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20 March 2014

The Mysterious Genealogy of Russian President Putin

Russian president Vladimir Putin was a mystery almost for everyone during the moment of his election. He seemed to be a man with no past, inspired with the symbol of the new epoch, but deprived of historic roots. The research, which was conducted by journalists from the Russian city of Tver, became a sensation. As it became known, the parents of the Russian president came from the Kalininsky area of the Tver region.

The president’s family tree is not traced after Putin’s grandfather Spiridon Putin, who left the Tver governor for St.Petersburg at the age of 15. Vladimir Putin’s grandfather was a serious, reserved man of immaculate honesty. Spiridon Putin became a good cook.

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Are You Related to Spike Lee?

Spike Lee was born on March 20, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Jacqueline Carroll (née Shelton), a teacher of arts and black literature, and William James Edward Lee III, a jazz musician and composer. When he was a child, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York. During his childhood, his mother nicknamed him "Spike." In Brooklyn, he attended John Dewey High School.

Lee enrolled in Morehouse College, a historically black college, where he made his first student film, Last Hustle in Brooklyn. He took film courses at Clark Atlanta University and graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication from Morehouse.

Spike Lee's Family Tree

15 March 2014

Are You Related to Eva Longoria?

Eva Jacqueline Longoria was born on March 15, 1975 in Corpus Christi, Texas, the youngest of four daughters born to Tejano parents, Enrique Longoria, Jr. and Ella Eva Mireles. Her mother was a special education teacher and her father was in the Army. She was raised Roman Catholic. She worked at a Wendy's restaurant for three years while in high school.

Longoria received her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology at nearby Texas A&M University-Kingsville. During this time, she won the title of Miss Corpus Christi, USA in 1998.

Eva Longoria's Family Tree

10 March 2014

Are You Related to Edie Brickell?

Brickell was born on March 10, 1966, in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas. She attended high school at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. She attended Southern Methodist University until she joined a band and could no longer focus on anything but songwriting.

Her father, Eddie Brickell, "the Fort Worth Southpaw", was inducted into the Texas State Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1988.

Edie Brickell's Family Tree

2 March 2014

Are You Related to Karen Carpenter?

Carpenter was born on March 2, 1950 in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Agnes Reuwer (née Tatum) and Harold Bertram Carpenter. When she was young, she enjoyed playing baseball with other children on the street.

On the TV program This Is Your Life, she stated that she liked pitching. Later, in the early 1970s, she would become the pitcher on the Carpenters' official softball team. Her brother Richard developed an interest in music at an early age, becoming a piano prodigy. The family moved in June 1963 to the Los Angeles suburb of Downey.

Karen Carpenter's Family Tree

21 February 2014

Are You Related to Jennifer Love Hewitt?

Hewitt was born on February 21, 1979, in Waco, Texas, to Patricia Mae (née Shipp), a speech-language pathologist, and Herbert Daniel Hewitt, a medical technician.

Hewitt grew up in Nolanville, in Central Texas, and has close kinship ties in parts of Arkansas. Hewitt received her middle name after her mother promised her college friend (named "Love") that if she had a daughter, she would name the girl after her.

Jennifer Love Hewitt's Family Tree

20 February 2014

Roger Waters Memorialises his Fallen WWII Father

Seventy years to the day after his father was killed in a desperate battle with German troops in Italy, Roger Waters unveiled a memorial in which he paid moving tribute to the man he never knew.

The founder of Pink Floyd was just a baby when his father, Lt Eric Waters, died during the bitter, close-quarters fighting that took place after British and American troops landed at Anzio in Jan 1944 in order to outflank the Germans and liberate Rome.

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17 February 2014

Are You Related to Paris Hilton?

Hilton was born on February 17, 1981 in New York City, New York. Her mother, Kathy Hilton (née Kathleen Elizabeth Avanzino), is a socialite and former actress, and her father, Richard Howard "Rick" Hilton, is a businessman.

She is the oldest of four children: she has one sister, Nicholai Olivia "Nicky" Hilton (born 1983), and two brothers, Barron Nicholas Hilton II (born 1989) and Conrad Hughes Hilton III (born 1994). Her paternal great grandfather was Conrad Hilton, who founded the Hilton Hotels. She is of Norwegian, German, Italian (from a maternal great grandfather), English, and Irish ancestry.

Paris Hilton's Family Tree

11 February 2014

Are You Related to Jennifer Aniston?

Jennifer Aniston was born on February 11, 1969, in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow. Her father is Greek and a native of Crete, while her mother was born in New York City.

One of her maternal great-grandfathers was an Italian immigrant, and her mother's other ancestry is Scottish, Irish, and a small amount of Greek. Aniston has two half-brothers, John Melick, her maternal older half-brother, and Alex Aniston, her younger paternal half-brother. Aniston's godfather was actor Telly Savalas, one of her father's best friends.

Jennifer Aniston's Family Tree

1 February 2014

Are You Related to Lisa Marie Presley?

Lisa Marie Presley was born on February 1, 1968, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, exactly nine months after her parents' wedding. She lived at Graceland, Elvis' Memphis estate, until her parents separated in 1972.

Following their separation and subsequent divorce, she divided her time between living at Graceland with her father and in Beverly Hills with her mother. This arrangement continued until her father died on August 16, 1977, after which she lived exclusively in Beverly Hills.

Lisa Marie Presley's Family Tree

28 January 2014

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Locates Italian Battlefield Where Father Died During World War II

For years, music legend Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, tried to locate the place where his father was killed in Italy during World War II.

Waters was five months old when his father, Lt. Eric Fletcher Waters, died in the countryside near Anzio in early 1944. His body was never recovered. All Waters had to remember him was a black and white photograph portraying the family: Waters on the knees of his mother, his father in Army clothes holding older brother John.

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New York City Commissioner: My Ancestors Were Slaves of Benedict Cumberbatch's Family

She is the grand-daughter of Caribbean immigrants to America who has just been appointed to a top job by Bill de Blasio, New York's new mayor. He is the dashing British actor who stars as Sherlock Holmes in the hit television series on both sides of the Atlantic and plays a plantation owner in the Oscar-nominated film 12 Years A Slave.

Despite their very different backgrounds, Stacey Cumberbatch and Benedict Cumberbatch apparently do not just share a distinctively English-sounding surname.

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26 January 2014

Are You Related to Ellen DeGeneres?

DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana, the daughter of Elizabeth Jane DeGeneres (née Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. She is of French, English, German, and Irish descent.

She has one brother, Vance DeGeneres, who is a producer and musician. DeGeneres was raised as a Christian Scientist until the age of thirteen. In 1973, DeGeneres's parents filed for separation and were divorced the following year.

Ellen DeGeneres' Family Tree

24 January 2014

Megan Smolenyak, The Roots Detective, Takes a Look at Jimmy Fallon’s Irish Side

Since even Jimmy’s Irish roots are quite diverse, exploring a chunk at a time will make his ancestry easier to follow, and his only American-born great-grandparents, William and Mary Fallon, provide a logical place to dive in.

Departing the old country in sporadic bursts between 1841 and 1883, William and Mary’s parents and grandparents were the first of Jimmy’s ancestors to make their way to the United States. Launching the immigrant parade were William Fallon’s grandparents, Henry and Mary (née O’Brien) Stickevers, who alighted with an infant son on July 17, 1841.

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17 January 2014

Are You Related to Michelle Obama?

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was born on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois, to Fraser Robinson III, a city water plant employee and Democratic precinct captain, and Marian (née Shields), a secretary at Spiegel's catalog store.

Her mother was a full-time homemaker until Michelle entered high school. The Robinson and Shields families can trace their roots to pre-Civil War African Americans in the American South. Specifically, she is descended from the Gullah people of South Carolina's Lowcountry region. Her paternal great-great grandfather, Jim Robinson, was an American slave on Friendfield Plantation in the state of South Carolina, where some of her paternal family still reside.

Michelle Obama's Family Tree

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