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Genealogy Blog

29 May 2015

Genealogist Grandma Finds Photo of Herself 70 Yrs Ago in Newly-Released Nanjing Archives in China

An 84-year-old grandma came face-to-face with a picture of herself as a teenager for the first time after looking through the household registration cards of the Republic of China (1912-1949) at the Nanjing Archives in the capital city of east China's Jiangsu Province on May 26.

Since a batch of 1.5 million such cards collected by the archive has recently been added onto the fourth list of China's archival document heritage, the organization invited more than 100 local residents, including Xu, to look up cards to trace the life of their elderly generations.

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27 May 2015

Here Are The Names of All 1,487 New Jersey Soldiers Who Died in Vietnam

The Vietnam war left an undeniable mark in American history, and the pain is still felt by the families and friends of the fallen soldiers who gave their lives.

A total of 58,220 soldiers were killed in the war with 1,487 of them from New Jersey, according to the Defense Casualty Analysis System in the National Archives.

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26 May 2015

Are You Related to Stevie Nicks?

Nicks was born on May 26, 1948 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, to Jess Nicks (July 2, 1925 - August 10, 2005), former president of Greyhound's Armour-Dial, and Barbara Nicks (November 12, 1927 - December 29, 2011), a homemaker.

Nicks' grandfather, Aaron Jess "A.J." Nicks, Sr. (May 18, 1892 - August 1, 1974), 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.

Stevie Nicks' Family Tree

18 May 2015

Are You Related to Tina Fey?

Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey was born on May 18, 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Zenobia "Jeanne" (née Xenaki), is a brokerage employee; her father, Donald Henry Fey, is a university grant proposal writer.

Fey's father has English, German, and Scottish ancestry; one of Fey's paternal fifth great-grandfathers was John Hewson (1744–1821), a textile manufacturer who emigrated to America with the support of Benjamin Franklin, enabling Hewson to quickly open a quilting factory in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Tina Fey's Family Tree

15 May 2015

18 of 25 New Orleanians Identified in Iconic World War II Photo. Who Are The Other 7?

In a photograph that has become iconic, Roland K. Jauchler Jr. stands out for one reason: Of all the neighbors marching down the St. Roch Avenue neutral ground to celebrate the end of World War II, he's the only one with a musical instrument.

It was just a cheap trumpet from a dime store, Jauchler said, but after nearly four years of war, people wanted to blow of steam when they got word in August 1945 that Japan had surrendered.

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10 May 2015

Are You Related to John Wilkes Booth?

Booth was born on May 10, 1838 in Bel Air, Maryland, USA. His parents, the noted British Shakespearean actor Junius Brutus Booth and his mistress Mary Ann Holmes, came to the United States from England in June 1821.

They purchased a 150-acre (61 ha) farm near Bel Air in Harford County, Maryland, where John Wilkes Booth was born in a four-room log house on May 10, 1838, the ninth of ten children. He was named after the English radical politician John Wilkes, a distant relative.

John Wilkes Booth's Family Tree

4 May 2015

Daniel Craig's Ancestors Are French Clergymen and Adventurers

It’s the kind of genealogical puzzle that James Bond himself would have been satisfied to solve.

Researchers have discovered that 007 star Daniel Craig has a rather more exotic heritage than the fictional Englishman he plays on screen. Records reveal that the actor’s ancestors are French and that he comes from a long line of distinguished clergymen and adventurers.

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1 May 2015

Are You Related to Rita Coolidge?

Coolidge was born on May 1, 1945 in Lafayette, Tennessee. Coolidge attended Nashville's Maplewood High School. She graduated from Andrew Jackson Senior High in Jacksonville, Florida.

She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She is of Scottish and Cherokee ancestry.

Rita Coolidge's Family Tree

29 April 2015

Armenian President Grants Armenian Passports To Five Members of Genealogy Group

On April 27, President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan received the six members of the Genealogy group, who will be representing Armenia and the new generation of Armenians on five continents of the globe in the form of five petals of a Forget-me-not at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Chairman of the Council of Public Television and Radio Ruben Jaghinyan and head of the Armenian delegation to Eurovision Gohar Gasparyan participated in the meeting with the President.

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Are You Related to Uma Thurman?

Thurman was born on April 29, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman, a New York-born professor, is a Buddhist writer and academic.

Her mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, was a model who was born in Mexico City, Mexico, of German, Swedish and Danish descent. During her childhood, Thurman and her siblings spent time in the Himalayan town of Almora, Uttarakhand, India, where the Dalai Lama, to whom Robert Thurman has long been close, once visited their home.

Uma Thurman's Family Tree

27 April 2015

Establishment of Ireland as European Centre of Genealogical Excellence Urged

Just before Christmas 2013, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht held a series of public hearings on maximising our cultural and genealogical heritage. Its report was finally published at the start of this month.

Catherine Murphy TD, prime mover behind the hearings and the author of the report, was only given authority to act on behalf of the committee (as “rapporteur”) in January of this year. Hence the delay.

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23 April 2015

Melissa Etheridge Uncovers Her Ancestry on Finale Episode of 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

In this Sunday's finale episode Who Do You Think You Are? singer Melissa Etheridge, 53, uncovers stories of her ancestors and reflects on her own personal legacy.

"I had no idea what to expect. I knew a lot about my mother’s family but my father kept it really quiet. I’m glad they took my father’s side of the family that I knew nothing about. All of a sudden it’s like someone pulls back a back a curtain and you see into this rich pat and I think wait a minute, no I can’t define myself like that anymore look at this."

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Growing Numbers of Turks Discover Armenian Ancestry

In a climate of improved tolerance, growing numbers of people in Turkey are discovering their grandmothers were Armenian, and the revelations are being viewed as an important step.

Hundreds of thousands of Armenians escaped the mass deportations and slaughter of the early 1990's by forced conversion to Islam. Also, some Armenian children were taken in by Turkish families and assimilated.

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22 April 2015

The Story of Hillary Clinton's 'Real' Welsh Great-Grandmother Revealed by History Detective

Megan Smolenyak, a “history detective” made waves this month when she argued that genealogists have “attached” her Welsh grandmother to the wrong parents.

She argues that two girls named Hannah Jones were born in Scranton and people have “latched on to the wrong one” and that “everyone” has “quarter of her family tree wrong”.

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21 April 2015

Ohio Woman Searching for Biological Mother Discovers Co-Worker Is Her Mom

An adopted Ohio woman who was searching for her biological mom was left stunned after learning that the woman she was looking for was actually a co-worker at the same company.

La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark found out her mother's name was Francine Simmons after the state's Department of Health released birth records for those born between Jan. 1964 and Sept. 1996.

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