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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.

WATCH: He's Related To Obama, Clinton And Einstein.. Here's How To Know If You Are Too

TEDTalks | Posted 08.01.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

Could you be cousins with Barack Obama? What about Gwyneth Paltrow or Albert Einstein? It's entirely possible. Find out why we're all more connected than you might think.

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.

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...

Leave Your Children More Than Money

Neale Godfrey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

In addition to the financial, there is another component to your children's legacy that you should consider -- the softer side. This is the very essence of your family that you want to pass on to the next generation.

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.

OMG, I Think I've Got TADD!

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 10.19.2013 | Fifty
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

We seemed to have lost our viewing attention span. What's happened to us? How do folks without a DVR cope?

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...

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.

A Postcard From My Uncle to Me, Sent 5 Years Before I Was Born

Renee Fisher | Posted 08.21.2013 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

They were written in the early 1940s, as the Nazis were occupying Poland. They stopped just before the Pinsk Ghetto was established. By then, my uncle was taken in one of the round ups

A Family Tree Unearthed

Jonathan Greenstein | Posted 08.12.2013 | Arts
Jonathan Greenstein

After more than 20 years of trying to research and discover his family's roots, Rabbi Shull stumbled on a complete family tree, dating back 400 years to his European Jewish roots.

Celebrity Roots Series "Who Do You Think You Are?" Returns

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.21.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

Good news for all those who mourned the cancellation of the American version of Who Do You Think You Are?, the popular celebrity roots series that...

Gen Y: The Top Lessons Learned From Genealogy

D. Joshua Taylor | Posted 07.20.2013 | Technology
D. Joshua Taylor

Regardless of your age, family history enables you to discover yourself. When economic times are tough, knowing that my great-grandfather worked 80 hours a week at a meager wage to support his family can be a powerful motivator.

HBO's Family Tree First of Four Genealogy Series to Air in U.S.

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.02.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

Though there's been a bit of a vacuum in genealogical programming in the U.S. over the last year or so, that's happily about to change. First up is Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock's mockumentary series, Family Tree.

The Ultimate Summer TV Premiere Guide

The Huffington Post | HuffPost TV Staff | Posted 05.10.2013 | TV

You may have been planning to use this summer to catch up on the TV shows backlogged on your DVR, but there are more than 80 series premiering in the ...

Family Tree Mockumentary Series Coming to HBO & BBC

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.19.2013 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

You know you've arrived when you've been mocked by Christopher Guest. Guest, who has a gift for putting peculiar subcultures under a microscope, has set his sights on genealogy with Family Tree, a series coming to HBO and BBC2 shortly.

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:

How I Met A Living Cousin In Ireland

Craig Kanalley | Posted 01.19.2013 | Travel
Craig Kanalley

My last name is Irish and I've long been curious about my roots, particularly my Irish heritage, as I never knew my paternal grandfather. When my Dad found a great deal on a trip for one to Ireland, I felt it was tailor-made for me.

Meet Alicia's Mom On 'The Good Wife'

Posted 09.27.2012 | TV

Watch out, "Good Wife" fans: Alicia's tree-hugging mom is headed to the CBS drama! According to EW, "West Wing" alum Stockard Channing has been cas...

Do You Know Your Family Health History? Find Out on Labor Day Weekend

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 10.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Most of us don't realize that our family tree plays a pretty important role in determining our own health. Beyond Dad's freckles, Mom's blue eyes and Grandma's math gene, what else has been passed down for generations? Health issues are inherited and knowing your history is critical.

Christopher Guest Series Starring 'Girls' Actor On The Way

Posted 08.16.2012 | TV

Christopher Guest is heading to TV with "Family Tree," a new HBO comedy. "Bridesmaids" actor Chris O'Dowd will star. According to Variety, "Family ...

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...

What A DNA Test Revealed About My Family History

Craig Kanalley | Posted 11.21.2012 | Technology
Craig Kanalley

When I logged in to see the results, 29 "matches" popped up -- these are living people today with whom I share a common direct male ancestor with in about the last 1,000 years. The surnames to those closest matches? A Kennelly and a MacNeely, variations of my own last name.

An Unlikely Neighbor

Pamela Kripke | Posted 07.22.2012 | Women
Pamela Kripke

During those three years in our first house, a time when marital strain, illness and death colluded overhead, having the Greens close by became a peculiar comfort.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Martha Stewart's Family Tree

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.08.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Martha's grandfather, Frank Kostyra, owned a tavern in Jersey City. On the 4th of July 1929, two boys stuck a piece of dynamite in the foundation of the tavern, causing an explosion. It's somewhat remarkable that the building is still a tavern today.