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  • Homeownership Through the Ages: A Look at Ownership Then and Now
    Although many countries have more renters than homeowners, owning a home is a cornerstone of the American dream. The Homestead Act of 1862, the introduction of the 30-year mortgage, and the GI Bill are all among the milestones that brought home ownership within the reach of millions of Americans. Today, more than 63.5 percent of Read More

  • Software MacKiev introduces FamilySync™
    Last year, we announced the purchase of Family Tree Maker desktop software by Software MacKiev and because we wanted to make the transition to a new owner as smooth as possible, we committed at least a year of customer and product support.  The goal has always been to maintain the capability to share your family Read More

  • Jennifer Grey: Restoring a Memory of a Grandfather
    Victorian author George Eliot (a.k.a., Mary Anne Evans) once wrote, “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” Unfortunately for Jennifer Grey’s family, the identity of her mother’s grandmother was lost over the span of just one generation. Her episode on Who Do You Think You Are?  sought to restore her Read More

  • Explore “Cogsworth” Actor Ian McKellen’s Family History of Watch Makers
    Ian McKellen, an Oscar nominated actor known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchise, portrays Cogsworth in Disney’s new live-action film Beauty and the Beast. Similar to his time-keeping character, McKellen’s grand-uncle, Samuel Dunseith McKellen was a watch manufacturer. Samuel McKellen started his own watch manufacturing business in 1861. Read More

  • Julie Bowen: Investigating Patriotism and Fear
    When Julie Bowen began her Who Do You Think You Are? journey to learn more about her great-grandfather “Big Charlie,” she had learned that he served in World War I, but she was shocked when she learned what that service entailed. World War I was a major event in the history of the United States, Read More