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Ex-British PM Clement Attlee’s Roots Traced to Shimla in Northern India

The following teaser is from an article published March 9, 2014 at the gulfnews.com website. Shimla [Himachal Pradesh, India]: Clement Attlee’s grandson John was born in Shimla nearly nine decades ago. His great-granddaughter has just fished out her father’s birth certificate from the cavernous civic office of the “queen of the hills”. Sally Camps, great-granddaughter […]

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Jackie Kennedy Hospital Birth Records Donated to the Kennedy Presidential Library

The following excerpt is from an article which was published in the December 10, 2013 edition of Newsday.com: On July 28, 1929, a healthy baby girl was born in Southampton Hospital. The girl, Jacqueline Bouvier, grew up to marry John F. Kennedy, and the former first lady later became Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Her birth […]

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Lost Branch of the Kerry Family Tree Comes to Light

The following teaser is from the October 13 edition of the Boston Globe. This is a tragic and fascinating story. CAMBRIDGE — Over the years, Dr. Joan Wheelis has bumped into John F. Kerry a couple of times at a Cambridge tailor shop they both happen to like. The psychiatrist and the then-US senator from […]

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The First Family Voted Favorite Family; Kardashians, Not So Much

The following is from Astrid Galván for findmypast.com: Survey also finds which families in history people most want to be related to LOS ANGELES (Sept. 9, 2013) – Whether it was the Brady Bunch or the Adams Family, we’ve all wondered what it would be like to join another clan. Findmypast.com was curious too, so […]

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Jackie O may have been a “wee bit Irish”… and then some

A couple days ago, we posted a blog based on an article found at IrishCentral.com. The article was prompted by research done by Clare genealogist, Jim O’Callaghan. After posting the blog, Jim’s son, Simon, posted a comment and then emailed me about the accuracy of the original article, basically stating that the editors of the […]

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Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama Receive the Obama Family Genealogy in Ireland

The following teaser is from the June 17, 2013 edition of the StatesmanJurnal.com. What did Malia and Sasha Obama do on their summer vacation? They went to the library. In Ireland. The little-seen, little-discussed Obama girls, now 14 and 11 respectively, are along for the ride with first lady Michelle Obama while the president is […]

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National Archives Demands Stolen Document Back

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the April 4, 2013 edition of IllinoisTimes.com: The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has balked at a demand from the National Archives to return a page torn from a ship’s log so that the damaged document can be restored to its original condition. The page in question […]

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The Gravesite of Dr. Isachar Zacharie, President Lincoln’s Foot Doctor

The following excerpt is from an AP article about the gravesite of the little-known doctor who cared for President Lincoln’s feet. LONDON — He may just be a footnote to history, but Dr. Isachar Zacharie is having a posthumous mini-moment, thanks to the Hollywood-sparked surge of interest in the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Zacharie was […]

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Family HIstory in Pictures

A group of folks from NPR went over to the Supreme Court to retrieve a suitcase a while back. The suitcase belonged to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and in it was her family history in photographs. They spent time in the kitchen in Justice Sotomayor’s chambers during her lunch break. The Justice ate a […]

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NARA Kicks Off Year–long Celebration of 2013 Presidential Centennials

The following News Release is from NARA: Washington, DC… This year marks the 100th anniversary of the births of two Presidents of the United States: Richard Nixon (January 9, 1913–April 22, 1994) and Gerald Ford (July 14, 1913–December 26, 2006). To mark the occasions, the National Archives will debut a special display and online teaching […]

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George Clooney and Abraham Lincoln Are Distantly Related

The following excerpt is from the November 4, 2012 edition of hecklerspray.com: This week, an expert at Ancestry.com revealed that George Clooney and Abraham Lincoln are distantly related. And the timing is just oh-so perfect, as ‘Lincoln’ is set to hit theaters in limited release on November 9. Apparently, George is a half-first cousin five […]

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President Obama and Governor Romney Are Related

The following infographic was provided by Tom Kemp, with GenealogyBank: Did you know that the 2012 U.S. presidential candidates President Barack Obama & Governor Mitt Romney are related to each other? Get the skinny on who’s who in Obama and Romney’s family trees. Find out how the 2012 U.S. presidential hopefuls are related and learn […]

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So – Why Not Kill the Messenger?

The Elizabeth Warren Cherokee ancestry controversy continues – and I’m betting it will right up to election day. The following excerpt is from a piece written by William A. Jacobson, Associate Clinical Professor at Cornell Law School. In his article, Jacobson documents how Cherokee genealogist, Twila Barnes, has been harrassed about her genealogical findings. I […]

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George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Launches New Website

According to the news release posted at the NARA website, the National Archives’ George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum has posted a new website. I surfed a bit within the site, and am very exited about the amount of data (including documents) already posted there. You might wonder why I care… Well, George W. […]

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Mitt Romney’s Birth Certificate

Mitt Romney has released his birth certificate, proving that he was born in the United States – thus making him eligible to run for the U.S. presidency. Following is a copy of his “State of Michigan Certificate of Live Birth – courtesy of Reuters. Note that his mother was bon in Utah, while his father […]

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