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‘I took a DNA test and found a new family’: the drama and joy of meeting long-lost relatives
After years of searching, DNA tests, social media and old-fashioned tenacity have played crucial roles in reuniting fractured families. Here, six people tell their stories

Michael Segalov

21, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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‘Witches are icons’: Americans embrace their family ties to Salem trial victims
Genealogists looking for standout ancestors proud to claim connection to 17th-century ‘witches’

Alice Hutton

29, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Graves in 19,000 English churchyards to be mapped online
C of E laser scanning project and free website to make ‘huge difference’ to family history researchers

Harriet Sherwood

31, Aug, 2021 @9:42 AM

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Leonardo Da Vinci project finds 14 living descendants
Researchers hope to understand genius of artist by reconstructing his genealogical profile

Angela Giuffrida in Rome

06, Jul, 2021 @4:07 PM

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DNA Family Secrets review – a touching, timely portrait of mixed-race Britain
Stacey Dooley’s dive in to the genealogy of the nation is gripping even without celebrity subjects to explore

Stuart Jeffries

16, Mar, 2021 @10:00 PM

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Deep Nostalgia: 'creepy' new service uses AI to animate old family photos
Service from MyHeritage uses deep learning technique to automatically animate faces

Alex Hern UK technology editor

01, Mar, 2021 @1:01 PM

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Samuel L Jackson: 'A fullness comes upon me every time I land in Africa'
As their hard-hitting TV show Enslaved comes to an end, the star and his wife LaTanya Richardson talk about roots, race, revolution – and how to get rid of ‘the orange man’

Hannah J Davies

20, Oct, 2020 @5:00 AM

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TV tonight: Jodie Whittaker time travels into her family history
The Doctor Who star finds out about her grandparents, and comic John Bishop tracks a pair of beluga whales. Here’s what to watch this evening

Ammar Kalia, Ellen E Jones, Hannah Verdier, Phil Harrison and Paul Howlett

12, Oct, 2020 @5:10 AM

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Surnames dictionary goes free for family bonding in lockdown
Online tool drops paywall for a week and people invited to share photos relating to their names

Steven Morris

14, May, 2020 @11:01 PM

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Do a DNA test to 'find out my roots'? That's complicated for a black woman like me | Derecka Purnell
I’ll never use a service like AncestryDNA or 23andMe. Here’s why

Derecka Purnell

24, Feb, 2020 @2:07 PM

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What will my dad’s Ancestry profile reveal about my boy’s Irish roots?
We were hoping to unveil a link to Persian aristocracy, says Séamas O’Reilly, or maybe Somali pirates

Séamas O’Reilly

28, Jul, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Who Do You Think You Are? review – Harry Potter and the diamond heist
Daniel Radcliffe is the first of a new crop of celebrities to get the genealogy show’s treatment – and the tale he uncovers is truly tragic

Tim Dowling

22, Jul, 2019 @9:00 PM

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