October 2016

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Profile of the Day: John Keats

Posted October 31, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1795, English Romantic poet John Keats was born in London, England. The son of Thomas Keats and Frances Jennings, Keats was the eldest of the couple’s four surviving children. Keats lost both of his parents while he was still young. His father died when Keats was 8 after falling from a horse. When he was 14, his mother died of tuberculosis. During this time, Keats found solace in the arts and literature. Despite… Read the full story

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How Geni and MyHeritage Helped Me Find My Grandmother’s Family

Posted October 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
How Geni and MyHeritage Helped Me Find My Grandmother’s Family

We love to hear stories from our users about the fascinating discoveries they have made on Geni. Below we share a story from Angela Sinickas Shiromani, who connected with descendants of her grandmother’s siblings through Geni. This amazing discovery finally united two lines of the family after being separated across two continents for over 60 years. In June 2013, while on a trip to Lithuania to speak at the Lithuanian World Economic Forum, Angela decided… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bill Gates

Posted October 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bill Gates

Happy birthday, Bill Gates! Today the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist turns 61. William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington to William H. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell. By the age of 13, Gates began to show an interest in computer programming and continued to pursue his passion during college. He would drop out of Harvard University to form a company called “Micro-soft” with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Later dropping… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Singer

Posted October 27, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Isaac Singer

Did your family own a Singer sewing machine? On this day in 1811, inventor Isaac Singer was born in Pittstown, New York. Singer’s improvements to the sewing machine would make it more practical and efficient than ever before. Isaac Merritt Singer was born to Adam Singer and Ruth Benson on October 27, 1811. Around the age of 12, he left home to work various odd jobs and even joined a traveling stage act. By the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Posted October 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Today marks the 135th anniversary of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Remembered as the most famous shootout in the history of the Wild West, the gunfight was the result of the long-simmering feud between outlaw Cowboys, the Clanton-McLaurys, and lawmen Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and temporary policeman Doc Holliday. The 30 second shootout took place on October 26, 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. The Earp brothers were targets of death threats by the group of outlaws… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Convert Photos to Documents

Posted October 25, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Geni Tip: Convert Photos to Documents

Before Geni introduced documents, users were able to upload records, such as census records or passenger lists, as photos. Now years later, many people are still not aware that you can convert those old photos into documents. By converting these types of photos into documents, you make these records even more useful in your family tree. Once the image is made into a document, you can use them as sources for your family’s profiles. For each profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Abigail Adams

Posted October 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Abigail Adams

On this day in 1764, future President John Adams married Abigail Smith at the Smith family home in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Abigail Adams was born on November 22, 1744 to Elizabeth Quincy and William Smith, a pastor. The couple had known each other since they were children and throughout their courtship and marriage exchanged over 1,100 letters. Their letters were filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics and provided a unique window into 18th century life and personal insight… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

Posted October 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

On this day in 1632, Dutch tradesman Antoni van Leeuwenhoek was born. Known as the “Father of microbiology,” van Leeuwenhoek is considered to be the first person to observe microbes. He was born in Delft in the Netherlands to Philips Antonisz van Leeuwenhoek, a basket maker, and Margaretha Bel van den Berch, who had come from a brewer family. A draper, van Leeuwenhoek made for an unlikely scientist. He became interested in lensmaking while working in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Nobel

Posted October 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1833, Swedish inventor and philanthropist Alfred Nobel was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Although today Nobel is best remembered for establishing the Nobel Prizes, he first earned his fortune as the inventor of dynamite. After his brother died in an explosion at his father’s arms factory, Nobel sought to find a safer substance than the unstable nitroglycerin. It was after a newspaper incorrectly published Nobel’s obituary that he became concerned with how he would be remembered by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mickey Mantle

Posted October 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1931, baseball legend Mickey Mantle was born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. He was born to Elvin Charles “Mutt” Mantle, a lead miner, and Lovell Richardson. A huge baseball fan, Mantle’s father had named him after Mickey Cochrane, a Hall of Fame catcher. A gifted athlete while in school, Mantle was scouted and signed to a minor league contract right out of high school. By the age of 19, Mantle was playing for the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ferdinand II of Aragon

Posted October 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ferdinand II of Aragon

On October 19, 1469, Ferdinand II of Aragon married Isabella I of Castile. Their marriage would pave the way for the unification of Aragon and Castile into the single country of Spain. In 1492, the monarchs brought the Reconquista to an end when the last Islamic state in Iberia at Granada finally fell to the expanding Christian kingdoms. Soon after, Ferdinand and Isabella agreed to sponsor Christopher Columbus on an expedition to reach the Indies by sailing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick III

Posted October 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1831, German Emperor Frederick III was born in the New Palace at Potsdam, Prussia. The only son of Emperor Wilhelm I, Frederick was celebrated for his leadership and successes during the Second Schleswig, Austro-Prussian and Franco-Prussian Wars. Despite his military success, Frederick was known to dislike warfare and was often praised for his humane conduct. After the death of his father at the age of 90 on March 9, 1888, Frederick… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William the Conqueror

Posted October 14, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: William the Conqueror

Today marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. On this day in 1066, William the Conqueror led his forces to defeat King Harold II of England. In January 1066, the death of the childless King Edward the Confessor resulted in a struggle for succession to the English throne. After his death, Harold II was browed king. However, William, then Duke of Normandy, had claimed he was the rightful heir to the throne. According… Read the full story

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Your Stories: Finding Connections to Family

Posted October 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Barbara Zinn first became interested in family history in 1998 when her husband’s aunt sent the couple his family history. Since then, Barbara had been doing her husband’s genealogy off and on.  After researching her husband’s family for a number of years, Barbara became interested in seeing what she could find about her own family. Mary Louise Spencer (Barbara’s paternal grandmother) / Courtesy of Barbara Zinn “Because of my upbringing, and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Dylan

Posted October 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bob Dylan

Congratulations to Bob Dylan! It was announced today that legendary singer and songwriter was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Dylan’s win for the Nobel Prize was a surprise for many. He is the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature since author Toni Morrison won the prize in 1993. He’s also the first person who is considered primarily a musician to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hugh Jackman

Posted October 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hugh Jackman

Happy birthday, Hugh Jackman! Today the actor turns 48. Jackman was born on October 12, 1968 in Sydney, Australia to Grace McNeil (Greenwood) and Christopher John Jackman. His parents were English and had come to Australia as part of the “Ten Pounds Poms” immigration in 1967. Implemented after World War II, the immigration program was an effort to increase the population of Australia. Emigrants were charged only ten pounds sterling to migrate to the country…. Read the full story

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Featured Project: Daughters of the American Revolution

Posted October 11, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
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On October 11, 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded. The non-profit organization and genealogical scoeity welcomes women who are directly descended from Patriots who served in the American Revolutionary War. The group works to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Check out these fast facts about the founding of the Daughters of the American Revolution: 1. It emerged during a time of renewed passion and interest in the early days of American history. Image: Library… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Giuseppe Verdi

Posted October 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Giuseppe Verdi

Do you have an ear for music? Perhaps it’s in your genes! 203 years ago, Giuseppe Verdi was born in Le Roncole, Italy. A dominant figure of the Italian opera scene, Verdi is remembered as one of the most renowned opera composers in history. He was born Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi to Carlo Giuseppe Verdi, an innkeeper, and Luigia Uttini, a spinner, in a small Italian village. He is believed to have been born either on… Read the full story

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First Cousins Reunited

Posted October 7, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments
First Cousins Reunited

We love hearing stories of families reunited through Geni. Recently, Eli Rabinowitz finally found his first cousin Zara Smushkovich after being separated for over 35 years! The discovery was made thanks to the help of a friendly person on Facebook who found the family tree on Geni. Zara’s father, David, and Eli’s mother, Rachel Zara’s father, David Zeldin, and Eli’s mother, Rachel, were siblings. During World War II, David had joined the Soviet Army. His children, Mendel and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edgar Allan Poe

Posted October 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edgar Allan Poe

“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.” On this day in 1849, poet Edgar Allan Poe died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. Known for his mysterious and macabre tales, it seems almost fitting that his death would be just as strange. Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Death plagued much of the early years of his life…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jenny Lind

Posted October 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jenny Lind

Do you have singers in your family tree? On this day in 1820, Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Born Johanna Maria Lind on October 6, 1820, Lind was the illegitimate daughter of Niclas Jonas Lind, a bookkeeper, and Anne-Marie Felborg, a school teacher. Although divorced from her first husband, Lind’s mother refused to remarry until after his death in 1834. Her parents were finally married when Lind was 14. Lind’s gift… Read the full story

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Your Stories: Connecting and Collaborating with Family

Posted October 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Your Stories: Connecting and Collaborating with Family

It’s Family History Month! Throughout the month of October, we’ll be sharing stories from the Geni community in celebration of genealogy and family history. Read below of one Geni user’s journey into genealogy and her excitement for the endless possibilities of connecting and collaborating in the World Family Tree. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tamar Weinberg likes to call herself a professional hustler. A work-at-home mom with 4 kids under the age of 7, Tamar… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Jobs

Posted October 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Steve Jobs

Today we remember innovator Steve Jobs, who died on this day five years ago. Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California to Joanne Schieble and Abdulfatah Jandali. His biological parents were two graduate students from the University of Wisconsin and decided to put him up for adoption. He was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, who encouraged his education and hobby of tinkering with electronics. The co-founder of Apple, Jobs’… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Janis Joplin

Posted October 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Janis Joplin

Do you have a favorite Janis Joplin song? Today we remember the legendary singer on the 46th anniversary of her death. Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas. From an early age, Joplin had a love of music. It was in her teens that she was first introduced to blues and jazz. Joplin was known for her bluesy, uninhibited, and gutsy singing style that was not seen in other female… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andy Griffith

Posted October 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Andy Griffith

Do you remember watching The Andy Griffith Show? 56 years ago today, the classic sitcom starring Andy Griffith premiered. Set in the small town of Mayberry, the show followed the lives of the widowed sheriff, Andy Taylor, his deputy Barney Fife, his young son, Opie, and his Aunt Bee. From the moment it premiered, the show was a success. For all 8 seasons, the show consistently remained one of the most popular sitcoms on the air. By the… Read the full story