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Battle Of The Genealogy TV Shows

Two shows focused on finding well-known Americans’ ancestors are hitting the small screen at about the same time. “Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” premiered on PBS Feb. 10, and “Who Do You Think You Are?” will air beginning March 5 on NBC (it originated as a BBC show back in 2004). Both explore the roots of famous people, so which one should you watch? We break down the shows, after the jump. Keep reading »

Michelle Obama’s Family Tree Has A White Branch

Genealogists have been busy reconstructing the First Lady’s family tree and what they’ve discovered is shocking—but really only to Debbie Shields, who is apparently Michelle Obama’s cousin. And yes, she’s white as can be. But are we really surprised by this? As most of us know, there were many African and American couplings (both consensual and non-consensual) that took place during the times of slavery—and Michelle’s great, great grandmother Melvinia was no exception. As it turns out, Melvinia was impregnated at age 15 by plantation owner Charles Marion Shields who is also Debbie’s great, great grandfather. In case you got lost there in the twisted branches, that makes the two fourth cousins. While Debbie and her 17-year old son Brandon think it’s “awesome” to be related to the first lady, they couldn’t believe it at first. Believe it, folks! So what do you think? Awkward family reunion or positive step forward for race relations in this country? [Newser] Keep reading »

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