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Look Who’s Related: Taylor Swift and Katy Perry

Posted August 7, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

In a recent interview with the U.K’s Capital FM, singer Katy Perry was in for a genealogical surprise when host Sian Welby shared that she and Taylor Swift are distant cousins. Although Perry dismissed it as a bit of fan fiction, it turns out they really are related! MyHeritage found through Geni’s World Family Tree that the two are in fact 9th cousins! Although the pandemic derailed her planned destination wedding with actor Orlando Bloom… Read the full story

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Are You Related to a Signer of the Declaration of Independence?

Posted July 4, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Each year on July 4, the United States celebrates Independence Day in commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the document declared the freedom and independence of the 13 American colonies from the rule of the British Empire’s King George III. This year’s Independence Day celebration will look very different from years past, which is typically involves large family gatherings, barbecues, and fireworks. But just because celebrations will be… Read the full story

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Father’s Day: Favorite Memory of Dad

Posted June 27, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

This Father’s Day, we asked you to share with us your favorite memory of your dad or a father figure in your life for the chance to win a free 1-year subscription of Geni Pro. Today we want to congratulate Meli Alexander, the winner of our Father’s Day giveaway! Meli sent in her story of an epic water fight with her dad and cousin: My favorite Father’s Day memory was many years in the Bronx… Read the full story

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Father’s Day: Win a Free Year of Pro

Posted June 15, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

With Father’s Day just a few days away, we thought it would be fun to offer yet another opportunity to win a free year of Geni Pro. Celebrate this Father’s Day by sending us your favorite memory of your dad or a father-figure in your life for a chance to win! Did you have a memorable fishing trip? How about a special memory of your dad walking you down the aisle? We want to hear… Read the full story

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Easy Company – a Band of Brothers

Posted June 6, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks the anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy. In honor of D-Day, we’re highlighting the Easy Company – Band of Brothers, a collaborative project dedicated to the Easy Company, 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division in the United States Army. Created in 1942, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment was an experimental airborne regiment created to jump from C-47 transport planes into hostile territory. Operation Overlord Image:… Read the full story

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Honor Your Military Ancestors This Memorial Day

Posted May 22, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

As we enter Memorial Day weekend, we take the time to remember the men and women who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Originally called Decoration Day, the tradition of the holiday was born after the Civil War. On Decoration Day, the graves of Civil War soldiers were decorated with flowers. However, after the devastation of World War I, the holiday was expanded to honor all soldiers who died during military service. Although several… Read the full story

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Mother’s Day Giveaway: Favorite Memory of Mom

Posted May 13, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

To celebrate Mother’s Day, we asked the community to share their favorite memories of their mother or a mother-figure in their lives. From the submitted entries, one lucky winner would receive a free 1-year Geni Pro subscription. Today, we’re excited to congratulate Lynn Grieder, the winner of our Mother’s Day giveaway! Lynn shared this special memory she has of her mother, Ethel Martin neé Hukkala: In 2002 we took my Mom on a “roots” trip… Read the full story

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Mother’s Day: Celebrate Mom for a Chance to Win

Posted May 1, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Celebrate your mother or a mother-figure in your life by sharing with us your favorite memory that you have together. Send in your stories to us and you can win a free 1-year Geni Pro subscription! If it’s a day trip to the beach or a special dress your mother made for you, we want to hear your stories! And if you have a photo, feel free to… Read the full story

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William Shakespeare: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bard

Posted April 23, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Playwright William Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616 in Straford-upon-Avon, England. Considered one of the greatest writers of the English language, Shakespeare’s body of work has been translated into every major language. Explore some fascinating facts about the Bard that you may not have known. 1. The exact date of his birth is unknown. Baptism of William Shakespeare / MyHeritage SuperSearch Shakespeare was the third of eight children born to John Shakespeare, an alderman and… Read the full story

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Ideas for Working on Your Family Tree at Home

Posted April 10, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

As many of us are self-isolating at home, you may be looking for something to do to help pass the time. Although we may all be at home in isolation, we can still continue to work together as a community on our shared family history. Below we’ve made a list of suggestions to help focus your work and perhaps help provide you with a welcomed distraction to pass the time productively. Review your family tree… Read the full story

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