August 2016

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Profile of the Day: Ernest Rutherford

Posted August 30, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ernest Rutherford

On this day in 1871, physicist Ernest Rutherford was born in Spring Grove, New Zealand. Dubbed the “Father of the Nuclear Age,” Rutherford’s scientific research led to the first splitting of the atom in 1917. He was the fourth of twelve children born to James Rutherford and Martha Thompson. His mother was a schoolteacher and placed a strong emphasis on the children’s education. When not in school, Rutherford spent his time helping with chores on the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Jackson

Posted August 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Michael Jackson

Happy birthday, Michael Jackson! Today the King of Pop would have turned 58. Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. He was the eighth of ten children born to Katherine Scruse and Joseph “Joe” Jackson. At the age of five, Michael began performing with his older brothers as a member of the Jackson 5. His talent was immediately apparent and it was long before Michael was made the group’s lead… Read the full story

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Join Geni at FGS 2016

Posted August 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Next week Geni will be heading to Springfield, Illinois for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 National Conference. From August 31 – September 3, genealogists and family historians will come together at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. This year’s theme is “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” with tracks geared to inspire and enrich your family history. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of sessions offered by many of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Posted August 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Today the U.S. celebrates Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the day when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as law. In honor of the day, we’re highlighting Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who helped draft the historical amendment. A leading figure of the women’s rights movement, Stanton’s work helped pave the way for granting women the right to vote. In 1848, Stanton helped organize the Seneca Falls Convention, which was the first women’s rights convention to be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ivan IV

Posted August 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ivan IV

Do you have Russian ancestry? On this day in 1530, the first tsar of Russia, Ivan IV, was born in the Grand Duchy of Muscovy, Russia. From a young age, Ivan experienced much tragedy and pain. When he was 3, his father died of an infection from an abscess on his leg. At the request of his father, Ivan was made Grand Prince of Moscow, and his mother acted as regent. However, a few short… Read the full story

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Meet the Cousin Detective

Posted August 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Geni curators spend a great deal of time working hard to ensure the World Family Tree is the highest-quality family tree of the entire world. Always eager to collaborate and interact in discussions and projects, our dedicated group of volunteers have assisted many Geni users over the years. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of working with a curator, we thought it would be fun to get to know some members of the curator… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted August 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Did you know that on this day in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly nonstop across the United States? A pioneer in aviation, Earhart set many records throughout her career. On August 24, 1932, she became the first woman to make a solo nonstop flight across the United States from Los Angeles, California to Newark, New Jersey. The flight took a total of 19 hours and 5 minutes and set a woman’s distance record… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbara Eden

Posted August 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching I Dream of Jeannie? Today star Barbara Eden celebrates her 85th birthday. She was born Barbara Jean Morehead on August 23, 1931 in Tucson, Arizona. As she grew up during the Great Depression, her mother kept her entertained by singing songs. Her early exposure to music left a lasting impression and inspired her to pursue her love of singing and acting. After doing guest spots on a few shows, Eden landed the biggest role… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ray Bradbury

Posted August 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ray Bradbury

Do you remember reading Fahrenheit 451? On this day in 1920, author Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois. He was the son of Esther Moberg, a Swedish immigrant, and Leonard Spaulding Bradbury, a power and telephone lineman. His seventh great grandmother was Mary Bradbury, who was tried, convicted and sentenced to hang as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. She managed to escape execution until the Salem Witch Trials were discredited. Since he was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gene Roddenberry

Posted August 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Gene Roddenberry

Are you a Star Trek fan? On this day in 1921, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was born in El Paso, Texas. As a young man, Roddenberry became interested in aeronautical engineering and earned a pilot license through the Civilian Pilot Training Program. During World War II, Roddenberry enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and flew an estimated 89 combat missions. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Did you know Roddenberry also… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Swayze

Posted August 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Patrick Swayze

Today we remember actor Patrick Swayze on what would have been his 64th birthday. Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas. He was the second child of Patsy Yvonne Helen Karnes, a choreographer and dance instructor, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, an engineering draftsman. Thanks to his mother’s profession, Swayze was introduced to dance at an early age. He showed off his dancing skills in his breakthrough role in the 1987 film Dirty… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Posted August 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Today marks the 230th birthday of American folk hero Davy Crockett. David “Davy” Crockett was born on August 17, 1786 in what is present day Tennessee. During the Creek War, Crockett joined the state militia as a scout and spent much of his time hunting wild game for the soldiers. He later served as third sergeant in the War of 1812, but saw little action. After returning home, he served two terms in Congress before leaving politics… Read the full story

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Genealogy Conferences: Highlights From IAJGS 2016

Posted August 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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This past week, Geni headed to Seattle, Washington for the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. We had an amazing time seeing old friends and meeting new visitors eager to learn more about collaborative genealogy in Geni’s World Family Tree. The Geni booth at IAJGS 2016 The conference got off to a fantastic start with the Share Fair on Sunday. The exhibit hall had a steady crowd all day with people reuniting with old friends and learning… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Madonna

Posted August 16, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday, Madonna! Today the iconic singer turns 58. Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born on August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan to Silvio Anthony Ciccone and Madonna Louise Fortin. At the age of 5, Madonna lost her mother to breast cancer. The loss of her mother significantly affected Madonna as she grew up. Although she remained a straight-A student, Madonna gained attention for her unconventional behavior. After recording her first hit “Everybody,” Madonna’s fame skyrocketed. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cecil B. DeMille

Posted August 12, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On this day in 1881, director and producer Cecil B. DeMille was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts to Henry de Mille and Matilda Samuel. His surname is of Dutch origin and was spelled as de Mille which he used in private life, however he chose to use the spelling DeMille for professional purposes. He is recognized as a founding father of the Hollywood film industry. Edendale, a historical name for a district in Los Angeles, California was originally… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andrew Carnegie

Posted August 11, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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Today we remember Scottish American industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, who died on August 11, 1919 at the age of 83 in Lenox, Massachusetts. He founded the Keystone Bridge Company in 1865 which was an important bridge building company, but he made his fortune in the steel industry. In 1892 he started the Carnegie Steel Company, it was the largest manufacturer of pig iron, steel rails, and coke (a type of fuel derived from coal)… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jimmy Dean

Posted August 10, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On this day in 1928, American country music singer and businessman Jimmy Dean was born in Plainview, Texas to George Otto Dean and Ruth Taylor. His best known song was in 1961 called “Big Bad John”; the song won Dean the 1962 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. Dean was also a television host, he had a variety TV series called The Jimmy Dean Show which featured comedy, popular music artists and country music… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

Posted August 9, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On August 9, 1854, Henry David Thoreau‘s novel Walden was published. Walden is Thoreau’s most famous novel, he also wrote the essay Civil Disobedience. Thoreau was also a poet, philosopher and abolitionist. His writings inspired many notable leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John F. Kennedy. Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts to John Thoreau and Cynthia Dunbar. His name at birth was David Henry, named… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Nixon

Posted August 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Richard Nixon

On this day in 1974, Richard Nixon resigned from the office of the President of the United States in a nationwide television address. Do you remember watching? After serving as Vice President under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nixon made his bid for the presidency, but narrowly lost to John F. Kennedy. In 1968, he ran again and won. Nixon’s last years in office were marred by the Watergate scandal. At noon the next day after his televised… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Posted August 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Today we celebrate what would have been astronaut Neil Armstrong’s 86th birthday! Neil Alden Armstrong was born to Stephen Koenig Armstrong and Viola Louise in Wapakoneta, Ohio on August 5, 1930. Armstrong’s love of flying began at a young age when his father took him on his first airplane flight at the age of five. After serving in the Korean War and finishing college, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which would later… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Posted August 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1792, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in Sussex, England. Regarded as one of the greatest English Romantic poets of the 19th century, Shelley’s work was often characterized as visionary and radical by his peers. Shelley was the eldest legitimate son born to Sir Timothy Shelley, a member of Parliament, and Elizabeth Pilfold. He grew up learning to fish and hunt in the meadows around his home. At the age of 19,… Read the full story

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Come See Geni at IAJGS 2016

Posted August 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Next week, Geni will be at the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Seattle, Washington. The conference will be held from August 7-12, 2016 at the Sheraton Seattle Downtown Hotel. The local host this year is the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. This year’s theme is “The Wandering Jew.” Come join us at one of the largest Jewish genealogy conferences in the world! If you’re planning to attend, be sure to stop by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Calvin Coolidge

Posted August 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Calvin Coolidge

On this day in 1923, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th President of the United States, just hours after the death of President Warren G. Harding. John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. was born on July 4, 1872 in Plymouth, Vermont. He’s the only U.S. President to be born on Independence Day. Coolidge’s second great-grandfather, John Coolidge, served in the American Revolutionary War. On August 2, 1923, President Harding died suddenly in San Francisco. At… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elisha Gray

Posted August 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elisha Gray

On this day in 1835, American inventor Elisha Gray was born in Barnesville, Ohio. The co-founder of the Western Electric Manufacturing Company, Gray is perhaps best remembered for the controversy surrounding the invention of the telephone. Gray was born into a Quaker family in Ohio and grew up on a farm. An electrical engineer, he held over 70 patents and is often considered the father of the modern music synthesizer. On February 14, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Herman Melville

Posted August 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Herman Melville

Have you read Moby-Dick? On this day in 1819, author Herman Melville was born in New York City, New York. He was the third of eight children born to Allan Melvill and Maria Gansevoort. Both of his grandfathers were heroes of the American Revolutionary War. His paternal grandfather, Major Thomas Melvill, participated in the Boston Tea Party and served as a Major in the Continental Army. Melville’s maternal grandfather, Peter Gansevoort, served as a Colonel during… Read the full story