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Donald Trump’s Ancestry: How His Immigrant Family Made It In America

Whatever you may think of real-estate mogul-turned-presidential-candidate Donald Trump’s politics, you can’t deny his many ups and downs are entertaining. As he continues to make the subject of immigration one of his talking points, his own origins tell an interesting tale of ambitious young people crossing the ocean to make something of themselves in this Read More

Charlie Chaplin’s Most Touching Film

Charlie Chaplin. The name is synonymous with the earliest Hollywood motion pictures. Everyone recognizes the mustache-sporting, bowler-wearing character that Chaplin so frequently portrayed. But fewer people associate Chaplin with a different description: that of an immigrant. Let’s take a look at Sir Charles Chaplin’s rags-to-riches life and the memorable 1917 film, The Immigrant that was inspired Read More

It’s All in the Genes: One Man Discovers Seven Famous Relatives

Television programs like “Who Do  You Think You Are?” feature famous people discovering notable ancestors. What we don’t often hear about is everyday people who connect their origins to ancestors who were famous or played a key part in history. However, one “average” man from Boston is a little more well-known now after he found Read More

What Does Your First Name Say About You?

Very often the same first names were passed down again and again throughout the generations of a single family. During much of the 1700s and 1800s, people in England and Ireland were commonly named after grandparents. And sometimes a mother’s maiden surname was passed down as a given name. First names thus provide clues into family Read More

Three Sisters Meet for the First Time Ever on a British Airways Flight

Texas native Ann Burrage wanted to find out if she had any Native American heritage. So she took an AncestryDNA test. Her discovery was shocking: Ann and her sister Lynn had another sibling they never knew about –  in England. The story of their reunion is one of the most unlikely family reunions ever. Take a look: Ann and Read More

How the Ice Cream Man Became an American Icon

It’s a timeless American ritual: the distant chime of an ice cream truck, a stampede of sneakers on hot sidewalks, and sticky fingers gripping frozen treats. For a century, the ice cream man has been among the most popular faces in the neighborhood. Let’s take a look at the history of how the ice cream Read More

6 Olympic Moments When You Just Had to Cheer for the Other Team 

We all love to cheer for our home country during the Olympics. But there are certain moments when the feats are so impressive or the odds overcome so high that we can’t help but cheer for other countries. Here are 6 unbelievable moments in Olympic history when we (or our ancestors) just had to cheer for “the other team.” 1. The Read More

What’s the Most Popular Baby Name in Your State?

Names like John and Mary have long been staples in the United States, at least since 1880. But name popularity varies by year. If you were a child of the 1980s, you might very well be named Jessica, Ashley, Christopher, or Michael, or have a lot of friends with those names on your Facebook feed. Read More

Left in Cardboard Boxes, Sisters Find Each Other 50 Years Later

Tammy and Liz are as close as two sisters can get. They have children who are the same age, share many interests, and even finish each other’s sentences. But there is one detail that sets them apart from most: Their mother abandoned them both as infants, leaving them in cardboard boxes. Fifty years later, they were finally reunited, Read More