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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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15 June 2014

Are You Related to Waylon Jennings?

Waylon Arnold Jennings was born on June 15, 1937 in Littlefield, Texas, the seat of Lamb County, the son of Lorene Beatrice (née Shipley) and William Albert Jennings.

His original birth name was Wayland, meaning land by the highway, but it was changed after a Baptist preacher visited Jennings's parents and congratulated his mother for naming him after the Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas.

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12 June 2014

Top 100 Irish Last Names Explained

IrishCentral.com has put together a list of the top 100 common Irish surnames with a little explanation of where these names come from. Whether you're looking to trace your family crest or trying to trace your family roots this list will point you in the right direction.

From Aherne to Whelan here is this top 100 Irish names: Aherne - (Ó hEachtighearna/Ó hEachthairn) (each, steed tightearna, lord). Originally Dalcassian, this sept migrated from east Clare to Co. Cork. In County Waterford the English name Hearn is a synonym of Hearn.

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10 June 2014

Are You Related to Judy Garland?

Born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Garland was the youngest child of Ethel Marion (née Milne; November 17, 1893 – January 5, 1953) and Francis Avent "Frank" Gumm (March 20, 1886 – November 17, 1935). Her parents were vaudevillians who settled in Grand Rapids to run a movie theatre that featured vaudeville acts.

Named after both her parents and baptized at a local Episcopal church, "Baby" (as she was called by her parents and sisters) shared her family's flair for song and dance.

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6 June 2014

The Importance of Maps in Genealogical Research

Mary Girard, local genealogist and historian, knows the importance of maps, especially when it comes to tracking down early settlers.

Maps that provide various kinds of information from the location of waterways, roads to settlements in the early days in Kentucky can easily be found. All the early maps from the formation of the state and counties shows how each county changed over time and they can be found online on the Kentucky State Secretary Land Office in Frankfort.

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30 May 2014

Are You Related to Alanis Morissette?

Morissette was born June 1, 1974 in Ottawa, Canada, the daughter of Georgia Mary Ann (née Feuerstein), a teacher, and Alan Richard Morissette, a high school principal.

She has two siblings, one of whom is a twin brother, Wade Morissette (also a musician), who was born 12 minutes after her. Her father was of French-Canadian and Irish descent and her mother was of Hungarian ancestry. Morissette had a Catholic upbringing. She attended Holy Family Catholic School for elementary school and Immaculata High School for Grades 7 and 8 before completing the rest of her high school at Glebe Collegiate Institute (Ottawa, Canada).

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