a pioneer in her field and launched a new kind of investigative journalism. As a reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World, Bly wrote one of her earliest and most provocative pieces, a startling exposé on the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. An undercover assignment, Bly feigned… Read the full story

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A New Royal Baby is Here! 10 Things to Know About the Little Princess

Posted May 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
A New Royal Baby is Here! 10 Things to Know About the Little Princess

This weekend, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their second child! The new little princess has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Kate gave birth to her daughter on Saturday, May 2 at 8:34am London time, less than three hours after she checked into St. Mary’s Hospital. The princess weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces. Now that her name has been officially released, here are some things to know about the newest addition to the… Read the full story