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See Dale and Amy Earnhardt's picture-perfect wedding video Amy Earnhardt, Danielle Johnson, New Year Planning, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Nascar Racing

Dale Earnhardt Jr. explains immigration tweet

The more Junior explores his family's immigration story, the more grateful he becomes.

John Hillerman from 'Magnum, P.' dies at age John Hillerman died Thursday in Houston. The "Magnum, P." and "The Betty White Show" alum was Betty White, White Christmas Movie, Color Television, Isabel Ii, People Laughing, Guinness World, Saturday Night Live, Golden Girls, Cool Haircuts

The Roots Recipe for Betty White

Betty White, now 96 years old, graced us all with her presence at the Emmys. Mischievous and beautiful as ever, she was honored for her remarkable eight-decade career in show business which includes…

The TLC series also will see Julie Bowen, Noah Wyle, Smokey Robinson, Liv Tyler and Jennifer Grey learning about their lineage in season 7 See Julie, Noah Wyle, Jennifer Grey, Smokey Robinson, Courtney Cox, Julie Bowen, John Stamos, Liv Tyler, Lineage

Courteney Cox, Jessica Biel, John Stamos to Appear on 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

The TLC series also will see Julie Bowen, Noah Wyle, Smokey Robinson, Liv Tyler and Jennifer Grey learning about their lineage in season 7

Comic Riffs - The 'Riffs Interview: CATHY GUISEWITE reveals why she's really ending her strip -- and why she won't abide 'Cathy Classics' reruns Ex Boyfriend Meme, Boyfriend Messages, Cathy Cartoon, Dennis The Menace, Crazy Ex, Doodle Doo, Childfree, A Comics, Comic Strips

Another Accomplished American of (Close) Rusyn Heritage! » Megan Smolenyak

We of Carpatho-Rusyn stock get to claim Cathy Guisewite and her mother, Anne – as well as the cartoon character Cathy – as fellow Rusyns!

Andrew Gillum, who’s already tucked 16 years of political experience into his 39 years, is the Democratic candidate for Florida’s next governor. Along with Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Ben Jealous… Constitutional Amendments, City Government, Big Oil, Swing State, Grand Jury, Voter Registration, Hard Part, Mystery Of History, Pull Off

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Andrew Gillum’s Roots

Andrew Gillum, who’s already tucked 16 years of political experience into his 39 years, is the Democratic candidate for Florida’s next governor. Along with Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Ben Jealous…

Luis Fonsi, Jimmy Fallon sing 'Despacito' with random lyrics. Luis Fonsi joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to sing his hit song "Despacito" using new, random lyrics. Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Jimmy, Late Night Talks, Late Night Show, Dave Chappelle, Visiting Nyc, Jon Hamm, Buddy Holly, Tonight Show

Jimmy Fallon’s Family Tree

Still in his early 40s, Jimmy Fallon has an impressive track record to look back on. His combined tenure at Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Tonight Show means he’s already…

On the Prowl for Bruce Springsteen’s Irish Roots – Megan Smolenyak – Medium Irish Roots, Ellis Island, Mystery Of History, Bruce Springsteen, Ancestry, Celebrity, Cases, Medium, Celebs

On the Prowl for Bruce Springsteen’s Irish Roots

I once had the pleasure of watching Bruce Springsteen accept the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award with his lively mother and aunts whose parents were Italian immigrants. I love researching…

The Amazing Women in Stephen Colbert’s Family Tree – Megan Smolenyak – Medium Bellevue Hospital, Study Philosophy, I Am Jealous, Family Support, Mystery Of History, Stephen Colbert, Eucharist, Inspirational Celebrities, Genealogy

The Amazing Women in Stephen Colbert’s Family Tree

It was a damp morning in late February 2008 when the phone rang. Harvard scholar and PBS host Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. was calling with one of his random genealogical requests. He was going to…

History professor Angie Zombek helps Jessica Biel discover her Civil War era ancestor on TLC's "Who Do You Think You Are? Actress Jessica, Behavioral Science, Faculty And Staff, Jessica Biel, Human Services, Family History, Professor, Actresses, Justin Timberlake

Actress Jessica Biel visits Miller County to explore her family history

Jessica Biel, actress and wife of entertainer Justin Timberlake, visited Tuscumbia in August 2016 for an upcoming episode of “Who Do You Think You

Tom Bergeron learns details, some painful, of his family tree Tom Bergeron, America's Funniest Home Videos, Free Thinker, Family History, Tv Shows, Suit Jacket, Blazer, Detail, Learning

Tom Bergeron learns details, some painful, of his family tree

So you think you know who Tom Bergeron is?

She came from a gold-obsessed family, so perhaps it wasn’t so surprising when the treasure bag was found in Hannah’s water closet, but what was this Galway girl even doing in San Francisco? Galway Girl, Mother Family, Gold Rush, Katy Perry, Irish, The Originals, Roots, Georgia, Celebrity

How Katy Perry’s Irish Ancestress Cashed in on California’s Gold Rush

She came from a gold-obsessed family, so perhaps it wasn’t so surprising when the treasure bag was found in Hannah’s water closet, but what was this Galway girl even doing in San Francisco? Anyone…

Recently, PETA criticized the Obama family for their purchase of a Portuguese Water Dog from a breeder. Now they're going after another public figure. PETA has lashed out against Katy Perry’s use of wild animals in her new video for her massive hit single Blonde Pixie, Katy Perry Music Videos, Online Pet Store, Portuguese Water Dog, Russell Brand, Open Up, Peta, Divorce, Tips

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

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.

Gold Fever: The Shiny, Shady Past of Katy Perry’s Irish Great-Great-Grandmother Mystery Of History, Katy Perry, Roots, Irish, Past, Celebrity, America, Magazine, Gold

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

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Felix (left) and Florian Charnyshevichy 1950 Mystery Of History, Ancestry, Genealogy, Roots, Celebrity, Cases, Celebs, Famous People

Лідэр Aerosmith і «прынцэса эльфаў» — нашчадкі Флярыяна Чарнышэвіча

Лідэр культавага амэрыканскага рок-гурту Aerosmith Стыў Тайлер і яго дачка, галівудзкая зорка Ліў Тайлер, нашчадкі вядомага пісьменьніка Флярыяна Чарнышэвіча.

The 'Friends' star may have just discovered a centuries-old secret. Family History, Thinking Of You, Tv Shows, Drama, Celebrities, Genealogy, Roots, Star, Friends

EXCLUSIVE: Courteney Cox Uncovers Shocking Royal Family Drama in 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Premiere

The 'Friends' star may have just discovered a centuries-old secret.

I remember seeing Aerosmith in concert back in my high school days, and it gives me comfort that Steven Tyler keeps on keeping on. As a rock star, grandfather, and quiet do-gooder who — along with… Steven Tyler, High School Days, Mystery Of History, Aerosmith, Ancestry, Roots, Crushes, Celebrity, Medium

I’ve Got a Crush on Steven Tyler’s Grandfather

I remember seeing Aerosmith in concert back in my high school days, and it gives me comfort that Steven Tyler keeps on keeping on. As a rock star, grandfather, and quiet do-gooder who — along with…