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Profile of the Day: Robert Burns

Posted December 31, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

It’s New Year’s Eve! It wouldn’t be a New Year’s celebration without hearing the holiday’s signature song, “Auld Lang Syne.” Did you know Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote “Auld Lang Syne” in 1788? Image: Robert Burns / Library of Congress The song was set to the tune of an old Scottish folk song and was never intended to be a holiday song. Nevertheless, the song gained enormous popularity and it became tradition to sing the song to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rudyard Kipling

Posted December 30, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks the 156th birthday of acclaimed author Rudyard Kipling! Image: Rudyard Kipling / Library of Congress He was born Joseph Rudyard Kipling in Bombay, British India on December 30, 1865 to Alice MacDonald and John Lockwood Kipling. His mother was one of four notable sisters who had married well known men of the Victorian Era. His father, a sculptor and pottery designer, was the principal and professor of Architectural Sculpture at the Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Goodyear

Posted December 29, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have inventors in your family tree? On this day in 1800, inventor and chemist Charles Goodyear was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Goodyear invented the process of vulcanization, which revolutionized the rubber industry. Image: Charles Goodyear / Library of Congress Goodyear was the eldest of six children born to Amasa Goodyear and Cynthia Bateman. His third great grandfather, Stephen Goodyear, was one of the founders of the colony of New Haven in 1638. After his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woodrow Wilson

Posted December 28, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On December 28, 1856, Woodrow Wilson was born. As the 28th President of the United States, Wilson led the country into World War I and was the leading advocate of the League of Nations. Image: Woodrow Wilson / Library of Congress He was born Thomas Woodrow Wilson in Staunton, Virginia to Joseph Ruggles Wilson, a prominent Presbyterian theologian, and Jessie Janet Woodrow. In 1912, Wilson was elected the 28th President of the United States. At… Read the full story

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Looking Back at 2021 on Geni

Posted December 27, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at 2021 on Geni. We’re proud of the many new enhancements to Sources introduced to Geni and along the way, hit a new milestone in the World Family Tree. Although we are still in the midst of the pandemic, we are grateful that we were still able to connect with the genealogical community through virtual conferences throughout the year. Here’s a look back at our… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis Pasteur

Posted December 27, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur, who was born on this day in 1822. Image: Louis Pasteur / Smithsonian Institution, Flickr Pasteur was born in Dole, France on December 27, 1822 to Jean Joseph Pasteur and Jeanne Etiennette Roqui. His father was a tanner and was awarded the Legion of Honor during the Napoleonic Wars. As a child, Pasteur had a strong interest in drawing and painting. However, he was encouraged to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clement Clarke Moore

Posted December 23, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1823, the popular holiday poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” was first published in the Troy New York Sentinel. Today the poem is more commonly known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Although initially published anonymously, Clement Clarke Moore would later claim authorship of the poem. However, in recent years, some have claimed that the poem’s true author may actually be Henry Livingston, Jr. Image: New York Public Library Since its publication, the poem has become… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beatrix Potter

Posted December 22, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1943, author Beatrix Potter died at the age of 77. Although best remembered for her beloved children’s book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Potter was also an avid conservationist and sheep farmer. She purchased many pieces of land in an effort to preserve the English countryside. At her death, Potter left nearly all of her vast property to the National Trust and today, the land is now included in the Lake District National Park…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel L. Jackson

Posted December 21, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Samuel L. Jackson! Today the star turns 73. Image: Samuel L. Jackson / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Samuel L. Jackson was born on December 21, 1948 in Washington, D.C. to Roy Jackson and Elizabeth Montgomery. Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jackson was mainly raised by his maternal grandparents. While attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, he became involved in the black power movement and would serve as an usher at Martin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John III, King of Sweden

Posted December 20, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1537, John III, King of Sweden, was born at Stegeborg Castle in Sweden. The Swedish king ruled from 1568 until his death in 1592 and is remembered for his attempts to bridge the gap between the newly established Lutheran Church of Sweden and the Catholic church. Image: John III, King of Sweden / Wikimedia Commons John was the second son of Gustav I and Margareta Leijonhufvud. In 1560, John was named the Duke… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Émilie du Châtelet

Posted December 17, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1706, French mathematician Émilie du Châtelet was born. Image: Émilie du Châtelet / Wikimedia Commons Du Châtelet was born Garbielle Émilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil on December 17, 1706 in Paris, France. Her father, Louis Nicolas le Tonnelier de Breteuil, was a member of the lesser nobility. He held a weekly salon, to which well-respected writers and scientists were often invited. An intelligent child, du Châtelet’s father brought in tutors to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ludwig van Beethoven

Posted December 16, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

German composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born 251 years ago. Image: Ludwig van Beethoven / Library of Congress Beethoven was born in Bonn in the Electorate of Cologne, which was then a part of the Holy Roman Empire. Although there is no known record of the exact date of his birth, it is known that his baptism took place on December 17, 1770. Since baptisms typically took place a day after birth during this time,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

Posted December 15, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember Walt Disney, who died on this day in 1966 at the age of 65. Image: Walt Disney / NASA He was born Walter Elias Disney on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois to Elias Charles Disney and Flora Call Disney. At 16, he tried to join the U.S. army during World War I, but was rejected for being underage. Undeterred, he joined the American Red Cross and worked as an ambulance driver… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George VI

Posted December 14, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George VI

On this day in 1895, George VI was born at York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk during the reign of his great grandmother, Queen Victoria. His birth date fell on the 34th anniversary of the death of his great grandfather, Prince Albert, and so, the new royal was named Albert in his honor. Image: George VI / Library of Congress As the second son of King George V, it was not expected for George to become king. However, this… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dick Van Dyke

Posted December 13, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Dick Van Dyke! Today the star turns 96. Image: Dick Van Dyke / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Richard Wayne Van Dyke was born on December 13, 1925 in West Plains, Missouri to Hazel Victoria McCord, a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. During World War II, Van Dyke enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and eventually served as a radio announcer before transferring to the Special… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emily Dickinson

Posted December 10, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1830, American poet Emily Dickinson was born. A prolific writer, Dickinson wrote over 1800 poems, however less than a dozen were published during her lifetime. It was not until after her death that a cache of her poetry was discovered and published. Image: Emily Dickinson / Wikimedia Commons Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on December 10, 1830 to a prominent New England family. Her paternal grandfather, Samuel Fowler Dickinson, was a founder… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Donny Osmond

Posted December 9, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Donny Osmond! Today the singer and former teen idol turns 64. Image: Donny Osmond / Nationaal Archief, CC0 Osmond was born on December 9, 1957 in Ogden, Utah and was the seventh son born to George Osmond and Olive Davis. A natural performer, Osmond began singing at a very young age alongside his older brothers as part of the musical group The Osmonds. His talent made him a standout performer and he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sammy Davis, Jr.

Posted December 8, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember famous Rat Pack performer Sammy Davis, Jr., who was born on this day in 1925. Image: Sammy Davis, Jr. / Nationaal Archief, Wikimedia Commons CCO Samuel George Davis, Jr. was born in Harlem, New York to Sammy Davis, Sr., an African-American entertainer, and Elvera Sanchez, a tap dancer of Afro-Cuban descent. Davis began his career in show business as a small child dancing in his father’s vaudeville act. During World War II, he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Posted December 7, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have pioneer ancestors? On this day in 1873, author Willa Cather was born in Winchester, Virginia. Cather is perhaps best remembered for her vivid portrayal of frontier life on the Great Plains in her novels, O Pioneers! and My Ántonia. Image: Willa Cather / Library of Congress Wilella Sibert Cather was born on her maternal grandmother’s farm in the Back Creek Valley near Winchester, Virginia. Although most may think of her as a Nebraskan,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William II of the Netherlands

Posted December 6, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have Dutch ancestry? On this day in 1792, William II, King of the Netherlands, was born. He was the eldest son of William I, the first King of the Netherlands, and Wilhelmine of Prussia, the daughter of King Frederick William II of Prussia and William I’s first cousin. Image: William II of the Netherlands / Wikimedia Commons In 1816, he married Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia, the youngest sister of Alexander I of Russia. Following his father’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joseph Conrad

Posted December 3, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1857, author Joseph Conrad was born in Berdychiv in what was then the Russian Empire. Regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the English language, Conrad was in his twenties before he was able to speak the language fluently. Image: Joseph Conrad / New York Public Library He was born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski to Polish parents, Apollo Korzeniowski and Ewelina Bobrawska. Conrad’s family belonged to the Polish szlachta (nobility) and were… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Georges Seurat

Posted December 2, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1859, French Neo-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat was born. Known for devising his own painting technique called pointillism, Seurat is remembered as one of the most iconic artists of the late 19th-century. Image: Georges Seurat / Wikimedia Commons Seurat was born on December 2, 1859 in Paris, France to Antoine Chrysostome Seurat and Ernstine Faivre. His father was a former legal official who had become wealthy from speculating property. He received his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bette Midler

Posted December 1, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Bette Midler! Today the singer and actress turns 76. Image: Bette Midler / Alan Light, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) Bette Midler was born on December 1, 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Ruth Schindel, a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a painter at a Navy base. She was named after Bette Davis, one of her mother’s favorite actresses. Growing up in Hawaii, Bette’s family was one of the few Jewish families in the neighborhood. She attended Radford… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louisa May Alcott

Posted November 29, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you remember reading Little Women? On this day in 1832, author Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Image: Louisa May Alcott / Library of Congress The second daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott and Abby May, Alcott was born on her father’s 33rd birthday. Amos Alcott was a transcendentalist and established an experimental school in Boston. She grew up around family friends Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, who were a part of the Transcendental… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Schulz

Posted November 26, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember cartoonist Charles M. Schulz who was born on this day in 1922. Best known for the beloved comic strip Peanuts, Schulz is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonist of all time. Image: Charles Schulz / Library of Congress Schulz was born on November 26, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the only child of Carl Schulz, born in Germany, and Dena Halverson, who was of Norwegian descent. As a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Zachary Taylor

Posted November 24, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On November 24, 1784, Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States, was born. Image: Zachary Taylor / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Taylor was born on a plantation in Orange County, Virginia to a prominent family of planters. Before his presidency, Taylor was a career officer in the United States Army and a national hero for his victories during the Mexican-American War. In 1848, he was elected the 12th President of the United States, becoming… Read the full story

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MyHeritage and Expedia Partner to Inspire Heritage Travel

Posted November 23, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

It was recently announced that MyHeritage and Expedia have partnered to help you plan the ultimate heritage tour. Together, MyHeritage and Expedia have launched the Heritage Travel Hub to make it easy for you to plan an incredible journey to the land of your ancestors. The site is housed on Expedia and features rich content that bridges family history research with planning a memorable, heritage-oriented trip. The Heritage Travel Hub will help you map an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

Posted November 23, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1887, legendary actor Boris Karloff was born. Today, Karloff’s frightening yet sympathetic turn as Frankenstein’s monster still remains an iconic figure in horror. Image: Boris Karloff / Wikimedia Commons Before he became known for the role of the “Monster” on the big screen, Karloff, born Willam Henry Pratt, was the youngest of nine children born to Edward Pratt and Eliza Millard. His great aunt was Anna Leonowens, an English writer and educator. Her experience… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Scarlett Johansson

Posted November 22, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Scarlett Johansson! Today the star turns 37. Image: Scarlett Johansson / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) Johansson was born on November 22, 1984 in New York City, New York to Karsten Olaf Johansson and Melanie Sloan. She and her twin brother, Hunter, are the youngest of four siblings. Coming from a creative family, it seemed natural for Johansson to follow in her family’s footsteps. Her father is an architect originally… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jodie Foster

Posted November 19, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Jodie Foster! Today the versatile actress and director turns 59. Image: Jodie Foster / Franz Richter, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 1.0) She was born Alicia Christian Foster on November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles, California to Evelyn Almond and Lucius Foster III, a decorated U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel. She started her career at the age of 3 when she appeared in a Coppertone commercial. By the time she was 12, she earned… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard

Posted November 18, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1923, astronaut Alan Shepard was born in East Derry, New Hampshire. In 1961, Shepard became the first American to travel into space. Image: Alan Shepard / San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives, Flickr Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. was the oldest of two children born to Alan B. Shepard, Sr. and Pauline Renza Emerson. Shepard’s family had very early roots in America. His 8th great grandfather was Mayflower passenger Richard Warren, who was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Danny DeVito

Posted November 17, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Danny DeVito! Today the star turns 77. Image: Danny DeVito / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) DeVito was born on November 17, 1944 in Neptune Township, New Jersey to Daniel DeVito, Sr., a small business owner, and Julia Moccello. After graduating high school, DeVito worked as a beautician in his sister’s salon. He decided to pursue a career as a professional makeup artist and enroll in classes at the American… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Margaret McBride

Posted November 16, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember American radio host and writer Mary Margaret McBride, who was born on this day in 1899. Known as “the First Lady of Radio,” McBride’s popular radio shows spanned for more than 40 years with millions of listeners tuning in daily. Image: Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary Margaret McBride / U.S. National Archives and Records Adminstration McBride was born on November 16, 1899 to a farming family in Paris, Missouri. At the age of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Georgia O’Keeffe

Posted November 15, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On November 15, 1887, American artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born. Image: Georgia O’Keeffe / Library of Congress O’Keeffe was born in a farmhouse in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin to Francis Calyxtus O’Keeffe and Ida Totto, who were both dairy farmers. The second of seven children, O’Keeffe knew she wanted to become an artist from a young age. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then the Art Students League of New… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly

Posted November 12, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember legendary icon Grace Kelly, who was born on this day in 1929. Image: Grace Kelly / Library of Congress Grace Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a very affluent family. Her father John B. Kelly, Sr., a three-time Olympic gold medalist, was once appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the National Director of Physical Fitness. Her mother, Margaret Majer, taught physical education at the University of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Patton

Posted November 11, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1885, General George Patton was born in San Gabriel, California. Remembered as one of the most successful generals in history, Patton was instrumental to the liberation of Germany from the Nazis during World War II. Image: George Patton / Library of Congress Patton’s family had an extensive military background. His paternal grandfather George Smith Patton, a Confederate general, commanded the 22nd Virginia Infantry in the American Civil War. Patton’s third great… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Burton

Posted November 10, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1925, actor Richard Burton was born. Known for his roles on the stage and screen, Burton is widely regarded as one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation. Image: Richard Burton / Wikimedia Commons He was born Richard Walter Jenkins on November 10, 1925 in Pontrhydyfen, Wales and grew up in a working class family. His father, Richard Walter Jenkins Sr., was a coal miner and his mother, Edith Maude… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Florence R. Sabin

Posted November 9, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1871, anatomist and medical researcher Florence R. Sabin was born. A pioneer for women in science, Sabin made breakthroughs on the lymphatic system and was the first woman to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Image: Florence R. Sabin / Smithsonian Institution Sabin was born on November 8, 1871 in Central City, Colorado to George K. Sabin, a mining engineer, and Serena Miner, a schoolteacher. After the death of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

Posted November 8, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have Irish ancestry? 174 years ago today, Irish author Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland. In 1897, Stoker published his most famous novel, Dracula. Although he didn’t originate the concept of the vampire, Stoker’s Dracula came to define the undead creature in its modern form. Image: Bram Stoker / Wikimedia Commons Stoker was born Abraham Stoker on November 8, 1847 to Abraham Stoker, a civil servant, and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley. The third of seven… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vivien Leigh

Posted November 5, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Remember watching Gone With the Wind? On this day in 1913, star Vivien Leigh was born in Darjeeling, India. Image: Vivien Leigh / Wikimedia Commons Leigh had dreams of stardom at an early age. She was first introduced to American audiences when she was cast as the southern belle Scarlett O’Hara in the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s beloved book, Gone With the Wind. The film would become a tremendous success and be remembered as a Hollywood… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Will Rogers

Posted November 4, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1879, vaudeville performer and cowboy humorist Will Rogers was born. Rogers is remembered as “America’s Cowboy Philosopher.” Image: Will Rogers / Library of Congress Rogers was the youngest of eight children born to Clement Vann Rogers and Mary America Schrimsher. Of his siblings, only he and three sisters survived into adulthood. Rogers was born on his parents’ Dog Iron Ranch in the Cherokee Nation of Indian Territory in what is near present-day… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincenzo Bellini

Posted November 3, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have Italian ancestry? On this day in 1801, operatic composer Vincenzo Bellini was born in Catania, Sicily. Image: Vincenzo Bellini / Rijksmuseum Bellini was born to a highly musical family and showed signs of his musical talent at an early age. Although not much is known about his early life, some stories say that he learned to sing at 18 months and play the piano at the age of 3. His grandfather and his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Boone

Posted November 2, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Daniel Boone

On this day in 1734, American frontiersman Daniel Boone was born. Famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky, Boone is remembered as one of the most popular folk heroes in American history. Image: Daniel Boone / Library of Congress Boone was born to a large Quaker family at his family’s homestead in Pennsylvania. He was given his first rifle at the age of 12 and learned to hunt. Growing up on the frontier made Boone adept… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Crane

Posted November 1, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1871, American author Stephen Crane was born in Newark, New Jersey. He is best known for his highly acclaimed novel The Red Badge of Courage, where Crane authentically depicted the realities of battle during the American Civil War and the psychological turmoil of the novel’s protagonist, a Union soldier who grapples with his own cowardice after he flees from the battlefield. Image: Stephen Crane / Wikimedia Commons Crane was the fourteenth child born… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Winona Ryder

Posted October 29, 2021 by Amanda | One Comment

Happy birthday to Winona Ryder! Today the actress celebrates her 50th birthday. Image: Winona Ryder / Karon Liu, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) Winona Laura Horowitz was born on October 29, 1971 to Michael D. Horowitz and Cynthia Istas. Her father’s family originally had the surname “Tomchin” but it was changed to “Horowitz” when the family immigrated to the United States. Ryder made her film debut in the 1986 film Lucas. She got her big… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julia Roberts

Posted October 28, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Julia Roberts! Today the actress turns 54. Image: Julia Roberts / David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0) Roberts was born on October 28, 1967 in Smyrna, Georgia to Betty Lou Bredemus and Walter Grady Roberts. The youngest of three children, Roberts grew up in a highly creative household. Her parents were actors and co-founded a workshop for aspiring actors and writers in Atlanta. In 1989, she earned critical praise for her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Singer

Posted October 27, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Did your family own a Singer sewing machine? On this day in 1811, inventor Isaac Singer was born in Pittstown, New York. Singer’s improvements to the sewing machine would make it more practical and efficient than ever before. Image: Isaac Singer / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, CC0 Isaac Merritt Singer was born to Adam Singer and Ruth Benson on October 27, 1811. Around the age of 12, he left home to work various odd… Read the full story

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Introducing Source Conflicts to Geni Profiles

Posted October 26, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we are excited to introduce the next step on our road to improving sources on Geni – Source Conflicts!  When a profile has information that differs from the source citation values provided, you will receive an alert to review the discrepancy and if needed, update the profile. This new enhancement provides a fast and easy way for you to ensure that the best information, backed by documentation, is included on your Geni profiles. Where… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Posted October 26, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks the 140th anniversary of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Remembered as the most famous shootout in the history of the Wild West, the gunfight was the result of the long-simmering feud between outlaw Cowboys, the Clanton-McLaurys, and lawmen Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and temporary policeman Doc Holliday. Image: Wyatt Earp / Wikimedia Commons The Earp brothers were targets of death threats by the group of outlaws and before long, tensions had erupted into gunfight…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Geoffrey Chaucer

Posted October 25, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1400, poet Geoffrey Chaucer died in London, England. Known as the Father of English literature, Chaucer is often considered to be the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. Image: Geoffrey Chaucer / The National Library of Wales, Wikimedia Commons Chaucer was born around 1343 to a family of wine merchants. His father worked as a deputy to the King’s butler and his position helped Chaucer acquire his own positions early in… Read the full story