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25 August 2014

National Library and Archives of Iran Added to Tourist Itineraries

The National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) has been added to the list of places tourists can visit on their journeys to Iran.

The decision to add the NLAI to tourists’ itineraries is based on an agreement signed between the Iranian Tour Operators Association (ITOA) of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) and the NLAI on Saturday.

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Are You Related to Tim Burton?

Burton was born on August 25, 1958, in the city of Burbank, California, to Jean Burton (née Erickson), the owner of a cat-themed gift shop, and Bill Burton, a former minor league baseball player who would later work for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department.

As a preteen, Burton would make short films in his backyard on Evergreen Street using crude stop motion animation techniques or shoot them on 8 mm film without sound (one of his oldest known juvenile films is The Island of Doctor Agor, that he made when he was 13 years old).

Tim Burton's Family Tree

15 August 2014

Are You Related to Jennifer Lawrence?

Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990, in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Karen (Koch) Lawrence, a children's camp manager, and Gary Lawrence, a construction worker. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine.

By the age of 14, she had decided to pursue an acting career, persuading her parents to take her to New York City to find a talent agent. Prior to finding success in Hollywood, Lawrence attended Kammerer Middle School in Louisville.

Jennifer Lawrence's Family Tree

9 August 2014

Are You Related to Melanie Griffith?

Griffith was born on August 9, 1957, in New York City, to actress Tippi Hedren and producer, former actor, and advertising executive Peter Griffith. Her mother's ancestry is Swedish, German, and Norwegian.

Griffith's parents divorced when she was four years old, after which her father married model/actress Nanita Greene and had two more children: actress Tracy Griffith and set designer Clay A. Griffith. Her mother married agent and producer Noel Marshall, and Griffith grew up with three stepbrothers.

Melanie Griffith's Family Tree

5 August 2014

Are You Related to John Huston?

John Huston was born on August 5, 1906, in Nevada, Missouri. He was the only child of Rhea (née Gore) and Canadian-born Walter Huston, originally Walter Houghston. His father, who was of Scots and Scots-Irish descent, was an actor, initially in vaudeville, and later in films.

His mother, of English and Welsh background, initially worked as a sports editor for various publications but gave it up after Huston was born.

John Huston's Family Tree

1 August 2014

Actress Julie Walters Discovers an Ancestor Was Accused of Murder When He Attacked a Man with a Knife

Actress Julie Walters makes a shocking discovery about one of her ancestors when she discovers that her great-grandfather attacked a man with a knife - and was accused of murder.

In the new BBC1 show Who Do You Think You Are, where celebrities trace their ancestry and discover secrets from their past, Ms Walters, 64, learns relative Anthony Clarke was charged in 1884 after drunkenly attacking the man.

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31 July 2014

Princess Charlene of Monaco's Irish Ancestry Revealed

The research, carried out by genealogy researchers Eneclann for Tourism Ireland, shows that Princess Charlene descends from one of the most successful gentlemen-merchant families in Dublin in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Fagans made a number of enduring contributions to the development of Dublin. In 1592, Richard and Christopher Fagan, the Princess’s great (x12) grandfathers, were key figures in the foundation of Trinity College.

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28 July 2014

Sex And The City Star Cynthia Nixon Is Shocked To Find her Ancestor Murdered her Abusive Husband with an Axe

It's always an emotional and surprising journey for celebrities on US genealogy TV show Who Do You Think You Are? However, actress Cynthia Nixon got more than she bargained for after finding out one of her ancestors was an axe murderer.

The Sex And The City star, 48, discovered great-great-great grandmother Martha Curnett ended up killing her abusive husband Noah Casto in Missouri in the 1840s.

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26 July 2014

Are You Related to Mick Jagger?

Mick Jagger was born on July 26, 1943 into a middle-class family in Dartford, Kent, England. His father, Basil Fanshawe "Joe" Jagger (13 April 1913 – 11 November 2006), and grandfather David Ernest Jagger were both teachers.

His mother, Eva Ensley Mary (née Scutts; 6 April 1913 – 18 May 2000), born in New South Wales, Australia, of English descent, was a hairdresser and an active member of the Conservative Party. Jagger's younger brother, fellow musician Chris Jagger, was born on 19 December 1947.

Mick Jagger's Family Tree

21 July 2014

Are You Related to Robin Williams?

Williams was born on July 21, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Laura McLaurin (née Smith, September 24, 1922 – September 4, 2001), was a former model from New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 – October 18, 1987), was a senior executive at Ford Motor Company in charge of the Midwest region.

His maternal great-great-grandfather was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin. Williams' ancestry includes English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French.

Robin Williams' Family Tree

14 July 2014

Are You Related to Woody Guthrie?

Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912, in Okemah, a small town in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, the son of Nora Belle (née Sherman) and Charles Edward Guthrie. His parents named him after Woodrow Wilson, then Governor of New Jersey and the Democratic candidate soon to be elected President of the United States.

Charles Guthrie was an industrious businessman, owning at one time up to 30 plots of land in Okfuskee County. He was actively involved in Oklahoma politics and was a Democratic candidate for office in the county.

Woody Guthrie's Family Tree

9 July 2014

Are You Related to Courtney Love?

Love was born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964, in San Francisco, California, to psychotherapist Linda Carroll (née Risi) and Hank Harrison, publisher and brief manager of the Grateful Dead.

Love's mother is the daughter of novelist Paula Fox and an unidentified father, who is rumoured to be Marlon Brando. Carroll and Harrison divorced in 1969 and her father's custody withdrawn after her mother alleged that he had fed LSD to Love as a toddler. In 1970, her mother moved the family to the rural community of Marcola, Oregon, where they lived on a commune.

Courtney Love's Family Tree

4 July 2014

Clooney's Irish Ancestor Was "Victimised"

George Clooney's direct Irish ancestor, Nicholas Clooney, was "systematically victimised" by the authorities and prosecuted under a long forgotten law for working on the Sabbath, according to newly uncovered court records.

Nicholas Clooney was one of many cottiers in Windgap in Kilkenny in the 1850s who fell foul of "middlemen" who tried to force framers off the land so they could amalgamate small holdings into bigger farms.

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2 July 2014

Are You Related to Jerry Hall?

Hall was born on July 2, 1956, in Gonzales, Texas to Marjorie (née Sheffield) and truck driver John P. Hall. She is of English, Irish, Dutch and some Cherokee Native American descent.

She was raised in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas, where she graduated from North Mesquite High School. She also attended the Kim Dawson Modeling Agency. She has a twin sister, Terry, and 3 older sisters including actress Cyndy Hall. She moved to France with insurance money she received after a car accident.

Jerry Hall's Family Tree

20 June 2014

Are You Related to Nicole Kidman?

Nicole Kidman was born on June 20, 1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were temporarily in the United States on educational visas. Kidman can therefore claim citizenship in Australia and the United States.

Her father, Antony David Kidman, is a biochemist, clinical psychologist, and author. Her mother, Janelle Ann (née Glenny), is a nursing instructor who edits her husband's books and was a member of the Women's Electoral Lobby. Kidman's ancestry includes Scottish and Irish.

Nicole Kidman's Family Tree

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