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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.

An Artist's Obsession With Her Past

2012-04-23-cahomedesign.jpg | Posted 05.02.2012 | Home

This article comes to us courtesy of California Home + Design. Danielle Nelson Mourning slipped into a thin white nightgown, dropped to her hands a...

Unexpected Irish

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.13.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

It's been said that on St. Patrick's Day we're all a wee bit Irish, but here are a few celebrities who truly are, though they probably wouldn't be the first you'd guess.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The First Lady's Multicultural, Great Migration Past (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.30.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Several years ago, I conducted extensive genealogical research into the heritage of Michelle Obama. A few of my discoveries -- particularly those per...

Lisa Kudrow Wonders 'Who Do You Think You Are'

Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

Who do you think you are? That's the question that Lisa Kudrow has been helping celebrities answer with her show of the same name on tracing genealogy...

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The Great Mixing

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.04.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Among the half million African Americans who moved to Chicago during the Great Migration were a number of Michelle's relatives, and they hailed from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and the southern part of Illinois.

Seeds of a Trans-Atlantic Reunion

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.03.2011 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

As a genealogist, I'm on the receiving end of lots of inquiries from journalists. Usually they're wondering about the roots of this or that famous pe...

Google News Archive and A Strange Week or Sign of Things to Come?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.21.2011 | Technology
Megan Smolenyak

This has been a peculiar week in the world of genealogy, ushering in unexpected changes in three online, family history destinations.

Linking The Past And The Future: Legacy Writing

Rachael Freed | Posted 09.28.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

For whatever reason, at a certain time in our lives we become aware of a deep yearning for our family roots. Preserving and passing on those roots of our history is the sacred act of legacy writing.

Willow Tree: The Roots of Pink and Carey Hart's Baby Girl

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.14.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

I couldn't help but think that Pink's baby Willow was waltzing into this world with a powerful gene pool. So I decided to look into it.

I've Got a Crush on Steven Tyler's Grandfather

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

I'm not sure whether he keeps coming back or was never gone, but what's certain is that Steven Tyler of Aerosmith will be coming into America's living...

The Ghosts of America's Past Speak

Cheryl Wills | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cheryl Wills

It's called the U.S. Immigration Collection. Americans who are eager to do more than just connect the dots in their family's tree can listen online to invaluable oral histories of their ancestors.

Legacy: Where Our Inner and Outer Journeys Merge

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Legacy is a vital part of a life well-lived. Whether you travel by foot or by heart, honor the journey as an important part of your life and legacy.

CIA Kids Look For Answers About Dead Spy Parents

Washington Post | Ian Shapira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When CIA employees are slain in action, as happened in Afghanistan in December, when a suicide bomber killed seven officers and contractors, relatives...

Are You My Cousin?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Megan Smolenyak

If your family ancestry includes the last name Davis, Easley, Humphrey, Johnson, Jumper, Laws, McGruder, Morehead, Moten, Robinson, Shields, Thornton, Tinsley or Wade, then you may be related to Michelle Obama.

Searching Your Family Tree For Famous Roots

New York Times | MICHELLE SLATALLA | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

I WOULD like to apologize to any neighbors who walked by my house recently and happened to see me scraping the roof of my husband's mouth with a cotto...