April 2018

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Profile of the Day: Juliana of the Netherlands

Posted April 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Juliana of the Netherlands

Do you have Dutch ancestry? On this day in 1909, Juliana of the Netherlands  was born. She reigned as Queen of the Netherlands from 1948 until her abdication in 1980. Born in the Hague, Juliana was the only child of Dutch monarch Queen Wihelmina and Prince Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Juliana was the first Dutch royal baby to be born since her mother’s birth in 1880. Her mother had suffered two miscarriages and one still birth, raising the prospect of a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel F.B. Morse

Posted April 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1791, inventor Samuel F.B. Morse was born. Morse revolutionized long distance communication with his invention of the single-wire telegraph and the development of Morse code, a code using pulses and pauses to deliver messages quickly over vast distances. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts on April 27, 1791. He was the first child of Jedediah Morse and Elizabeth Ann Finley Breese. His father was a Calvinist pastor and a notable… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carol Burnett

Posted April 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Carol Burnett

Happy birthday, Carol Burnett! Today the funny actress turns 85. Known for her legendary comedic chops, Burnett became a household name as the star of The Carol Burnett Show. The show ran for 11 seasons and marked the first time a TV variety show was hosted by a woman. Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 26, 1933 to Joseph Burnett, a movie theater manager, and Ina Creighton, a publicity writer for movie studios. At… Read the full story

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15 Interesting Facts About DNA

Posted April 25, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
15 Interesting Facts About DNA

It’s DNA Day! Celebrated each year on April 25, DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. In honor of the 15 year anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project, here are 15 interesting facts about DNA: 1. The discovery of structure of DNA would not have been possible without the work… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

Posted April 25, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

On this day in 1917, American Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia. One of the most beloved Jazz vocalist of all time, Fitzgerald had an extraordinary vocal range spanning three octaves. Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917 to William Fitzgerald and Temperance Fitzgerald. From a young age, she was passionate about dancing and singing and spent hours listening to Jazz records her mother brought home. She suffered many hardships during her childhood, especially after… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Posted April 24, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading Anne of Green Gables? On this day in 1942, author Lucy Maud Montgomery died at the age of 67. Montgomery was born on November 30, 1874 in Clifton in Prince Edward Island, Canada to Hugh John Montgomery and Clara Woolner Macneill. When she was 21 months old, her mother died of tuberculosis and she was placed in the care of her maternal grandparents. An only child, Montgomery found solace in writing during… Read the full story

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It’s A Boy! Royal Baby No.3 is Born

Posted April 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! The royal couple welcomed their third child, a healthy baby boy, on April 23, 2018 at 11:01 local time at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, West London. The prince weighed 8 pounds and 7 ounces. Welcome to the family. pic.twitter.com/nKSd5kh5bZ — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018 While the public awaits for the official announcement of the prince’s name, here are some interesting facts about the newest addition to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Shakespeare

Posted April 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Shakespeare

Today we remember playwright William Shakespeare, who died on this day in 1616. Considered one of the greatest writers of the English language, Shakespeare’s vast body of work has been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright in history. While the exact date of his birth is unknown, his baptism record states he was baptized on April 26, 1564 at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. Since a child’s… Read the full story

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It’s in the Mail

Posted April 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Some people are lucky to have found old letters during their genealogy research. They may be thoughtful love letters sent home from soldiers at war or general greetings from one cousin to another across the country. But did you know that in the early days of the U.S. parcel service, some parents tried to send their babies by mail? Smithsonian Institution / Flickr After the parcel service was introduced in 1913, a few children were sent via parcel post with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon III

Posted April 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Napoleon III

On this day in 1808, Napoleon III was born in Paris, France. The nephew and only heir to Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon was the first Head of State of France to hold the title of President. After being barred from running for a second term, he organized a coup in 1851 and took the throne as Napoleon III. He was born Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte on April 20, 1808. He was the third son of Louis Bonaparte, the King… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pierre Curie

Posted April 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember French physicist Pierre Curie, who died on April 19, 1906 at the age of 46. Considered one of the founding fathers of modern physics, Curie is best known for his groundbreaking work in radioactive studies alongside his wife, Marie Curie. Curie was born on May 15, 1859 to Eugène Curie and Sophie-Claire Depouilly. His father was a doctor and trained Curie in math and science. From a young age, Curie showed a strong aptitude in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbara Bush

Posted April 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Barbara Bush

Today we remember former First Lady of the United States Barbara Bush, who passed away yesterday at the age of 92. The matriarch of the Bush family, Barbara was known for her frank and outspoken manner. As First Lady, she worked tirelessly to advance the cause of literacy and founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Barbara Pierce was born on June 8, 1925 in Rye, New York to Pauline Robinson and Marvin Pierce. She first met George H.W. Bush… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Cartwright

Posted April 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alexander Cartwright

Do you enjoy baseball? On this day in 1820, Alexander Cartwright, the “Father of Baseball,” was born in New York City, New York. Alexander Joy Cartwright, Jr. was the son of Alexander Cartwright, Sr., a merchant sea captain, and Esther Rebecca Burlock. A volunteer firefighter, Cartwright often played bat-and-ball games with other volunteers. He founded the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club in New York and is often credited with being the first person to develop a set of rules… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charlie Chaplin

Posted April 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charlie Chaplin

On this day in 1889, Charlie Chaplin was born in London England. One of the biggest stars of the Silent Era, Chaplin is often remembered as a pioneer of the film industry and one of its most important figures. The early years of his life were fraught with hardship and poverty. Chaplin’s parents were both music hall entertainers and separated shortly after he was born. He lived with his mother and brother, but his mother… Read the full story

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New: An Easier Way to Share

Posted April 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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We’ve made some new enhancements on how to share content from Geni. Now when you want to share a page on Geni, whether it’s a profile, a project or even a discussion, you can simply click on the new Share icon at the top of every page to quickly copy the URL or share it on social media. In the heading of a page, you will now see a new Share icon between your notification count and your profile picture. When… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

Posted April 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1743, Thomas Jefferson was born at the Shadwell plantation in colonial Virginia. One of America’s Founding Fathers, Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and served as the third President of the United States. Jefferson was born to a prominent Virginia family. His father, Peter Jefferson, was a planter and surveyor. In 1751, he created the Fry-Jefferson Map in collaboration with Joshua Fry, which accurately depicted the Allegheny Mountains for the first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

Posted April 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

Today we remember pioneering nurse Clara Barton, who died on April 12, 1912 at the age of 90. A battlefield nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, Barton is remembered for her incredible humanitarian work throughout her life. She was born Clarissa Harlow Barton on December 25, 1821 in Oxford, Massachusetts. The youngest of five children, Barton found her calling for helping people at a young age. At the age of 10, she helped nurse her brother back… Read the full story

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They Died of What? Old Diseases Explained

Posted April 11, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
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While researching your ancestors, have you come across a cause of death that you do not recognize? When looking at old records, it’s not uncommon to find a cause of death or illness whose name is no longer in use today. You may find these terms in old historical records such as obituaries, death certificates, probate records, or census mortality schedules. Here’s a quick roundup of a few terms you may encounter: Croup – a swelling of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gustav Vigeland

Posted April 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Gustav Vigeland

On this day in 1869, Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland was born. Considered one of the most important artists in Norwegian history, Vigeland is perhaps best known for his creation of Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway. The impressive art installation is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist. Vigeland was born Adolf Gustav Thorsen on April 11, 1869 in Mandal. Born to a family of craftsmen, Vigeland’s father was a cabinet maker and carpenter. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Omar Sharif

Posted April 10, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Omar Sharif

Today we celebrate what would have been actor Omar Sharif’s 86th birthday! A Hollywood legend, Sharif was best known for his roles in Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia. He was born Michel Demetri Chalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt. After studying mathematics and physics at the University of Cairo, Sharif worked at his father’s precious wood business before leaving to study acting in London, England. In 1955, he converted to Islam to marry Egyptian actress Faten Hamama…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry V of England

Posted April 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1413, Henry V was crowned King of England. The second English monarch of the House of Lancaster, Henry V was considered to be one of the great warrior kings in English history. Henry V was the eldest son of Henry IV of England and Mary de Bohun and the great grandson of Edward III of England. In 1398, his father was exiled and Henry was taken under the charge of Richard II. However, in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Matthew Henson

Posted April 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1909, Arctic explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew Henson became the first men to reach the North Pole. Henson is remembered as the first African-American Arctic explorer and assisted Peary for nearly 23 years on his explorations of the Arctic. Henson was born on August 8, 1866 on his parents’ farm near the Potomac River in Charles County, Maryland. His parents were sharecroppers and free people of color before the American… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gregory Peck

Posted April 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching To Kill a Mockingbird? On this day in 1916, star Gregory Peck was born. Considered one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars, Peck is fondly remembered for his iconic portrayal of characters with unwavering strength and integrity. Peck was born Eldred Gregory Peck on April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California to Gregory Peck, a chemist, and Bernice Ayres. Before pursing a career as an actor, Peck studied at the University of California, Berkeley as an English major and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maya Angelou

Posted April 4, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Maya Angelou

Today we remember poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou on what would have been her 90th birthday. The award-winning author published numerous books of poetry, essays, and autobiographies which dealt with themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression. Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri to Bailey Johnson, a doorman and navy dietitian, and Vivian Baxter, a nurse and card dealer. By the time she was three, her parents… Read the full story

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Pony Express

Posted April 3, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did your ancestors ever received mail via the Pony Express? The Pony Express was once hailed as the fastest way to send and receive mail across the United States. Although it’s existence was short, its impact and popularity on the American West has continued to endure. Pony Express poster / Wikimedia Commons Check out these interesting facts about the old mail-delivery system of the United States. 1. The Pony Express was founded by William Russell, Alexander Majors,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marlon Brando

Posted April 3, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marlon Brando

Today marks what would have been actor Marlon Brando’s 94th birthday. Born on April 3, 1924, Brando is often considered one of the most famous and influential actors of the 20th century. Brando was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Marlon Brando, Sr., a pesticide and chemical feed manufacturer, and Dorothy Pennebaker, an actress and theater administrator. After he was expelled from military school, Brando worked as a ditch-digger. At the age of 18, Brando moved… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen

Posted April 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen

What was your favorite fairy tale growing up? Today we celebrate the 213th birthday of fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen! Known for writing some of the world’s most popular fairy tales, Andersen’s stories have been translated into more than 125 languages and have been adapted into numerous films, plays, and even ballets. Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark on April 2, 1805. He was the only child of Hans Andersen, Sr. and Anne Marie Andersdatter, although unsubstantiated rumors speculated… Read the full story