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Tracing Back My Roots

Getrude Matshe | Posted 08.10.2013 | Black Voices
Getrude Matshe

I started to think about my future grandchildren and their children and whether they would ever be curious enough to want to know about their grandmother who left Africa in 2001 to settle in New Zealand. What would our family tree look like in 100 years' time, and would my dependents get access to the photographs and books that tell my story?

Cafés and Cocktails Amid Penang's Colonial Legacy

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 08.03.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

Penangites love to eat, drink and talk, and Penang is regarded as the street food capital of Malaysia. Unsurprisingly, many new ventures have revolved around increasingly sophisticated venues for chatting and snacking.

Hey, Jon Stewart, Your Roots Are Showing

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.27.2013 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

His forebears have held one of the more eclectic mélange of jobs I've seen, including taxi driver, fruit and vegetable peddler, furrier, shoe store proprietor, and window cleaner.

Cultural Authenticity in the 21st Century

Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Arts
Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D.

Authentic places have proven to attract ongoing financial and human investment -- not by dwelling in a static past, but by embracing a community's roots in its dynamic evolution. But preserving historic sites remains a challenge for all nations.

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.

What Race Is Bruno Mars?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.12.2013 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Were Bruno Mars to go on a world tour for the release of Unorthodox Jukebox, there would likely be unsuspecting cousins in the audiences in Madrid, New York, Kiev, San Juan, Manila and Budapest. So tell me: Which box do you think Bruno Mars ticked on the 2010 census?

Presidential Election 2012: Let the Best Brand Win

Mario Simon | Posted 01.04.2013 | Business
Mario Simon

Political leaders have known for centuries what commercial organizations have recently discovered: The most successful brands are rooted in universal human ideals.

Enough With the Famous Cousins Already!

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.17.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

In just the past week, we've been regaled with the supposedly startling revelations that: Halle Berry and Sarah Palin are cousins; Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are related; Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Ryan Gosling and Celine Dion are all cousins. My reaction to all this: Yawn.

Casely-Hayford: A Modern Heritage Brand (VIDEO)

Crane.tv | Posted 12.12.2012 | Arts
Crane.tv

Born on the same day, Charlie and Joe Casely-Hayford could almost pass for brothers. Their conversation flows easily oscillating from talk of the business to reminiscing about family memories. In reality the menswear design duo are father and son

WATCH: Brooklyn Bouillon: Treating Bones Like The Gold Of An Animal

Liza de Guia | Posted 12.05.2012 | Taste
Liza de Guia

Find out what makes a good stock from Rachael Mamane, founder of Brooklyn Bouillon, the first sustainable and traceable small-batch artisan stock company based in Brooklyn, NY.

10 Things You Didn't Know about Rachel Maddow's Roots

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Without further ado, here are some snippets of Ms. Maddow's family history.

Which Countries Could You Be President Of?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Being of half-Irish heritage and having been born in France, Ireland and France are the most promising for me to become president of another country. Again for reasons of heritage, Slovakia is also a candidate.

A Second Chance to Be a Genetic Pioneer

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.02.2012 | Science
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic genealogy -- DNA testing done for the purpose of learning about one's roots -- has been around for about a decade, but a recent development suggests that we've reached the pioneering sweet spot.

How Many Jobs Does J.Lo Have?

The Huffington Post | Lee Hernandez | Posted 08.04.2012 | Latino Voices

It's been a busy year for Puerto Rican superstar Jennifer Lopez! The mother-of-two, singer, movie star, TV judge, dancer, producer, global ambassador,...

WATCH: Your Turn: Patriotism

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

The 4th of July brings me back to the strong patriotism I felt as a child. I still have so much pride in our country, but I also enjoy learning about ...

Does Accuracy in History Matter? The Case of 'American Tapestry' and Michelle Obama's Ancestors

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

Perhaps many reading this will consider me a relic to place so much weight on accuracy. If so, I suppose it's an occupational hazard as a genealogist's worth is measured largely in credibility, but what do you think?

Never Forget Your Roots

Kate Thomas | Posted 08.18.2012 | Travel
Kate Thomas

Beirut seemed to me to be a place of contradictions.

Homesickness

Gideon Resnick | Posted 08.18.2012 | College
Gideon Resnick

I have always clung to my family's history as something that defines me in a way I have yet to understand. I feel ignorant though when people ask when was the last time I visited, because I simply haven't... ever.

Fatherhood and Lineage

Matthew B. James, Ph.D. | Posted 08.14.2012 | Parents
Matthew B. James, Ph.D.

his gift of lineage gives a confidence about where you come from. You are sharing your foundation so that those you teach can lean on that instead of leaning on you.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: 'American Tapestry' Has Holes in It

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.31.2012 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

As the genealogist who initially researched the first lady's family tree (four to five generations on all branches), I wanted to love American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multicultural Ancestors of Michelle Obama, but found myself disappointed -- mostly due to what's missing.

Disputed Warren Claim Stirs Broader Debate

AP | JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics

-- What, exactly, makes someone American Indian? Even Indians themselves don't agree as they debate the case of Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, wh...

DNA Study Solves Mystery Of Mysterious Mixed-Race People

AP | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 05.25.2012 | Science

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once...

Being a Haitian College Student in America

Uloop | Posted 07.22.2012 | College
Uloop

This adjustment started at the peak of my adolescence, when I moved to the U.S. After introductions, I had to explain who I was and why I didn't fit their expectation of a Haitian girl. I'm often referred to as the "white Haitian" or the "light-skinned chick."

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.

Arizona's Immigration Law Has Already Harmed America - No Matter What the Supreme Court Decides

Glenn Llopis | Posted 06.28.2012 | Latino Voices
Glenn Llopis

It's time for our country to educate itself about the authentic portrayal of immigrants in America. This will help us all better understand our own cultural roots and their foundational values. America must reclaim its authentic spirit. We must stop resisting the immigrant mentality that is part of our diverse heritage.