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Profile of the Day: Robert Burns

Posted December 31, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

It’s New Year’s Eve! It wouldn’t be a New Year’s celebration without hearing the holiday’s signature song, “Auld Lang Syne.” Did you know Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote “Auld Lang Syne” in 1788? The song was set to the tune of an old Scottish folk song and was never intended to be a holiday song. Nevertheless, the song gained enormous popularity and it became tradition to sing the song to cherish old friends, bid farewell to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woodrow Wilson

Posted December 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Woodrow Wilson

Have you found your connection to a U.S. President? On this day in 1856, Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, was born in Staunton, Virginia. Wilson was the third of four children born to Joseph Ruggles Wilson and Jessie Janet Woodrow. His paternal grandparents had immigrated to the United States from Ireland, while his maternal grandparents had come from Scotland. As President, Wilson led the country through World War I and helped craft… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis Pasteur

Posted December 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Louis Pasteur

Today we remember French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur, who was born on this day in 1822. Pasteur was born in Dole, France on December 27, 1822 to Jean Joseph Pasteur and Jeanne Etiennette Roqui. His father was a tanner and was awarded the Legion of Honor during the Napoleonic Wars. As a child, Pasteur had a strong interest in drawing and painting. However, he was encouraged to pursue academics rather than the arts by… Read the full story

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Year in Review: 2018

Posted December 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Year in Review 2018

As the year comes to close, we’re taking a look back at some of the amazing things that happened at Geni. This year an amazing 50,000 family trees connected to Geni’s World Family Tree, helping to bring the total number of profiles in the World Family Tree to nearly 130 million people! From new improvements to our long-awaited HTML version of the tree to the release of two-factor authentication to better secure your Geni accounts to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel L. Jackson

Posted December 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Samuel L. Jackson

Happy birthday to Samuel L. Jackson! Today the star turns 70. Samuel L. Jackson was born on December 21, 1948 in Washington, D.C. to Roy Jackson and Elizabeth Montgomery. He grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and was mainly raised by his maternal grandparents. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he became involved in the black power movement after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He served as an usher during King’s funeral in Atlanta. After… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John III, King of Sweden

Posted December 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1537, John III, King of Sweden, was born at Stegeborg Castle in Sweden. The Swedish king ruled from 1568 until his death in 1592 and is remembered for his attempts to bridge the gap between the newly established Lutheran Church of Sweden and the Catholic church. John was the second son of Gustav I and Margareta Leijonhufvud. In 1560, John was named the Duke of Finland. As Duke, he opposed the foreign policies… Read the full story

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Mary Poppins: Look Who’s Related

Posted December 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you remember watching Mary Poppins? This week Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to the classic Disney children’s film, hits theaters with star Emily Blunt taking the reigns from Julie Andrews as everyone’s favorite magical nanny. The sequel sees Mary Poppins return to the home of the now adult Banks children, who are struggling to raise Michael’s young children after a family tragedy. Today, many people around the world consider Mary Poppins to be one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Now… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Penny Marshall

Posted December 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Penny Marshall

Today we remember actor and director Penny Marshall, who passed away on December 17 at the age of 75. She was born Carole Penny Marshall on October 15, 1943 in the Bronx in New York City, New York. Her father, Tony Marshall, was a director and producer and her mother, Marjorie, was a dance teacher. With both parents in the entertainment business, it was only natural for Marshall and her siblings, Garry and Ronny, to follow in their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brad Pitt

Posted December 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Brad Pitt

Happy birthday to Brad Pitt! Today the actor turns 55. The actor and producer was born William Bradley Pitt on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He grew up in Springfield, Missouri and enrolled in the University of Missouri after high school. Just before earning his degree in journalism, Pitt decided to leave school and move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. After finding work in small parts on television, Pitt landed a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Orville Wright

Posted December 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first controlled powered, heavier-than-air flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The pioneering aviators would become known as the “fathers of modern aviation” for their groundbreaking achievement. As children, the brothers developed a fascination for aviation after their father brought home a toy helicopter for his sons. During the bicycle craze of the 1890s, the Wright brothers opened their own bicycle sales and repair shop and by 1896, began manufacturing their own designs…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George VI

Posted December 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George VI

On this day in 1895, George VI was born at York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk during the reign of his great grandmother, Queen Victoria. His birth date fell on the 34th anniversary of the death of his great grandfather, Prince Albert, and so, the new royal was named Albert in his honor. As the second son of King George V, it was not expected for George to become king. However, this changed suddenly in 1936 after his older… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Add Custom Event Details

Posted December 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Geni Tips: Add Custom Event Details

We’ve written before about the importance of adding events to profile timelines to provide more details about the lives of your ancestors. Did you know that you can also add custom details to any event? This is perfect for when you want to add important information that is not covered in the standard data fields provided by Geni. For example, you may include additional details to a baptism event by adding a field for godparents. Or perhaps more details about an immigration… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dick Van Dyke

Posted December 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dick Van Dyke

Happy birthday, Dick Van Dyke! Today the actor turns 93. He was born on December 13, 1925 in West Plains, Missouri to Hazel McCord, a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. Van Dyke can trace a branch of his family back to Mayflower passenger John Alden, who is his 9th great grandfather. After leaving high school in his senior year, Van Dyke tried to join the United States Army Air Forces for pilot training during World War… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frank Sinatra

Posted December 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Ol’ Blue Eyes! Today we remember iconic singer Frank Sinatra on what would have been his 103rd birthday. Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. A big baby at 13.5 pounds, Sinatra had to be delivered with the aid of forceps. As a result, he was left with severe scars on his left cheek, neck, and ear and lasting damage to his eardrum. He got his start singing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward VIII

Posted December 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edward VIII

On this day in 1936, history was made when Edward VIII became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He ascended to the throne after the death of his father, George V. However, his reign had caused unease in government circles. Only months into his reign, the King announced his engagement to Wallis Simpson, an American socialite and divorcée. Their relationship was controversial from the start and news of their engagement would lead to a constitutional crisis. The government, the public and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ada Lovelace

Posted December 10, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ada Lovelace

Today we remember mathematics pioneer Ada Lovelace, who was born on December 10, 1815. Lovelace is often described as the world’s first computer programer. She is credited with writing the world’s first computer program nearly a century before computers were built. Lovelace was the only legitimate child of Romantic poet Lord Byron and his wife, Anna Isabella Milbanke. Shortly after Lovelace was born, her father left the family and never returned. She was only 8 years… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Posted December 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1873, American author Willa Cather was born in Back Creek Valley, Virginia. She was best known for her novels O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia, which vividly depicted frontier life on the Great Plains. She was born Wilella Sibert Cather on December 7, 1873 on her maternal grandmother’s farm in the Back Creek Valley near Winchester, Virginia. For six generations, her family had lived on land in the valley. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roy Orbison

Posted December 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember music legend Roy Orbison, who passed away on December 6, 1988 in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Orbison was born on April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas to Orbie Lee Orbison, a car mechanic, and Nadine Vesta Shults, a nurse. From an early age, Orbison showed an interest in music. When he was given a guitar for his sixth birthday, he knew music would be a part of his life forever. By the age of 8, he had written his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

Posted December 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

What’s your favorite Disney film? On this day in 1901, Walt Disney was born. A pioneer in animation, Disney co-created the iconic cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. He produced several classic animated films and founded the Disney theme parks, which are still enjoyed by visitors from all around the world today. Disney was born Walter Elias Disney on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the fourth of five children born to Elias Disney and Flora Call. When… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marisa Tomei

Posted December 4, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marisa Tomei

Happy birthday to actress Marisa Tomei! Today the star turns 54. Tomei was born on December 4, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York to Gary Tomei, a lawyer, and Addie Biachi, an English teacher. She has Italian ancestry on both sides of her family. Her father’s ancestry can be traced to Tuscany, Calabria, and Campania, while her mother’s ancestry can be traced to Tuscany and Sicily. She first got her start when she was cast on the daytime soap… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joseph Conrad

Posted December 3, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Joseph Conrad

On this day in 1857, author Joseph Conrad was born in Berdychiv, in what is now Ukraine. Conrad is often regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the English language, but did not speak the language fluently until he was in his twenties. Born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, Conrad was the only child of Apollo Korzeniowski and Ewelina Bobrawska. His father was a poet, playwright and clandestine political activist. At the age of 4, Conrad and his family were exiled… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill

Posted November 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1874, Winston Churchill was born. Remembered as an inspirational orator and statesman, Churchill helped lead Britain to victory in World War II. Churchill was born into an aristocratic family, who were among the highest levels of the British aristocracy. He was a direct descendant of John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough, who was his sixth great grandfather. Churchill was born at his family’s ancestral home, Bienheim Palace. The monumental country house was originally awarded to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: C.S. Lewis

Posted November 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: C.S. Lewis

Remember reading The Chronicles of Narnia? On this day in 1898, author C.S. Lewis was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was born Clive Staples Lewis, but was known as “Jack” by his family and friends. At the age of 4, he declared his name to be “Jack” after his beloved dog “Jacksie” was hit by a car and died. Lewis became an avid reader at a young age and began writing his own fantasy stories early in his… Read the full story

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MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Lectures Now Available Online

Posted November 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Lectures Now Available Online

Did you miss MyHeritage LIVE? If you were unable to attend the first-ever MyHeritage user conference in Oslo, Norway and missed the live stream, now is your chance to watch all 24 classes online for free courtesy of Legacy Family Tree Webinars. All classes from both the genealogy and DNA track are available for free on Legacy Family Tree and each one is jam-packed with information. Even if you watched the live stream, you may want to catch the lectures… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

Posted November 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands, who died on this day in 1962 at the age of 82. She reigned for nearly 58 years, longer than any other Dutch monarch. Wilhelmina was born on August 31, 1880 at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. She was the only child of King William III and his second wife, Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont. Her father was 63 years old at the time of her birth. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bill Nye

Posted November 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bill Nye

Today we celebrate the 63rd birthday of Bill Nye!  A mechanical engineer and science educator, Nye is widely known for his popular children’s science show, Bill Nye the Science Guy. Nye was born William Sanford Nye on November 27, 1955 in Washington, D.C. to Ned Nye and Jaqueline Jenkins. During World War II, his mother was recruited by the Navy to work as a codebreaker to help crack codes used by the Japanese and German military. His father, Edwin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Schulz

Posted November 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Schulz

Do you remember the Peanuts gang? On this day in 1922, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz was born. Considered one of the most influential cartoonists in history, Schulz’s beloved comic ran from 1950-2000 with nearly 18,000 strips published. Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Carl Schulz, a barber, and Dena Halverson. His father had German heritage, while his mother was from a large Norwegian family. As a child, he was nicknamed “Sparky” after the racehorse, “Spark Plug,” from the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

Posted November 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

On this day in 1887, legendary actor Boris Karloff was born. Today, Karloff’s frightening yet sympathetic turn as Frankenstein’s monster still remains an iconic figure in horror. Before he became known for the role of the “Monster” on the big screen, Karloff, born Willam Henry Pratt, was the youngest of nine children born to Edward Pratt and Eliza Millard. His great aunt was Anna Leonowens, an English writer and educator. Her experience as a teacher to the children… Read the full story

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5 Family Activities For This Thanksgiving

Posted November 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

This Thursday the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving! The holiday is known for bringing together family and friends to share a traditional feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other delicious dishes. Thanksgiving is an excellent opportunity for everyone to give thanks and share stories around the dinner table. With the entire family gathered together, it’s also great time to do a little genealogical digging. Here are five ways to share some family history with your relatives this… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Goldie Hawn

Posted November 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Goldie Hawn

Today we celebrate actress Goldie Hawn’s 73rd birthday! Hawn was born on November 21, 1945 in Washington, D.C. to Laura Steinhoff, a dance school owner, and Edward Rutledge Haw, a musician. Raised in a Jewish household, Hawn was named after her mother’s aunt, Goldie. After getting her start as a dancer, Hawn landed her first notable gig as a cast member on the sketch comedy show, Laugh-In. She soon appeared on the big screen in the film Cactus Flower, for which… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Selma Lagerlöf

Posted November 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have Swedish ancestry? On this day in 1858, Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf was born. In 1909, Lagerlöf became the first female writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Lagerlōf was born on November 20, 1858 in Mårbacka, her family’s estate, in Värmland, Sweden. She was the fifth of six children born to Erik Gustaf Lagerlöf, a lieutenant in the Royal Värmland Regiment, and Louise Wallroth. While working as a school teacher, Lagerlöf… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meg Ryan

Posted November 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday, Meg Ryan! Today the star turns 57. Once dubbed “America’s Sweetheart,” Ryan has entertained audiences on the big screen for decades, most notably in several classic romantic comedies. Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Anna Hyra on November 19, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut to Harry Hyra, a math teacher, and Susan Jordan, a former actress and English teacher. After attending New York University for a year, she dropped out of school to pursue an… Read the full story

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Notable Mayflower Descendants

Posted November 16, 2018 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Do you have any ancestors who were on the Mayflower? In 1620, 102 passengers arrived to the New World aboard the Mayflower and established the Plymouth Colony. Today, millions of people can trace their ancestry back to these early settlers. Image: Wikimedia Commons Here’s a look at a few notable Mayflower descendants in Geni’s World Family Tree: George Eastman George Eastman was the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company. He helped bring photography to mainstream audiences with the introduction of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Margaret McBride

Posted November 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary Margaret McBride

Today we remember American radio host and writer Mary Margaret McBride, who was born on this day in 1899. Known as “the First Lady of Radio,” McBride’s popular radio shows spanned for more than 40 years with millions of listeners tuning in daily. McBride was born on November 16, 1899 to a farming family in Paris, Missouri. At the age of 16, McBride entered the University of Missouri where she received a degree in journalism…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Georgia O’Keeffe

Posted November 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

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: Charles, Prince of Wales

Posted November 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles, Prince of Wales

Happy birthday to Prince Charles! Today the Prince of Wales turns 70 years old. Prince Charles was born on November 14, 1948 in Buckingham Palace. The eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince became the heir apparent at the age of 3 when his mother became Queen after the death of his grandfather, King George VI. With his mother holding the record of the longest-reigning British monarch, Charles is the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stan Lee

Posted November 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Stan Lee

Today we remember comic book legend Stan Lee, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. A prolific writer and visionary, Lee co-created some of the most iconic superheroes of all time. Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922 in New York City, New York. His parents were both Jewish immigrants from Romania. As a teen, Lee enjoyed creating stories and had dreams of becoming a writer. He worked several odd jobs, including some time writing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ryan Gosling

Posted November 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Ryan Gosling! Today the Hollywood star turns 38. Gosling was born on November 12, 1980 in London, Ontario, Canada to Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman, and Donna Wilson, a secretary. Gosling caught the acting bug at an early age. At the age of 12, he was cast in the Disney revival of The Mickey Mouse Club. The new generation of mouseketeers featured many future superstars, including Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Britney… Read the full story

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MyHeritage LIVE Highlights

Posted November 9, 2018 by Amanda | 3 Comments

From November 2-4, 2018, MyHeritage hosted their first-ever user conference, MyHeritage LIVE, in Oslo, Norway. Over 400 attendees from 28 different countries around the world headed over to the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel to participate in this unique conference. Another 60,000 tuned in to watch some of the many genealogy and DNA track sessions live streamed on the conference website and the MyHeritage Facebook page. Attendees had multiple presentations and hands-on workshops to choose from, each offering a unique… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

Posted November 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we celebrate the 104th birthday of Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr. Not only was Lamarr one of the most popular film actresses during Hollywood’s Golden Age, but she was also a brilliant inventor. She co-invented the technology behind GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi. Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9, 1914 in Vienna, Austria-Hungry. At the age of 19, she married Fritz Mindl, a wealthy military arms merchant and munitions manufacturer. It was an unhappy marriage;… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Mitchell

Posted November 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Margaret Mitchell

Award-winning author Margaret Mitchell was born on this day in 1900. Remembered as the author of the literary classic, Gone With the Wind, Mitchell would only publish one novel during her lifetime. Mitchell was born on November 8, 1900 in Atlanta, Georgia to a wealthy and prominent family. Both of Mitchell’s grandfather’s served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. Her paternal grandfather, Russell Crawford Mitchell, was severely wounded during the Battle of Sharpsburg and… Read the full story

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Family History Month Giveaway Winner

Posted November 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

The month of October was Family History Month. In honor of the month-long celebration of family history, we offered the Geni community the chance to win a free 1-year Geni Pro subscription. Participants simply had to send us their answer to the question, “What’s the most surprising or interesting discovery you’ve made in your family tree?” A lucky winner was chosen at random from the many eligible entries submitted through comments on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, and email. We’re happy to congratulate John… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

Posted November 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie Today we celebrate the life of renowned physicist Marie Curie, who was born on November 7, 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. A pioneer in radiation research, Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person (and only woman) to win twice in different fields. She was born Maria Salomea Skłodowska to a family of educators. She… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jonas Lie

Posted November 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jonas Lie

Do you have Norwegian roots? On this day in 1833, Norwegian novelist, playwright, and poet Jonas Lie was born. Lie is considered one of the Four Greats of 19th century Norwegian literature, along with Henrik Ibsen, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, and Alexander Kielland. Lie was born on November 6, 1833 to Mons Lie and Pauline Christine Tiller. When he was a small child, his father was appointed the sheriff of Tromsø, a remote city within the Arctic Circle, and spent many… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vivien Leigh

Posted November 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Vivien Leigh

Do you remember watching Gone With the Wind? Today we remember legendary star Vivien Leigh on what would have been her 105th birthday. Leigh was born Vivian Mary Hartley on November 5, 1913 in Darjeeling, British India. At the age of 19, she married her first husband, Herbert Leigh Holman, and took her husband’s first name for her stage name, Vivien Leigh. She changed the spelling of her first name because she felt spelling her name with an “e”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Boone

Posted November 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Daniel Boone

On this day in 1734, American frontiersman Daniel Boone was born. Famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky, Boone is remembered as one of the most popular folk heroes in American history. Boone was born to a large Quaker family at his family’s homestead in Pennsylvania. He was given his first rifle at the age of 12 and learned to hunt. Growing up on the frontier made Boone adept in the wilderness and folktales often emphasized… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nordahl Grieg

Posted November 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nordahl Grieg

On this day in 1902, Norwegian writer and poet Nordahl Grieg was born. A popular author during his lifetime, Grieg is remembered as a hero of Norway for his resistance to Nazi occupation during World War II. Grieg was born Johan Nordahl Brun Grieg on November 1, 1902 in Bergen, Norway to Peter Lexau Grieg and Helga Vollan. He was named after his third great grandfather, Johan Nordahl Brun, who was a Bishop, poet, and politician. Grieg… Read the full story

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Halloween 100 Years Ago

Posted October 31, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

Are you excited for Halloween? Halloween is that great time of the year where children and adults put on their best or scariest costumes and indulge in an abundance of sweet treats. Homes are decorated in faux cobwebs, jack-o-lanterns are carved, and apples are ready to be bobbed. Halloween parties are held all around filled with fun and games throughout the night, while other folks are up to some playful mischief with Halloween pranks or “tricks.” Do… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Houdini

Posted October 31, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harry Houdini

Today we remember magician Harry Houdini, who died on this day in 1926 at the age of 52. Known as one of the greatest illusionists in history, Houdini wowed audiences with his remarkable ability to escape from seemingly impossible situations while in handcuffs or straightjackets. On October 24, 1926, Houdini made his final performance to a packed theater in Detroit, Michigan. Despite experiencing great pain and a fever of 104 throughout the night, Houdini pushed through to complete his performance. Stories… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Adams

Posted October 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1735, the second President of the United States, John Adams, was born. A Founding Father, Adams served as the first Vice President to President George Washington before he was elected into office himself as the second President of the United States. Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts to John Adams, Sr., a farmer and minister, and Susanna Boylston, an American socialite from a prominent Massachusetts family. The oldest of 3 sons, Adams graduated from… Read the full story