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How Our Ancestral Recipes and Food Shape our Thanksgiving

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on November 21, 2012 in Stories

Have you ever reflected on who you really are? Not from a psychological perspective, but from an ethnic and ancestral one. I believe that food is among the first elements that connect us to our past and defines who we are. I can relate to this firsthand. I grew up in a three-generation household with… Read more

“Baby, Baby, Baby” – Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne Are Related

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 11, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Social Media, Stories

What do Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion have in common? According to Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, the four Canadian performers are all related, sharing a family connection with some of Quebec’s earliest settlers. Heartthrobs: It’s a family reunion of heartthrobs as Justin Bieber, who’s appeared on the… Read more

Family History All Done? What’s Your Number?

Posted by Crista Cowan on August 16, 2012 in Research Helps, Stories

I cringe every time someone says their genealogy is “all done.”  I’m a professional genealogist.  I’ve been doing this for decades, building on family history research passed down to me from a great-uncle and parents who knew what they were doing.  And I am not even close to finished.  There are still hundreds of people… Read more

Ernest Borgnine: Do They Make ’em Like That Anymore?

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 9, 2012 in Stories

Do they make ’em like that anymore? That’s what I found myself asking as I read Ernest Borgnine’s biography last year while digging into a batch of U.S. Navy muster rolls. Ernest Borgnine—still Ermes Effron Borgnino—wasn’t famous when he came to the United States from Italy with his mother in 1923 aboard the Dante Alighieri.… Read more

Andy Griffith’s Legacy

My heart fell this morning when I heard the news that the beloved actor, Andy Griffith, had passed. Through the cold Chicago winters, and hot summers as well, my sisters and I would park in front of the TV when the The Andy Griffith Show would come on.  Decades later, I remember telling my daughter… Read more

Ray Bradbury: A Legacy Remembered

Posted by Paul Rawlins on June 7, 2012 in Stories

While I was glancing at headlines yesterday, I saw that Ray Bradbury passed away. I read “All of Summer in a Day” back in elementary school and have never forgotten it. I re-read Fahrenheit 451 a year or so ago and was startled by some of the details Bradbury included in his future world that… Read more

Uncovering Family History in the New Film For Greater Glory

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on May 30, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

For Greater Glory, opening in theaters June 1st, tells the never-before-told story of Mexico’s Cristero War. There’s been increasing excitement around the film here in the US among the Mexican-American community, many of whom have ties to the real historical characters featured in the film. Mexican actress Karyme Lozano, who plays the mother of the… Read more

Israel Arbeiter: Ready to Return to the United States

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 30, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

After 8 days that took him from Warsaw, Poland to his native city of Plock in Poland, to Krakow and finally into Germany, where he gained his freedom in 1945, Izzy is tired. At 87 years old he has the right to be. After seeing his parents and brother shipped off and murdered at Treblinka,… Read more

Museum About Making of American People Is Proposed for Washington, DC

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 28, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Sam Eskenazi, Director, Coalition for the National Museum of the American People While genealogy focuses on our individual family ancestors, in the United States we are also part of larger ethnic and cultural groups: Irish Americans, German Americans, African Americans, Scottish Americans and on and on. And some of our family lines might… Read more

Prisoner A18651 Returns to Auschwitz

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 27, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org The majority of Holocaust survivors have not the desire nor the will to return to the place where they lived through the most disturbing moments of their life and watched others die in ways still not easy to… Read more

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