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Happy National Siblings Day!

Posted April 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Happy National Siblings Day!

Do you have any siblings? Today is National Siblings Day! Even when your siblings annoy you to no end, there’s always that special bond of unconditional love and support. National Siblings Day was founded by Claudia A. Evart to honor the memory of her brother and sister, both of whom had died at early ages. This special day is celebrated every year on April 10, the birthday of Evart’s sister, Lisette. Although the day is not federally recognized,… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: How to Add Married Cousins to Your Family Tree

Posted April 8, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment

While researching your family history, it’s not uncommon to find some “kissing cousins,” close cousins who have married each other. History is filled with many of these cousin marriages, including the marriages of Charles Darwin, Queen Victoria, and Martin Van Buren. How do you show these cousin marriages in your family tree on Geni? If you have two people who are related in multiple ways within the same tree, you can create a “Cycle” on Geni to display… Read the full story

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Video: Meals from the Great Depression

Posted April 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment

The Great Depression was hard for many people. With little money at their disposal, families had to learn ways to improvise and cook cheaply. Some families have cookbooks passed down from this era detailing some of the dishes many families had to create. Others may have had living family who were willing to teach them some Great Depression recipes. Clara Cannucciari grew up during the Great Depression and remembered her mother’s Depression era dishes with… Read the full story

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Not an April Fools’ Joke: PM David Cameron and Kim Kardashian ARE Related

Posted April 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment

As British Prime Minister David Cameron begins his re-election campaign, he’s made an interesting revelation about his family history. In an interview with Heat, Cameron confirmed that he and Kim Kardashian are 13th cousins! How did he come to this revelation? Why Geni’s World Family Tree of course! This relationship was originally reported in two articles in the Daily Mail, following research done by AJ Jacobs, who’s been using Geni’s World Family Tree for his Global… Read the full story

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Your Stories: Sharing Family History

Posted March 27, 2015 by Amanda | 3 Comments

Judith (Judi) Elaine Mckee Burns was born in Bloomington, Indiana. Retired, she spends much of her time these days working on preserving her family history. She first became interested in family history after the movie Roots had come out. “My parents had never talked of the family – but when we would go ‘home’ as they called it [Lyons, Green County, Indiana] there were people always around that seemed to be tightly connected to each… Read the full story

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Geni Hits a New Milestone: 150 Million Profiles!

Posted March 25, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment

Today we’re excited to announce that Geni has reached an amazing milestone – 150 million profiles! From the very beginning, our goal has been to create the definitive family tree of the entire world. Our collection of profiles has grown steadily over the years, with millions of lineages intersecting, overlapping and culminating into a World Family Tree of over 89 million people and their ancestors. Nowhere else will you find such a large, high-quality single… Read the full story

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The Sound of Music: The Real von Trapp Family

Posted March 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
von Trapp family

Fifty years ago, the award-winning musical The Sound of Music premiered on the big screen. Even today, the musical story based on the real von Trapp family, continues to delight and entertain audiences. The real von Trapp family / Library of Congress The film starred Julie Andrews as the governess, Maria, and Christopher Plummer as Captain Georg von Trapp. The filmmakers took some creative liberties with the story, changing some facts to dramatize the family’s eventual flight from… Read the full story

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8 Tips to Discover Your Irish Ancestors

Posted March 17, 2015 by Amanda | 3 Comments
8 Tips to Discover Your Irish Ancestors

Are you searching for your Irish ancestors? With millions of vital historical records destroyed and droves of Irish immigrants settled all over the world, many people researching their Irish heritage may find it to be a frustrating and challenging pursuit. In the U.S. alone, there are over 36 million people with Irish ancestry. That’s over eight times the population of Ireland! Here are a few tips to help you with your Irish genealogy research: Talk to your relatives - The… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion: Help Unite the World and Fight Alzheimer’s

Posted March 12, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment

The Global Family Reunion is only a few months away! Will you be there? We’re excited to let you know that the Global Family Reunion has launched a crowdfunding campaign with two very important goals in mind: unite the world and battle Alzheimer’s. Throwing the epic family get-together is best-selling author A.J. Jacobs, and he’s inviting all 7 billion of his cousins to come to what will be the largest, most inclusive family reunion in history. The event… Read the full story

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New on Geni: Adoption

Posted March 9, 2015 by Amanda | 36 Comments

Today we are delighted to announce a long awaited new feature on Geni – adoption! We are releasing a great enhancement to the family tree that will allow you to show adoptive, foster and biological parent relationships when viewing your family on Geni. There are three changes you will notice in the tree view: You can now add parents to a profile that already has parents. A profile with multiple sets of parents will now… Read the full story