June 2017

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Profile of the Day: Victor Hugo

Posted June 30, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Victor Hugo

On this day 155 years ago, Victor Hugo published the final chapter of his epic novel Les Misérables. Victor Marie Hugo was born on February 26, 1802 in Besançon, France. His father, Joseph Léopold Sigisbert Hugo, was a French general and served during the Napoleonic wars. Considered one of the greatest French writers in history, Hugo is best remembered for his novels The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Misérables. A well regarded writer during his lifetime, Hugo was a key… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Posted June 29, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

On this day in 1861, English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning died at the age of 55. Remembered as one of the most popular poets of the Victorian Era, Elizabeth was very well known during her lifetime in Europe and America. The eldest of twelve children, Elizabeth Barrett Moulton-Barrett was born on March 6, 1806 in Coxhoe Hall in County Durham, England. Her father’s family had acquired their wealth in Jamaica, where they owned sugar plantations. From a… Read the full story

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7 Places to Find Where Your Ancestors are Buried

Posted June 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you know where your ancestors are buried? As many genealogists would know, you can find a lot of genealogical information on a gravestone. That is if you know where to look. If you have yet to find where your ancestor is buried, check out these tips to help you locate your ancestor’s final resting place. 1. Obituaries Obituaries hold a wealth of genealogical information. Often you may find vital information such as birth or death dates, the names… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry VIII of England

Posted June 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henry VIII of England

How are you related to the Tudors? On this day in 1491, Henry VIII of England was born at Greenwich Palace in London, England. He was the third child and second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Of his six siblings, only three would survive infancy. His older brother, Arthur, was expected to inherit the throne. However, just 20 weeks after his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Arthur died at just 15 years old…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Posted June 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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“There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.” Today we remember Helen Keller, who was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Struck blind and deaf before the age of two, Keller had very limited means of communication. Her family was referred to Alexander Graham Bell, who recommended they travel to the Perkins Institute for the Blind in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George IV

Posted June 26, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: George IV

How are you related to royalty? On this day in 1830, George IV died at the age of 67. Born on August 12, 1762, George was the eldest son of King George III and Queen Charlotte. In 1810, he became regent as his father’s health and mental stability deteriorated. He ascended to the throne in 1820 after his father’s death. Known for his extravagant, indulgent lifestyle and heavy drinking, George was often ridiculed in public for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Turing

Posted June 23, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alan Turing

Mathematician Alan Turing was born on this day in 1912 in London, England. The pioneering computer scientist is widely recognized as the father of artificial intelligence. From a young age, Turing excelled in mathematics and went on to study cryptology in college. During World War II, Turing played a vital role in deciphering the messages encrypted by the German’s Enigma machine. By cracking the code, the Allies gained access to crucial information that would help… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Judy Garland

Posted June 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Judy Garland, who passed away on this day in 1969. The legendary actress was born Francis Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She was the youngest child of Ethel Marion and Francis Avent Gumm, who had settled in Grand Rapids to run a theater featuring vaudeville acts. As the daughter of former vaudeville actors, Garland got her start on stage at an early age. She made her first public performance at… Read the full story

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Your Stories: From Friends to Family

Posted June 21, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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Geni’s World Family Tree aims to connect people from all parts of the world. With an international user base, we love to hear the diverse stories from our users as they research their family histories. Sharmalan (right) with his mother Elaveni, his grandmother Visalatchy, his wife Vasuge and his daughter Vaishnavi Sharmalan Thevar was born in 1984 in Malaysia. A colorful nation made up of many different cultures and ethnicities, it’s not surprising for Malaysians… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William, Duke of Cambridge

Posted June 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William, Duke of Cambridge

Happy 35th birthday to Prince William! On June 21, 1982, Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Three decades later, his children, George and Charlotte, would be born in the same hospital. As a child, he had the opportunity to have wider experiences than what is typical for most royal children. His mother, Princess Diana, took the future king and his brother Harry to places such as Walt Disney… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Morse

Posted June 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1840, inventor Samuel Morse received the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse revolutionized communication when he invented the single-wire telegraph system. The telegraph transmitted electric pulses over wires, enabling people to send messages over vast distances. Morse developed a code known as Morse code, which used pulses and pauses to communicate along his telegraph system. Morse was inspired to develop a faster means of communication after the death of his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Moe Howard

Posted June 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Moe Howard

Do you remember watching The Three Stooges? On this day in 1897, Moe Howard was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was born Moses Harry Horwitz to Solomon Horwitz and Jennie Gorovitz and was of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. The fourth of five brothers, Moe developed an interest in performing early in his life. He got his start as part of the vaudeville act with Ted Healy and His Stooges. Eventually, Moe, along with his brother Curly, and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Posted June 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Happy Bloomsday! The day celebrates the work of Irish writer James Joyce, whose most famous novel, Ulysses, takes place entirely on June 16, 1904. Bloomsday is observed annually on June 16 in Dublin, Ireland and other places throughout the world. The day is celebrated with a variety of events from public readings of Ulysses to pub crawls. Avid readers will often dress in Edwardian costumes and retrace Ulysses protagonist Leopold Bloom’s route around Dublin. The date, June 16, held a special… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: King John of England

Posted June 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: King John of England

On this day in 1215, King John of England put his royal seal on the Magna Carta, which established that everyone, including the king and the government, were not above the law. Not only is the Great Charter one of the most famous documents in the world, it is also one of the most important documents in the history of democracy. At the time, King John was facing a political crisis. Rebel barons were opposed to the King’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Posted June 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

On this day in 1811, American writer and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut. She was the seventh of thirteen children born to Lyman Beecher, a Calvinist preacher, and Roxana Foote. The Beecher family was a prominent New England family known for their involvement in political issues regarding religion, civil rights and social reform. Her great grandfather, General Andrew Ward V, had served in the American Revolutionary War. Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin,… Read the full story

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Highlights From Jamboree 2017

Posted June 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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We had a great time at the 48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree! It’s always a delight to see old friends and meet new users right here in Burbank, California. The Geni computers were often occupied throughout the conference Our booth was packed much of the time with many people eager to ask questions about how they can be a part of Geni’s World Family Tree of 114 million people. Jamboree attendees got to take advantage… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: W.B. Yeats

Posted June 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: W.B. Yeats

Do you have Irish ancestors? On this day in 1865, Irish poet W.B. Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland. William Butler Yeats was the son of John Butler Yeats, a lawyer and portrait painter, and Susan Mary Pollexfen, whose wealthy merchant family owned a milling and shipping business. His father was not the only artist of the family. His brother Jack became a well-known artist and Olympic medalist, while his sisters, Elizabeth and Susan May, became… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Today we remember Anne Frank on what would have been her 88th birthday. It was 75 years ago today that Anne received her famous diary as a gift for her 13th birthday. Her father had given it to her after she had pointed it out in a store window days before. The red checkered autograph book had a small lock on the front, so Anne decided to use it as her diary. She began to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Dickens

Posted June 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading A Tale of Two Cities? Today we remember Victorian writer Charles Dickens, who died on this day in 1870 at the age of 58. Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, England. He was the second child of John Dickens, a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, and Elizabeth Dickens. When his father was imprisoned for debt, a twelve-year-old Dickens was forced to leave school and work in a factory… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted June 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

150 years ago today, iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin. Wright was born on June 8, 1867 to William Cary Wright, a minister and occasional lawyer, and Anna Lloyd Jones, a country school teacher. During her pregnancy, Wright’s mother had proclaimed that her child would come to build beautiful buildings. Therefore, she decorated Wright’s nursery with engravings of English cathedrals to encourage her son’s interest. Although he had become one… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dean Martin

Posted June 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1917, singer and actor Dean Martin was born in Steubenville, Ohio. He was born Dino Paul Crocetti to Gaetano Alfonso Crocetti and Angela Barra. At home, Martin first learned to speak Italian and didn’t learn to speak English until he first went to school at the age of 5. After dropping out of high school, Martin bootlegged liquor, served as a speakeasy croupier, worked as a blackjack dealer, and even spent some time… Read the full story

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D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy

Posted June 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy. The D-Day landings was the largest seaborne invasion in history. Image: Naval History and Heritage Command In the early morning of June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France with over 160,000 troops and 13,000 paratroopers along a 50-mile stretch of France’s coastline. Over 5,000 ships and 11,000 planes had crossed the English Channel during the night in preparation to drive Nazi forces back to Berlin…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nathan Hale

Posted June 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nathan Hale

Who are your Patriot ancestors? On this day in 1755, Nathan Hale, soldier and spy for the Continental Army, was born in Coventry, Connecticut. He was born to Richard Hale and Elizabeth Strong and was the great grandson of Reverend John Hale, who was one of the most prominent figures of the Salem Witch Trials. At the age of 14, Hale went to study at Yale College and became a school teacher. At the outbreak of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Posted June 5, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot after giving a speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California on June 5, 1968. He would succumb to his wounds the next day. Robert Francis Kennedy was born on November 20, 1925 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the seventh child born to Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. After successfully managing his brother’s presidential campaign, Kennedy was appointed Attorney General of the United States… Read the full story

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Join Geni at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 2017

Posted June 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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We’re excited for the 48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree next week in Burbank, California. The conference will take place June 8-11 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. The theme of this year’s Jamboree is “Hunting Your Heritage.” Jamboree will hold DNA Day on June 8, which will provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to learn more about DNA and genealogy from experts in the field. The exhibit hall will be open June 9-11 and it… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martha Washington

Posted June 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Martha Washington

On this day in 1731, Martha Washington, America’s first First Lady, was born. Martha Dandridge was born on her family’s plantation Chestnut Grove in Virginia. She was the first of eight children born to Frances Jones and John Dandridge, a successful planter and immigrant from England. At the age of 18, she married wealthy plantation owner Daniel Parke Custis and together they had four children, only two would live past childhood. When her husband died in 1757,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted June 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe would have been 91 years old today. She was born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California to Gladys Pearl Baker. Shortly after her birth, her name was changed to Baker. Her father’s identity remains unknown. Marilyn’s mother suffered from mental illness and spent much of her life in and out of hospitals. Growing up, Marilyn lived with several foster homes and married her first husband at the… Read the full story