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  • Golden Opportunity: Don't Lose Your History to the Grave

    05/27/2016 7:08:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2016 | Marvin Olasky
    The weeks between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are also the time for high-school and college graduations, which often involve visits from grandparents. That makes this a time for generations to get together so they don’t make the mistake I made. Here’s my error: From the time I turned an arrogant 13, my father and I didn’t talk much. Looking back now, it seems unbelievable that when I flew from Texas to Massachusetts in 1984 to visit my parents for a week as he was dying of cancer, we didn’t talk for more than minutes about anything important, and I...
  • Half Of Western European Men Descended From One Bronze Age 'King'

    04/30/2016 2:15:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 81 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | April 25, 2016 | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    Half of Western European men are descended from one Bronze Age 'king' who sired a dynasty of elite nobles which spread throughout Europe, a new study has shown. The monarch, who lived around 4,000 years ago, is likely to have been one of the earliest chieftains to take power in the continent... It is likely his power stemmed from advances in technology such as metal working and wheeled transport which enabled organised warfare for the first time. Although it is not known who he was, or where he lived, scientists say he must have existed because of genetic variation in...
  • How 'Bewitched' Helped Salem Embrace Its Grim Past

    03/31/2016 6:11:46 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    Smithsonian mag ^ | October 29, 2015 | Danny Lewis
    How did Salem, Massachusetts become a Halloween destination? For centuries, the New England town avoided any association with its infamous Puritan ancestors, who executed 19 people under suspicion of practicing witchcraft. The surprising answer, author Stacy Schiff writes for The New York Times, has a lot to do with the sitcom "Bewitched." These days, Salem is rife with kitschy witches and Halloween attractions. But before the late 20th century, town citizens rarely acknowledged the Puritan trials. When playwright Arthur Miller visited Salem to research "The Crucible" in 1952, locals refused to help him. "You couldn't get anyone to say anything...
  • Can anyone solve a statistical probability problem for me?

    02/02/2016 1:35:32 PM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 70 replies
    N/A | Feb 2, 2016 | vanity
    I am completing my family tree which goes back 39 generations on one branch and 14 on another. I would like to explain to my grandchildren how unique the DNA combination they have is. We have roots to a canonized saint in our bloodline as well as an American Revolutionary War solider and a famous Irish revolutionary hero too. I just need to show the children how small the odds are of duplicating our family tree. Anyone that can help please Freepmail me, Thanks much
  • Why Does George Washington Have Two Birthdays?

    02/01/2016 10:37:29 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    The FindingDulcinea Blog ^ | February 11, 2010 | Denis Cummings
    This Monday is the federal holiday Washington's Birthday, better known as Presidents Day, celebrated on the third Monday of February. If you want to know the actual birth date of George Washington, you will find two dates: Feb. 22, 1732, and Feb. 11, 1731. Both dates are correct. What accounts for the discrepancy? When Washington was born, Britain and its colonies were using the Julian calendar. Developed in first century B.C. under Julius Caesar, it had three too many leap days per 400-year period. The Catholic Church corrected the error in the 16th century by introducing a modified calendar (the...
  • Cold Case Squad Resolves 47-Year-Old Missing Person Report in Jefferson County

    01/30/2016 9:30:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    ptleader.com ^ | Jan 29, 2016 | Patrick J. Sullivan
    Camper went into the mountains in 1968, body found in 1975, remains identified in 2015 By Patrick J. Sullivan of the Leader Jan 29, 2016 0 Camper went missing in Olympic Mountains in 1968 A forensic artist in 2000 made a sketch from the skull found in the Olympic Mountains in 1975. In 2015, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’s Cold Case Squad confirmed that the remains belonged to a camper who went missing in 1968. Images courtesy Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office cold case squad has resolved a 47-year-old mystery of a Tacoma man who went missing...
  • Confucius, He Has Many Descendants

    02/18/2008 7:01:57 PM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 142+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-18-2008 | Richard Spencer
    Confucius, he has many descendants By Richard Spencer in Beijing Last Updated: 1:27am GMT 19/02/2008 More than a million people around the world have responded to an appeal for people who think that they are descendants of the Chinese sage Confucius. The appeal was made by Kong Deyong, a 77th generation descendant of Confucius who founded the Confucius Genealogy Compilation Committee and is based in the family's home town of Qufu, eastern China. Confucious: founding father of Chinese political and ethical thought Mr Kong, a senior member of the Confucius clan, fled to Hong Kong after the Cultural Revolution, when...
  • How I am related to Genghis Khan

    05/29/2006 3:32:15 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 45 replies · 3,342+ views
    The Times ^ | May 30, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    A US accountant has proof that he is descended from the Mongol warlordTHEY seem the unlikeliest of relatives. One was a fearsome warlord whose name became a byword for savagery. The other is a mild-mannered accountancy academic from Florida. Yet Tom Robinson, 48, has become the first man outside Asia to trace his ancestry directly to Genghis Khan, the 13th-century Mongol leader whose empire stretched from the South China Sea to the Persian Gulf. And, since his paternal great-great-grandfather emigrated to the United States from Windermere, Cumbria, many more descendants are probably scattered across the Lake District. Genetic tests have...
  • Y Chromosomes Reveal Founding Father (Giocangga)

    10/25/2005 11:02:09 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 1,492+ views
    Nature ^ | 10-24-2005 | Charlotte Shubert
    Published online: 24 October 2005Charlotte SchubertY chromosomes reveal founding fatherDid conquest and concubines spread one man's genes across Asia? The Manchu warriors took control of China in 1644. © Punchstock About 1.5 million men in northern China and Mongolia may be descended from a single man, according to a study based on Y chromosome genetics1. Historical records suggest that this man may be Giocangga, who lived in the mid-1500s and whose grandson founded the Qing dynasty, which ruled China from 1644 to 1912. The analysis is similar to a controversial study in 2003, which suggested that approximately 16 million men...
  • Genghis Khan's Pen As Mighty As His Sword

    08/23/2004 6:46:57 AM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 1,109+ views
    IOL ^ | 8-23-2004
    Genghis Khan's pen as mighty as his sword? August 23 2004 at 11:45AM Beijing - A Chinese historian says he has evidence that ruthless conqueror and master of the Mongol horde Genghis Khan was as masterful with the pen as he was with the sword. Historians have long assumed the ancient Mongolian ruler was illiterate, primarily because the Mongolian written language was created in the early 13th century, when Genghis Khan would have been in his 40s and not have had time to learn, the official Xinhua news agency said. However, Tengus Bayaryn, a professor at China's Inner Mongolia University,...
  • Free meal promotion for relatives of Genghis Khan

    07/05/2004 4:44:37 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 586+ views
    Ananova ^ | July, 2004 | Ananova
    A London restaurant chain is offering customers free DNA testing to see if they're descended from Genghis Khan. Restaurant Shish has promised free meals for any found to be related to the notorious Mongol leader. The unusual promotion is to mark the Mongolian government's decision to allow citizens to have surnames for the first time since they were banned by the communists in the 1920s. Some 50,000 Mongolians now proudly claim direct descent from and bear the name of Genghis Khan. Shish has teamed up with DNA-based research company Oxford Ancestors to offer descendants food from their ancestral homelands. From...
  • Genghis Khan: Father To Millions

    06/22/2004 9:49:06 AM PDT · by blam · 157 replies · 5,876+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 6-22-2004 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Genghis Khan: Father to Millions? By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery Newshttp://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20040621/gallery/genghis_goto.jpg> Statue of the Mongol Emperor June 22, 2004 —Genghis Khan left a legacy shared by 16 million people alive today, according to a book by a Oxford geneticist who identified the Mongol emperor as the most successful alpha male in human history. Regarded by the Mongolians as the father of their nation, Genghis Khan was born around 1162. A military and political genius, he united the tribes of Mongolia and conquered half of the known world with a cavalry riding on grass-fed ponies. By the time Genghis died in 1227,...
  • A Prolific Genghis Khan, It Seems, Helped People the World

    02/13/2003 1:47:34 PM PST · by vannrox · 16 replies · 871+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 11, 2003 | By NICHOLAS WADE
    February 11, 2003 A Prolific Genghis Khan, It Seems, Helped People the WorldBy NICHOLAS WADE remarkable living legacy of the Mongol empire has been discovered by geneticists in a survey of human populations from the Caucasus to China. They find that as many as 8 percent of the men dwelling in the confines of the former Mongol empire bear Y chromosomes that seem characteristic of the Mongol ruling house. If so, some 16 million men, or half a percent of the world's male population, can probably claim descent from Genghis Khan. The finding seems to be the first proof, on...
  • Genes of history's greatest lover found?

    02/07/2003 9:01:43 AM PST · by aculeus · 42 replies · 695+ views
    United Press International ^ | 2/6/2003 | By Steve Sailer, UPI National Correspondent
    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A new population genetics study may have identified history's greatest lover, at least as measured in millions of descendants in his direct male line. This mighty progenitor was not a celebrated expert in the amorous arts like Casanova. Instead -- and this might say something about human nature that we'd rather not know -- he owed his lineage's staggering reproductive success to his being perhaps history's greatest fighter. The 23 co-authors of a paper published electronically by the American Journal of Human Genetics examined the Y-chromosomes of 2,123 men from across Asia. The Y...
  • Genghis Khan's genetic legacy has competition

    01/29/2015 1:19:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Nature ^ | 23 January 2015 | Ewen Callaway
    In addition to Genghis Khan and his male descendants, researchers have previously identified the founders of two other highly successful Y-chromosome lineages: one that began in China with Giocangga, a Qinq Dynasty ruler who died in 15823, and another belonging to the medieval Uí NĂ©ill dynasty in Ireland. Jobling's team made a systematic search for genetic founders by analysing the Y chromosomes of more than 5,000 men from 127 populations spanning Asia... because lots of data were available and there was already evidence of such lineages. The team identified 11 Y-chromosome sequences that were each shared by more than 20...
  • Irish surnames explained - the meaning behind the top ten clan names

    11/23/2013 6:58:14 AM PST · by NYer · 72 replies
    Irish Central ^ | November 19, 2013 | ANTOINETTE KELLY
    Irish and Irish-Americans alike tend to be immensely proud of their surnames. Many a Irish family proudly declare their Irish roots by displaying the crest of their clan in their homes. But which last names win in the battle of Irishness? IrishCentral took a look at the list of the most common surnames in Ireland in order to come up with a top 10 list. Smith and Murray are two of the most common, but one is of British origins and the other’s Scottish, so they didn’t make the cut. Here are the 10 most Irish last names: 1....
  • Scientists discover most fertile Irish male

    01/17/2006 9:16:45 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 110 replies · 2,776+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/17/06 | Siobhan Kennedy
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Scientists in Ireland may have found the country's most fertile male, with more than 3 million men worldwide among his offspring. The scientists, from Trinity College Dublin, have discovered that as many as one in twelve Irish men could be descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages, a 5th-century warlord who was head of the most powerful dynasty in ancient Ireland. His genetic legacy is almost as impressive as Genghis Khan, the Mongol emperor who conquered most of Asia in the 13th century and has nearly 16 million descendants, said Dan Bradley, who supervised the research. "It's...
  • If New York's Irish Claim Nobility, Science May Back Up the Blarney

    01/17/2006 9:53:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies · 661+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 18, 2006 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Listen more kindly to the New York Irishmen who assure you that the blood of early Irish kings flows in their veins. At least 2 percent of the time, they are telling the truth, according to a new genetic survey. The survey not only bolsters the bragging rights of some Irishmen claiming a proud heritage but also provides evidence of the existence of Niall of the Nine Hostages, an Irish high king of the fifth century A.D. regarded by some historians as more legend than real. The survey shows that 20 percent of men in northwestern Ireland carry a distinctive...
  • Reunited At Last! This Is David, The Brother I Lost Just 1,000 Years Ago

    12/31/2006 2:56:02 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies · 1,678+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12-31-2006 | Robin McKie
    Reunited at last! This is David, the brother I lost just 1,000 years ago Gene study is throwing a new light on our nation's history - and our personal ancestry, reports science editor Robin McKie Sunday December 31, 2006 The Observer (UK) A scientific revolution is taking place in the study of our ancient past. Once the preserve of academics who analysed prehistoric stones and crumbling parchment, the subject has been transformed by the study of our genes by scientists who are using the blood of the living to determine the actions of men and women centuries ago. In the...
  • Ancient artefacts at Tullaghoge [Ireland, 5000 BC]

    02/19/2015 1:31:39 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | February 15, 2015 | unattributed
    An archaeological bid to discover more about the hilltop where Ulster chieftains were crowned 700 years ago has uncovered artefacts dating back more than 7,000 years. Tullaghoge Fort in rural Co Tyrone was the place leaders of the dominant O'Neill clan came to be crowned from around the 14th Century to just before the arrival of the planters at the start of the 17th Century. Targeted excavation work around the picturesque tree encircled earthen mound ahead of the planned development of new visitor facilities hoped to find and preserve buried artefacts from that period -- but it ended up unearthing...
  • Medieval Irish warlord boasts three million descendants

    01/19/2006 6:04:01 PM PST · by wagglebee · 33 replies · 1,007+ views
    NewScientist.com ^ | 1/18/06 | AFP and NewScientist.com staff
    Up to three million men around the world could be descended from a prolific medieval Irish king, according to a new genetic study.It suggests that the 5th-century warlord known as "Niall of the Nine Hostages" may be the ancestor of about one in 12 Irishmen, say researchers at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Niall established a dynasty of powerful chieftains that dominated the island for six centuries.In a study of the Y chromosome - which is only passed down through the male line - scientists found a hotspot in northwest Ireland where 21.5% carry Niall’s genetic fingerprint, says Brian McEvoy,...
  • Up to three million men descended from medieval Irish warlord: study

    01/19/2006 8:02:19 AM PST · by mjp · 42 replies · 1,269+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed Jan 18, 11:01 AM ET
    DUBLIN (AFP) - Up to three million men around the world could be descended from a prolific medieval Irish king, according to researchers at Trinity College Dublin. A genetics study suggests that the fifth-century warlord known as "Niall of the Nine Hostages" may be the ancestor of about one in 12 Irishmen. He established a dynasty of powerful chieftains that dominated the island for six centuries. In a study of the Y chromosomes -- which are only passed down through the male line -- scientists found there is a genetic fingerprint hot-spot in northwest Ireland where 21.5 percent carry it,...
  • Scientists discover most fertile Irish male

    01/18/2006 4:59:48 AM PST · by voletti · 18 replies · 1,221+ views
    Sify news ^ | 1/18/06 | Reuters
    Dublin: Scientists in Ireland may have found the country's most fertile male, with more than 3 million men worldwide among his offspring. The scientists, from Trinity College Dublin, have discovered that as many as one in twelve Irish men could be descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages, a 5th-century warlord who was head of the most powerful dynasty in ancient Ireland. His genetic legacy is almost as impressive as Genghis Khan, the Mongol emperor who conquered most of Asia in the 13th century and has nearly 16 million descendants, said Dan Bradley, who supervised the research. "It's another link...
  • Blood of the Irish: DNA Proves Ancestry of the People of Ireland

    07/13/2013 11:17:17 AM PDT · by Renfield · 91 replies
    Blood of the Irish The Blood in Irish veins is Celtic, right? Well, not exactly. Although the history many Irish people were taught at school is the history of the Irish as a Celtic race, the truth is much more complicated, and much more interesting than that ...Research done into the DNA of Irish males has shown that the old Anthropological attempts to define 'Irish' have been misguided. As late as the 1950s researchers were busy collecting data among Irish people such as hair colour and height, in order to categorise them as a 'race' and define them as...
  • Scientist Discover Most Fertile Irish Male

    01/17/2006 11:34:03 PM PST · by strider44 · 13 replies · 842+ views
    Reuters | 1/17/06 | Siobhan Kennedy
    By Siobhan Kennedy | January 17, 2006 DUBLIN (Reuters) - Scientists in Ireland may have found the country's most fertile male, with more than 3 million men worldwide among his offspring. Article Tools Printer friendly E-mail to a friend Science RSS feed Available RSS feeds Most e-mailed More: Globe front page | Boston.com Sign up for: Globe Headlines e-mail | Breaking News Alerts The scientists, from Trinity College Dublin, have discovered that as many as one in twelve Irish men could be descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages, a 5th-century warlord who was head of the most powerful dynasty...
  • Irish History Takes a Paternity Test

    12/27/2005 12:10:30 AM PST · by neverdem · 68 replies · 2,670+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 21 December 2005 | Michael Schirber
    Legend has it that, while raiding England around 500 C.E., the Irish warlord Niall of the Nine Hostages took a young St. Patrick prisoner and brought him to Ireland. Historians disagree about whether Niall was really the kidnapper, but one thing is for certain: This ancient king went on to found the most powerful ruling dynasty in Irish medieval history, the Uí Néill (literally "descendants of Niall"). Now, a study reveals that this royal lineage may be imprinted in the genes of roughly a tenth of Irish men living today. Although most of our genetic makeup comes from both parents,...
  • DNA Shows Celtic Hero Somerled's Viking Roots

    04/26/2005 10:52:12 AM PDT · by blam · 54 replies · 1,569+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 4-26-2005 | Ian Johnson
    DNA shows Celtic hero Somerled's Viking roots IAN JOHNSTON SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT A HISTORIC Celtic hero credited with driving the Vikings out of western Scotland was actually descended from a Norseman, according to research by a leading DNA expert. According to traditional genealogies, Somerled, who is said to have died in 1164 after ousting the Vikings from Argyll, Kintyre and the Western Isles, was descended from an ancient royal line going back to when the Scots were living in Ireland. But Bryan Sykes, an Oxford University professor of human genetics who set up a company called Oxford Ancestors to research people’s...
  • Guide to American Presidents GEORGE WASHINGTON 1732-99 [GW's English Ancestry]

    06/18/2013 8:25:00 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 21 replies
    Burke's Peerage ^ | Unknown | Anon.
    1st PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1789-97 FAMILY ESSAY "Washington came of very good blood - aw, quite good - I b'lieve." Attributed by his classmates to Amory Blaine in F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise. The Washingtons are of unusual antiquity in European terms, let alone American ones. A direct male ancestry has been traced back to William de Wessington or Wessyngton (i.e., Washington, a town in Tyne and Wear, formerly County Durham, in northern England), who was living in the late 12th century. The remoter ancestry is not absolutely certain but a detailed argument has...
  • Palestinian Genes Show Arab, Jewish, European and Black-African Ancestry

    12/17/2004 3:05:57 PM PST · by quidnunc · 63 replies · 2,184+ views
    Global Politician ^ | December 16, 2004 | David Storobin, Esq.
    A study by the University of Chicago found that Arab populations, including Palestinians, Jordanians, Syrians, Iraqis, and Bedouin, have at least some sub-Saharan African genes. Non-Arabs from the region, including Turks, Kurds, Armenians, Azeris, Georgians, and Jews did not have any African roots. [1] A possible explanation is the proximity of the Arabian peninsula to the Black African nations. This conclusion is favored by the fact that Yemenite Arabs have 35% Black African genes in their mtDNA (which passes through the mother), while others have less. Yemen, of course, is very close geographically to several Black African nations. Other Arabs,...
  • Ashkenazi Jews descend from 350 people, study finds

    07/15/2015 2:42:04 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 101 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Andrew Tobin
    ‘Bottleneck’ dates back 600 to 800 years, genome analysis shows; researcher says among population ‘everyone is a 30th cousin. Illustrative photo of Ashkenazi Jews, taken from Nurit Ben Sheetri's 'The Redheads' exhibit at Dizengoff Center (courtesy Nurit Ben Sheetrit) A new study concludes that all Ashkenazi Jews can trace their ancestry to a “bottleneck” of just 350 individuals, dating back to between 600 and 800 years ago. The study, published in the Nature Communications journal Tuesday, was authored by Shai Carmi, a computer science professor at Columbia University, and more than 20 medical researchers from Yale, Columbia, Yeshiva University’s Albert...
  • Experts Discover that Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles are Related

    08/20/2005 11:24:37 PM PDT · by restornu · 46 replies · 1,404+ views
    Ancestry.com Reveals Prince Charles and Camilla are Cousins PROVO, Utah, April 4/PRNewswire/ -- When Prince Charles first met Camilla Parker-Bowles at a polo match in the early seventies, she said to the prince, “My great-grandmother and your great-great grandfather were lovers, so how about it?” Today, genealogical research shows they have an even stronger bond, they are ninth cousins. According to family history experts at Ancestry.com, a service of MyFamily.com, Inc., Prince Charles and Camilla are ninth cousins once removed. Prince Charles and Camilla are both descendents of Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle. Prince Charles’ family history can be...
  • DNA from Neandertal relative may shake up human family tree

    09/13/2015 1:17:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 103 replies
    Science Mag ^ | September 11, 2015 | Ann Gibbons
    In a remarkable technical feat, researchers have sequenced DNA from fossils in Spain that are about 300,000 to 400,000 years old and have found an ancestor -- or close relative -- of Neandertals. The nuclear DNA, which is the oldest ever sequenced from a member of the human family, may push back the date for the origins of the distinct ancestors of Neandertals and modern humans, according to a presentation here yesterday at the fifth annual meeting of the European Society for the study of human evolution. Ever since researchers first discovered thousands of bones and teeth from 28 individuals...
  • Genetic study reveals 30% of white British DNA has German ancestry

    03/19/2015 8:18:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 18, 2015 | Hannah Devlin
    The Romans, Vikings and Normans may have ruled or invaded the British for hundreds of years, but they left barely a trace on our DNA, the first detailed study of the genetics of British people has revealed. The analysis shows that the Anglo-Saxons were the only conquering force, around 400-500 AD, to substantially alter the country’s genetic makeup, with most white British people now owing almost 30% of their DNA to the ancestors of modern-day Germans.
  • Europe's family tree has a THIRD branch...

    09/17/2014 7:10:04 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept 17, 2014 | ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD
    Europe's family tree has a THIRD branch: Link found in genetic connection between Modern Europeans and Native Americans Europeans share DNA with ancient hunters and Middle Eastern farmers Study claims Europeans also share their genes with North Eurasians This group gave their DNA to the people who traveled the Bering Strait Ancient Middle Eastern farmers and their European descendants can trace ancestry to a previously unknown lineage called the Basal Eurasians It has long been believed that modern Europeans descended from indigenous hunters and Middle Eastern farmers. But a new study suggests all Europeans today have DNA from a third...
  • Girl Traces US Presidents' Family Tree, All Related But One

    04/02/2011 5:17:39 PM PDT · by Germanicus Cretorian · 100 replies · 1+ views
    digtriad.com ^ | Aug 2 2010 | Carrie Hodgin
    Paso Robles, CA -- Their political party lines maybe different but one thing United States presidents could share is their family line. A young girl in California has put together a Presidential Family Tree. Twelve-year-old BridgeAnne d'Avignon found that all the presidents but one are related to King John of England through a common ancestor. "They are all cousins and all grandsons of John Lackland," BridgeAnne told KCOY News. The girl searched more than a half million names for months. She started with George Washington, then traced both the male and female family lines to make the connection. KCOY reports...
  • Is Family Tree Homework An Invasion Of Privacy?

    11/19/2010 3:48:58 PM PST · by Califreak · 42 replies · 1+ views
    General | 11/19/10 | Myself
    How do you feel about "family tree" homework? My kids have had to do this repeatedly. To me, this seems like something that should be done at home on one's own time.
  • Obama Family Tree Tangled By Polygamy

    07/26/2008 6:08:14 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 34 replies · 113+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | July 25, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Obama has at least 7 (maybe 8) half siblings from 4 different women. Papa got around.
  • Revealed: THREE Slave-Owning Ancestors Ben Affleck Didn't Want You To Know About

    04/23/2015 2:07:46 PM PDT · by drewh · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10:45 EST, 23 April 2015 | By DANIEL BATES FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    Ben Affleck has at least three ancestors who owned slaves including a wealthy landowner who bought a young boy who he appears to have set to work in his tanning business. The Batman star's distant family can be traced to Connecticut and in 1728 they paid 80 pounds for a slave called Tobe who they kept until he was grown up. The bill of sale refers to Tobe as a 'negro boy' which the previous owner 'sold as my proper estate'. Tobe's owner was called Nathaniel Stanley and was known as a smart man of 'respected piety and evangelical sentiments'...
  • Ben Affleck Breaks Silence on PBS Show Controversy (Throws Skip Gates Under The Bus)

    04/21/2015 6:25:10 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 63 replies
    E!Online ^ | Natalie Finn
    Ben Affleck went searching for his roots and ended up finding more than he bargained for. And he admits it. "After an exhaustive search of my ancestry for Finding Your Roots, it was discovered that one of my distant relatives was an owner of slaves," Affleck wrote on Facebook Tuesday, breaking his silence on the controversy kicked up by a leaked Sony email that revealed the actor specifically requested that that limb of his family tree be left out of his episode of the PBS series Finding Your Roots. "I didn't want any television show about my family to include...
  • Unexpected Results From DNA Tests

    01/13/2016 1:40:00 PM PST · by Little Bill · 222 replies
    Self | January 12, 2016 | Self
    I am wondering if any FReepers had unexpected results when they did a DNA test during a family History search. In my case I was looking for an oppressed history of serfdom and general nastiness from Norman Overlords during the Middle Ages, just preparing for an Obama America. To my surprise I discovered we were Normans, in the Staple, Merchants, and in general capitalists, until God and Religion brought us unto this Blessed Shore to continue in the same trades. So in this election year of the usual Freeper cage fights I thought to step outside the blood and gore...
  • Meet John Howland, a lucky Pilgrim _ and maybe your ancestor

    11/26/2015 1:08:29 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    bigstory.ap.org ^ | Nov. 26, 2015 | MARK PRATT
    John Howland may not be as famous as William Bradford, John Carver and Myles Standish, notable passengers on the Mayflower that landed in Massachusetts in 1620. Yet Howland, who boarded the ship as Carver's servant, probably had a greater impact on the history of the United States than any of them. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will sit down for Thanksgiving dinner Thursday unaware that they owe their very existence to Howland, who almost never even made it to the New World. Howland fell overboard in the middle of the Atlantic during a gale
  • Cops are asking Ancestry.com and 23andMe for their customers’ DNA

    10/20/2015 8:18:02 PM PDT · by Altariel · 34 replies
    When companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe first invited people to send in their DNA for genealogy tracing and medical diagnostic tests, privacy advocates warned about the creation of giant genetic databases that might one day be used against participants by law enforcement. DNA, after all, can be a key to solving crimes. It “has serious information about you and your family,” genetic privacy advocate Jeremy Gruber told me back in 2010 when such services were just getting popular. Now, five years later, when 23andMe and Ancestry both have over a million customers, those warnings are looking prescient. “Your relative’s DNA...
  • Historic photograph of Obama’s Irish ancestor is discovered (Photos at link)

    07/16/2015 11:29:07 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    Irish Central ^ | March 11, 2015 | By Sheila Langan
    An historic photo of Fulmoth Kearney, President Obama’s Irish ancestor from Moneygall, Co, Offaly, has at last been found. Merlyn White, Obama's third cousin once removed, recently learned of her connection to the president while visiting a distant relation in Scotland. The news led her to reconsider an old family photo album she had inherited from her 107-year-old great aunt. In the album's pages she found portraits of Fulmoth and his wife Charlotte, which she shared with genealogist Megan Smolenyak, who first identified Fulmoth as Obama's Irish ancestor. This revelation of the photo comes on the heels of the discovery...
  • BEN AFFLECK HAS ANOTHER NINE SLAVEHOLDER ANCESTORS FROM THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH (214 slaves total)

    04/27/2015 12:52:50 PM PDT · by drewh · 58 replies
    Big Government ^ | April 27, 2015
    Movie star Ben Affleck has another nine slaveholder ancestors from Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia, according to publicly available Census records and genealogy research conducted by Breitbart News. Last week, Affleck admitted that he successfully pressured Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates to edit his Georgia slaveholding ancestor, Benjamin Cole, out of an episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” that featured his family history. This brings the number of Affleck’s known slaveholder ancestors to 12, who owned a total of 214 slaves. The relative ease with which Breitbart News was able to find these nine additional slaveholding...
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    KUTV (Salt Lake City) ^ | March 24, 2015
    (KUTV) A co-founder of genealogy company Ancestry.com has been arrested, accused of sexually abusing a teen. Prosecutors say 50-year-old Daniel Taggart gave his daughter and her 15-year-old friend alcohol and sex toys during an overnight party. Police say Taggart played cards with the girls and encouraged a twerking contest. The 15-year-old allegedly got shot glasses and sex toys as prizes. Eventually the alcohol, police say, took effect. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the victim told police once Taggart’s daughter feel asleep, he turned on a pornographic video and sexually assaulted her. She said the same thing happened at another...
  • 600-Year-Old American Indian Historical Account Has Old Norse Words

    03/06/2011 12:45:36 PM PST · by blam · 98 replies · 1+ views
    The Guard- blogspot ^ | 3-15-2007 | Larry Stroud
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  • Ah. ha! Geneologists discover that John Kerry is a descendant of Mohammed

    10/01/2004 6:55:16 AM PDT · by Jacksonville Patriot · 51 replies · 1,433+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2004 | John McCaslin
    Walking U.N. Perhaps Sen. John Kerry does have an advantage after all over President Bush in understanding the complex political issues of the Middle East. New research by Burke's Peerage reveals that Mr. Kerry is the only presidential candidate in U.S. history who has genealogical descent from Muslims, Jews and Christians. "Senator Kerry ... is a virtual walking United Nations," says Harold Brooks-Baker, publishing director of Burke's. Mr. Kerry is kinsman of the Shi'ite shahs of Persia (the most famous was Shah Abbas I, who reigned from 1587 to 1629), as well as the Muslim kings of Tunisia, all of...
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    12/24/2013 5:27:54 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 24, 2013 | Fr. Robert Johansen
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    ABC News ^ | November 25, 2013 | MATTHEW PERRONE
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    11/08/2013 11:46:17 AM PST · by null and void · 46 replies
    FastCompany.com ^ | October 14, 2013 | 6:00 AM | Elizabeth Murphy
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