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Stephen Colbert’s Irish Ancestry

My friend, Megan Smolenyak, recently wrote an article published in Irish America Magazine, and picked up at Irish She’s done a lot of research on his family, and in the article, she digs into it. The following teaser is from the article… “I had already snooped into Stephen Tyrone Colbert’s past and discovered that […]

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Donny Osmond Joins RootsTech 2015 As A Keynote Speaker

The following news release is from FamilySearch: Iconic Entertainer to Speak at Largest Family History Event in the World SALT LAKE CITY, 22 October 2014 — One of the biggest names in entertainment from one of the most well-known families in the world will be part of the largest family history conference in the world. […]

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Legacy of Roy Rogers & Dale Evans’ Daughter Lives On at Robin’s Corner Museum at Dale Rogers Training Center

I’ve been a Roy Rogers and Dale Evans fan since childhood.The first record I can remember parents purchasing specifically for me was entitled, “The Bible Tells Me So.” It was written by Dale Evans, and recorded for kids by Roy and Dale. Until today I hadn’t realized that Roy and Dale had a daughter by […]

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Carrier and Otis Brand Founders Turn Out to Be Cousins

The following news release is from Two men whose innovations changed the way the world built cities shared more than just a creative streak — they also share a bloodline. Experts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston have confirmed that Willis Carrier’s great-grandmother, Lydia Otis, was cousins with Elisha Otis, making […]

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Who Do You Think You Are? Off To A Good Start For the Season

Last evening I kicked back and watched Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC for three hours running. The evening’s “new” hour-long show was an episode dealing with Jess Tyler Ferguson’s family history. The show dealt with a great-grandfather by the name of Jessie Wheat Uppercue. The man had what we might call a […]

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Nas Discovers His Ancestry Via Gates’s “Finding Your Roots:

Hip Hop star, Nasir Jones, found out about his ancestry recently as part of the 10-part season 2 of Finding Your Roots. The following excerpt is from an article posted July 24, 2014 at Throughout his career Nas has used his music to explore and present historical information he felt was relevant to his […]

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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 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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Queen Latifah Agrees to be on Who Do You Think You Are?

The following excerpt is from the September 23, 2013 edition of QUEEN LATIFAH has agreed to research her family tree for genealogy show WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? after producer LISA KUDROW revealed the singer/actress previously turned down the chance to appear on the series. Kudrow was a guest on Latifah’s new TV […]

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

The following is from Astrid Galván for 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. was curious too, so […]

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Background on the Trisha Yearwood Episode on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

I’ve been a Trisha Yearwood fan since I saw her at FanFair in Nashville in 1991. Her big hit, which launched her career was “She’s in Love With the Boy.” It had a catchy tune to it that made it one of those songs, that once heard, made it one that stayed in your mind, […]

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More on the “Who Do You Think You Are?” Episode Featuring Chris O’Donnell

This last week I posted a blog about the “Who Do You Think You Are?” episode featuring Chris O’Donnell. In the episode, Chris O’Donnell read some excerpts from the written reminiscence of his great-great grandfather Michael McEnnis. The Missouri Historical Museum posted the full reminiscence on their website. Click here to read the original document! […]

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Chris O’Donnell of “NCIS: Los Angeles Featured in Tuesday’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”

The following is from the website. If you’ve seen the Gateway Arch in the opening titles of this season’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” (8 p.m. Tuesdays on TLC), maybe you wondered which celebrity would be investigating his or her family history here. Turns out, it’s Chris O’Donnell of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” who […]

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Actress Minnie Driver Learns of Father’s Double Life

The following is from the August 5, 2013 edition of the Washington Times. While taking part in a BBC family history show, award-winning actress Minnie Driver was shocked to find out that her mother was actually her father’s mistress, and he had a secret double life and family living elsewhere. Miss Driver found out when […]

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The following is from New prince or princess shares ancestry with Beyoncé, Brangelina and Hilary Duff offspring LOS ANGELES (July 8, 2013) – As the world waits with bated breath for the birth of the heir to the British throne,, an international leader in online family history, has uncovered His or Her Royal […]

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The “Lone Ranger” Armie Hammer & Johnny Depp are Related to 2 American Freedom Fighters.

The following is from the June 26, 2013 edition of USA Today: Looks like Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer have taken just the right roles. New research from reveals that the actors are direct descendants of two real American freedom fighters. According to the site, the stars’ family trees show that […]

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