Tracing a Family Tree, From Harlem to China

Paula Williams Madison is the epitome of success: Vassar College grad, award-winning journalist, former TV executive, entrepreneur, community activist. But the Harlem native was also driven toward another goal — finding more about the Chinese grandfather she never knew. Madison, 62, details her multicultural family odyssey in her new book, Finding Samuel Lowe, due April 14. A documentary by the same name is making its rounds at film festivals, including a recent screening at the International Black History Month celebration …

Family Photos Are the Real Holiday Crowd Pleaser

This is first in a series of guest blogs from professional genealogists Matthew and April Helm. If you’re tired of the same old Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas gathering routine  – a large meal followed by cleanup then football –  perhaps introducing family history into your celebration is a perfect answer to spice up things a bit. Breaking out those old photo albums and boxes is a surefire way to get everyone  interested in talking about the family and here’s how to …

The Takeaway: Just-Released 1940 Census Data Could Reveal Family Histories

Data from the 1940 U.S. census became available to the public online yesterday””and interest was so great it nearly crashed the National Archives website.