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DNA As Our Soul: Don't Believe the Advertising

Scott F. Gilbert | Posted 11.18.2015 | Science
Scott F. Gilbert

DNA does not tell us who we will become. Republican presidential candidates and anti-abortion activists can often be seen bowing to an image of sacred DNA, an idol reinforced by our advertising, not by our science.

How to Test Your Family Legends With DNA

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts
Read More: Ancestry, Dna, Arts News
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

While DNA might not confirm the legend you've heard since you learned to walk, it might bring you a little closer to understanding who your ancestors actually were. Our ancestors were real people, with real successes and real failures.

My Family History, as Told by George Takei

Alex Lawrence | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Alex Lawrence

I'm only 32, relatively young in the full scheme of my life, and while I've done some exciting things with it, I don't exactly have lawyers knocking on my door offering to buy my personal story or my family's life story.

The Most Unusual Ancestry In Each State

24/7 Wall St. | Jenny Che | Posted 10.30.2015 | Business

Perceived as a land of opportunity, the United States has always attracted migrants from around the world who settled together in a nation now commonl...

Best-Selling Author Lisa See Offers Valuable Chinese-American Genealogy Resource

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.26.2015 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

"In all my novels, including the mysteries, I've written about history that has been lost, forgotten, or deliberately covered up. I've written abou...

The Remarkable Thing That Happened At the Old Quaker Meeting House

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

The building was both empty and full at the same time, inviting all seekers to come and sit and listen. Surely, if God spoke, God spoke within these walls.

Finding a Name: Why Probate Records Are a Gold Mine for African Americans

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Family historians tracing black family ancestries love wills and probate records. Why? Because these seemingly dry and bloodless documents are full of priceless information about our enslaved African American ancestors.

Yes, African-Americans Can Claim Africa Too

Shamira Muhammad | Posted 09.09.2015 | Black Voices
Shamira Muhammad

If we were to examine African ethos, a huge factor in its existence relies upon a person's strides to reflect and remember where they came from, so that it can constantly be built upon in cultural meaning making. To remember is to practice a sacred rite. To forget or dismiss this is to sin.

7 Questions To Ask Your Parents Before They Die

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.16.2015 | Fifty

Much has been written about living wills and medical directives, yet there is a huge gap in our knowledge about other things that involve our parents...

A Quick Breakdown Of The Difference Between Hispanic, Latino And Spanish

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 08.19.2015 | Latino Voices

The words "Hispanic," "Latino" and "Spanish" all have different meanings, and Kat Lazo is here to clear it up. In a video from Bustle, the YouTube per...

New Study! Celebrities Who Have Enviable Ancestors

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 07.13.2015 | Science
Jeryl Brunner

So which celebrities have desired ancestry? To whom can George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker and others trace their roots?

The Wonders of DNA

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Science
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

DNA can help us connect to our ancestors in a way that a name on a census record can't by connecting us to living cousins, descendants of our ancestors, people who are living today, people we can contact and share research with, people who can help us in our common search for knowledge about our shared ancestry.

World's Largest Family Reunion: Genealogy or Preen-ealogy?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.01.2015 | Fifty
Megan Smolenyak

Here's my deepest concern about the Global Family Reunion: Has the marketing of it been so successful that we're in danger of changing the definition of genealogy? The interest in famous cousins has always been there, but has its prominence in the GFR's PR campaign been such that many will think that's the whole point?

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 06.21.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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
Read More: Ancestry, Arts News
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
Read More: Ancestry, Arts News
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.