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Even First Ladies Have to Deal With Red Tape

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.12.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

With the Ken Burns docu-series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History airing shortly on PBS, this seems a good time to share a snippet of their family history. Specifically, the pages that follow are excerpts from Edith Kermit Roosevelt's file regarding a widow's pension for the service of her husband, Theodore Roosevelt.

How a TV Show Reminds Us How Cool Libraries Are

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Once upon a time, TLC stood for "The Learning Channel," and while that's no longer the case, that hasn't kept the network from sneaking a little boo...

Don't Be Dense About Your Boobs, And Don't Be A Boob About Density

Cari Shane | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
Cari Shane

What I don't understand is how it can be, over and over again, the same story for thousands of women who diligently received mammograms when mammograms could do nothing to warn them of their growing masses.

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.

Bruce Springsteen at Ellis Island

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Those who love "The Boss" or are intrigued by family history will appreciate this charming video of Bruce Springsteen accepting the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award with his mother and her two sisters.

The Fast-Paced World of the Past

D. Joshua Taylor | Posted 08.24.2014 | Technology
D. Joshua Taylor

One thing in family history is certain - there is always something more to uncover and another story to tell. Technology and innovation will only push forward our ability to discover something more.

Why Exaggerating Your Stories Is Good for Everyone, Mostly

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Great stories are fabric of our culture. They inspire noble actions because they're a spell-binding blend of real emotion and imaginative embellishment that strikes a chord of authenticity with both the teller and the listener.

Genealogy on TV: 28 Celebrities and Counting

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.05.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

A pair of Valeries: Valerie Bertinelli tapes for Who Do You Think You Are? in London and Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, learns ...

How I Passed on My Childhood History and Values to My Grandchildren

Gramma Good | Posted 07.06.2014 | Fifty
Gramma Good

Learning to value their history through their grandmother's eyes and to hear your stories will be "a keepsake" they will keep in their minds and hearts forever.

My Aunts George, Johnny and Bill (and the Hat in My Attic)

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 06.29.2014 | Women
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

In our New Jersey attic, there is precisely one hat, standing in immense and ghostly isolation beneath a tent of blue Indian gauze, its custom-made hat-stand crafted by a friend in Up-country South Carolina about 20 years ago.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pink Sweater: A Tribute to my Aunt

Kimann Schultz | Posted 06.15.2014 | Women
Kimann Schultz

When your father is executed in a Kharkov prison for his political beliefs and you are forced to flee your homeland with your newly-widowed mother and younger brother, first to Poland then on to a ravaged, post-War Berlin, is a bout with breast cancer viewed with some different perspective?

5 Things A Trip To The Bathroom Can Tell You About Your Health

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Dehydration can also cause kidney stones, because it allows for stone-causing minerals to concentrate and settle in the kidneys and urinary tract. One of the best measures you can take to avoid kidney stones is to drink plenty of water, resulting in passing lots of clear urine.

My Dad's Recollections of World War II

Peggie Walsh | Posted 05.26.2014 | Fifty
Peggie Walsh

Toward the later years of my Dad's life he started to get emails, letters and phone calls for interviews about his time in the army, specifically about World War II.

When You Should Call Your Grandparents

Ko Im | Posted 04.27.2014 | Women
Ko Im

Both of my grandfathers are the strong but silent type. One is from the modern-day capital of North Korea before the 38th parallel was drawn. The other has roots in the deep South of the Korean peninsula. Neither are talkers.

Why I Can't Stop Taking Photos of My Kids

Cara Paiuk | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

I want them to hear my voice, through movies and through my words. I want them to see themselves through my eyes, through my pictures. I want them to hear us laugh together. I want them to see that I could not stop kissing their delicious cheeks. I want them to see that I was happy. Because of them. Because of the love that enveloped us every day.

A Chat with Jim Piddock about HBO's Binge-worthy Family Tree

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

This documentary-style, comedy series was conjured up by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock (as it happens, both history buffs) over a lunch spent discussing Guest's dabbling in the world of genealogy.

Are You One of the Lucky Ones?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Jan and I believe that we all have what it takes to be a good parent if we take the time to consider how we want to parent.

DNA Stories: Did She Marry Her Cousin? (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.18.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Though genetic genealogy has been around for more than a decade, the sight of celebrities swabbing their cheeks on TV shows like Who Do You Think Y...

White Celebrities & World Leaders Whose Family Owned Slaves

atlantablackstar.com | Posted 08.22.2013 | Black Voices

Anderson Cooper, David Cameron, and even Paula Deen are some of the names on this list. ...

DNA Stories: A Tale of Two Fathers (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.19.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic testing is a tremendous addition to our arsenal of tools to tackle family history riddles, and this is one of my favorite examples of how simple and effective it can be.

5 Reasons HBO Needs to Renew Family Tree

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.08.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

HBO is apparently on the fence about renewing Family Tree, the mockumentary series dreamed up by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock. It may be that...

The Note That Brought Me To My Knees

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 09.24.2013 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

It never occurred to me that my mother could be torn between the family she was raising and the family that raised her.

Kelly Clarkson In Tears over Link between Ancestor's Sacrifice and President Obama's Inauguration

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.14.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

When Kelly Clarkson sang the phrase "land where my fathers died" from My Country,'Tis of Thee at President Obama's second inauguration, little did s...

DNA Stories: A Tale of Two Sisters (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.01.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

A Tale of Two Sisters shows how genetic genealogist Bill Hurst made clever use of DNA testing to solve a long-standing history mystery in his family.

Who Do You Think You Are? Celebrities Announced

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.26.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

Genealogists and non-genealogists alike are rejoicing that TLC has announced the season line-up for Who Do You Think You Are?, the popular celebrity r...