There have been dozens of stories tracing the family trees of President Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney. One of the more in-depth stories shows how both have roots in America that date back to the American Revolution. Obama is said to be the 11th great-grandson of the first-ever documented slave in America, John Punch.
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Ancestry.com was one of the first genealogy companies to complete the records indexing process for the 1940 U.S. Census, which is available at Ancestry,com. All 134 million records are now easily searchable by name, date, place of birth and other key information recorded in the census. The company has made the records free to search,
There was a little-seen ABC news story about Ann Romney visiting Wales, specifically to discover whether or not her ancestors were connected to the Old House Inn in Llangynwyd, Wales. Also in the area is the Church of St. Cynwyd, where historians believe some of her ancestors might be buried. Beyond the connection to Romney,
Most people would never place Michael Phelps and the legacy of Lou Xiaoying in the same category. And yet, each of their legacies is compelling, even if few people have ever heard of Xiaoying. Phelps, of course, is an Olympian. Xiaoying is not. Phelps inspired the world by winning the most Olympic medals in history.
Although the concept has been around for several years, more people are taking it seriously. The idea is simple enough, but the outcome is always extraordinary. It doesn’t even matter if the pose or the clothes are exact. All you have to do is pick one of your favorite old photographs — of yourself or one
The story of Val Patterson has captured a lot of attention despite being bittersweet. After he was diagnosed with throat cancer and knew it would be fatal, Patterson wrote his own obituary and used it as an opportunity to express his joy with life and confess some wrongdoings. The obituary, released after his death, surprised
There are dozens of creative ways to make family heirlooms and keepsakes. One of the more interesting methods recently seen is transferring family photos onto blocks of wood, creating personalized pieces of decor with a timeless and rustic look. There are two ways to make the transfer. One involves using a block of wood, a
For anyone who has spent any time researching genealogy, they know that there are two different experiences. Some people find the research tiring after spending hours and hours jumping from one record to another. But there are those who discover something different, a mystery lurking around every corner. What makes the difference? It all starts
The most basic principle of genealogical research is to work from the known to the unknown. It’s also one of the most challenging aspects of genealogy because most beginners want to jump as deep into the past as possible before they have an understanding of the present. It’s true. The allure of genealogy for many
If you have never seen “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” you really owe it to yourself to invest ten minutes (the abridged version) or a little more than an hour (the full version). Randy Pausch may change your life, even if he only meant to change the lives of three people: his