If you descend from a black ancestor who was freed before the Civil War, she or he would have been listed in the census by name, and in other documents, just like any other free person; but slaves were not, making it extraordinarily difficult to trace them in the era of slavery.
"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...
Coulter's peculiar logic and word play provoked my own curiosity about her heritage. I decided to take a peek into her past, starting with her parents.
For me, one of the most important days of my life was when I held my first newborn daughter in my arms. I was just so happy. I could not even begin to imagine what it would be like watching her traded for a handful of garden tools.
Actress Alfre Woodard's grandfather died when her father was only a toddler, so this part of her family tree is a mystery. To uncover the past, Ms. Woodard goes an ancestral journey through Georgia and Louisiana.
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.
In these intense days of the early 21st century, humanity, it seems to me, appears to be writing its last chapter in double time. It seems that everything is escalating and intensifying almost daily.
Don't post or share any information--especially Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of living people--that you wouldn't want shared when privacy policies change or company ownership changes--especially if it goes out of business and bankruptcy proceedings put your personal information on the selling block.
As we remember our Independence, every American owes a debt of gratitude to the Daughters of the American Revolution.
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.
This is my fifteenth Father's Day without my dad. He died of heart failure, a couple of months shy of his 79th birthday. He took his last breath quite peacefully while I sat by his bedside. He was gone. And so was a family history I'd neglected to plumb.
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.
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?
Taking my 70-year-old-plus in-laws on a 1,800-mile, seven-day road trip had potential relationship calamity written all over it.
Like so many, I am mourning the loss of actress, comedian and writer, Anne Meara. Partnered in every sense of the word with Jerry Stiller, her husband of 61 years, she brought smiles to all of us, but there was so much more to her career than many of us appreciated.
The Story of My Teeth, on every level, is obsessed with artifice and the slipperiness of identity. Now translated by Christina MacSweeney, in collaboration with Luiselli, the book mimics her own play with authorial identity. In the book, Gustavo Sánchez Sánchez, also known as Highway, claims to be writing a “dental autobiography,” though the question of whose words we’re actually reading later becomes complicated.