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TV Weekend: Family Tree

Having spoofed dog shows, heavy metal, and community theater, Christopher Guest turns to another odd , more bittersweet obsession: genealogy.

Do Eunuchs Really Live Longer?

Talk about a longevity strategy no man wants to pursue. A recent study published in the journal Current Biology finds that Korean eunuchs — castrated men —...

The New Black Irony

A book titled How to Be Black throws down a delicious gauntlet. It tells you the author is deeply concerned with blackness but is going to be irreverent about...

Where Did I Come From?

No one is more interested in himself than I am. And yet even I don't care about my genealogy. What my great-great-great-grandfather did isn't any more...

Genealogy: Roots Mania

"Please, will somebody help me? I'm new at this, and I have no idea what I'm doing." Those words were not some perverse message smeared in lipstick across a...

All About My Mother

Plowing through church records and birth rolls will only get you so far in reconstructing your family tree. For the really deep stuff, you must look to your...

Stocking Your Library

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: HOW TO TRACE YOUR ANCESTORS AT HOME AND ABROAD by Jeane Eddy Westin (Tarcher/Putnam). Westin's updated book is the best friend a new family...

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