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World Family Tree: Connecting an Entire Fifth-Grade Class

Posted February 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment

Remember those school projects about your family history? Whether it was writing a story or mapping out your family tree, you’ve likely taken that dip into our family’s past in school. When Geni Curator Randy Schoenberg’s son, Joey, came home with such a project, Randy saw it as a great opportunity to make some new family connections. With the news that his son’s fifth-grade class was participating in the worldwide “My Family Story” competition sponsored by Beit Hatfusot, the Museum of the… Read the full story

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RootsTech 2015 Recap

Posted February 17, 2015 by Amanda | 2 Comments

What an amazing few days at RootsTech! This year saw the largest crowd ever with over 20,000 genealogists and family historians coming together for the largest genealogy conference in the world. The Geni and MyHeritage teams together again It was wonderful to be together again with our MyHeritage family, many of whom flew in from across the world! With offices in Israel, Utah and California, it’s a rare treat to have this many of us together in… Read the full story

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Vintage Valentine’s Day Greetings

Posted February 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Will you be sending a Valentine to a special someone? If you need a little bit of inspiration, check out these Valentine’s Day greetings from the early 20th century: Will You Be Mine? Library of Congress, 1919 To My Valentine Library of Congress, 1919 Funny Valentine National Library of Norway, c.1900 Say You’ll Be Mine “Pray Sweetheart, send me just a line to say you’ll be my Valentine.” Library… Read the full story

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The Geni Team is Heading to RootsTech 2015

Posted February 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment

The Geni team will be heading to RootsTech this week from February 11-14. We will be joining the MyHeritage team in Salt Lake City, Utah to share with everyone the latest developments in the World Family Tree. RootsTech is one of the largest family history events in the entire world! This unique genealogy conference brings techies and genealogists of all skill levels together to discover new technologies for researching your family history. Many hands-on presentations and… Read the full story

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Naming Laws from Around the World

Posted February 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment

Many countries around the world have their own set of laws or customs for naming children. The reasons behind these policies varies widely from country to country. Image: Nationaal Archief, flickr Check out these interesting naming laws from around the world: ICELAND Parents in Iceland may only choose names approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee. The Personal Names Register includes about 1,800 approved Icelandic names for each gender. Girls should be given female names and… Read the full story

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Video: Undeveloped Film Rolls from WWII Discovered

Posted January 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment

Can you image discovering rare, undeveloped photographs from WWII and then being the first person to ever view them? Recently, photographer Levi Bettweiser made such a discovery after coming across 31 undeveloped rolls of film shot by a soldier during World War II. Bettweiser launched the Rescued Film Project in an effort to find and rescue old and undeveloped rolls of film. In 2014, he found the undeveloped batch of rolls at an auction in Ohio. Other than the… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for January 26, 2015

Posted January 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment

Have a great genealogy-filled weekend? Check out our roundup of articles from around the web! The Crowded Cemeteries of Hong Kong / The Guardian The Genealogy Sphere The Crowded Cemeteries of Hong Kong – in pictures (The Guardian) – See these amazing pictures of the crowded cemeteries of Hong Kong 109-Year-Old Woman Says Secret to Long Life is Avoiding Men (The Huffington Post) – Does longevity run in your family tree? The oldest living woman in… Read the full story

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7 Things You May Not Know About Winston Churchill

Posted January 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death. Considered one of the greatest leaders in history, Churchill was a master orator and statesman. In honor of this momentous anniversary, here are some things you may not have known about Winston Churchill: 1. He comes from an aristocratic family Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family. His 6th great grandfather was John Churchill, the… Read the full story

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10 Unusual Gravestones

Posted January 22, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment

If you have taken a stroll through a cemetery, you may notice a few graves that are not quite like the others. Many families choose unique markers that are reflective of who the person was when they were alive, while others offer grand tributes to the deceased. Have you come across one? Check out these unique gravestones: 1. Goff Memorial at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington D.C. Image: Sarah Stierch, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) 2. Holding… Read the full story

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The Boston Molasses Disaster

Posted January 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment

On January 15, 1919, one of the strangest disasters in history occurred in Boston, Massachusetts when 2.3 million gallons of molasses poured down the streets of Boston, killing 21 people. The Boston Post, January 16, 1919 The tragedy became known as the Boston Molasses Disaster. The disaster occurred at the Purity Distilling Company facility in the North End neighborhood of Boston. During this time, molasses was the standard sweetener in the country. It was also fermented to… Read the full story