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Profile of the Day: Christopher Lloyd

Posted October 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Great Scott! Today actor Christopher Lloyd turns 80! Best known for portraying Doc Brown in the popular Back to the Future film trilogy, Lloyd has been entertaining audiences on the stage and screen for nearly six decades. Lloyd was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Connecticut to Samuel R. Lloyd and Ruth Laphram. His maternal grandfather, Lewis Lepham, was one of the founders of Texaco Oil Company. Lloyd is also a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger, John Howland,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: General Charles Cornwallis

Posted October 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: General Charles Cornwallis

Did your ancestors fight in the American Revolutionary War? On this day in 1781, British General Charles Cornwallis formally surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, effectively bringing an end to the American Revolution. Cornwallis was known as one of the leading British generals during the American Revolutionary War. A gifted strategist, Cornwallis was generally successful in battle. However, in October 1781, in what became known as the Siege of Yorktown, Cornwallis found his troops trapped. Surrounded by… Read the full story

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Two-Factor Authentication Now Available on Geni

Posted October 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Protecting your Geni accounts from unauthorized access is very important to us. Unfortunately, the difficulty of remembering several passwords often means that people will reuse the same password across multiple sites. This common practice can put the security of your account at serious risk should your email address and password fall into the wrong hands. Today we are pleased to announce an important update to help make your Geni account more secure – Two-Factor Authentication…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Herman Melville

Posted October 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Herman Melville

Have you read Moby-Dick? On this day in 1851, Herman Melville’s classic novel was published for the first time in London, England. Initially published under the title, The Whale, Melville’s signature novel followed the story of a sea captain’s obsessive quest to hunt down the white whale, Moby Dick. Melville drew upon his own experiences working at sea to write the book. While writing the novel, Melville developed a close friendship with Nathaniel Hawthorne, to whom he dedicated the novel. Although… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rita Hayworth

Posted October 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth was born on October 17, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York. One of the top stars of the 1940s, Hayworth appeared in a total of 61 films throughout her long career. Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino was the oldest child of two dancers. Her father, Eduardo Cansino, Sr., and her mother, Volga Hayworth, had performed with the Ziegfeld Follies. Her paternal grandfather, Antonio Cansino, was a renowned Spanish classical dancer. At the peak of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Oscar Wilde

Posted October 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Oscar Wilde

On this day in 1854, Irish writer Oscar Wilde was born. Considered one of London’s most popular playwrights in his day, Wilde was known for his brilliant intellect, quick wit, and flamboyant personality. He was born Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. Wilde was the second child born to Sir William Wilde, a prominent surgeon and author, and Jane Wilde, an Irish revolutionary poet who wrote under the pen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Desi Arnaz

Posted October 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Desi Arnaz

On this day in 1951, the classic television show I Love Lucy premiered for the first time on CBS. Do you remember watching? The beloved sitcom starred real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and William Frawley and Vivian Vance as the Ricardo’s best friends and neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Originally, executives pursued Ball to adapt her popular radio series, My Favorite Husband, for television. She insisted that her real-life husband,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hugh Jackman

Posted October 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hugh Jackman

Happy 50th birthday to Hugh Jackman! The Australian star was born on October 12, 1968 in Sydney to Grace Greenwood and Christopher John Jackman. The youngest of five children, Jackman was 8 years old when his parents divorced. His mother left the family and moved to England, leaving Jackman and his siblings to be raised by his father in Australia. Jackman got his start in theater, starring in several musical productions on stage and parts on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted October 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

On this day in 1884, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City, New York. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was the eldest daughter born to American socialites Elliot Bullock Roosevelt and Anna Rebecca Hall. The niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor was a shy child growing up and by the age of ten, she was an orphan. In 1892, her mother died from diphtheria, as did her younger brother just a few months later. On… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Posted October 10, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Today we remember filmmaker Orson Welles, who died on this day in 1985 at the age of 70. George Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Richard Head Welles, an inventor, and Beatrice Ives, a concert pianist. His parents separated when he was 4, and his mother died when he was 9. His father had made a fortune after inventing a popular bicycle lamp, but became an alcoholic and died of… Read the full story

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HTML Tree: Move This Person and Resolve Duplicates Now Available

Posted October 9, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
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A few months ago, we introduced our new HTML tree on Geni, which made it possible for all users to finally view and edit their family trees on their mobile device or tablet. Since our announcement, we have continued to work hard to bring some of the Flash tree’s most powerful features to the HTML version of the tree. Today we’re excited to share that two very important tools are now available on the HTML tree – Move This Person… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Lennon

Posted October 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Lennon

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” Today we remember singer John Lennon on what would have been his 78th birthday. Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England to Julia Stanley and Alfred Lennon. He was named John Winston after his paternal grandfather, John “Jack” Lennon, and then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill. By the age of 4, his parents had separated and he was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sigourney Weaver

Posted October 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sigourney Weaver

Happy birthday to Sigourney Weaver! Today the star turns 69. Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City, New York. Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis, was an English actress and her father, Sylvester “Pat” Weaver, was the former president of NBC. By the age of 14, Weaver began going by the name “Sigourney” after discovering the name in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. She discovered her passion for acting while a student… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert H. Goddard

Posted October 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert H. Goddard

On this day in 1882, American engineer, physicist, and inventor Robert H. Goddard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Known as the “Father of Modern Rocketry,” Goddard is credited with building and launching the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket. Goddard was born Robert Hutchings Goddard on October 5, 1882 to Nahum Danford Goddard, a bookkeeper, and Fannie Louise Hoyt. Inspired by H.G. Wells’ novel, The War of the Worlds, Goddard became intrigued with the idea of space at a young… Read the full story

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Family History Month: Win a Geni Pro Subscription!

Posted October 4, 2018 by Amanda | 5 Comments
Family History Month: Win a Geni Pro Subscription!

October is Family History Month and to celebrate, we’re giving away a free 1-year subscription of Geni Pro! With a Geni Pro subscription, you will have access to advanced tools to help you grow your tree faster on Geni. These features include: Tree Matches - access Tree Matches to grow your family tree faster and connect with new relatives Enhanced search – get full access to Geni’s search engine Priority support – communicate directly with our expert… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rutherford B. Hayes

Posted October 4, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1822, Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States, was born. He was born in Delaware, Ohio to Sophia Richard and Rutherford Hayes, Jr., who died a few weeks before his birth. His great-grandfather, Ezekiel Hayes, was a militia captain during the American Revolutionary War. Hayes was a staunch abolitionist and during the Civil War, served in the Union Army. While still serving in the army, Hayes was elected to Congress… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rembrandt Peale

Posted October 3, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Rembrandt Peale

On this day in 1860, American artist Rembrandt Peale died at the age of 82. A prolific portrait painter, Peale was especially known for his realistic portraits of presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Peale was born on February 22, 1778 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania to Rachel Brewer and Charles Wilson Peale. His father was a notable artist best known for his portraits of leading figures of the American Revolution. The elder Peale named several of his children after… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

Posted October 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

Today we remember Mahatma Gandhi, who was born on this day in 1869. Regarded as “the father of the nation” in India, Gandhi led the country to independence from British rule through nonviolent civil disobedience. His actions would help inspire civil rights movements all across the globe. He was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2, 1869 to a Hindu merchant caste family. He studied law in London and spent 21 years in South Africa opposing discriminatory legislation against Indians. It was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julie Andrews

Posted October 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Julie Andrews

Happy birthday, Julie Andrews! Today the beloved star turns 83. Julie Andrews was born Julia Elizabeth Wells on October 1, 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. When she was young, her parents divorced and remarried. She later adopted her stepfather’s surname, Andrews. By the age of 10, she began performing with her mother and stepfather on stage. Since making her Broadway debut in 1954, Andrews has starred as some of the most beloved musicals on both the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Warren Sears

Posted September 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember browsing through the Sears catalog? On this day in 1914, Sears co-founder Richard Warren Sears died at the age of 50. His father, James Warren Sears, was a successful blacksmith and wagon-maker. After his death, Sears worked to help support his family. He learned telegraphy and started working as a telegraph operator and station agent for the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway. His life reached a turning point in 1886 when a shipment of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XIII

Posted September 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you found your connection to French royalty? On this day in 1601, Louis XIII was born at the Château de Fontainebleau. He reigned as the King of France from 1610 until his death in 1643. Louis XIII was the eldest child of King Henry IV and his wife, Maria de Medici. At the age of 9, Louis became the King of France after the assassination of his father in 1610. In the early years… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Appleseed

Posted September 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johnny Appleseed

Remember the story of Johny Appleseed? On this day in 1774, the real Johnny Appleseed was born. He was born John Chapman on September 26, 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts. His father, Nathaniel Chapman, fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. In 1776, while his father was away at war, his mother died while giving birth to a son, who also passed short time later. As the folk story goes, Johnny Appleseed wandered barefoot with a tin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Reeve

Posted September 25, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Christopher Reeve

Remember watching Superman? Today we remember star Christopher Reeve on what would have been his 66th birthday. Reeve was born on September 25, 1952 in New York City, New York to Barbara Pitney Lamb and Franklin D’Olier Reeve. He grew up in a wealthy and well-educated family. His mother worked as a journalist and his father was a prominent writer, poet, and academic. His great grandfather, Franklin D’Olier, was a businessman and one of the original 20 men who formed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted September 24, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Remember reading The Great Gatsby? On this day in 1896, author F. Scott Fitzgerald was born. Today Fitzgerald is often regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Francis Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was named after his famous relative, Francis Scott Key, who wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner.” His maternal grandfather, Philip Francis McQuillan was an Irish immigrant and made his fortune as a wholesale grocer. After… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fred Rogers

Posted September 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Fred Rogers

Do you remember watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood growing up? On this day in 1967, the beloved children’s television show starring Fred Rogers taped its very first episode. The popular show would run for 31 seasons and produce nearly 900 episodes. Although he studied to become an ordained minister, Rogers’s career took an unexpected turn into television after returning home to find his parents had purchased a brand new TV. Disappointed with the programs available to viewers, Rogers saw there was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Upton Sinclair

Posted September 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day 140 years ago, author Upton Sinclair was born. A prolific writer, Sinclair wrote over 100 books and other works across various genres throughout his life. His is perhaps best remembered for his famous novel, The Jungle, which exposed the horrific conditions of the meatpacking industry. Sinclair was born on September 20, 1878 in Baltimore, Maryland. Although he grew up in poverty, he often spent time with his maternal grandparents, who were very affluent. As a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James A. Garfield

Posted September 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James A. Garfield

On this day in 1881, President James A. Garfield died of complications from a gunshot wound he received on July 2, 1881. Garfield served as the 20th President of the United States and holds the distinction of being the second U.S. President in history to be assassinated. Garfield was born on November 19, 1831 in a log cabin in Orange, Ohio. The youngest of five children, Garfield grew up in poverty. His father died when… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christian VIII of Denmark

Posted September 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you found your connection to Danish royalty? On this day in 1786, Christian VIII, King of Denmark, was born at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. He was the eldest son of Hereditary Prince Frederick of Denmark and Norway and Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. His paternal grandfather was King Frederick V of Denmark and Norway. In 1814, Christian was elected as the King of Norway and ruled under the name Christian Frederick. However, his reign was… Read the full story

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Constitution Day: 7 Facts About the U.S. Constitution

Posted September 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is Constitution Day! On this day, the U.S. observes the adoption of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. The U.S. Constitution / U.S. National Archives Here are seven interesting facts about the Constitution: 1. The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 by 39 delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Some notable signers included George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton. 2. James Madison is often hailed as the “Father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hank Williams

Posted September 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hank Williams

Are you a country music fan? On this day in 1923, country music’s first superstar, Hank Williams, was born. Although his career was cut short after his death at the age of 29, Williams is often regraded as one of the most influential singers and songwriters of the 20th century. Williams was born Hiram King Williams on September 17, 1923 in Mount Olive, Alabama to Jessie Lillybelle Skipper and Elonzo Huble Williams. His father was drafted during… Read the full story

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Etiquette: A 19th Century Guide

Posted September 14, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
Etiquette: A 19th Century Guide

Growing up, our parents taught us to be polite and practice good manners - say your “pleases” and “thank yous,” hold the door for others, don’t talk with your mouth full, etc. And as we grew up, we strive to pass along these best practices to our children. During the 19th century, etiquette guides were a booming business. To the people of the Victorian Era, practicing good manners was essential to all social interactions. Many books were written… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

Posted September 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key penned the poem that would later become the lyrics to the United States’ national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Key was born on August 1, 1779 at the family plantation in Maryland. His father was a lawyer, a judge and an officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. During the War of 1812, Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British forces while aboard the British… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roald Dahl

Posted September 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Roald Dahl

“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.” – Roald Dahl, Matilda On this day in 1916, beloved author Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Wales to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg. Dahl was named after famed Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who became the first person to reach the South Pole only a few years earlier. During World War II, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force as a fighter… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jesse Owens

Posted September 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jesse Owens

Who are the athletes in your family tree? On this day in 1913, Olympic champion Jesse Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama. He made history at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany when he went home with four gold medals and single handedly defeated Adolf Hitler’s ideas of Aryan supremacy. James Cleveland Owens was the youngest of ten children born to Henry Cleveland Owens, a sharecropper, and Mary Emma Fitzgerald. As a child, Owens took on various… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: O. Henry

Posted September 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: O. Henry

Have you read “The Gift of the Magi”? On this day in 1862, author O. Henry was born. His comedic and ironic stories, often with surprised endings, made Henry one of the most popular short story writers of his time. He was born William Sidney Porter on September 11, 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Before he began his career as a writer, Porter held a variety of jobs. At 15, he began working at his uncle’s drug store… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Legend

Posted September 10, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Legend

Last night, musician and artist John Legend became the first African American male and the youngest person to achieve EGOT status. Legend, along with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Variety Special for Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert at the Creative Arts Emmys. They are now among just 15 individuals who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards. Legend was one of the executive producers and star of the… Read the full story

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Join Geni at MyHeritage LIVE

Posted September 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Join Geni at MyHeritage LIVE

We are excited to share that Geni will be participating in the first-ever MyHeritage user conference and you’re invited! MyHeritage LIVE will take place on the weekend of November 2-4, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. The conference is open to anyone around the world who would like to learn more about Geni and MyHeritage. The conference will feature a keynote speech from MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet, a lecture and workshop from Geni’s General Manager,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Buddy Holly

Posted September 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Buddy Holly

On this day in 1936, music legend Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock, Texas. A pioneering figure of 1950s rock and roll, Holly’s short career would go on to inspire many future generations of artists. Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley on September 7, 1936 to Lawrence Odell Holley and Ella Pauline Drake. The fourth and youngest child in the family, Holly was given the nicknamed “Buddy” by his mother, who thought that his given name was too big… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Addams

Posted September 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jane Addams

On this day in 1860, social activist Jane Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois. A leader in social reform, women’s suffrage and world peace, Addams was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Addams was the youngest of eight children born to a prominent Illinois family. Her father, John Addams, was a prosperous businessman and served as a state senator. He was a founding member of the Illinois Republican Party and a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XIV

Posted September 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Louis XIV

On this day in 1638, Louis XIV was born in the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. As soon as he ascended to the throne, Louis XIV took steps to consolidate his power and establish his absolute authority. He would become one of the longest reigning monarchs in European history. During his reign, Louis built the Palace of Versailles, an opulent palace that posed as a symbol of Louis’s centralized power. Although he… Read the full story

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Scheduled Maintenance

Posted September 4, 2018 by Geni | Comments Off

Geni will be performing scheduled site maintenance and making a number of improvements to our infrastructure starting at 1:30 AM EST on September 5, 2018 (10:30 PM PDT tonight) and lasting for approximately 2 hours. During this time the Geni website will be unavailable. We’ll do our best to complete the maintenance quickly and return to normal service as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience.

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Profile of the Day: Princess Diana

Posted August 31, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Princess Diana, who passed away on this day 21 years ago. She was born on July 1, 1961 in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk and was the fourth of five children born to John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Roche. Her family had been closely allied with the British Royal Family for several generations. Both of her grandmothers served as ladies in waiting to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Diana grew up on the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Shelley

Posted August 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary Shelley

Have you read the story of Frankenstein? On this day in 1797, author Mary Shelley was born. She was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on August 30, 1797 in London, England. She was the daughter of philosopher and novelist William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, a writer and women’s rights advocate. Shortly after her birth, Shelley’s mother died, leaving her father to raise her and her older half sister, Fanny Imlay. At the age of 16, she met and married… Read the full story

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FGS 2018 Conference Recap

Posted August 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Last week we had a great time at the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2018 Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The conference took place at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, which was conveniently located across the street from the Allen County Public Library. The library is home to one of the largest collections of genealogical materials in the country. We enjoyed chatting with attendees as they stopped by the Geni booth to learn more about Geni’s World Family Tree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ingrid Bergman

Posted August 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ingrid Bergman

Today we remember legendary film star Ingrid Bergman, who was born on this day in 1915. She passed on her 67th birthday in 1982. Bergman was born on August 29, 1915 in Stockholm, Sweden. After losing both her parents while she was young, Bergman went to live with her aunt and uncle. At the age of 17, she earned a scholarship to the Royal Dramatic Theatre School, but left after a year to pursue her acting career… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Posted August 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have German ancestry? On this day in 1749, German writer, poet and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goeth was born in Frankfurt, then an Imperial Free City of the Holy Roman Empire. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe’s works are considered the beginning of the Sturm und Drang movement in German Romantic literature. His is perhaps best remembered for his two-part poetic drama Faust, which he began around the age of 23 and finished shortly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John McCain

Posted August 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John McCain

Today we remember Senator John McCain, who passed away on August 25 at the age of 81. An American war hero and U.S Senator, McCain is remembered for staying true to his principles and his lifetime of service to the country. McCain was born on August 29, 1936 at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone. In 1958, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy, following in the footsteps of his father and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William I of the Netherlands

Posted August 24, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William I of the Netherlands

Do you have family ties to Dutch royalty? On this day in 1772, William I of the Netherlands, the first King of the Netherlands, was born. He was the son of William V, Prince of Orange of the Dutch Republic, and Wilhelmina of Prussia. In 1791, he married his first cousin, Wilhelmina, who was the daughter of King Frederik William II of Prussia. After the French invasion of the Dutch Republic, William emigrated with his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XVI of France

Posted August 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Louis XVI of France

On this day in 1754, Louis XVI of France was born at the Palace of Versailles. The French monarch was the last King of France before the fall of the monarchy during the French Revolution. Louis-Auguste was the second son of Louis, the Dauphin of France, and Marie-Josèphe of Saxony, the daughter of Augustus III, the King of Poland. Louis became the Dauphin at the age of 11 after the death of his older brother and his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Claude Debussy

Posted August 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Claude Debussy

French composer Claude Debussy was born on August 22, 1862. Known as the first impressionist composer, Debussy is often regarded as one of the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Debussy was the eldest of five children born to Manuel-Achille Debussy and Victorine Manoury. His father ran a china shop and his mother worked as a seamstress. As a young child, Debussy began taking piano classes and soon it was clear to his… Read the full story