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Most Popular Baby Names of 2014

Posted May 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment

Are you searching for baby names? The U.S. Social Security Administration has released the top 10 names for 2014! At the top of the list this year are Noah for boys and Emma for girls. This is the second year in a row that Noah has claimed the top spot. Emma has been among the top three baby names since 2003. A popular name during the early 1900s, the name fell out of fashion in… Read the full story

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Memories of V-E Day

Posted May 8, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Memories of V-E Day

Today we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day! On May 8, 1945, millions of people throughout Western Europe took to the streets to celebrate the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II in Europe. Image: City of Toronto Archives Once the announcement was made of Germany’s surrender, jubilant celebrations erupted throughout the streets of Europe. Millions danced, waved flags, threw streamers and even kissed strangers. This important day had… Read the full story

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A New Royal Baby is Here! 10 Things to Know About the Little Princess

Posted May 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
A New Royal Baby is Here! 10 Things to Know About the Little Princess

This weekend, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their second child! The new little princess has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Kate gave birth to her daughter on Saturday, May 2 at 8:34am London time, less than three hours after she checked into St. Mary’s Hospital. The princess weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces. Now that her name has been officially released, here are some things to know about the newest addition to the… Read the full story

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Life Tips from the Early 20th Century

Posted April 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Life lessons from early 20th century cigarette cards

From the beginning of the 1880s, cigarette manufacturers issued trade cards with every cigarette package to help stiffen the packaging and advertise cigarette brands. It didn’t take long for the cards to become sought-after collectables, and even children would ask smokers for their cards to play their games. Manufacturing of the cards stopped during World War II to save paper and, after the war, they were never fully reintroduced. Although it may seem unusual now, these cards typically depicted… Read the full story

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Anzac Day: 100th Anniversary

Posted April 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Anzac Day: 100th Anniversary | Geni

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day, a national holiday of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand commemorating all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Image: State Library of New South Wales Observed on April 25 of each year, the holiday was originally created to honor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who bravely fought at Gallipoli against the… Read the full story

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Your Stories: An Artist and her Family Tree

Posted April 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Geni user story: Theresa Renée Eléna Delgado-Tossas

We love hearing from our users, especially when they are as passionate and enthusiastic for the World Family Tree as Theresa Renée Eléna Delgado-Tossas, also known as the artist, Renée Walker. Theresa Renée was born in Berlin, Germany on an Air Force instillation where her parents were stationed. An artist and performer, she splits her time between Arecibo, Puerto Rico and the Mannheim/Heidelberg areas of Germany. Several events sparked her quest into her family’s genealogy,… Read the full story

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Vintage Advertisements

Posted April 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Vintage Ads - Corn Flakes

As we are perusing newspapers and other old periodicals in our family history research, it can be great fun to take a moment to read the advertisements of the day. These vintage ads are a great glimpse into life in the past and can provide insights into popular fashions, products and trends of the time. Check out these advertisements throughout history: Image: Library Company of Philidelphia In this 1849 advertisement, Dr. George Stuart’s botanical syrup and vegetable pills are said… Read the full story

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The Pony Express: 155th Anniversary

Posted April 14, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
See the Pony Express genealogy project on Geni

Did your ancestors receive mail via the Pony Express? Today we celebrate the 155th anniversary of the history-making mail delivery service. The Pony Express was first launched on April 3, 1860 with two relay teams of horses and riders. The teams were dispatched from St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California and made their way across the country simultaneously. Mail with a Pony Express stamp On April 14, the first westbound delivery arrived to its destination in San Francisco, California… Read the full story

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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