June 2018

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Geni Tips: Send Collaboration Requests

Posted June 29, 2018 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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The World Family Tree on Geni currently has over 120 million people connected. This has been made possible through collaborative research of millions of Geni users. Although information on public profiles is accessible to everyone, the ability to edit them may be limited depending on your permissions. All users can edit the basic information of any public profile they are connected to, but to get full edit permissions on a profile, you will need to send a collaboration request… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katharine Hepburn

Posted June 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, who passed away on this day 15 years ago. Remembered as one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses in film history, Hepburn earned a record 4 Academy Awards for Best Actress, more than any other performer and still holds the record to this day. Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907 to a very progressive family. Her father, Thomas Norval Hepburn, was a urologist who helped establish the New England Social Hygiene… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Posted June 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Franz Ferdinand

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife were assassinated by a Serbian nationalist during an official visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia. His assassination sparked a chain of events that would lead to the beginning of World War I. Ferdinand was the eldest son of Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria, who was the younger brother of Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, and Maximilian… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Posted June 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Today we remember author, activist, and lecturer Helen Keller, who was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Helen Adams Keller spent her childhood living at her family’s homestead, Ivy Green, which was built by her grandfather in 1820. Born physically normal, Keller did not lose her sight or hearing until she was 19 months old due to an illness. Although her health recovered, the illness left her deaf and blind for the rest of her life. Unable to see, hear… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ariana Grande

Posted June 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Ariana Grande! Today the popular singer turns 25. She was born Ariana Grande-Butera on June 26, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Burtera. Her parents separated while she was a child. Grande has Italian ancestry through both of her parents and has described herself as half Abruzzesse and half Sicilian. Her ancestors were born in Italy before making their way to the United States. Much of her Sicilian ancestry on the paternal side… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Orwell

Posted June 25, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading Nineteen Eighty-Four? On this day in 115 years ago, author George Orwell was born. Orwell is often considered one of the most influential voices of the 20th century. The author was born Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903 in Motihari, Bihar, British India. His father, Richard Walmesley Blair, worked in the Opium Department of the Indian Civil Service. At the age of one, his mother took him and his sisters to England. Better known by his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Erich Maria Remarque

Posted June 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Erich Maria Remarque

Do you remember reading All Quiet on the Western Front? On this day in 1898, German author Erich Maria Remarque was born. Remarque is best known for his many works illustrating the realities and horrors of war. During World War I, Remarque was conscripted into the German Army at the age of 18. He fought on the Western Front and suffered several wounds durning battle. His experiences in the trenches would heavily influence his writing in the future… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Posted June 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Happy birthday to the Duke of Cambridge! Today Prince William turns 36. The Duke of Cambridge was born on June 21, 1982 at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. The Prince was the first royal heir to be born in a hospital. Since then, all three of his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, were also born at the same hospital as their father. The tragic death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Audie Murphy

Posted June 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Audie Murphy

On this day in 1925, World War II hero Audie Murphy was born in Kingston, Texas. One of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, Murphy received every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army. After the war, he enjoyed a successful acting career and became one of Hollywood’s most popular stars. Murphy was the seventh of twelve children born to Emmett Berry Murphy and Josie Bell Killian. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Posted June 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Today we remember baseball legend Lou Gehrig, who was born on this day in 1903. Considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, Gehrig was nicknamed “the Iron House” for his durability. He set the record for most consecutive games played and led his team to six World Series titles. He was born Heinrich Ludwig Gehrig in Manhattan, New York to German immigrant parents. From an early age, Gehrig showed a natural talent for sports. He earned… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul McCartney

Posted June 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Paul McCartney

Happy birthday, Paul McCartney! Today the legendary musician turns 76. Jams Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England. His mother, Mary Patricia Mohin, was a midwife and his father, James McCartney, was a jazz trumpet player and pianist. At the age of 14, his mother died of an embolism shortly after undergoing an operation to stop the spread of cancer. Her death had a profound impact on his life and would become… Read the full story

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Before They Were Stars: Yearbook Photos of Famous Faces

Posted June 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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In many parts of the world, the end of the school year means students receive their yearbooks to sign and remember the year they’ve had. Years from now, they will be able to look back at these yearbooks to remember what happened during this unique moment of their lives. Yearbooks are also fantastic records to explore for genealogy, too. With these school records, you can learn about what clubs and activities family members were a part of and see… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edvard Grieg

Posted June 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edvard Grieg

Today we remember Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, who was born on this day 175 years ago. Considered one of the leading Norwegian composers of the Romantic Era, Grieg successfully brought the music of Norway to international audiences. Grieg was born on June 15, 1843 in Bergen, Norway to Alexander Greig, a merchant and vice-consul in Bergen, and Gesine Judithe Hagerup, a music teacher. Grieg grew up in a very musical family. He was first taught to play… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Posted June 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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“So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” According to legend, these are the words President Abraham Lincoln said upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the popular anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, shortly after the start of the American Civil War. The novel’s vivid depiction of the realities of slavery is often credited with helping to change the public’s opinion of slavery and fuel the abolitionist cause leading into the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon

Posted June 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon

Have you found your connection to a Titanic passenger? On this day in 1863, English fashion designer and survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon was born. She was considered one of the leading fashion designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Lady Duff-Gordon was born Lucy Christiana Sutherland on June 13, 1863 in London, England to Douglas Sutherland, a civil engineer, and Elinor Sounders. After her first marriage, Lady Duff-Gordon began working as a dressmaker… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank Today we remember Anne Frank, who was born on this day 89 years ago. Annelies Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany to Otto and Edith Frank. The family lived in Frankfurt until Anne was five. In 1933, the family fled to Amsterdam after the Nazi party came to power. On her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacques Cousteau

Posted June 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jacques Cousteau

Have you ever been scuba diving? Today we remember famous oceanographer and explorer Jacques Cousteau, who was born on this day in 1910. A pioneer of marine conservation, Cousteau studied all forms of life in the water and documented his extensive investigations in books and films. Jacques-Yves Causteau was born in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, France to Daniel and Elizabeth Cousteau. In 1930, he entered the French naval academy and graduated as a gunnery officer. However, a serious car accident… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted June 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born on this day in 1867 in the farming town of Richland Center, Wisconsin. Considered one of the greatest architects in history, Wright has designed some of the most iconic buildings in the world. He was born Franklin Lincoln Wright on June 8, 1867 to William Cary Wright, a music teacher and minister, and Anna Lloyd Jones, a country school teacher. He was given the middle name “Lincoln” after Abraham Lincoln,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Virginia Apgar

Posted June 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1909, American obstetrical anesthesiologist Virginia Apgar was born. Known as the inventor of the Apgar score, Apgar is credited with saving the lives of millions of newborn babies. Apgar was born on June 7, 1909 in Westfield, New Jersey. She developed her interest in science partly from her father, who was an amateur astronomer and inventor. In 1949, Apgar became the first woman to become a full professor at the Columbia University College of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Trumbull

Posted June 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Trumbull

Do you have American Revolutionary War ancestors? On this day in 1756, artist John Trumbull was born. Trumbull is often referred to as “The Painter of the Revolution” for his iconic historical paintings and portraits. Trumbull was born in Lebanon in colonial Connecticut on June 6, 1756 to Jonathan Trumbull and Faith Robinson. His father served as the Governor of Connecticut Colony, and then after the American Revolutionary War, served as the Governor of the state of… Read the full story

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Jamboree 2018 Recap

Posted June 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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We had a fun time at the 49th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree! From May 31 – June 2, a few members of the Geni team headed over to the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, California to participate in this exciting and engaging conference. The Geni booth before the doors opened For the first time, the exhibit hall was open on the Thursday, which is usually reserved for DNA Day. This year the day was packed with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Posted June 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Today we remember Robert F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. After winning the California presidential primary, Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968. He would succumb to his wounds 26 hours later. Kennedy was the seventh child born to Joseph Kennedy, Sr. And Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. During his brother’s presidency, Kennedy served as the Attorney General of the United States and was one… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George III

Posted June 4, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George III

What’s your connection to royalty? On this day in 1738, George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland, was born. George III was Great Britain’s longest living and reigning monarch until the reign of his granddaughter, Queen Victoria. The eldest son of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and Augusta of Saxa-Gota, George was born two months prematurely and was not expected to survive. When his father died unexpectedly in 1751, George became the heir-apparent to his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted June 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Happy birthday, Marilyn Monroe! Today we remember the legendary film icon on what would have been her 92nd birthday. Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles California to Gladys Pearl Baker. Soon after her birth, Marilyn’s surname was changed to Baker. With her mother unable to care for her, Marilyn spent much of her childhood in foster homes. At 16, she married her first husband, a merchant marine, and began working in a munitions factory…. Read the full story