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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).

Alanis Morissette's Family Tree

23 May 2014

Are You Related to Stevie Nicks?

Nicks was born on May 26, 1948, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, to Jess Nicks, former president of Greyhound's Armour-Dial and Barbara Nicks, a homemaker.

Nicks' grandfather, Aaron Jess Nicks, a struggling country music singer, taught Nicks to sing, performing duets with her by the time she was four years old. Nicks' mother was very protective of her, keeping her at home "more than most people were" and fostering in her a love of fairy tales. As a young child, Nicks had difficulty pronouncing her given name Stephanie, instead pronouncing it "tee-dee", which became the nickname, "Stevie".

Stevie Nicks' Family Tree

20 May 2014

Are You Related to Cher?

Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California, on May 20, 1946. Her father, John Sarkisian, was an Armenian-American truck driver with drug and gambling problems, and her mother, Jackie Jean Crouch, was an occasional model and bit-part actress with Irish, English, German, and Cherokee ancestry.

Cher's father was rarely home when she was an infant, ultimately divorcing Crouch when Cher was ten months old. They married and divorced twice more.

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14 May 2014

Are You Related to George Lucas?

George Lucas was born on May 14, 1944, in Modesto, California, the son of Dorothy Ellinore Lucas (née Bomberger; 1913–1989) and George Walton Lucas, Sr. (1913–1991), who owned a stationery store.

Lucas grew up in the Central Valley town of Modesto, and his early passion for cars and motor racing would eventually serve as inspiration for his USC student film 1:42.08, as well as his Oscar-nominated low-budget phenomenon, American Graffiti.

George Lucas' Family Tree

12 May 2014

Tracing your Irish Family History: Travel Records

The Great Irish Famine (1845-51) reduced the population of Ireland by a quarter, and was the start of mass emigration from the Emerald Isle. With movement out of Ireland on such a scale, passenger lists and travel records have become very important resources for anyone tracing their Irish roots.

From travel and emigration records you can usually find out where your Irish ancestors went, the ship they travelled on (these were the days well before airplanes!) and who they travelled with.

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6 May 2014

Are You Related to Bob Seger?

Bob Seger was born on May 6, 1945, to Stewart and Charlotte Seger of Dearborn, Michigan, and lived in the area until age 6 when his family moved to nearby Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has an older brother, George.

Seger's father, a medical technician for the Ford Motor Company, played several instruments and Seger was exposed to music from an early age. Seger was also exposed to frequent arguments between his parents that disturbed the neighborhood at night. In 1956, when Seger was 10 years old, his father abandoned the family and moved to California.

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2 May 2014

Census Shows Hitler’s Brother, Married To an Irishwoman, Lived in Liverpool

A 1911 British Census document unearthed by genealogy website findmypast has shed further light on the lives of Irishwoman Bridget Dowling and her husband, Alois Hitler, Jr., the older half-brother of Adolf Hitler.

The Irish link to the Hitler family is one of the more surprising facts from 20th-century Irish history. Bridget Dowling, a Dublin native, was still in her teens when she met Alois Hitler, Jr. at the Dublin Horse Show in 1909.

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1 May 2014

Are You Related to Rita Coolidge?

Coolidge was born on May 1, 1945 in Lafayette, Tennessee, the daughter of Raymond and Charlotte Coolidge, a minister and schoolteacher. She attended Nashville's Maplewood High School. She graduated from Andrew Jackson Senior High in Jacksonville,FL. She is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She is of Scottish and Cherokee ancestry.

Coolidge was married to Kris Kristofferson from 1973 to 1980. They have one daughter, Casey. Coolidge previously had romantic liaisons with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash; her leaving Stills for Nash has been cited as a contributing factor behind the initial 1970 breakup of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

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28 April 2014

Irish in Space! The Top 10 Astronauts With Roots in Ireland

Ireland, part of the European Space Agency, does not have its own space program. But it sure can lay claim to some of the most famous and accomplished astronauts, of history and today.

Born and raised in Ohio, Armstrong was also of Scottish and German descent. Prior to joining NASA he served in the U.S. Navy and Air Force. Armstrong died in 2012; there were widespread tributes throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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19 April 2014

Are You Related to Ashley Judd?

Ashley was born as Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968, in Granada Hills, California. She is the daughter of Naomi Judd, a country music singer and motivational speaker, and Michael Charles Ciminella, a marketing analyst for the horseracing industry.

Ashley's elder half-sister, Wynonna, is also a country music singer. Her paternal grandfather was of Irish descent, and her paternal grandmother was a descendant of Mayflower pilgrim William Brewster.

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15 April 2014

Are You Related to Elizabeth Montgomery?

Elizabeth Montgomery was born on April 15, 1933, in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actor Robert Montgomery and his wife, Broadway actress Elizabeth Bryan Montgomery (née Allen).

She had an older sister, Martha Bryan Montgomery, who died as an infant (named after her aunt Martha-Bryan Allen) and a brother, Robert Montgomery, Jr. (1936 - 2000). She attended Westlake School for Girls (now Harvard-Westlake School in Holmby Hills). After graduating from Spence School, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for three years.

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10 April 2014

Canada: Was Someone on Your Street Killed During WWI’s Battle of Vimy Ridge?

It’s been 97 years since the First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge, which began with a Canadian attack on April 9, 1917. The battle was a milestone for Canada, marking the first time that all the Canadian divisions in France had fought together as an independent formation.

In the larger picture, Vimy Ridge was part of a pattern of events that showed Canada’s growing independence from Britain, something that took place gradually over decades.

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7 April 2014

Did Adolf Hitler Marry a Jewish Woman? DNA Tests 'Show Eva Braun Associated with Ashkenazi Jews'

Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler’s long-term lover who married the Nazi leader hours before their joint suicide in his Berlin bunker, may have had Jewish ancestry, ground-breaking DNA testing has found.

DNA analysis of hair samples from a hairbrush claimed to belong to Braun suggests that the fascist dictator responsible for the murder of millions of Jews may have unwittingly married a woman of semitic descent, in one of his final acts as the Third Reich crumbled.

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Mission To Trace Descendants of WWI Soldier from New Zealand

A gift given by a New Zealand soldier fighting in World War 1 to a young English schoolgirl has not been forgotten, nearly a century on. And now the daughter of that schoolgirl is hoping to track down relatives of that soldier.

The Wanganui Chronicle was recently contacted by Christine Jermey, who lives in Norfolk, England. Mrs Jermey is looking for relatives of Private Mack Wereta, a soldier from Waitotara, who sent Mrs Jermey's mother, Violet Fryer, a little booklet in 1918.

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