March 2018

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Profile of the Day: Celine Dion

Posted March 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 50th birthday to Celine Dion! Since signing her first recording contract at the age of 12, Dion has has become one of the world’s best-selling artists in history with more than 200 million records sold worldwide. Dion grew up in a very large family. She is the youngest of 14 children born to Thérèse Tanguay and Adhémar Dion in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. Music was always a part of the family’s life at home. Her parents… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Clean Up Your Merge Center

Posted March 30, 2018 by Amanda | 12 Comments
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Spring is here! As you start your spring cleaning in your home, you may also want to make time to do a little spring cleaning in your Merge Center too. Do you recall the last time you took a look at your Requested Merges, Tree Conflicts, or Data Conflicts? It’s easy to forget to check these when you are busy adding new branches. Take a fresh look at some of these pending requests and conflicts… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cy Young

Posted March 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Cy Young

Are you a baseball fan? On this day in 1867, legendary baseball player Cy Young was born. During his 22-season career, Young pitched for five different teams and established numerous pitching records, some of which he still holds today. He was born Denton True Young on March 29, 1867 in Gilmore, Ohio to McKinzie Young, Jr. and Nancy Miller. Growing up in a small farming community, Young stopped going to school after the sixth grade to help out on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Reba McEntire

Posted March 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Reba McEntire

Happy birthday to country music legend Reba McEntire! Today the popular singer turns 63. Since getting her start singing on local radio shows in high school, McEntire has become one of the best-selling artists of all time, selling more than 80 million records worldwide. Reba Nell McEntire was born on March 28, 1955 in McAlester, Oklahoma to Clark Vincent McEntire and Jacqueline Smith. Her father and paternal grandfather were both champion steer ropers. In fact, her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James VI and I

Posted March 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1625, King James VI and I died at the age of 58. Crowned the King of Scotland at thirteen months old, James’s reign in Scotland lasted for 57 years and 246 days, longer than any of his predecessors. James was born on June 19, 1566 and was the only son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. His mother’s reign was plagued in scandal. On May 15, 1567, his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Frost

Posted March 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert Frost

On this day in 1874, American poet Robert Frost was born. Awarded with four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry during his lifetime, Frost is remembered as one of the most celebrated and popular poets of the twentieth century. Although best known for his depictions of rural life in New England, Frost was actually born in San Francisco, California. His father, William Prescott Frost, Jr., was a journalist and editor of the San Francisco Evening Bulletin. After his death in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Reese Witherspoon

Posted March 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Reese Witherspoon

Happy birthday to actress Reese Witherspoon! Today the star turns 42. She was born Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon on March 22, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She chose to go by the name “Reese,” which is her mother’s maiden name. Witherspoon briefly studied at Stanford University as an English literature major before leaving to pursue an acting career. Since her breakout roles in Election and Legally Blonde, Witherspoon has found great success both on screen and behind the scenes as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Matthew Broderick

Posted March 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Matthew Broderick

Happy birthday, Matthew Broderick! Today the star turns 56. Since catapulting to fame with is role in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Broderick has earned much acclaim for his work on stage, even winning two Tony Awards for his performances. Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, New York. The son of a playwright and an actor, Broderick seemed destined to follow in the footsteps of his parents. At the age of 17, he made his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henrik Ibsen

Posted March 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henrik Ibsen

Do you have Norwegian ancestors? 190 years ago today, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien, Norway. Referred to as “the father of prose drama,” Ibsen is often regarded as one of the greatest playwrights since Shakespeare.  Ibsen was born on March 20, 1828 to Knud Ibsen and Marichen Altenburg in the small Norwegian costal town of Skien. Although once a well-to-do merchant family, the family was faced with hardships when they were thrown into poverty when Ibsen was 8…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Posted March 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 170th birthday of lawman Wyatt Earp, who is best remembered for his involvement in the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Considered one of the most famous shootouts in the history of the Wild West, the 30-second gunfight resulted in the death of three outlaws. Earp was the only person to emerge from the shootout unharmed. Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was born on March 19, 1848 in Monmouth, Illinois to Nicholas Porter Earp and… Read the full story

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Irish Genealogy Projects on Geni

Posted March 16, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
Irish Genealogy Projects on Geni

Do you have Irish ancestry? With millions of Irish people who have emigrated abroad, it is estimated that over 80 million people worldwide claim some Irish descent. If you are trying to learn more about your Irish ancestors, Irish genealogy projects on Geni are a fantastic way to collaborate and connect with others who are also researching their Irish roots. These genealogy projects are the perfect place to seek advice, meet others researching their Irish ancestors, and work together towards the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Caroline Herschel

Posted March 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Caroline Herschel

On this day in 1750, astronomer Caroline Herschel was born in Hanover, Germany. A pioneer for women in the field of astronomy, Herschel made several significant contributions to the field, including the discovery of several comets. As a young girl, Herschel was struck with typhus, which stunted her growth. At just 4 feet and 3 inches, her mother believed that she would be destined for spinsterhood and would not require much of an education. However, her father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julius Caesar

Posted March 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Julius Caesar

Today marks the Ides of March. The famous date is remembered as the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. His assassination was the result of a conspiracy by many Roman senators, led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, who plotted to kill the Roman dictator in an effort to restore the Roman Republic. Considered one of the greatest military commanders in history, Caesar was hailed for his successful military campaigns as a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Hawking

Posted March 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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We are sad to hear of the passing of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who has died in his home at the age of 76. Considered one of the most brilliant minds in science, Hawking overcame great odds to make some of the most groundbreaking discoveries about our universe. Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England to Frank Hawking and Isobel Walker. Born into a well educated family, Hawking showed an aptitude for math and science at an early age. He studied… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Percival Lowell

Posted March 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Percival Lowell

On this day in 1855, astronomer Percival Lowell was born in Boston, Massachusetts. The founder of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, Lowell’s research would form the beginnings of the work that led to the discovery of Pluto 14 years after his death. Lowell was born to a wealthy and prominent New England family. His great grandfather, John Lowell, was one of the first Judges to be appointed by President George Washington, and later by President John Adams, for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Liza Minnelli

Posted March 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today singer and actress Liza Minnelli turns 72! The eldest daughter of film legend Judy Garland and director Vincent Minnelli, it seemed Minnelli was destined to become a star. A powerhouse on the stage and screen, Minnelli has won numerous awards across the entertainment industry, including an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California. She made her film debut at the age of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Yuri Gagarin

Posted March 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Yuri Gagarin

On this day in 1934, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was born in the village of Klushino in Smolensk, Russia. Gagarin made history in 1961 when he became the first human to travel into outer space. Gagarin was the third of four children born to Alexey Ivanovich Gagarin, a carpenter and bricklayer, and Anna Timofeyevna Gagarina, a milkmaid. He made his first flight after joining a local flying club. He trained as a Soviet air cadet before… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ignacy Łukasiewicz

Posted March 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ignacy Łukasiewicz

Do you have any Polish ancestors? On this day in 1822, Polish pharmacist Ignacy Łukasiewicz was born in Zadusxniki, Poland. A notable inventor and philanthropist, Łukasiewicz is perhaps best remembered for the invention of the modern kerosene lamp. The youngest of five children, Łukasiewicz was born to an impoverished noble family. To help support his family, he began to work as a pharmacist’s assistant in a pharmacy. During this time, he became involved in several political organizations… Read the full story

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RootsTech 2018 Highlights

Posted March 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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We’re back from RootsTech 2018 and we had a wonderful time! Thousands of genealogists from all around the world gathered at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the largest family history conference in the world. Throughout the conference, the Geni booth was packed with people eager to learn more about collaboration  and Geni’s World Family Tree. Several users stopped by to say hi and tell us how much they enjoy using the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

Posted March 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

How far telephones have come! On this day in 1876, inventor Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his new revolutionary invention, the telephone, and forever changed the way people communicated. Bell’s family had a significant influence on his research on hearing and speech. His father and grandfather were elocutionists and both his mother and his wife were deaf. His research led to experimentations with hearing devices and an interest in transmitting speech over wires. Bell… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gabriel García Márquez

Posted March 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Gabriel García Márquez

Have you read One Hundred Years of Solitude? On this day in 1927, Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia. Considered one of the greatest Latin American writers of the 20th century, Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. Affectionally known as “Gabo” throughout Latin America, Márquez pioneered the style of “magical realism,” which incorporated fantastic or magical elements into seemingly realistic fiction. He was raised by his maternal grandparents… Read the full story

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Research Based on Geni’s World Family Tree Featured in Prestigious Journal Science

Posted March 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Research Based on Geni’s World Family Tree Featured in Prestigious Journal Science

We’re excited to share that the science team at Geni’s parent company, MyHeritage, led by MyHeritage’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Yaniv Erlich, has had a groundbreaking paper published today in Science, one of the most influential academic journals in the world. The research was conducted with scientists at Columbia University, the New York Genome Center, MIT and Harvard, and provides fresh insights into the last couple of centuries of marriage and migration in Europe and… Read the full story