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Where's William? Finding New Clues in Old Evidence

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Instead of focusing entirely on William Weikert, we wanted to learn more about his family, acquaintances, and the Iowa communities where he lived. Finding details about the lives of extended family members and even neighbors can often lead us back to common ancestors shared by different individuals on their separate family trees.

How The Lives Of Your Grandparents Could Affect How You React To Stress

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living

If you won't take measures to reduce your stress levels for yourself, at least do it for your grandchildren. New research suggests that you can ac...

Bully For Ancestry: The Upswing to the Mood Swing of Personal Growth

Greg Archer | Posted 04.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

We are never handed a "Growth Manual" when we enter this life. We often learn by observation and tend to integrate things from there--or try to. Of...

The Interconnectedness of the Human Family

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 04.06.2015 | Science
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

As all genetic testing databases continue to grow, life-changing, personal discoveries are becoming more and more common. And in aggregate, these genetic relationships -- which science only recently could prove -- will continue to reveal more mind-boggling statistics about the connections between all of us

Hillary Clinton Family Tree a Wake-Up Call for Genealogy

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.06.2015 | Media
Megan Smolenyak

If everyone got a quarter of Hillary Clinton's tree wrong, what about yours? Are the names adorning your family tree really your ancestors or just crowd-sourced fiction?

The Legend of Harvey Setzer

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 05.23.2015 | Arts
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

You would be amazed at how many simple "facts" a family has passed down through stories repeated at the dinner table and family gatherings turn out not to be exact in their details, having become elaborated on over time, like a game of "Telephone" that we all played as children.

On Being Irish: A St. Patrick's Day Rant

Ashley Allen | Posted 05.17.2015 | Women
Ashley Allen

I'm protective of my heritage. It connects me to my beloved departed grandfather, who considered himself Irish to the core. It makes me feel part of a family, a part of history, something bigger than the here and now, bigger than myself.

Who Do You Think You Are? Returns With Julie Chen

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.07.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Who Do You Think You Are?, the popular celebrity roots show, is finally back on Sunday, March 8th at 10/9c on TLC. Kicking off the season is Julie Chen who ventures to China (a first for the series) and rediscovers the grandfather she thought she knew.

Finding Your Family History on the Printed Page

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 04.19.2015 | Arts
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

It's a safe bet that you should always start with the United States census when you're beginning the search for an American ancestor. The federal census, which actually was first taken in our young Republic in 1790 and then every ten years after that, can give you the nuts and bolts you need to start a more extensive search.

Bully for Ancestry: How I Went From Glitz to the Gulags and Grew

Greg Archer | Posted 05.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

I remember when it first happened. Several years ago, I was sitting across from John Travolta at a round table press interview for a film the actor ...

Bully for Ancestry: Eat, Pray, Freak Out and Expose Stalin

Greg Archer | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

When you become a Northern Californian -- a true Northern Californian -- you can develop a penchant for -- how do I put this? -- spiritual things.

Bully for Ancestry: My Journey Into the Past Uncovered a Forgotten Polish Odyssey

Greg Archer | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

These may be heady questions, but now that we're 15 years into the 21st Century--yes, that's a jawdropper when you think about it--and the future has, basically, arrived, ironically, we find ourselves in the midst of another phenomena: Looking back into the past.

4 Celebrities Named for 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.15.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

It won't be long until genealogy fans and history buffs can get another hit of watching celebrities time travel to their roots. TLC's next season of...

The House on Mulberry Street and Clues to Irish Roots

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Discovering an ancestor's elusive Irish birthplace is a big deal for genealogists. On what we might think of as "the scale of genealogical difficulty," tracing Irish roots is right there near the top of the list.

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? (Part II)

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 01.17.2015 | Science
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

DNA testing can sometimes provide truly miraculous results for adoptees wishing to pursue information about their birthparents.

Siblings Who Were Both Abandoned At Birth Have Emotional First Meeting

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.12.2014 | Good News

These siblings shared an incredible reunion that would result in a precious connection. Janet Barnicoat, who lives in Hesperia, California, had be...

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? (Part 1)

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 01.07.2015 | Science
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

An adopted person can -- sometimes -- be fortunate enough to find the identity of their biological mother and father through one of the major commercial DNA tests available today. And they can potentially learn quite a lot from it.

Melvina's Descendants, Michelle Obama's Cousins

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.20.2014 | Black Voices
Megan Smolenyak

Back in 2009, I traced the then-new First Lady's family tree back four or five generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors I uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina Shields McGruder who captured my attention.

The Most Ellis Island-y Celebrity Ever: Tom Colicchio

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.13.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Colicchio's family includes a total of 12 immigrants -- eight of whom came through Ellis Island, three more who entered via New York earlier (one just four months prior to its opening), and a solitary ancestor who opted for Philadelphia.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Anthony Bourdain's Roots

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Anthony Bourdain's very existence is against the odds, and his wanderlust almost inevitable.

Finding a Long-Lost Ancestor on the Streets of Chicago

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Today, thanks to digitization and the Internet, there are some great tools available for discovering individuals lost even in the United States Federal Census records.

Singer Shelley Fisher's Stunning Musical Tribute to Her Jewish Ancestry

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.29.2014 | Arts
Xaque Gruber

We Remember reminds us, that regardless of religion, we are fundamentally similar. As the Jewish High Holidays have returned, I thought what better time to chat with the Hebrew Hillbilly herself.

Piecing Together a U.S. Marine's WWII History

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 11.22.2014 | Arts
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Where do you start piecing together your ancestor's experiences in World War II? Military service records can be a remarkably rich source of information, full of intricate insights and surprising details about the life of your own veteran relative.

Genealogy: Tips for When You're Stuck in the 19th Century

Robin Raskin | Posted 10.06.2014 | Technology
Robin Raskin

Every few years I get the urge to dabble in genealogy. And every few years it gets a little easier. In the early 90's it was Family Tree Maker, replete with multiple floppy disks. Ship manifests and census were just becoming available digitally. Not for the faint of heart.

Personal Genomics for All

Dr. Ken Chahine, Ph.D., J.D. | Posted 09.27.2014 | Science
Dr. Ken Chahine, Ph.D., J.D.

Working with a team of geneticists, bioinformaticists, statisticians and data scientists who study these patterns, we're exploring the genetic backgrounds of people with long standing documented histories in a variety of regions around the world.