Family History

Gold Fever: The Shiny, Shady Past of Katy Perry’s Irish Great-Great-Grandmother

By |August 22nd, 2017|

Katy Perry describes herself as a “singer-songwriter masquerading as a pop star.” As one of the best-selling artists of all time with sold-out world tours, she’s nailing that charade, but the story of Hannah Mulhare, one of Katy's Irish immigrant ancestors, makes it clear that Katy is not the first in the family to pull off such a convincing deception.

Genealogy Roundup, August 9

By |August 9th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: Explore the resurgence of interest in genealogy in China – “Genealogy is like an encyclopedia of Chinese families,” says one enthusiast; check out plans for a future exhibit at Ellis Island, and much more!

Genealogy Roundup, August 2

By |August 2nd, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: A DNA test opened up a mystery and eventually led to the discovery of a century-old baby swap in a NY hospital, how one man set out to immortalize his father, and more . . .

Genealogy Roundup, June 28

By |June 28th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: a history of Rusyns, a great grandkids photo idea, the possible genetic predisposition toward wanderlust, and more.

Genealogy Roundup, June 21

By |June 21st, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: A family tree that's both a work of art and of love, an orphan heirloom story, time capsule rooms to explore, and more.

Genealogy Roundup, May 3

By |May 3rd, 2017|

This week: Explore a museum of architecture that once housed the U.S. Pension Bureau, what makes people love physical books, an Underground Railroad memorial in the corner of a McDonald's parking lot, and more.

Genealogy Roundup, March 29

By |March 29th, 2017|

This week: A World War II flying ace will be buried at Beaufort National Cemetery seven decades after being reported as killed in action; also find some WDYTYA tidbits to whet your appetite.

Genealogy Roundup, March 22

By |March 22nd, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: A school assignment leads to the discovery of a WWII plane on the family farm, an orphan heirloom rescue, WDYTYA goodies, and much more.

Genealogy Roundup, March 8

By |March 8th, 2017|

This week: An orphaned heirloom returns to its roots, an app that will let you take a selfie with a deceased ancestor, an African American Colonel who has traced his family history back to 1634 and shared, "I needed to know my own family history to motivate me to do the things in my life. You need to know where you come from. This is something that I can pass onto my children and grandchildren," WDYTYA goodies, and much more!

Genealogy Roundup, February 22

By |February 22nd, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: the Peruvian artist who painstakingly recreates portraits of his ancestors, news on the upcoming season of WDYTYA, a fun quiz that (may) identify where you live by your speech patterns, and more.