GENEALOGY

You can learn a lot about yourself by studying your genealogy. Tracing your family through history can help you appreciate where you come from. In this section we'll explore genealogy and the best ways of researching genealogy.
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Are married couples genetically similar?

Do birds of a feather flock together? When it comes to marriage they often do, but just how similar are spouses to each other?

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  • 10 People You Probably Didn't Know Were Black

    10 People You Probably Didn't Know Were Black

    What do Alexandre Dumas, Pete Wentz and Alexander Pushkin have in common? We're not talking about literary talents -- they're all people whose African ancestry is not well-known. Who else is on the list? See more »

  • 10 Tips for Genealogy Scrapbooking

    10 Tips for Genealogy Scrapbooking

    While you can create scrapbooks of parties or vacations, a really meaningful and fun project is to scrapbook your family history. How do you keep all those certificates, clippings and photos from looking like a hot mess? See more »

  • 10 Tips for Mapping Your Family History

    10 Tips for Mapping Your Family History

    You might know your immediate family and even some cousins, but what about how your genes have been traveling through time via your ancestors? What's the best way to get a handle on all that family history? See more »

  • Are married couples genetically similar?

    Are married couples genetically similar?

    Do birds of a feather flock together? When it comes to marriage they often do, but just how similar are spouses to each other? See more »

  • Are millions of modern humans the direct descendants of Genghis Khan?

    Are millions of modern humans the direct descendants of Genghis Khan?

    One myth says Genghis Khan killed 1.7 million people in one hour — obviously impossible. A more recent claim is that a bunch of us (millions, in fact) can claim him as a great-great (keep going) grandfather. Is there more truth to this one? See more »

  • Can Ellis Island help track down your genealogy?

    Can Ellis Island help track down your genealogy?

    The immigrant narrative is a powerful story. Many Americans have an ancestor or two who traveled to Ellis Island with an unpronounceable last name and a dream of a better life. But how can you find them? See more »

  • How can Facebook help with your genealogy search?

    How can Facebook help with your genealogy search?

    Genealogists once spent summers poring over card catalogs in small-town libraries. The Internet has made that trek largely obsolete. But there's one tool you might be overlooking to help complete your tree: Facebook. See more »

  • How can I find out if I have unknown relatives?

    How can I find out if I have unknown relatives?

    Any amateur genealogist knows the feeling of obsession that hits when you reach a dead end in the family tree. How can a person just disappear? But they do, and they can be tough to track down — unless you harness the power of technology. See more »

  • How can I spot genealogy scams?

    How can I spot genealogy scams?

    Who would run a genealogy scam? More people than you might think. So get savvy! Here's what to look for (and what to tell budding genealogists in your family to avoid). We'll start with the most common cons out there. See more »

  • How can the NUCMC help with your genealogy search?

    How can the NUCMC help with your genealogy search?

    There's a lot you can do on the Internet to craft your family tree and plenty of archives to peruse. Letters, diaries and personal family histories, however, are tougher to find — or at least they were before NUCMC. See more »

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