Latest Personal genealogy News

Warren ancestry highlights how tribes decide membership

Oct. 20, 2018 11:10 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Jon Rios traces his ancestry to the Pima people of Arizona, but he has no tribal enrollment card and lives hundreds of miles away in Colorado. He has no interest in meeting any federally imposed requirements to prove his connection to a tribe. If anyone asks, he says he's Native...

The Latest: Cherokee Nation faults Sen. Warren on DNA test

Oct. 15, 2018 8:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the release of a DNA analysis pointing to Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage (all times local): 7:57 p.m. A Cherokee Nation official says Sen. Elizabeth Warren "is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage." Cherokee Nation Secretary...

Study: DNA websites cast broad net for identifying people

Oct. 11, 2018 2:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — About 60 percent of the U.S. population with European heritage may be identifiable from their DNA by searching consumer websites, even if they've never made their own genetic information available, a study estimates. And that number will grow as more and more people upload their DNA...

Family history class to be offered at West Virginia library

Sep. 24, 2018 4:45 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — People interested in searching their family history and creating a family tree will be able to learn how at a class next month at a library in West Virginia. The class is set for 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at James E. Morrow Library on Marshall University's Huntington campus and is...

Man traces his lineage back to ancestor enslaved at convent

Sep. 22, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

GRAND COUTEAU, La. (AP) — Lake Charles native Dorson Purdy has accomplished what few African Americans can by tracing his lineage back to his five-time great-grandfather who was enslaved in the 19th century at the Convent of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Couteau. The convent and the Religious of...

Italian heiress is selling her treasures in Virginia

Sep. 1, 2018 9:01 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The treasures are being unpacked at an antique shop in Ghent - fine artwork, furniture and silver, exotic artifacts and curios galore. They're the final trappings of an old aristocratic Italian family. Heirlooms no longer wanted by their heirs. If ever there was a poster child for the...