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

Robin Raskin | Posted 08.06.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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.

Was David Duchovny's Family From Ukraine or Russia?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

There's been quite a fuss about a nationalistic, Russian beer commercial David Duchovny made not long ago -- especially given that he recently discovered that his roots are actually in Ukraine. For obvious reasons, this is less than ideal timing.

June 28, 1914: What a Difference a Day Makes

Ross M. Wallenstein | Posted 08.27.2014 | New York
Ross M. Wallenstein

The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand changed the world more dramatically than any other assassination in modern history. Similarly, the death of little Stanley Wallenstein on June 28, 1914 had a direct impact on my family.

Deja Vu in Ukraine

Judith Fein | Posted 05.12.2014 | Travel
Judith Fein

It wasn't like any other trip I've taken in my life. From the moment I arrived in Ukraine, I could feel the past under my feet, in front of me, behind...

Roots Recipe for Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.12.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Not yet forty, Jimmy Fallon already has an impressive history to look back on. Between Saturday Night Live and hosting Late Night with Jimmy Fallon...

Last Day at Grandma's: New York, Nov. 23, 1997

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 02.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

G Grandma and Grandpa moved in here before they were Grandma and Grandpa, when they were still Mom and Dad. They were in their 40s. Grandpa died in 1...

How I Found Out I'm Part Jewish

Doug Bremner | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Doug Bremner

The results of my DNA analysis arrived in the mail a few weeks later. What a surprise! I had no idea where the Sub-Saharan African part came from, but that meant that I had a black ancestor somewhere about five generations back.

WATCH: 10 Senior Siblings Living Life To The Fullest

Sarah Barness | Posted 09.09.2013 | Fifty

Art Kutchinski, 82, feels fortunate to be surrounded by his family. But this is no ordinary reunion. Art has nine happy and healthy siblings, ranging ...

Black Like Moi

Joe Hutcheson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Comedy
Joe Hutcheson

With my mother at a solid 5-percent black, that makes me at least 2.5-percent black. It may not sound like much, but if I were milk, I certainly wouldn't qualify as skim. I'm closer to low-fat. And as a gay man, I like the sound of that. Being black just feels so right.

Genetic Family Reunion: DNA Reveals Alex Haley's Scottish Roots (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.25.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic genealogy has been around for more than a dozen years, but has exploded in popularity over the last few. We're remarkably fortunate to live...

Tracing Back My Roots

Getrude Matshe | Posted 08.10.2013 | Black Voices
Getrude Matshe

I started to think about my future grandchildren and their children and whether they would ever be curious enough to want to know about their grandmother who left Africa in 2001 to settle in New Zealand. What would our family tree look like in 100 years' time, and would my dependents get access to the photographs and books that tell my story?

Heavenly Reunited

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

It was the summer of 2006, when I stepped off the cool airplane into the heat and humidity at Monroe Regional Airport. I was back in the Louisiana of my ancestral roots. My body was filled with great anticipation.

Giving Work is Not Enough to Bring People Out of Poverty

Jeremy Hockenstein | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Jeremy Hockenstein

In my 12 years of experience leading a social enterprise that creates jobs for some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet, I've learned that just giving people work is not enough. If we truly want to empower people to emerge from poverty, we must do more.

Letter to Ireland Answered -- 28 Years Later

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.05.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Not long ago, I received a response to a letter I wrote to a stranger in Ireland -- in 1984. Making the experience more peculiar still is the fact that the gentleman I contacted had passed away in 1990. Perhaps I should explain.

Hey, Jon Stewart, Your Roots Are Showing

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.27.2013 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

His forebears have held one of the more eclectic mélange of jobs I've seen, including taxi driver, fruit and vegetable peddler, furrier, shoe store proprietor, and window cleaner.

Hey, Prince, Your Roots Are Showing

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.10.2013 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince, has the music world intrigued with the series of singles he's been releasing. I thought I'd take a peek into his pre-Minnesota, pre-purple, ancestral past. Here are a few of the discoveries I found scattered in the branches of his family tree:

Legacy Of Love: An Unexpected Letter

Lucette Jefferson | Posted 03.03.2013 | Black Voices
Lucette Jefferson

When I first started gathering together these amazing people to help with this project, I struggled with what would become my own letter.

A Letter To My Enslaved Ancestors On The 150th Anniversary Of The Emancipation Proclamation

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

I don't know your names or from where you were stolen. I don't know how many of you freed yourselves or died in bondage. Yet I claim you all and I honor you.

Happy Birthday Jane Austen: 8 Life Lessons The Great Author Taught Me

Zoë Triska | Posted 02.15.2013 | Books
Zoë Triska

Today would have been Jane Austen's 237th birthday (she was born in 1775). And yet, she's endured. Some might say that her advice for women is old-fashioned ("It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

Getting My Groove Black: Rediscovering My Roots in Puerto Rico

James Sanders | Posted 02.03.2013 | Black Voices
James Sanders

As a black man, one of the last places I thought I'd find some roots was in Puerto Rico. But I did.

From Womb To Tomb And Beyond

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Dreams are sacred texts from the soul. Our own original wisdom speaks in infinite forms, always encouraging us to return to who we are at the level of heart and soul, reconnecting with what heals and restores vitality, joy, and connection to all creation.

Ancestry.com Reportedly Agrees To $1.6 Billion Buyout

Reuters | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology

(Reuters) - An investor group led by private equity firm Permira Advisers LLP has agreed to buy genealogy website Ancestry.com Inc for about $1.6 bill...

Enough With the Famous Cousins Already!

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.17.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

In just the past week, we've been regaled with the supposedly startling revelations that: Halle Berry and Sarah Palin are cousins; Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are related; Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Ryan Gosling and Celine Dion are all cousins. My reaction to all this: Yawn.

Teaching Kids To Trace Their Roots

Posted 08.03.2012 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Genealogists working for Ancestry.com recently took a close look at...