February 2018

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Profile of the Day: Francis Crick

Posted February 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? On this day in 1953, scientists James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the chemical structure of DNA. Their revolutionary discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA would forever change the study of genetics and heredity. Crick was born on June 8, 1916 in Weston Favell, Northamptonshire, England. His grandfather, Walter Drawbridge Crick, was an amateur naturalist who corresponded with Charles Darwin. From a young age, Crick had a strong interest in… Read the full story

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Discover How You’re Related with the Geni Pathfinder

Posted February 27, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
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Have you ever met someone at a conference and wanted to quickly see if you’re related? Now you can use the Geni Pathfinder, our new handy tool on your mobile device to easily discover how you’re related to the people you meet at genealogy conferences, family reunions, or anywhere else! Begin by navigating to this url on your mobile device: https://www.geni.com/pathfinder (you will be prompted to login, if you have not already). A QR code and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Steinbeck

Posted February 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Steinbeck

Remember reading The Grapes of Wrath? On this day in 1902, author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California. Considered one of the great American novelists, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Steinbeck was the son of Olivia Hamilton, a former school teacher, and John Ernst Steinbeck, who served as Monterey County treasurer. Growing up in a small rural town, Steinbeck spent his summers working on nearby ranchers alongside migrant workers. Many of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Cash

Posted February 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johnny Cash

Today we remember music legend Johnny Cash on what would have been his 86th birthday. One of the best-selling music artists of all time, Cash’s music transcended multiple genres, affording him the rare honor of multiple inductions in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Cash was born J.R. Cash on February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas to Ray Cash and Carrie Rivers…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Keats

Posted February 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Keats

Today we remember English poet John Keats, who died on this day in 1821 at the age of 25. The young poet had devoted his life to poetry, publishing three books of poetry before his death. Although his poems were not generally well received by critics during his lifetime, today Keats is regarded as one of the most beloved English poets history. Keats was born on October 31, 1795 in Moorgate, London, England to Thomas Keats… Read the full story

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Geni is Heading to RootsTech 2018

Posted February 22, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
RootsTech 2018

Next week the Geni team will be heading to Salt Lake City, Utah for RootsTech 2018, the world’s largest genealogy conference. Between February 28 – March 3, thousands of genealogists from around the world will gather at the Salt Palace Convention Center to learn more about the latest in the world of genealogy. This year has an exciting group of keynote speakers, including Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton and renowned genealogist Henry Louis Gates, Jr. With… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Washington

Posted February 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Washington

Today marks George Washington’s 286th birthday! Washington was born on February 22, 1732 on his family’s plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Remembered as one of the most important figures in American history, Washington led the Continental Army to victory during the American Revolution and went on to serve as the nation’s first president. Recently, a researcher at the Schaffer Library in New York discovered what is believed to be a lock of George Washington’s hair… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter III of Russia

Posted February 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Peter III of Russia

On this day in 1728, Peter III of Russia was born. The Russian ruler served as Emperor of Russia for a mere 6 months before he was overthrown by his wife, Catherine the Great. Peter III was the son of Charles Frederick, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, a nephew of Charles XII of Sweden, and Anna Petrovna, the daughter of Emperor Peter I. Born in Kiel, in the duchy of Holstein-Gottorp, both of Peter’s parents died when he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ansel Adams

Posted February 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ansel Adams

On this day in 1902, photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco, California. He is best remembered for his iconic black and white photos of the American wilderness, especially those of Yosemite National Park. Adams was the only child born to Charles Hitchcock Adams and Olive Bray. His grandfather founded a prosperous lumber business, which his father eventually inherited. Adams would later come to condemn the lumber industry for cutting down many of… Read the full story

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Chinese New Year: Year of the Dog

Posted February 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Chinese New Year! Also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, the new year is celebrated according to the lunar calendar with each year associated with one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Today marks the first day of the Year of the Dog on the lunar calendar. In celebration of the new year, here are some things to know about the holiday: 1. At the core of the holiday is family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

Posted February 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

On this day in 1923, archaeologist Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. The tomb of the boy king is considered to be one of the best preserved and most intact pharaonic tombs ever found in the Valley of the Kings. Carter had spent many years excavating in the Valley of the Kings in search of the undiscovered tomb of the young pharaoh, who died around the age of 18. Finally, on November 4,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ernest Shackleton

Posted February 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ernest Shackleton

Do you have adventurers in your family tree? On this day in 1874, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton was born. Considered one of the principal figures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, Shackleton’s expeditions to Antarctica pioneered routes into the continent’s interior. Shackleton was born on February 15, 1874 in Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland to Henry Shackleton and Henrietta Letitia Sophia Gavan. At 16, he joined the mercantile marine service and later became a sublieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Today we remember abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, who was born into slavery sometime around February 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland. Although the exact date of his birth is unknown, Douglass chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14. While he was young, the wife of his master, Sophia Auld, began teaching Douglass the alphabet, despite laws that prohibited teaching slaves to read. Once his master put… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Posted February 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

On this day in 1809, Charles Darwin was born. Darwin’s theory of evolution by the process of natural selection transformed the world’s understanding of nature. In commemoration of his enormous contributions to science, his birthday is celebrated each year as Darwin Day. Darwin was born at his family home, the Mount, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The large home was built by his father, Robert Darwin, a wealthy society doctor and financier. His paternal grandfather was Erasmus Darwin, a renowned… Read the full story

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Webinar: Introducing the Geni World Family Tree

Posted February 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Webinar: Introducing the Geni World Family Tree

Geni curator Randy Schoenberg recently gave a great webinar, “Introducing the Geni World Family Tree,” with Legacy Family Tree webinars. If you missed it, you can catch it now in the video below. Join Randy as he gives a great introduction to the benefits of collaboration in the World Family Tree and discusses why you should be building and preserving your family tree on Geni. Randy also talks about some of the unique features of Geni, including genealogy projects, which… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amy Lowell

Posted February 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Amy Lowell

Do you have any poets in your family? On this day in 1874, American poet Amy Lowell was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. A leading poet of the Imagist school of poetry, Lowell was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926. Amy Lawrence Lowell was born into a prominent New England family. Her brother, Percival Lowell, was an astronomer whose work would lead to the discovery of Pluto. In fact, the dwarf planet’s name was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Dean

Posted February 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James Dean

On this day in 1931, actor James Dean was born in Marion, Indiana. The Rebel Without a Cause star’s life was cut short when he died at the age of 24 in a car accident. Dean was the only child born to Winton Dean and Mildred Marie Wilson. After his mother died of uterine cancer when he was nine years old, Dean was sent to live with an aunt and uncle on their farm in Fairmount, Indiana. A… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Dickens

Posted February 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Dickens

On this day in 1812, Victorian writer Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England. Considered the greatest writer of the Victorian era, Dickens’s work was widely popular during his lifetime. Dickens was the second of eight children born to Elizabeth Barrow and John Dickens, a clerk in the Royal Navy Pay Office. The family struggled financially and eventually, his father was sent to Marshalsea Debtor’s Prison for his heavy debts where his mother and the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Aaron Burr

Posted February 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Aaron Burr

On this day in 1756, Aaron Burr was born in Newark, New Jersey. Although he served as the third Vice President of the United States, Burr is perhaps best remembered for killing his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804. Burr was the second child of Esther Edwards and the Reverend Aaron Burr, Sr., who was the second president of the College of New Jersey (now known as Princeton University). His maternal grandfather was Jonathan Edwards,… Read the full story

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Quick Genealogy Tip: Projects on Geni

Posted February 5, 2018 by Amanda | 3 Comments
Quick Genealogy Tip: Projects on Geni

Geni curator Jarrett Ross, also known as the GeneaVlogger, recently made a great video on how to use Projects on Geni. Projects are a great way to organize your research about any particular topic and work with others who are also interested in that same research topic. By adding relevant profiles to the project, all project collaborators can easily work together to add new discoveries to the World Family Tree. If you are interested in a particular genealogy research subject, you can quickly start a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Witherspoon

Posted February 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Witherspoon

Are you related to a Founder Father of the United States? On this day in 1723, John Witherspoon was born in Gifford, Scotland. A strong advocate for colonial independence, Witherspoon was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The eldest child of the Reverend James Alexander Witherspoon and Anne Walker, Witherspoon was a minister in the Church of Scotland before immigrating to the colonies. He was recruited to become the first president of the College of… Read the full story

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Your Oldest Photographs of an Ancestor

Posted February 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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We recently asked this question on Facebook, “What’s the oldest photograph you have of an ancestor?” We received so many great responses that we thought it would be great to share some of the beautiful photographs we received. Check out a few of our favorite photos below and feel to share some from your own collection of old photographs in the comments below! Felipe Vargas Brignardello: The oldest picture I have is from 1864, in the middle is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Farrah Fawcett

Posted February 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Farrah Fawcett

Remember watching Charlie’s Angels? On this day in 1947, star Farrah Fawcett was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ferrah Leni Fawcett was the youngest of two daughters born to Pauline Alice Evans, a homemaker, and James William Fawcett, an oil field contractor. After generating interest from various agencies, Fawcett dropped out of the University of Texas to try her luck in Hollywood. Fawcett quickly booked several commercials and television guest spots. Her big break came in 1976 when she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

Posted February 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

To kick off Black History Month, we’re featuring poet and author Langston Hughes, who was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. A leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City, Hughes’s writing depicted the life, experiences, and culture of African Americans in the U.S and addressed the racial issues in society. Hughes was the son of James Nathaniel Hughes and Caroline Mercer Langston. His parents separated shortly after he was born and… Read the full story