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31 July 2013

Historians Working With Irish Police Trace Relatives of WWI Internees

Historians and an Garda Siochana (the National Police Service) in Ireland are teaming up in hopes of tracking down relatives of the some 2,600 prisoners of war who were interned in Ireland during World War I.

The Irish Independent reports that the search comes as part of a major campaign to mark the centenary of Ireland's connections to the 1914-18 war.

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Are You Related to J. K. Rowling?

Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 to Peter James Rowling and Anne Rowling (née Volant), in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Bristol. Her mother Anne was half-French, half-Scottish.

Her mother's maternal grandfather, Dr Dugald Campbell, was born in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran. The family moved to the nearby village Winterbourne when Rowling was four. She attended St Michael's Primary School, a school founded by abolitionist William Wilberforce and education reformer Hannah More.

J. K. Rowling's Family Tree

26 July 2013

Are You Related to Sandra Bullock?

Bullock was born on July 26, 1964 in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Her father, John W. Bullock (born 1925), was a United States Army employee and part-time voice coach; and her mother, Helga Mathilde Meyer (1942–2000), was a German-born opera singer and voice teacher.

Bullock's father was from Birmingham, Alabama, and had English, Irish, and French ancestry. Bullock's maternal grandfather was a rocket scientist from Nuremberg, Germany.

Sandra Bullock's Family Tree

21 July 2013

Are You Related to Ernest Hemingway?

Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. His father Clarence Edmonds Hemingway was a physician, and his mother, Grace Hall-Hemingway, was a musician.

When Clarence and Grace Hemingway married in 1896, they moved in with Grace's father, Ernest Hall, after whom they named their first son. Hemingway claimed to dislike his name, which he "associated with the naive, even foolish hero of Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest".

Ernest Hemingway's Family Tree

18 July 2013

Johnny Depp’s Black Roots

For many years, actor Johnny Depp has brought to life the stories of real-life and fictional villains and heroes on television and the big screen across the world. But details about Depp’s own heritage make his personal story worthy of a Hollywood film.

New research revealed the actor is a direct descendant of Elizabeth Key, an African-American former slave who worked within the law to win her freedom on July 21, 1656, the heritage website said. Depp had earlier laid claim to some Native American ancestry, though that assertion was not verified.

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17 July 2013

Irish Roots: Six Tactics of The Successful Researcher

Lose the blinkers. You need to keep trimming away your own presumptions, because otherwise they’ll just grow back. No, not all Cholmondeleys were Protestant. Yes, some nineteenth-century families moved back to Ireland from the US. No, we’re not all descended from Milesius.

Burrow. If you can’t find what should be there, don’t give up. Look at records for adjoining areas, look at earlier and later records, try different spellings, different forenames, different families in the same area. . . You are a dog and this is your bone.

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15 July 2013

Swede Immigration Program Focus of Vermont Prof's Book

Until recently, Earl Cavanagh didn't know that many of his ancestors came to Vermont from Sweden as part of a short-lived state-run program to help repopulate the abandoned hill farms with people accustomed to the rigors of living and working in a challenging rural environment.

Cavanagh learned how his Swedish ancestors came to Vermont from Lyndon State College history professor Paul Searls, who is researching a book on the topic.

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Are You Related to Linda Ronstadt?

Linda Ronstadt was born on July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona, to Gilbert Ronstadt (1911–1995), a prosperous machinery merchant who ran the F. Ronstadt Co., and Ruth Mary Copeman Ronstadt (1914–1982), a homemaker.

Linda's father Gilbert came from a pioneering Arizona ranching family and was of German and English American descent, with some Mexican ancestry. Her mother Ruth Mary, of German, English, and Dutch descent, was raised in the Flint, Michigan, area.

Linda Ronstadt's Family Tree

9 July 2013

Are You Related to Courtney Love?

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

Love's parents divorced in 1969 and her father's custody was withdrawn after her mother alleged that he had fed LSD to Love. Her mother moved the family to Marcola, Oregon, where they lived on a commune.

Courtney Love's Family Tree

5 July 2013

Czechs Discover Passion For Family History, Says Genealogy Researcher Blanka Lednická

Ever since Czech TV began broadcasting its own version of BBC’s show Who Do You Think You Are, many people have developed an interest in finding more about their own history, about who their ancestors were, where lived, and what they did.

In this edition of Panorama, we discuss the boom in genealogy with researcher Blanka Lednická who a few years ago left her IT job and set up her own genealogy business.

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4 July 2013

Are You Related to the Signers of the United States Declaration of Independence?

Fifty-six delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia signed the United States Declaration of Independence, a statement announcing that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire.

Although the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress on July 4, the date of its signing has been disputed. Most historians have concluded that it was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.

Here are the family trees of some of the signers of the United States Declaration of Independence:

President of Congress: John Hancock (Massachusetts)

Massachusetts: Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine.

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery.

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Oliver Wolcott.

New Hampshire: William Whipple

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Lewis Morris.

Pennsylvania: Benjamin Franklin.

Delaware: George Read.

Maryland: William Paca.

Virginia : Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr..

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton.

27 June 2013

Are You Related to Khloé Kardashian?

Kardashian was born on June 27, 1984 in Los Angeles, California. Her father, Robert George Kardashian (1944–2003), was of Armenian descent, and worked as a lawyer. Her mother, Kristen "Kris" Mary Jenner (born 1955; formerly Kardashian, née Houghton) is of Scottish and Dutch descent.

She is the third of four children: she has two older sisters Kourtney Mary (born 1979) and Kimberly Noel "Kim" (born 1980) and one younger brother Robert Arthur "Rob" Kardashian (born 1987).

Khloé Kardashian's Family Tree

25 June 2013

She Stole Another’s Identity, And Took Her Secret To The Grave. Who Was She?

The death of a wife and mother in Texas revealed a case of stolen identity with a connection to the Northwest. Now a Seattle investigator is trying to figure out who this mystery woman really was.

Joe Velling arranged the clues around the big table: a birth certificate for a girl in Fife. An Idaho ID card. Pages from an Arizona phone book. And scraps of paper with scribbled notes, including the name of an attorney and the words “402 months.”

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23 June 2013

Are You Related to June Carter Cash?

June Carter Cash was born Valerie June Carter on June 23, 1929 in Maces Spring, Virginia, to Maybelle Carter and Ezra Carter. She was born into country music and performed with the Carter Family from the age of ten, beginning in 1939.

In March 1943, when the Carter Family trio stopped recording together at the end of the WBT contract, Maybelle Carter, with encouragement from her husband Ezra, formed "Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters" with her daughters, Helen, Anita and June.

June Carter Cash's Family Tree

21 June 2013

Revealed: George W. Bush’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Was a Slave Trader

Researchers claim that a brutal slave-trader who brought captive slaves from West Africa to Colonial America is the same man whose descendants produced two U.S. presidents. George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush.

Historians already knew that the Bush family was directly connected to Thomas Walker, yet they were unable to figure out which was the ancestor of the Bush's. Records show there was a Thomas Walker who was a merchant from Baltimore who was in Great Britain in 1758.

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