Celebrity Roots

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Barack Obama's Roots
Barack Obama's Roots

Michelle Obama's Roots

Joe Biden's Roots
Who Do You Think You Are?
"Who Do You Think You Are?"
Annie Moore's Roots
Annie Moore's Roots
Top Chef All Stars
Top Chef
All Stars
USS Monitor
USS Monitor
By Megan
  • August 26, 2014 - Huffington Post - "How a TV Show Reminds Us How Cool Libraries Are" by Megan Smolenyak
  • June 30, 2014 - Huffington Post - "Was David Duchovny's Family From Ukraine or Russia?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • June 5, 2014 - Huffington Post - "Genealogy on TV: 28 Celebrities and Counting" by Megan Smolenyak
  • February/March 2014 - Irish America Magazine - "Jimmy Fallon Family Tree" by Megan Smolenyak
    [See pages 46 - 50]

    Jimmy Fallon Family Tree

  • February/March 2014 - Irish America - "Jimmy Fallon Family Tree" by Megan Smolenyak
  • October 28, 2013 - Huffington Post - "A Chat with Jim Piddock about HBO's Binge-worthy Family Tree" by Megan Smolenyak
  • August 8, 2013 - Huffington Post - "5 Reasons HBO Needs to Renew Family Tree" by Megan Smolenyak
  • July 15, 2013 - Huffington Post - "Kelly Clarkson in Tears over Link between Ancestor's Sacrifice and President Obama's Inauguration" by Megan Smolenyak
  • May 21, 2013 - Huffington Post - "Celebrity Roots Series "Who Do You Think You Are?" Returns" by Megan Smolenyak
  • May 2, 2013 - Huffington Post - "HBO's Family Tree First of Four Genealogy Series to Air in U.S." by Megan Smolenyak
  • April/May 2013 - Irish America Magazine - "Joey From Scranton — Vice President Biden's Irish Roots" by Megan Smolenyak
    Read this article in Irish America's online Digital Edition [Pages 56-59]
  • April 8, 2013 - Huffington Post - "10 Things You Didn't Know About Jon Hamm's Roots" by Megan Smolenyak
    Jon Hamm and Megan
    Jon Hamm and Megan
    Jon Hamm's thanks for piece about his roots
    Jon Hamm's thanks
    for piece about his roots
  • March 19, 2013 - Huffington Post - "Family Tree Mockumentary Series Coming to HBO & BBC" by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 25, 2013 - Huffington Post - "Hey, Jon Stewart, Your Roots Are Showing" by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 8, 2013 - Huffington Post - "Hey, Prince, Your Roots Are Showing" by Megan Smolenyak
  • January 18, 2013 - Huffington Post - "Martin Luther King Day Could Have Been Michael Luther Branham Day" by Megan Smolenyak
  • November 12, 2012 - Huffington Post - "What Race Is Bruno Mars?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • October 17, 2012 - Huffington Post - "Enough With the Famous Cousins Already!" by Megan Smolenyak
  • October 2, 2012 - Huffington Post - "10 Things You Didn't Know about Rachel Maddow's Roots" by Megan Smolenyak
  • September 28, 2012 - Huffington Post - "Which Countries Could You Be President Of?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • September 2, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "American Dream Family Lore of DNC Keynote Speaker and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Rings True " by Megan Smolenyak
  • August 27, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Families of the Presidential and VP Candidates in the 1940 Census" by Megan Smolenyak
  • July 2, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Joe Biden's Irish Roots" by Megan Smolenyak
  • May 8, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "10 Things You Didn't Know About Martha Stewart's Family Tree" by Megan Smolenyak
  • April 27, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Dora Kirby, Beloved Aunt of Bruce Springsteen, Passes" by Megan Smolenyak
  • April 23, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "11th Annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards" by Megan Smolenyak
  • April 4, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Celebrities in the 1940 Census" by Megan Smolenyak
  • March 13, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Unexpected Irish" by Megan Smolenyak
  • January 12, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "A Peek into Blue Ivy Carter's Past" (Beyoncé and Jay-Z's daughter) by Megan Smolenyak
  • January 9, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Four Months of Celebrity Roots on Air in 2012" by Megan Smolenyak
  • October 18, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "10 Things You Didn't Know About Josh Groban's Family Tree" by Megan Smolenyak
  • July 18, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "6 Degrees of Separation: Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon Are Cousins" by Megan Smolenyak
  • June 14, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "Willow Tree: The Roots of Pink and Carey Hart's Baby Girl" by Megan Smolenyak
  • May 30, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "Irish American Barack Obama Heartily Welcomed Home" by Megan Smolenyak
  • May 16, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "What Kind of Name Is Boreanaz?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • May 9, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "Tracing Barack Obama's Roots to Moneygall" by Megan Smolenyak
  • April 22, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "10 Things You Didn't Know About Katy Perry's Family Tree" by Megan Smolenyak
  • April 15, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "2011 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards" by Megan Smolenyak
  • April 7, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "Sarah Jessica Parker: Who Do You Think You Are?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • March 25, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "Susan Sarandon: Who Do You Think You Are?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • March 7, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "Should David Cassidy Have Let His Roots Show on Celebrity Apprentice?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • March 4, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "Brooke Shields: Who Do You Think You Are?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 27, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "Julia Roberts Isn't a Roberts" by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 25, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "Genealogy on TV" by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 23, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "Spike Lee: Who Do You Think You Are?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 18, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "Matthew Broderick: Who Do You Think You Are?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 9, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "Emmitt Smith: Who Do You Think You Are" by Megan Smolenyak
  • January 31, 2011 - The Huffington Post - "Lisa Kudrow: Who Do You Think You Are?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • December 16, 2010 - The Huffington Post - "Steven Tyler: I've Got a Crush on Steven Tyler's Grandfather" by Megan Smolenyak
  • June 16, 2010 - The Huffington Post - "Betty White: White-Hot in Cleveland or Not" by Megan Smolenyak
  • May 21, 2010 - The Huffington Post - "Bret Michaels: The Rusyn Roots of the Rock of Love" by Megan Smolenyak
  • May 11, 2010 - The Huffington Post - "Annie Moore and Bruce Springsteen: Living the Dream" by Megan Smolenyak
  • April 8, 2010 - The Huffington Post - "You Asked for It, Ricky Gervais!" by Megan Smolenyak
  • March 8, 2010 - The Huffington Post - "Happy St. Patrick's Day, Barry Manilow!" by Megan Smolenyak
  • January 19, 2010 - The Huffington Post - "Celebrity Genealogy Hits Prime Time" by Megan Smolenyak
  • January 11, 2010 - The Huffington Post - "A Brief Roots Tribute to Catherine Eugenia 'Jean' Finnegan Biden" by Megan Smolenyak
  • December 24, 2009 - The Huffington Post - "Playing with DNA: Is Larry David Really 37 Percent Native American?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • December 20, 2009 - The Huffington Post - "Name Game: Celebrities Have Nothing on the Rest of Us" by Megan Smolenyak

Bruce Springsteen
at Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards

Articles
  • August 2, 2014 - The Post Standard - Syracuse, NY - "Isabel Wilkerson on 'The Decision 2' and LeBron James: Celebrating a 'reverse-reverse-migration'" by Sean Kirst
  • March 6, 2013 - The Argus - "Come to Cooley, Joe!"
  • April 27, 2011 - Irish Echo - "Details of Obama visit still unclear" by Susan Falvella Garraty
  • April 27, 2011 - Galway Independent - "California Galway Girl" by Lorraine Murphy
  • March 5, 2011 - The Jersey Journal - "With Hudson County as a backdrop, TV chefs, stars learn life lessons from their genealogy" by Daniel Klein
  • March 3, 2011 - Medil Reports - Chicago - "Branching out on the family tree" by Leslie Trew Magraw
  • March 3, 2011 - Marian's Roots and Rambles - "Top Chef Genealogist: Megan Smolenyak" by Marian Pierre-Louis
  • April 26, 2010 - UGO Film and TV - "Susan Sarandon Searches For Grandma on TV Roots Show " by WENN
  • May 16, 2009 - Tuscaloosa News - "DNA research finally confirms 'Roots' author's ties to Alabama" (Alex Haley) by Michael E. Palmer
  • April 7, 2009 - USA Today - "DNA testing: 'Roots' author Haley rooted in Scotland, too" by Rita Rubin
  • December 2008/January 2009 - Irish America - "A New Dawn in American Politics" (Obama, Biden)
    PDF Read this article in PDF format
  • October 8, 2008 - Newsweek - "The Man Who Would Be King" (George Washington) by Kurt Soller
  • October 8, 2008 - Reuters UK - "Palin may be related to Princess Diana and Roosevelt" by Ellen Wulfhorst
  • October 7, 2008 - USA Today - "Texan is Washington's kin, and could've been king" (George Washington) by Michelle Roberts
  • September 2008 - Irish Times - "Four Green Fields" (about 2008 U.S. elections)(Obama, Biden, McCain, Palin)
  • September 2008 - Ancestry Magazine - "The Man (or Woman) Who Would Be King" (George Washington)
  • August 29, 2008 - AFP - Google News - "Obama, Biden descended from Irish cobblers: researcher"
  • March 14, 2008 - US Magazine - "It's All Relative - Famous Family Trees"
    PDFRead this article in PDF format
  • October 28, 2007 - New York Post - "Cousins by Dozens"
  • March 13, 2007 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "Sharpton case drives more to find roots on Web site" by Monica Haynes
  • February 26, 2007 - BBC News - "Sharpton slave link to US senator"
  • February 26, 2007 - New York Times - "Sharpton Learns His Forebears Were Thurmonds' Slaves" by Fernanda Santos (registration may be required to read the article)
  • February 26, 2007 - New York Daily News - "Slavery links Al Sharpton, Strom Thurmond" by Austin Fenner
  • February 25, 2007 - Washington Post - "Sharpton's Ancestor Was Owned by Thurmond's" by Robin Shulman
Talk about First Lady's roots available

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Photo of Michelle Obama courtesy of Joe Beine
Photo of Katy Perry (some rights reserved)
by Eva Rinaldi





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