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  • 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...

    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...
  • co-founder charged with sexually assaulting teen girl

    03/30/2015 2:34:17 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 27 replies
    KUTV (Salt Lake City) ^ | March 24, 2015
    (KUTV) A co-founder of genealogy company 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
    600-Year-Old American Indian Historical Account Has Old Norse WordsBy Larry Stroud, Guard Associate EditorPublished on Thursday March 15, 2007 Vikings and Algonquins. The first American multi-culturalists? BIG BAY, Mich. — Two experts on ancient America may have solved not only the mysterious disappearance of Norse from the Western Settlement of Greenland in the 1300s, but also are deciphering Delaware (Lenape) Indian history, which they’re finding is written in the Old Norse language. The history tells how some of the Delaware’s ancestors migrated west to America across a frozen sea and intermarried with the Delaware and other Algonquin Indians. Myron Paine,...
  • 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...
  • The Promise and Fulfillment of Christmas

    12/24/2013 5:27:54 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 24, 2013 | Fr. Robert Johansen
    Some years ago, when I was recently ordained, it fell upon me to celebrate the Vigil Mass of Christmas at my parish. The pastor, as was his prerogative, always celebrated Midnight Mass, so the other parish Masses were divided between myself and the other associate. The gospel for the Christmas Vigil Mass is the beginning of MatthewÂ’s gospel, which contains the genealogy of Jesus. This can be a challenge for the preacher: some of the names are tongue-twisters (my favorites are Amminadab and Shealtiel), and the passage is long, or at least seems that way. It is hard to imagine...
  • FDA Tells 23andMe to Halt Sales of Genetic Test

    11/26/2013 5:54:08 AM PST · by Prolixus · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 25, 2013 | MATTHEW PERRONE
    The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Google-backed genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is supported by science.
  • Inside 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki's $99 DNA Revolution

    11/08/2013 11:46:17 AM PST · by null and void · 46 replies ^ | October 14, 2013 | 6:00 AM | Elizabeth Murphy
    The $126 million genetic-testing company can tell you how to live smarter, better, and longer. It can also tell you what might kill you. You can purchase 14 gallons of organic milk or 396 lollipops. You can give her 33 rides on the Ferris wheel at the state fair, or you can get him a couple of violin lessons. You could put the money in a savings account, you could buy her her very own LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer digital learning tablet, or you could buy enough pizzas to feed all of her friends on the block. So many options, so...
  • On the meaning of Ah-nald the Governator's surname (Schwarzenegger) - VANITY!

    11/03/2013 1:06:33 PM PST · by elengr · 25 replies
    Schwarzenegger == "black Amish person" This misinterpretation of the meaning of Governator Ah-nald’s name is commonly made by English speakers with a just enough knowledge of German to get into linguistic deep do-do, PC-wise. :) Several theories exist about the etymology of Arnold’s surname, but before I go there, first note that in German, his surname linguistically breaks down to Schwarzen-Egger. The position of the glottal stop makes it completely impossible for the “n” to belong to the back half of the compound word. Apparently, several decades ago, Arnold once told David Letterman that his name meant "black farmer" (I...
  • Find Your Inner (Genetic) Neanderthal

    06/10/2013 11:43:32 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 18 replies
    23 And Me Blog (genetics & ancestry testing business) ^ | dec 15, 2011 | blod post by ScottH under Ancestry
    Find Your Inner Neanderthal Published by ScottH under Ancestry They had bigger brains and muscles, but for some reason Neanderthals —thick boned humans who thrived for hundreds of thousands of years in Europe and parts of Asia— died out about 30,000 years ago, while we modern humans survived. Why we, Homo sapiens, flourished and our Homo neandertalensis cousins died out is an evolutionary mystery that biologist are trying to unravel. In the last few years, scientists have uncovered clues not just to what the lives of Neanderthals may have been like, but also clues that tell us more about...
  • WWII Veteran Returns Wedding Photos of Dead German Soldier 68 Years Later

    12/19/2012 2:08:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Dec 7, 2012 | Cheryl Hurd
    Even though he is 92, Howard Hensleigh remembers 1944 like it was yesterday. Even though he is 92, Howard Hensleigh of Menlo Park remembers 1944 like it was yesterday. That was the year the Army World War II veteran killed a German soldier during a gun battle in Southern France. “The sergeant that I chose to fire the first shot fired and of course they hit the dirt. Firing going back and forth all the time," Hensleigh said. Hensleigh, who was an intelligence officer and assistant platoon leader, says he knew the German soldiers were not going to give up...

    08/13/2012 11:43:30 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 40 replies
    the Mail ^ | August 12, 2012 | Turtle Bunbury
    For many of us, our main understanding of the American South, slavery and the Civil War derives from countless viewings of ‘Gone with the Wind.’ New research has revealed that Michelle Obama’s forefathers include Charles Shields, a slave-owner of Irish descent, who lived in the very same county in Georgia State where the fictional Scarlet O’Hara’s family lived. This is the remarkable story of how Charles Shields and a slave girl called Melvina became ancestors of the first African-American to become First Lady of the United States.
  • Michelle Obama's ancestors traced to Ulster slave owner

    06/18/2012 2:16:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | June 18, 2012 | Paul Melia
    US First Lady Michelle Obama's ancestry can be traced to a slave owner from what is now Northern Ireland, who emigrated to America in the 1700s. A new book claims that Andrew Shields, who fought against the British in the American War of Independence, was Mrs Obama's great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather and his family were slave owners. Her great-great-great-grandmother Melvinia was a slave who had children by Charles Shields, grandson of Andrew Shields. One of those children, Dolphus Shields, born in 1859, was Michelle Obama's direct ancestor. The claims are made in American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors...
  • Civil War vet to be laid to rest -- 88 years after death

    04/12/2012 5:33:09 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies ^ | 11 April 2012 | Kohr Harlan
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Civil War veteran who died years ago will finally be laid to rest this Friday in Portland. He was the youngest of 13 children, and the last one to die. And so, after he passed away, his remains laid unclaimed for 88 years. Alice Knapp's curiosity about her own family tree led her to Peter Knapp's remains. She still remembers taking possession of the box Peter's remains are in. "It was a gold box -- both he and his wife were placed in this gold box," Alice Knapp said. "It had a ribbon around it and...
  • 1940 Census Records to be release April 2, 2012

    03/31/2012 3:24:19 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies ^ | April 2, 2012 | National Archives
    The 1940 census will be released online on April 2, 2012. Please bookmark this page: This is where you will be able to access the digitized census records starting on April 2. The digital images will be accessible free of charge at NARA facilities nationwide through our public access computers as well as on personal computers via the internet. Part 1: General Information FAQs about the 1940 Census 1940 Census Forms Questions Asked on the 1940 Census Selected List of Codes 1940 Census Lectures by NARA staff nationwide Part 2: How to Start Your 1940 Census Research
  • First-ever release of 1940 census may be a treasure trove

    03/19/2012 5:28:04 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 30 replies ^ | 19 Mar 2012 | AP story
    The federal government plans to release intimate details about 132 million people in the United States who participated in the 1940 census when it makes the data available to the public on April 2 for the first time after 72 years of being kept confidential. Access to the records will be free and open to anyone on the Internet — but they will not be immediately name searchable. For genealogists and family historians, the 1940 census release is the most important disclosure of ancestral secrets in a decade and could shake the branches of many family trees. Scholars expect the...
  • ANCESTRY.COM Reveals Mitt Romney’s Presidential Genes: 2012 GOP Hopeful Is Related to Six Presidents

    01/13/2012 6:17:22 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 106 replies ^ | December 20, 2011 |
    Leading Family History Site also Links GOP Candidates Huntsman and Perry to Former Presidents and American Legends PROVO, UTAH (December 20, 2011) - As Americans prepare to cast their votes in the 2012 Republican Presidential primaries and caucuses starting January 3 in Iowa, today announced that several key Republican presidential contenders have historic political leaders in their genes – suggesting that the upcoming primaries are really one grand ol’ family party. The world’s largest online family history resource has discovered that Mitt Romney leads the pack in presidential lineage with six former Commanders–in-Chief in his family history.  The former Massachusetts...
  • Rick Perry’s family tree includes Sam Houston, Harry Truman; Bushes related to Romney, Huntsman

    12/19/2011 11:54:26 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 19, 2011 | Richard Dunham
    ..A new genealogical analysis of four Republican presidential candidates by the web site finds that Perry is a first cousin (six times removed) of Sam Houston, the commander-in-chief of Texas revolutionary forces and twice-elected president of the Republic of Texas. “Texans have that Texas pride,” said Anastasia Harman, lead family historian for “That Texas pride is obviously in his blood.” Houston, Texas’ seventh governor, and Perry, the state’s 47th governor, are both related to Captain John Paxton, a hero of the U.S. Revolutionary War who survived the infamous winter encampment at Valley Forge with General George Washington. Paxton’s...
  • Matthew’s Genealogy Of Jesus - December 18, Sunday, Matthew 1: 1-17

    12/17/2011 2:18:52 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    UCA News ^ | December 17, 2011
    Both Matthew and Luke have accounts of the conception and birth of Jesus; Mark and John do not. Even more, both Matthew and Luke have genealogies of Jesus, though these family lists are not similar, nor do they relate to anything else in the Gospels. But why a genealogy in the first place? Matthew’s purpose is clear. He has always been concerned to show that Jesus is the “fulfillment” of the promises made by God, and of the expect-ations of Israel. In constructing his genealogy, Matthew’s aim is to show that Jesus is the messiah, “son of David, son...
  • How do I access my Grandfather's war record?

    12/01/2011 2:21:45 PM PST · by MistrX · 32 replies · 1+ views
    12/01/11 | self
    My Grandfather was a Marine in the South Pacific in WWII. My Mom has no details as he never talked about his experiences. I would like to know where was posted, etc. Can anybody help me with this? Thanks.
  • “BillionGraves” Webinar to Highlight New Genealogy Technology [Lds obsession with the dead]

    11/17/2011 12:47:19 PM PST · by Colofornian · 72 replies · 1+ views ^ | Nov. 15, 2011
    A new mobile device app called “BillionGraves,” which combines GPS location data with the pictures users take of gravestones, will be highlighted by FamilySearch presenter Tim Cross at this month’s Utah Genealogical Association webinar on Thursday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m. mountain standard time. Those interested may watch the live webinar—a virtual meeting broadcast on the Internet—free of charge at the UGA website. After the presentation is over, a UGA membership is required to access the recording. The BillionGraves app, which is available free of charge on Google Android and Apple iOS devices, enables users to upload photos of headstones...
  • Social Security needs proof man born in 1871 is dead. (Genealogy vanity!)

    06/22/2011 4:03:22 PM PDT · by stylecouncilor · 28 replies
    me | 6-22-2011 | stylecouncilor
    Months ago I filed and paid $27 for a copy of my great-great grandfathers social security application as part of my genealogy research. He was born in PA in 1871 and died in NY in 1940. Today I received a letter from the SSA stating that they cannot send me a copy because they have no information that he is deceased! It goes on to thank me for my payment to cover the cost of searching the records and if I can send proof he is dead (lol) they can provide the record at no additional cost. I have 30...
  • Temple adoptions were part of LDS evolution toward genealogy work

    02/16/2011 6:49:20 PM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Jan. 27, 2011 | Doug Gibson
    The majority of faithful Latter-day Saints who engage in temple work for the dead probably have never heard of the Law of Adoption. Yet, for roughly a half century, until 116 years ago, it was the forerunner of today’s large-scale church temple ordinances for the deceased, which are considered sacred and necessary in the LDS Church for afterlife progression. Gordon Irving, then associate historian for the LDS Church, wrote a fascinating piece for the spring 1974 issue of BYU Studies. Titled, “The Law of Adoption: One Phase of the Development of the Mormon Concept of Salvation, 1830-1900,” Irving explains that...
  • [Why I Am Catholic: Because God Became Man (Despite His Flawed Human Ancestors)

    01/23/2011 2:58:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Why I Am ^ | Saturday, December 18, 2010 | Frank Weathers
    Saturday, December 18, 2010 Because God Became Man (Despite His Flawed Human Ancestors) Posted by Frank —Feast of Blessed Anthony GrassiThis day is just beginning, but I can't let it go forward without mentioning yesterdays Gospel reading. It is from Chapter 1 in Matthew and it is the genealogy of Jesus. Here the gospel writer goes to great pains to show that Our Lord and Savior is indeed descended from the line of King David. Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling with portraits of Our Lord's earthly ancestors. After reading this post, you may think that earthy is a better...
  • Obama Announces Support for UN Resolution Stating 'Indigenous Peoples ...

    12/21/2010 11:53:50 AM PST · by yoe · 186 replies · 2+ views
    CNSNEWS ^ | December 21, 2010 | Penny Starr
    President Barack Obama, addressing a tribal nations conference at the White House last week, announded that the U.S. government is now supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, which includes a sweeping declaration that "indigenous peoples" have a right to lands and resources they traditionally occupied or "otherwise used." "Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired," says the U.N. resolution. The Bush administration had declined to support the resolution. At the White House Tribal Nations Conference, Obama reminded the group that...
  • Obama's related to Palin

    10/12/2010 10:13:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 13, 2010 | JOCELYN NOVECK
    NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama has family ties to none other than Sarah Palin, according to the genealogists at, a discovery the family history site made when looking for connections between political foes. And that's not all - Obama also is apparently related to conservative radio host and relentless critic Rush Limbaugh.
  • 25 Revolutionary War Ancestors of Sarah Palin

    10/02/2010 3:39:37 PM PDT · by epithermal · 43 replies ^ | Jun 26, 2009 | Rosemary E. Bachelor
    Sarah Palin has at least 25 ancestors who served in the American Revolution. Are any of them shared? If so, descendants can join the DAR and other lineage societies.
  • looking for great-grandmother

    09/26/2010 11:17:36 AM PDT · by franksolich · 50 replies · 2+ views
    conservativecave ^ | September 26, 2010 | franksolich
    When I was ten years old, our teacher assigned us to research our individual family histories, as best as fifth-graders could do. I swiped one of my father's lined green ledger books, and meticulously recorded my ancestors, and their vital statistics, as I collected them from the parents, aunts and uncles, and great-aunts and great-uncles who were still living at the time. I was a late child, three of my four grandparents being dead before I had even known of them. I had many older brothers and sisters, after which there had been a substantial gap. My parents were grey...
  • Do You Know Who Your Ancestors Are?

    05/14/2010 11:54:44 AM PDT · by American Quilter · 151 replies · 1,681+ views
    American Quilter | May 14, 2010 | American Quilter
    Now that so many ancestry records have been digitized, it's amazingly easy to start tracing your family tree. I'd never done it, but I watched this season's TV show, "Who Do You Think You Are?", and they kept referring to So on a whim a few weeks ago I logged onto that site , and I've been amazed at what I've found. My mother's father's mother's family line goes back into the late 1400s in France, via many generations of French Canadians--who knew??? One of my dad's grandfathers came to the US to escape the Potato Famine in Ireland,...
  • Company plans to sell genetic testing kit at drugstores

    05/11/2010 6:42:06 AM PDT · by Palter · 11 replies · 471+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 11 May 2010 | Rob Stein
    Beginning Friday, shoppers in search of toothpaste, deodorant and laxatives at more than 6,000 drugstores across the nation will be able to pick up something new: a test to scan their genes for a propensity for Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, diabetes and other ailments. The test also claims to offer a window into the chances of becoming obese, developing psoriasis and going blind. For those thinking of starting a family, it could alert them to their risk of having a baby with cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs and other genetic disorders. The test also promises users insights into how caffeine, cholesterol-lowering drugs...
  • The Scotch-Irish -- The First "Americans"

    04/15/2010 7:27:25 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 46 replies · 769+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | April 15, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    So, what happened to all of those Scotch-Irish settlers and their descendants? It doesn't seem that large numbers of Americans identify themselves as Scotch-Irish (or Ulster Scots or Scots-Irish). If they do, the Bureau of the Census surveys don't reveal them. The answer is, the descendants of the Scotch-Irish settlers are legion -- but a great many of them call themselves simply "Americans."
  • Value of Family Reunions and Genealogy

    03/22/2010 7:11:37 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 18 replies · 447+ views
    Some years ago a read an article in a woman's magazine concerning a large extended family that held family reunions every year. The number of attendents were in the hundreds and included many distant cousins. It seems like family reunions could have a great value to society. Family is the original form of "networking". Having a large extended family or clan provides many levels of support for the individual and nuclear family. These large family networks can provide spiritual and emotional support as well as practical support in helping members with their finances or in job hunting. Today American families...

    02/12/2010 10:48:23 PM PST · by bogusname · 27 replies · 1,085+ views
    Sound ^ | Feb. 2010 | Tim Osterholm
    The history of the races of mankind is a fascinating subject. Biologically, a race is generally thought of as a variety, or subspecies, within a given species. All the races are a part of the human race. We have made the term race to apply to skin color, but the dictionary defines race as "a class or kind of individuals with common characteristics, interests, appearances, or habits as if derived from a common ancestor." Where did we come from? The answers have always been with us, as presented in the original Table of Nations. What you are about to read...
  • Genetic study clarifies African and African-American ancestry

    12/21/2009 12:41:48 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 20 replies · 1,735+ views
    University of Pennsylvania ^ | 21-Dec-2009 | Jordan Reese
    The University of PennsylvaniaSarah Tishkoff, professor in the departments of genetics and biology at University of Pennsylvania, is collecting samples in Africa. Collaboration by University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University PHILADELPHIA –- People who identify as African-American may be as little as 1 percent West African or as much as 99 percent, just one finding of a large-scale, genome-wide study of African and African-American ancestry released today. An international research team led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University has collected and analyzed genotype data from 365 African-Americans, 203 people from 12 West African populations and...
  • Proxy baptisms: LDS Church hopes new system thwarts mischief makers

    12/04/2009 11:43:52 AM PST · by Colofornian · 18 replies · 581+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Dec. 4, 2009 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    The LDS Church now has in place a computer program it believes may halt -- or at least slow -- the submission of incorrect, inappropriate or dubious information into its massive collection of genealogical records. "The new version of FamilySearch is a technological deterrent to improper submissions," LDS spokesman Scott Trotter said Thursday. "For example, users must certify that the names they are submitting are of family members." Mormons submit the lion's share of the historical data, either from private or public sources, typed singly or "extracted" from a list. Thousands of names are entered into the system every day...
  • DId Your Ancestor Serve During the Hundred Years' War?

    10/26/2009 7:20:45 AM PDT · by BronzePencil · 97 replies · 2,669+ views
    Researchers at the University of Reading (UK) and the University of Southampton (UK) recently made available the roster of men who served during the Hundred Years' War.
  • More than 400 Years of London Church Records (Genealogy)

    10/10/2009 7:50:57 PM PDT · by restornu · 14 replies · 1,224+ views ^ | 24 September 2009 | By Jana Lloyd
    Church records are one of our most important sources of information about the births, marriages and deaths of our ancestors. And before the 19th century, they are our only source of information on births, marriages and deaths—because churches were keeping records of important life events long before governments were. In 1538, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s Vicar General, issued an order that each parish in England keep a record of every baptism, marriage and burial it performed. The UK government, on the other hand, did not start keeping vital records until 1837. (To search indexes of most of the UK government’s...
  • Will Obama Deny Bill Ayers' Accusation?

    10/06/2009 10:47:47 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 45 replies · 2,331+ views
    BACKYARD CONSERVATIVE ^ | Wednesday, October 07, 2009 | Anne Leary
    William Jacobson, Legal Insurrection with thoughts on my Bill Ayers No Dream post. (Yes, you can use the phrase:) Bill Ayers was not polite company though, so it wasn't a strain. And how about this RootsWeb dossier on one Bill Ayers. Sent in by an informed reader.
  • School wasn't prepped for this scandal

    07/25/2009 5:25:51 PM PDT · by fiodora · 28 replies · 1,621+ views ^ | September 6, 2008 | Alex Beam
    THE OTHER GATES FOUNDATION In 2005, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., known to all as "Skip," set up the nonprofit Inkwell Foundation, named after a famous beach/gathering place for African-Americans on Martha's Vineyard. Skip talked about the foundation in a recent interview with Martha's Vineyard magazine and touted it when he launched his for-profit business,, last year. "The precedent-setting site is the only company in the field of genetic genealogy that will provide African Americans with family tree research in addition to DNA testing," its initial press release declared, adding that "a percentage of all profits will be...
  • Mormon leader to present Obama with family history

    07/20/2009 12:29:21 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 68 replies · 1,618+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 7/20/09 | Matt Canham
    The White House expects LDS Church President Thomas Monson to present President Barack Obama with a detailed report on his genealogical history when the two leaders sit down for a quick meeting today,
  • Kiwi man wins legal battle with mormon church over a family affair

    07/17/2009 12:57:12 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 6 replies · 598+ views
    The National Business Review ^ | July 16, 2009 | Robert Smith
    An Auckland man has seen off a legal challenge from the giant mormon church over the trademark for his family location internet service, with the Court of Appeal today ruling against the religious organisation. The Court of Appeal decision brings a close to seven years of legal wrangling between Robert Sintes and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints over the use of the words ‘family search’. The church operates a website at which offers free family history, family tree and genealogy records and research, but came down hard on Mr Sintes soon after he launched his own...
  • Media the victim of source's spin

    06/10/2009 11:25:10 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 17 replies · 345+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | June 10, 2009 | Joel Campbell
    The media continues to treat a genealogical researcher as a celebrity. Helen Radkey likes to unearth misguided proxy baptisms performed by LDS Church members... She has made it her vocation to research and then release her sensationalized findings to the media. The media in turn often print whatever Radkey has to say, drop in a quote from church public affairs and call it good journalism... SNIP While Radkey's facts may be accurate, it's her spin that often goes unchallenged. As a member of the church, I find it disheartening that fellow members would submit names of unrelated people, including Holocaust...
  • Photos Found Of Unknown Family

    02/22/2009 6:09:44 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 113 replies · 4,775+ views
    Flickr ^ | 02/22/2009 | *Kid*Doc*One*
    I found the negatives for these pictures in a box of darkroom items at a garage sale 15 years ago. I have been haunted by them ever since. I have scoured these pictures looking for clues as to the identity of this family. Now I will ask my Flickr friends to help Seems nobody really knows.
  • DNA can reveal ancestors' lies and secrets

    01/18/2009 3:36:53 AM PST · by decimon · 71 replies · 1,613+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Jan. 18, 2008 | Alan Zarembo
    In a search for their ancestors, more than 140 people with variations of the last name Kincaid have taken DNA tests and shared their results on the Internet. They have found war heroes, sailors and survivors of the Irish potato famine. They have also stumbled upon bastards, liars and two-timers. Much of it is ancient history, long-dead ancestors whose dalliances are part of the intrigue of amateur genealogy. But sometimes the findings strike closer to home.
  • whence one comes

    12/24/2008 3:28:17 PM PST · by franksolich · 9 replies · 437+ views
    conservativecave ^ | final part 12-24-08 | self
    I never met my great-grandfather, the father of the mother of my mother, who died in 1938, long before I was born. All the people and events described herein can be placed and dated in the Carpathian Mountains of central Europe circa 1880-1890, and in northeastern Pennsylvania circa 1890-1940. One time I interviewed his second-oldest son (i.e., an uncle of my mother; by then a long-retired Ph.D. of "education"), and asked, quite pointedly, if there had been any particular problems or interesting situations for him, given that my great-grandfather, his father, was a dwarf, and by the time his own...
  • Beethoven was black?

    11/28/2008 7:36:05 PM PST · by mainestategop · 151 replies · 5,345+ views
    Beethoven: Revealing His True Identity   In the 15th and 16th century, written history underwent a massive campaign of misinformation and deception. With the European slave trade in full swing, Afrikans were transported to various parts of the world and were stripped of every aspect of their humanity, and in most of western civilization, were no longer considered human. This triggered a wholesale interpretation of history that methodically excluded Afrikans from any respectful mention, other than a legacy of slavery. This can result in being taught, or socialized, from one perspective. In this instance, historical information tends to flow strictly...
  • America's 'Lost Monarchy': The Man Who Would Be King

    10/11/2008 8:36:57 AM PDT · by Oyarsa · 31 replies · 1,196+ views ^ | 10/08/08 | Kurt Soller |
    The children of Paul Emery Washington think of their father as an unpretentious, generous guy who climbed the corporate ladder to become regional manager at CertainTeed manufacturing, a building-supply company. Now 82, he takes care of his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, while spending time on the San Antonio, Texas, property that he shares with his children. "I think he would've been a great king," says son Bill Washington—a statement, we admit, that might seem a little odd. Except that Paul Emery Washington is a direct descendant of George Washington, our nation's first president and perhaps the only man...
  • Sarah Palin Family Tree

    08/30/2008 10:09:56 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 49 replies · 9,276+ views
    Sarah Palin is the 12th cousin of John McCain, 8th cousin of George W. Bush and 10th cousin of Barack Obama.
  • Pagan sect at Pakistan border lives amid conservative Muslims

    06/03/2008 11:51:20 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 16 replies · 259+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 3.6.08 | Saeed Shah
    BATRIK — bordering Afghanistan's Nuristan province, inaccessible Chitral district has long been thought to be a refuge for Osama bin Laden. With the high peaks of the Hindu Kush range and narrow valleys, ... easy to dodge through secret mountain routes between Pakistan and Afghanistan. home of the Kalasha, a unique pagan civilization that's lived in the area for 2,000 years or more, boxed in by an increasingly militant Islam. According to locals, bin Laden lived with a Kalasha family in Chitral for some time during his first Afghan jihad, . With his now much more severe ideology, the al...
  • Researchers retrieve authentic Viking DNA from 1,000-year-old skeletons

    05/28/2008 6:46:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies · 4,885+ views ^ | 05/28/2008 | Staff
    Although “Viking” literally means “pirate,” recent research has indicated that the Vikings were also traders to the fishmongers of Europe. Stereotypically, these Norsemen are usually pictured wearing a horned helmet but in a new study published in the journal PLoS ONE this week, Jřrgen Dissing and colleagues from the University of Copenhagen, investigated what went under the helmet; the scientists were able to extract authentic DNA from ancient Viking skeletons, avoiding many of the problems of contamination faced by past researchers. Analysis of DNA from the remains of ancient humans provides valuable insights into such important questions as the origin...