Celebrity Roots

Celebrity Roots2020-12-28T16:44:13-05:00

Megan’s Fascinating Celebrity Roots Research

Some of her past celebrity roots research has included Martha Stewart, Stephen Colbert, the Obamas, Brooke Shields, Cory Booker, Susan Sarandon, Tom Colicchio, Emmitt Smith, Richard Blais, Betty White, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Josh Groban, Pink, Ken Burns, Prince, Jon Stewart and Bruno Mars.

Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert
Irish America Magazine
Stephen Colbert: One Last Report (It’s Genealogical)”[Pages 38 – 41] by Megan Smolenyak
Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden
Irish America Magazine [Pages 56-59] “Joey From Scranton”
BBC News
“Joe Biden: Returns to his Irish roots”
The Irish Times
“Joe Biden: Links to Louth and Mayo”
Jimmy Fallon's Family TreeJimmy Fallon
Irish America Magazine
“Megan Smolenyak Takes a Look at Jimmy Fallon’s Irish Roots”[Pages 46 – 50] by Megan Smolenyak
Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama
Huffington Post
Melvina’s Descendants, Michelle Obama’s Cousins”
by Megan Smolenyak
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Huffington Post
Hey, Prince, Your Roots Are Showing
by Megan Smolenyak

Katy PerryKaty Perry
Irish America Magazine
“Gold Fever: The Shiny, Shady Past of Katy Perry’s Irish Great-Great-Grandmother”[Pages 84 – 86] by Megan Smolenyak
Hillary Clinton Megan Smolenyak Irish America Hall of Fame 2015 CUHillary Clinton
Irish America Magazine
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Celtic Roots”[Pages 50 – 52] by Megan Smolenyak
Emmitt Smith and MeganAfrican-American Genealogy

Deseret News
“African-American Genealogy”
by Trent Toone

Barack Obama and 3rd Great-Grandfather Barack Obama

Huffington Post
“Photo of Barack Obama’s Irish 3rd Great-Grandfather Discovered”
by Megan Smolenyak

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen
Irish America Magazine [Pages 90-91] “On the Prowl for Springsteen’s Irish Roots” by Megan Smolenyak
“He’s born in the USA-but Bruce’s people are Lilywhites” by Claire McCormack
Judy CollinsJudy Collins

Irish America Magazine
“Songs for the Ancestors”[Pages 94-95] by Mary Pat Kelly

LeBron JamesLeBron James

Huffington Post
LeBron James Is Making His Cleveland Ancestors Proud”
by Megan Smolenyak

Annie MooreAnnie Moore

Honoring Our Ancestors
Annie Moore’s Story”
by Megan Smolenyak

Melissa McCarthyMelissa McCarthy
Irish America Magazine
“5 Things You Didn’t Know About Melissa McCarthy’s Family Tree”[Pages 72 – 73] by Megan Smolenyak
Anne MearaAnne Meara

Huffington Post
“The Irish Heritage of the Remarkable Anne Meara
by Megan Smolenyak

Annie MooreAnnie Moore
Irish America Magazine
Annie Moore’s Long Lost Irish Cousins”[Pages 76-78] by Megan Smolenyak
Senator Cory Booker and Susan Sarandon at Il Cantinori in Manhattan.Cory Booker & Susan Sarandon
New York Times
“When Washington Met Hollywood: At Lunch With Cory Booker & Susan Sarandonby Philip Galanes
Coincidentally, Megan did the research for both of their missing ancestors.
Tim KaineTim Kaine
The Sunday Times
“Hopeful Kaine’s Irish Roots Cover the Map”
Megan Smolenyak
“What the Family Tree of Tim Kaine Has in Common with Downton Abbey”
The Irish Times
“Genealogist finds Tim Kaine also has Irish roots in Cork”

Tom ColicchioTom Colicchio
Huffington Post
“The Most Ellis Island-y Celebrity Ever: Tom Colicchio
by Megan Smolenyak
Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain

Huffington Post
“5 Things You Didn’t Know about Anthony Bourdain’s Roots”
by Megan Smolenyak

Leah Chase with Megan SmolenyakLeah Chase

Huffington Post
“The Louisiana Roots of Leah Chase, Queen of Creole Cuisine”
by Megan Smolenyak

rachel maddowRachel Maddow

“10 Things You Didn’t Know about Rachel Maddow’s Roots”
by Megan Smolenyak

Meghan Markle

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Meghan Markle, Michelle Obama, trace families to Jonesboro”
by Bo Emerson

Photo Credits
Cory Booker & Susan Sarandon by Malin Fezehai · Prince by Nicolas Genin · Anne Meara Wikimedia
Michelle Obama by Joe Beine · Anthony Bourdain by lwpkommunikacio
Tom Colicchio by DC Central Kitchen · LeBron James by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com
Rachel Maddow via Flickr CC · Meghan Markle via Flickr CC