Category Archives: Celebrity Genealogy

TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Season 7 Premieres on July 26

The Scoop on This Season’s Stars and What to Expect

If you’re like us, you’re anxiously awaiting this summer’s season premiere of TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? on Sunday, July 26, at 9/8c. Now in it’s seventh season, the two-time Emmy-nominated series that follows the ancestral journeys of well-known names in American popular culture, is set to feature a brand new roster of some of your favorite celebrities who are curious about discovering their past and tracing their family trees.

Who Do You Think You Are? Season 7 on TLC

Some fascinating findings from earlier Who Do You Think You Are? seasons include: actress Valerie Bertinelli’s discovery that her 19-times great grandfather was King Edward the First; the shocking truth that Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon had a great-great-great-grandmother who was an ax-murderer; and dreamy crooner Josh Groban’s astounding find that his 8-times great grandfather was a deacon, university music teacher, accomplished author and brilliant astronomer whose observations caught the attention of Sir Isaac Newton.

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Breaking Genealogical Stereotypes: Interview with D. Joshua Taylor

Getting to Know the Genealogist & Host of Genealogy Roadshow

Genealogist D. Joshua Taylor Interview

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When most people think of genealogy, they tend to think of an older demographic or those who have ample time on their hands to conduct family history research.

But genealogist and co-host of Genealogy Roadshow, D. Joshua Taylor, knows that these genealogical stereotypes are just that — stereotypes! In fact, this young genealogist started his genealogical studies at the tender young age of 10 and hasn’t looked back since. And he also knows plenty of other genealogists who don’t fit the normal genealogy stereotype.

Crestleaf recently interviewed Joshua to learn more about his personal genealogical journey (including the discovery of a famous distant cousin), his predictions in genealogical research advancements and even picked his expert brain for some family history research advice.

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These Famous Immigrants Changed Their Names After Arriving in America

The Surprising Real Names of 10 Famous Stars of Yesteryear

Ever hear that you can’t find your ancestors because their names were changed upon their arrival to Ellis Island? Though this tale is actually quite a tall one, some people do change their names later in life for various reasons. You may know some family members who have done this, but it’s an even more popular occurrence among famous celebrities.

Surprising Real Names of Famous Celebrities of Yesteryear

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These Famous Kin of Thomas Jefferson Will Surprise You

From Prince William to Paris Hilton — Yes, They’re All Related!

Thomas Jefferson. To Americans, the name itself rings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And to this day, the third President of the United States is considered one of the truest, most steadfast patriots to have ever lived; a man who helped free the American colonies from British rule by helping to establish the Declaration of Independence.

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5 Websites to Find Family Trees of Your Favorite Celebrities

You Won’t Believe Who These Celebrities are Related To

Celebrity Genealogy Search

Who is related to Cary Grant?

Discovering your own family tree is a fun exercise; you never know who might find his/her way onto a branch.

The same goes for finding the family trees of our favorite celebrities. And since we like knowing everything about our movie stars, singers and…serial killers, there are plenty of resources out there to help us make it happen. Continue reading