November 2016

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Geni Tips: Merge This Profile

Posted November 30, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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When trees overlap on Geni, they are merged together to create a single, more complete family tree. Usually this happens when you encounter a Tree Match notifying you of a duplicate profile. But did you know you can still merge duplicate profiles even without a Tree Match? There are multiple ways to merge duplicates, but here we will cover how to begin a merge from a profile page. To merge the duplicate profile, first click on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill

Posted November 30, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill

Today we remember Winston Churchill, who was born on this day in 1874. Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the prominent Spencer family. His father was a politician and his mother was an American socialite. Churchill was born two months premature in Blenheim Palace, a monumental country house that was rewarded to his ancestor, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, for his military triumphs…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louisa May Alcott

Posted November 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading Little Women? On this day in 1832, author Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. The second daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott and Abby May, Alcott was born on her father’s 33rd birthday. Amos Alcott was a transcendentalist and established an experimental school in Boston. She grew up around family friends Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, who were a part of the Transcendental Club along with her father.. At the outbreak… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Hathaway

Posted November 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne Hathaway

On this day in 1582, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were married in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six months later, Hathaway gave birth to their daughter, Susanna. Although not much is known about Hathaway’s life beyond references in legal papers, much has been speculated about her relationship with the legendary Bard. She is believed to have grown up in a farmhouse in the village of Shottery. At the time of their marriage, Shakespeare was 18 and Hathaway was 26 and pregnant… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joe DiMaggio

Posted November 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Joe DiMaggio

Happy birthday, Joe DiMaggio! Today we remember the baseball legend on what would have been his 102nd birthday. Joseph Paul DiMaggio was born on November 25, 1914 in Martinez, California. He was the eighth of nine children born to Sicilian immigrants Giuseppe DiMaggio and Rosalia Mercurio. His father had come from a long line of fisherman and had hoped that his son would follow in his footsteps. However, Joe’s talent in baseball set his path on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Bradford

Posted November 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Bradford

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a conversation starter for Thanksgiving dinner – share with your relatives how your family is related to William Bradford, governor of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts and organizer of the very first Thanksgiving. A passenger of the Mayflower and signatory of the Mayflower Compact, Bradford was known as the leader of the early Plymouth Colony settlers. He served as governor of the colony for 30 years. His journal, Of Plymouth Plantation, is considered to be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harpo Marx

Posted November 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1888, comedian Harpo Marx was born in New York City, New York. He was born Adolph Arthur Marx to Samuel “Frenchie” Marx and Minnie Schoenberg on November 23, 1888. The second oldest of five boys, Harpo and his brothers took on a variety of odd jobs to help support the family. In 1910, Harpo and his brothers, Leonard (“Chico”), Julius (“Groucho”) and Milton (“Gummo”) formed a singing troupe originally called “The Four… Read the full story

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A Forgotten Thanksgiving Tradition

Posted November 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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As we get ready to enjoy Thanksgiving with family, we are reminded of the many traditions that come with the holiday. From the huge family feast of turkey and stuffing to football and even the annual Thanksgiving Day parade, traditions help make the holiday we spend with family special. But there’s an old American tradition that many may not be aware of from a time when Thanksgiving looked a little different than today. Image: Library of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Posted November 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Fifty-three years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was fatally shot by a sniper while traveling in an open motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline. Celebrated as one of the most beloved Presidents of the United States, Kennedy’s sudden death shocked the entire nation. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the second of nine children born to Joseph… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Goldie Hawn

Posted November 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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What’s your favorite Goldie Hawn movie? Today the actress celebrates her 71st birthday. Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born on November 21, 1945 in Washington, D.C. She was named after her maternal great aunt, Goldie Hochhauser. Starting at the age of three, Hawn took ballet and tap dance lessons. She began her career as a professional dancer before getting her big break on the popular variety show, Laugh-In. Hawn easily segued into film and landed her first major film role in the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard

Posted November 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard

On this day in 1923, astronaut Alan Shepard was born in East Derry, New Hampshire. In 1961, Shepard became the first American to travel into space. Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. was the oldest of two children born to Alan B. Shepard, Sr. and Pauline Renza Emerson. Shepard’s family had very early roots in America. His 8th great grandfather was Mayflower passenger Richard Warren, who was a signer of the Mayflower Compact in 1620. One of the original… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary I

Posted November 17, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary I

Have you found your connection to royalty? On this day in 1558, Mary I of England died at the age of 42. With no children of her own, her half-sister Elizabeth succeeded to the throne. The eldest daughter of King Henry VIII, Mary came to power after the death of her Protestant half-brother, Edward VI. A devoted Catholic, Mary restored England to Roman Catholicism during her five-year reign. She had hundreds of Protestant dissenters burned at… Read the full story

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10 Tips for Family History Interviews

Posted November 16, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments
10 Tips for Family History Interviews

With the holidays just around the corner, chances are you will be getting together with your relatives to celebrate. It may also present a great opportunity to catch a few relatives for an interview about your family history! Before seeing your relatives this holiday season, here are some tips to help prepare for an interview with your relatives. 1. Plan ahead First, take a look at what information you have and what you may still be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Posted November 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Do you have a favorite Clark Gable movie? Today we remember the legendary actor on the 56th anniversary of his death. William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio. While he was an infant, his mother died, possibly from a brain tumor. From a young age, Gable aspired to become an actor. He found work with second-class theater companies and eventually made his way across the country to California. In the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Georgia O’Keeffe

Posted November 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who are the artists in your family tree? On this day in 1887, American artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The second of seven children, Georgia Totto O’Keeffe grew up on a dairy farm. She was named after her maternal grandfather, George Victor Otto, a Hungarian who had immigrated to the United States. After the death of her husband, O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico where she found inspiration in the New Mexico landscape…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Banting

Posted November 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frederick Banting

Today we celebrate the 125th birthday of Canadian scientist Frederick Banting, whose research led to the discovery of insulin to treat diabetics. Banting was born on November 14, 1891 in Alliston, Ontario. He was the youngest of five children born to William Thompson Banting and Margaret Grant. During World War I, he served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. In 1918, he was wounded during the Battle of Cambrai, but despite his injuries, Banting continued to… Read the full story

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Veterans Day: Celebrities Who Served in the Military

Posted November 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate Veterans Day in recognition of the men and women who have served in the armed forces. In honor of the holiday, here’s a look at a few famous veterans in Geni’s World Family Tree: 1. Buster Keaton Buster Keaton’s WWI draft card / NARA Remembered as one of the funniest comedians of the Silent Film Era, Buster Keaton served in the United States Army in France with the 40th Infantry Division during World War I…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonard Cohen

Posted November 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary Canadian singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, who passed away at the age of 82. Leonard Norman Cohen was born on September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec to a middle-class Jewish family. His mother, Masha Klonitsky, was the daughter of a Talmudic writer and was of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. His father, Nathan Cohen, owned a clothing store and died when Cohen was just 9 years old. Growing up, he was encouraged by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Burton

Posted November 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1925, Welsh actor Richard Burton was born in Pontrhydyfen, Wales. Born Richard Walter Jenkins, Jr., he was the twelfth child of parents Richard Walter Jenkins, Sr. and Edith Maude Thomas. His father was a coal miner and his mother worked as a bartender. At the age of two, he lost his mother shortly after she gave birth to the family’s thirteenth child. He was then taken in by his sister Cecilia and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

Posted November 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about an ancestor?  On this day in 1914, actress Hedy Lamarr was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungry. Although Lamarr was best known as an actress during MGM’s “Golden Age,” you may be surprised to learn about her background as an inventor and the role she played in the creation of wireless communication. During the 1940s, Lamarr starred in several successful films. But as World War II raged, Lamarr felt… Read the full story

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Did Your Ancestors Vote?

Posted November 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Did Your Ancestors Vote?

It’s Election Day in the U.S. Today, millions of Americans will head to the polls to cast their votes for President. This presidential election between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton will certainly go down into the history books and may possibly result in the country’s first female president. As voters take to the polls, we take a minute to remember that many of our ancestors may have also participated in elections during their lifetimes. Did your ancestors vote? Voter… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

Posted November 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

On this day in 1847, Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, was born in Dublin, Ireland. Abraham Stoker was the third of seven children born to Abraham Stoker and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley. As a child, Stoker suffered from an illness that left him bedridden until he started school at the age of seven. After studying mathematics at Trinity College, Stoker worked as a civil servant at Dublin Castle and as a theater critic for the Dublin Evening… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

Posted November 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

On this day in 1867, renowned physicist Marie Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland. Thanks to her pioneering research on radioactivity, Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to win twice in different fields, Physics and Chemistry. Curie was the fifth and youngest child born to Bronisława Boguska and Władyslaw Sklodowski, both teachers. Her paternal grandfather was also a well known teacher in Lublin and her family of educators… Read the full story

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Photos: Our Mustachioed Ancestors

Posted November 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s Movember again, an annual event where men grow out their mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health. When looking through old family photos, it’s likely you’ve come across some mustachioed ancestors. Mustache styles have changed over time, so your ancestor’s facial hair may even be a clue to help you date your photo. In honor of Movember, here’s a fun look at some epic mustaches of the past. Image: Australian National… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

Posted November 4, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

On this day in 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the entrance to the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. Tutankhamun became the Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty at the age of 9. When he came to power, there was much unrest in Egypt. He reversed several changes made during his father’s reign, including restoring the worship of the old gods. He ruled for nearly 10 years before his death around the age of 18. Howard Carter had spent… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sissy Spacek

Posted November 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sissy Spacek

Do you remember watching Carrie? The classic horror film starring Sissy Spacek celebrates its 40th anniversary today. Based on Stephen King’s best-selling first novel of the same name, the movie was released in theaters on November 3, 1976 to widely positive reviews. Not only did it succeed in frightening audiences, it also became one of the rare horror films to be nominated for multiple Academy Awards. An unknown actress when she was first cast, Spacek earned her first Oscar nomination for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Howard Hughes

Posted November 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Howard Hughes

On this day in 1947, Hollywood producer and aviator Howard Hughes flew the Spruce Goose on its first and only flight. Also called the Hughes Flying Boat, the plane was the largest aircraft ever built at the time. Hughes was a successful and extremely wealthy movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. Hughes had a lifelong passion for aviation and was an avid pilot. He even set a few aviation records himself, including a… Read the full story

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5 Things to Know About the Day of the Dead

Posted November 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
5 Things to Know About the Day of the Dead

November 1 and 2 marks the celebration of the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, a traditionally Mexican holiday focused on the remembrance of friends and family who have died. Although the holiday is particularly a Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead is observed by many cultures throughout the world. The colorful and festive holiday is celebrated with family and friends in remembrance of their loved ones who have died. In honor of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Crane

Posted November 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Stephen Crane

On this day in 1871, American author Stephen Crane was born in Newark, New Jersey. He is best known for his highly acclaimed novel The Red Badge of Courage, where Crane authentically depicted the realities of battle during the American Civil War and the psychological turmoil of the novel’s protagonist, a Union soldier who grapples with his own cowardice after he flees from the battlefield. Crane was the fourteenth child born to Johnathan Townley Crane, a minister,… Read the full story