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Meet 3-million-year-old Lucy - she'll tell you a lot about modern African heritage

The Conversation Africa | Posted 06.22.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Duane Jethro, University of Cape Town "Lucy, you want to see Lucy?" young, would-be tour guides prompt in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. Lucy stars...

How Did That Pesky Virus End Up in Our DNA?

Elena E. Giorgi | Posted 05.27.2016 | Science
Elena E. Giorgi

I found this possibility intriguing both from a scientific point of view as well as a sci-fi point of view: there are plenty of books out there on zombies and aliens, but what about ancient viruses that thawed from the ice thanks to global warming?

Polish WWII Survivor Shares Insights With Son About Life, Change, And Endurance | #TalkToMe

Greg Archer | Posted 05.18.2016 | Parents
Greg Archer

Our family's histories live on through us. We can all learn from the past. These lessons have the ability to fuel -- and to heal -- our futures.

Do Science and Religion Conflict? Yes - And It Matters

Connor Wood | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Connor Wood

Is there a conflict between religion and science? Some say yes. Others say no. Regardless of their answer, nearly everyone thinks that the relationshi...

A Revolution in Remembering

Steven Waldman | Posted 04.27.2016 | Fifty
Steven Waldman

It's difficult to know how this will play out, but it's almost certainly going to affect the way future generations -- and probably current generations -- view their lives and role in history. It will still be the case 500 years hence that almost all of the people who ever lived are dead, but it will probably not be the case that almost all of them are forgotten.

Exclusive Video: Molly Ringwald Mines Her Family History on #WDYTYA

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.21.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

If you had an ancestor known simply as "the Swede," wouldn't you want to know more about him?

New Study Says Monogamy Came About Because Our Ancestors Feared STIs

Teen Vogue | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Teen Vogue

Researchers at the University of Waterloo suggest that prehistoric people were just as worried about STIs as we are now, leading to more desire for monogamous relationships.

Sneak Peek: Scott Foley's Revolutionary and Bewitching 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Journey

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.07.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Actor, director and screenwriter Scott Foley takes his turn under the Who Do You Think You Are? microscope to explore family stories that have been pa...

Aisha Tyler Isn't Afraid to Dig Deep on Season Premiere of 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.01.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

video preview of Aisha Tyler's Who Do You Think You Are? episode Like so many, I'm delighted that Aisha Tyler (actress, comedian, host (The Talk, Who...

#117 Legacy: Linking the Past and the Future Through Story

Rachael Freed | Posted 03.09.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rachael Freed

As storytelling beings, we are captivated by stories, particularly those that are connected to us. Stories we write about our families - our ancestors...

How Digitizing Family Photos Helped Three Generations of Photographers Preserve a Remarkable Legacy

Jesse Michener | Posted 03.01.2016 | Parents
Jesse Michener

He reaches up and gently pulls a tuft of his hair to show me how easily it falls out. It's grey now, his hair. It wasn't last April, when we met at th...

Letters to the Editor, From the Daughter of a Slave

TueNight | Posted 01.28.2016 | Black Voices
TueNight

Recovery. That's my battle cry. That's my great-grandmother realigned in me, warring against sins -- the untold story, the ancestor lost to time -- that break my heart.

Why Do Mormons Have Churches and Temples?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Mormon temples are beautiful architectural additions to any city they are in. When Mormons arrived in Salt Lake City in 1847, the first thing Brigham Young did was to mark out the temple site.

Wrestling With Ourselves

Daniel Raphael Silverstein | Posted 01.12.2016 | Religion
Daniel Raphael Silverstein

In 1920, Orot ("Lights"), a collection of works by the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, was published, which included an essay c...

Talking to My Ancestors

Sarah Beck | Posted 12.22.2015 | Religion
Sarah Beck

I had a conversation with my ancestors last night. Well, to be clear, it was a one-sided chat, and I did all of the talking. But I consider it a conve...

On Thanksgiving, I'm Thankful My Ancestors Left Europe, and That America Took Them In

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.27.2015 | Good News
Ian Reifowitz

Thanksgiving -- at least in the form we celebrate it in this country -- is an American invention, and also a holiday about each of our relationships to America.

From a Recipient of Birthright Citizenship: Immigration Made America Great, Because Immigrants Are Us

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Whether we are descended from majority who came here willfully and found a better life, or from the many who came here unwillingly and lived lives of destitution and terror, the fact remains: We are all transplants, all the descendants of immigrants who desired to have a flourishing life.

Season 3 of 'Finding Your Roots' Green-Lighted for January 2016 Return on PBS

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.14.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Season 3 of the popular show, hosted and produced by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was put on hold until certain measures were implemented.

Celebrity Genealogy on TV: Who and When?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.28.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

We can probably expect an interlude between the next seasons of Who Do You Think You Are? and Finding Your Roots, and the duration of that lull will hinge largely on how PBS chooses to balance and accommodate the sometimes competing goals of content accuracy and viewer demand.

Sense8, Animism, and Modern Clan Awareness

Kelley Harrell | Posted 06.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kelley Harrell

If you haven't seen it yet, last week Netflix debuted its new series Sense8. Created by the Wachowski duo (from whom we have The Matrix and Cloud Atla...

LeBron James Is Making His Cleveland Ancestors Proud

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.15.2016 | Sports
Megan Smolenyak

Whether LeBron knows it or not, three generations of his family once called Cleveland home. LeBron has classic, Great Migration heritage, and two branches of his family tree made their way from the South to Cleveland.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Angie Harmon Understands the Power of Walking in Your Ancestors Footsteps

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

This Sunday on Who Do You Think You Are? (March 22, 2015 at 10/9c on TLC), Angie Harmon -- who always thought she was Greek, Irish and Native American -- makes some surprising discoveries about the Harmon branch of her family tree.

Your Story, Our Stories: A New Program at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Annie Polland | Posted 03.25.2015 | New York
Annie Polland

"Your Story, Our Stories," a new program at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, invites New York City students and teachers to explore their own family's origins as part of their immigration units.

Photo of Barack Obama's Irish Immigrant 3rd Great-Grandfather, Fulmoth Kearney, Discovered

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

It was seven years ago when I identified Fulmoth Kearney of Moneygall, Ireland as the most recent immigrant on the maternal side of Barack Obama's family tree. Inheriting land in Ohio from a brother, Fulmoth's father, Joseph, left Ireland for the United States in 1849.

Fulmoth Kearney, President Obama's Irish Immigrant Ancestor, Gets a Tombstone

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Back in 2007, I researched then-candidate Barack Obama's roots and identified one of his third great-grandparents, Fulmoth Kearney of Ireland, as the most recent immigrant on his mother's side of the family.