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

The following excerpt is from the September 23, 2013 edition of theindychannel.com: 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 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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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 stltoday.com 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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Findmypast.com Discovers the Royal Baby will be Related to Other Celebrity Kids

The following is from FindMyPast.com: 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, findmypast.com, 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 Ancestry.com 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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Ventures Guitarist Gerry McGee Talks Family History

The following teaser is from an article at thetwotalk.com: LAFAYETTE [Louisiana]— Only the best of the best are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But ask Gerry McGee of Lafayette about his induction and it almost sounds like a guilty confession. A world-class guitarist, McGee is in the hall as a member […]

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George Steinbrenner’s Legacy

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the April 8, 2013 edition of newsnet5.com: CLEVELAND – About a half mile from where the New York Yankees played the Cleveland Indians for the Cleveland team’s baseball home opener, a name almost synonymous with the New Yorkers’ baseball club has been etched on the walls […]

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Megan Smolenyak on Irish Heritage

The following excerpt is from an interview with my friend, Megan Smolenyak, published in the March 31, 2013 edition of IrishCentral.com Background: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (who goes by Megan Smolenyak2 on her website in a nod to her married name) is a genealogist who has unearthed the Irish roots of many well-known people, including President […]

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Tom Cruise is Presented With An Irish Heritage Certificate

The following excerpt is from the April 4, 2013 edition of IrishCentral.com: Tom Cruise was presented with an Irish heritage certificate yesterday at an official Government ceremony to celebrate his ancestry. Eneclann, part of Trinity College, found that his great-great-great grandfather was a landlord called Patrick Russell Cruise, who helped evicted families reclaim their homes […]

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Tom Cruise’s Irish Roots

The following excerpt is from an article in the 1 April 2013 edition of westmeathindependent.ie: There is growing speculation that actor Tom Cruise will be presented with a Certificate of Irish Ancestry this week thanks to his apparent links with Kilteevan between Knockcroghery and Roscommnon town. … Genealogists believes [sic] Cruise, whose full name is […]

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Howard Stern’s Family History

The following excerpt is from an article by Daniel Klein, posted in the March 2, 2013 edition of the Jersey Journal: [Daniel Klein] was listening to Howard Stern earlier this week and he talked about having done an oral history with his parents, Ben and Rae, recently. Stern, who descends from Eastern European Jews, told […]

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