February 2017

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Profile of the Day: Linus Pauling

Posted February 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Linus Pauling

On this day in 1901, chemist and activist Linus Pauling was born in Portland, Oregon. Regarded as one of the most influential scientists in history, Pauling is often considered to be the founder of the fields of quantum chemistry and molecular biology. The eldest child of Herman Henry Pauling and Lucy Darling, Pauling showed an interest in science at a young age. He contributed many discoveries across several scientific fields. The father of microbiology, Pauling’s studies of hemoglobin… Read the full story

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Oscar Night 2017: Surprising Relatives

Posted February 27, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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This year’s Oscars was one for the history books. Best Supporting Actor winner Mahershala Ali made Academy Award history last night by becoming the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. Viola Davis, the first African American actress to receive three Oscar nominations, finally won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. With her win, she has become the first African American to achieve the “Triple Crown of Acting,” winning an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar. Full of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Taylor

Posted February 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Taylor

Today we remember acting legend Elizabeth Taylor on what would have been her 85th birthday. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 in London, England to American parents, Francis Lenn Taylor, an art dealer, and Sara Sothern, a retired actress. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, the family returned to the United States and settled in Los Angeles, California. Soon after, Taylor began auditioning for films. By the age of 12, Taylor… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Winslow Homer

Posted February 24, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1836, American landscape painter Winslow Homer was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Homer was the second of three sons born to Charles Savage Homer and Henrietta Maria Benson. He came from a long line of New England families from both of his parents. As a child, he was encourage by his mother to pursue his interests in painting. Early in his career, Homer worked as a lithographer and then as an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: W.E.B. Du Bois

Posted February 23, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember sociologist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois, who was born on February 23, 1868. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts to Mary Silvinia Burghardt and Alfred Du Bois. His mother’s family was a part of a small free black community in Great Barrington and they had long owned land in the area. His maternal second great grandfather, Tom Burghardt, was a slave and possibly earned his freedom… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Washington

Posted February 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Washington

Today we celebrate the 285th birthday of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Washington was born on February 22, 1732 on his family’s plantation, the Pope’s Creek Estate, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was the first son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball. His great grandfather, John Washington, emigrated to Virginia from England in 1656. Known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Washington led the Continental Army… Read the full story

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Geni Turns 10: Congrats to the Winner of Our Geni Pro Giveaway!

Posted February 21, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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Last month, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Geni’s launch by announcing a chance for one lucky user to win a free year of Geni Pro. For a chance to win, people were asked to answer one question – “What first sparked your interest in genealogy?” We received many great responses from the community and a winner was randomly chosen from our list of valid entries sent to us via Facebook, Twitter and email. Today we’re excited… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rue McClanahan

Posted February 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day; Rue McClanahan

Remember watching The Golden Girls? On this day in 1934, star Rue McClanahan was born in Healdton, Oklahoma. She was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan to Dreda Rheua-Nell Medaris, a beautician, and William Edwin McClanahan, a building contractor. Her name was was a contraction of her parents’ middle names, but she dropped the “Eddi” when she was mistaken for a boy and drafted into the military in error after finishing school. After graduating from college, McClanahan found work in theater… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sidney Poitier

Posted February 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Sidney Poitier! Today the legendary actor celebrates his 90th birthday. Poitier was born on February 20, 1927 in Miami, Florida to Bahamian parents Evelyn Outen and Reginald James Poitier. He was born two months premature while his parents were vacationing in the U.S. Until the age of 10, Poitier lived on his family’s farm on Cat Island in the Bahamas. At the age of 15, he was sent to Miami to live with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rene Laennec

Posted February 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: René Laënnec

On this day in 1781, French doctor René Laënnec was born in Quimper, France. Considered one of the greatest physicians in history, Laënnec made many significant contributions to the world of medicine, most notably his invention of the stethoscope. As a boy, René Theophile Hyacinthe Laënnec was sent to live with his uncle, Guillaume-François Laënnec, after the death of his mother. His uncle was the dean of medicine at the University of Nantes and under… Read the full story

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Highlights From RootsTech 2017

Posted February 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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We had a fantastic time at RootsTech 2017. Each year the conference gets bigger and bigger, and this year was no exception with an estimated 30,000 attendees! RootsTech 2017 We always have a wonderful time getting to see old friends and meeting new people enthusiastic to learn more about collaboration in genealogy. This year curators Anne Brannen and Ashley Odell joined the Geni team at the booth to help introduce Geni to new visitors. Their genealogy expertise… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sonny Bono

Posted February 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sonny Bono

Remember listening to the music of Sonny & Cher? Today we remember Sonny Bono on what would have been his 82nd birthday. Salvatore Phillip Bono was born on February 16, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan. The son of Sicilian immigrants, Bono and his family moved to California when he was seven. After dropping out of school, Bono worked a series of odd jobs to support himself. He began his music career as a songwriter before achieving… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Susan B. Anthony

Posted February 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Susan B. Anthony

On this day in 1820, suffragist Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts. Born into a Quaker family, Anthony grew up in a politically active household. Her family was active in the anti-slavery movement, and by the age of 17, Anthony was already collecting anti-slavery petitions. Encouraged to pursue her education, Anthony became a teacher while continuing to fight for social reforms that would bring equality to all. In 1851, Anthony met Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the Seneca Falls Convention…. Read the full story

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Family Stories: Weddings

Posted February 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Some of the best stories come from our own families. Often these lasting memories are passed down through generations either through storytelling or in personal journals or diaries. Today take a look back at the wedding stories in your family tree. You may even want to look for their wedding announcements in old newspapers, which sometimes include a story or description of the happy couple’s special day. Below are a few interesting wedding stories we found in old newspapers:… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass was born into slavery around February 1817 in Talbot County, Maryland. Although the exact date of his birth is unknown, Douglass later chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14. As a child, Douglass was sent to live with a ship carpenter named Hugh Auld. During this time, Auld’s wife began teaching Douglass how to read. Douglass would continue to teach himself how to read and write, believing that “knowledge is the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Posted February 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Do you love watching old Shirley Temple movies? Today we remember the beloved child actor, who passed away on this day in 2014 at the age of 85. Temple was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California. She was first discovered in a dancing class at the age of 3 and was cast in Baby Burlesks, a series of short films that satirized recent film and political events using preschool children in every role. Throughout… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Henry Harrison

Posted February 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Henry Harrison

On this day in 1773, William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States, was born on the Berkely Plantation in Charles City County, Virginia. The last U.S. president to be born a British subject, Harrison was the youngest son of Benjamin Harrison V and Elizabeth Bassett Harrison. A member of the Continental Congress, Harrison’s father was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and served as the fifth governor of Virginia. At the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jules Verne

Posted February 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jules Verne

“What one man can imagine, another will someday be able to achieve.” Are you a science fiction fan? On this day in 1828, the “Father of Science Fiction” Jules Verne, was born in Nantes, France. The son of bourgeois parents, it was intended that Verne would follow in his father’s footsteps to become a lawyer. However, it was during his studies that Verne discovered his passion for literature and theater. He earned his law degree,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Posted February 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Laura Ingalls WIlder

Remember reading Little House on the Prairie? On this day in 1867, author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in a log cabin outside of Pepin, Wisconsin. Wilder was a descendant of the Delano family, the same ancestral family of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In fact, Wilder and President Roosevelt were fifth cousins once removed. Her life growing up with her pioneer family in the “Big Woods” became the basis of her “Little House” books. She published… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ronald Reagan

Posted February 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks what would have been Ronald Reagan’s 106th birthday! Born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois, Reagan was the son of Nelle Clyde Wilson and John Edward Reagan. Reagan began his entertainment career in radio before landing roles on the silver screen during the 1930s. Over the course of his Hollywood career, Reagan appeared in over 50 films and served as President of the Screen Actors Guild for many years. During World War II,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Norman Rockwell

Posted February 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Norman Rockwell

On this day in 1894, American illustrator Norman Rockwell was born in New York City, New York. Norman Perceval Rockwell was born on February 3, 1894 to Jarvis Waring Rockwell and Anne Mary “Nancy” Hill. Rockwell’s 7th great grandfather, John Rockwell, was one of the first settlers in Connecticut. For over four decades, Rockwell’s illustrations of everyday life in America graced the covers of The Saturday Evening Post magazine. Although disliked by critics, Rockwell’s work was beloved by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Farrah Fawcett

Posted February 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Farrah Fawcett

Today we remember actress Farrah Fawcett on what would have been her 70th birthday. She was born Ferrah Leni Fawcett on February 2, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was the second daughter born to Pauline Alice Evans and James William Fawcett, an oil field contractor. Fawcett first discovered her love for acting while in high school and in 1968, she decided to try her luck in Hollywood. She soon booked several commercials and guest spots… Read the full story

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Come See Geni at RootsTech 2017

Posted February 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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In one week Geni will be heading to Salt Lake City, Utah for RootsTech 2017, the world’s largest genealogy conference. RootsTech has always been a little unique with its interesting blend of genealogy and technology. Open to newbies and experts, RootsTech is the perfect place to meet fellow genealogy researchers and discover new family history technologies. RootsTech will take place February 8-11, 2017 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The conference will be offering over 200 sessions for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

Posted February 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

“Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” Today we remember American poet and activist Langston Hughes, who was born on this day in 1902. James Mercer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri to James Nathaniel Hughes and Caroline Mercer Langston. Like many African Americans, Hughes was a descendant of slaves. His maternal grandfather, Charles Henry Langston, was an abolitionist and political activist. Born free in… Read the full story