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Genealogy Research: Don’t Overlook City Directories

Posted September 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment

Remember receiving the yellow pages on your door step? Now that we have the Internet at our fingertips, we see these books less and less. However, years ago, thick city directories were one of the few ways a person could look up the names and addresses of local businesses and residents. Old city directories provide a snapshot of a time and place, which makes them a perfect resource for genealogy researchers. 1889 Boston, Massachusetts city directory / MyHeritage SuperSearch Directories… Read the full story

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Star Trek Turns 50

Posted September 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment

Can you believe it’s been 50 years since Star Trek aired its first episode? On September 8, 1966, the iconic show made its debut and introduced audiences to Gene Roddenberry’s vision of future exploration and discovery. Image: Wikipedia Although canceled after just three seasons, the show’s devoted fanbase kept its spirit alive as a cult classic and eventually, a cultural phenomenon. The groundbreaking show tackled significant social issues of the era, including racism, sexism and war. It broke new ground when it became the first… Read the full story

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Genealogy Conferences: FGS 2016 Recap

Posted September 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Genealogy Conferences: FGS 2016 Recap | Geni

In the days just before Labor Day weekend, the Geni team went to Springfield, Illinois for the FGS 2016 National Conference hosted by the Federation of Genealogical Societies. The genealogy conference was held from August 31 – September 3. The home of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois It was amazing to spend some time in the “Land of Lincoln” surrounded by so much history with some of the country’s leading family history researchers and genealogists. A big crowd in the… Read the full story

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Join Geni at FGS 2016

Posted August 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment

Next week Geni will be heading to Springfield, Illinois for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 National Conference. From August 31 – September 3, genealogists and family historians will come together at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. This year’s theme is “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” with tracks geared to inspire and enrich your family history. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of sessions offered by many of the… Read the full story

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Meet the Cousin Detective

Posted August 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Zimmer family

Geni curators spend a great deal of time working hard to ensure the World Family Tree is the highest-quality family tree of the entire world. Always eager to collaborate and interact in discussions and projects, our dedicated group of volunteers have assisted many Geni users over the years. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of working with a curator, we thought it would be fun to get to know some members of the curator… Read the full story

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Genealogy Conferences: Highlights From IAJGS 2016

Posted August 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Geni curators at IAJGS 2016

This past week, Geni headed to Seattle, Washington for the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. We had an amazing time seeing old friends and meeting new visitors eager to learn more about collaborative genealogy in Geni’s World Family Tree. The Geni booth at IAJGS 2016 The conference got off to a fantastic start with the Share Fair on Sunday. The exhibit hall had a steady crowd all day with people reuniting with old friends and learning… Read the full story

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Come See Geni at IAJGS 2016

Posted August 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment

Next week, Geni will be at the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Seattle, Washington. The conference will be held from August 7-12, 2016 at the Sheraton Seattle Downtown Hotel. The local host this year is the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. This year’s theme is “The Wandering Jew.” Come join us at one of the largest Jewish genealogy conferences in the world! If you’re planning to attend, be sure to stop by… Read the full story

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5 Things You May Not Know About Beatrix Potter

Posted July 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. Many people grow up reading her beloved stories featuring the mischievous Peter Rabbit. Image: Internet Archive, Flickr She was born Helen Beatrix Potter on July 28, 1866 in Kensington, London, England. She first published The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902 and found instant success. Since the book’s initial publication, it has become one of the best selling books of all time. Today readers around the world continue to… Read the full story

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Amazing! 86-Year-Old Woman Welcomes her 86th Great-Grandchild

Posted July 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment

For her 86th birthday, Marie Frey got an extra special gift – her 86th great-grandchild! Recently, the Today Show shared Marie’s amazing celebration. The family welcomed Blakely Grace Frey on June 23. Blakely is the fifth child born to Marie’s grandson, Kenny. Being one of seven children, Marie had lots of experience growing up in a large family. She and her husband Gerald were married for nearly 60 years before he passed at the age of 83…. Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Navigate the Family Tree Faster

Posted July 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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If you have tried to navigate around a very large tree, chances are you may have encountered some fatigue while dragging your cursor across the screen. It’s possible you may have even gotten a bit lost as you followed a line from one branch to another. Did you know there are other ways to move around the family tree without having to drag it across the screen? Queen Elizabeth II’s family tree Here are a few options you may have overlooked to help you make your… Read the full story

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