In anticipation of the Titanic’s 100th anniversary, a group of dedicated Geni users made it their mission to build the family trees of every Titanic passenger and crew member. Yes, that’s right - every single one. The RMS Titanic project was created to identify and list the survivors and casualties of the sinking of the Titanic. Today, they are proud to report that they were successful in accomplishing their goal! Through a truly collaborative effort, and spearheaded by three Geni Curators, Anne-Marie Healy, June Barnes and Terry Jackson, everyone was able to bring to light the lives and stories of those most affected by that fateful day.
The Titanic was the largest and most luxurious ship of its time and carried some of the wealthiest and most prominent figures on board. On April 14, 1912 at 11:40pm the Titanic struck an iceberg just four days into her maiden voyage. Two hours and 40 minutes later at 2:20am on April 15, the “unsinkable” ship had sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. About 1,517 people lost their lives in what is considered one of the worst maritime disasters in history.
We encourage everyone to check out the project to learn more about the Titanic passengers and crew. And just because all the passengers and crew have been added, it doesn’t mean the work stops there. The project can still use your help to further enhance and expand the family trees of all those involved.
Do you have a relative who was on board the Titanic? Share their stories with us in the comments below or join the project’s public discussions to connect with others and help honor and preserve your relative’s stories!
Be sure to also check out the related projects for a breakdown of crew and passengers by class. Get started now and join this extraordinary group of collaborators in helping to connect everyone to the World Family Tree.
Great research tool!
The National Archives has released the 1940 Federal Census! But, finding a name among the millions of handwritten records is like looking for a needle in a haystack. That’s where NYPL comes in!
The Milstein Division of US/Local History & Genealogy, together with NYPL Labs, has built Direct Me NYC 1940. The website features freshly digitized 1940 telephone directories from NYC’s five boroughs and enables users to locate the residential street addresses of New Yorkers from the 1940s, thereby providing the census enumeration districts they need to start their research.
To get you started, this little image is a screenshot of our search for the illustrious Dorothy Parker.
No wonder Taylor Swift is so successful – country music runs in her veins. She’s related to country music superstars Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and Loretta Lynn.
Did your ancestor serve in the Army? Share their story with us!
My Great-Grampa Keyes. He enlisted in the Army at sixteen (his mother lied about his age for him), and fought in France at seventeen in WWI. Don’t know much about him other than he was quite a prankster in his later years.
We made some enhancements to project images. Check it out in our blog!
Today we are rolling out the latest enhancements to Geni Projects. Now there are even more picture and video options for projects! Read more about these changes below.
History has secrets - and you can unlock them at the Library. That’s the theme of this pretty darn amazing new “suspense trailer” highlighting our incredible Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy (which is often featured on the show “Who Do You Think You Are?” and can be used to trace family histories). Just watch it - it’s awesome.
Today we’re excited to announce the first step in some major new enhancements to Geni Projects. Projects were first introduced over a year ago as a way for users to organize and work together on groups of related profiles. We think you are all going to love our new changes to Projects. Check out the enhancements in our blog!