Past Articles

A profound discovery in a well-hidden past on last night’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted on May 5, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Rashida Jones remembers her grandmother fondly, but until she began her journey into her family history, she didn’t know a lot about her grandmother’s past. A little crafty research changed all of that – including the origins of a surname, Benson. Her grandmother’s arrival record through the Port of New York revealed that an uncle… Read more

A life-saving decision on tonight’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted on May 4, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Rashida Jones sums it up best herself in tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? when she says that tracing her maternal line back six generations left her feeling “like a miracle.” For Jones, the discovery she makes is about a great-great-grandfather’s choice to leave Latvia — a single decision that saved an… Read more

Using a Death Record to Learn about Their Lives

Posted on March 10, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Professional football great, Jerome Bettis went on an emotional journey on Who Do You Think You Are? to learn more about his great-grandfather who abandoned the family. But death certificates, newspaper accounts and other records helped put Bettis on the right path, where he learned that he comes from a line of family members who… Read more

A trail of strength and courage on this week’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted on March 8, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

According to the family lore, professional football-great Jerome Bettis’s great-grandfather simply disappeared. End of story? Not on this week’s Who Do You Think You Are? Bettis starts his search with a death record and continues on his quest, discovering stories of strength and family members who were born into slavery. Ancestry.com is a sponsor of… Read more

Tonight on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted on March 2, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Do you know which of your ancestors was the first to set foot in America? It’s a good question — one that country music legend Reba McEntire is hoping to answer for her mother. But the history she uncovers isn’t always pleasant, and Reba discovers that her own family connections lead to a pair of… Read more

Next on Who Do You Think You Are? — Finding Alternative Routes

Posted on February 23, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

Regardless of ethnicity, when you dabble in family history, you’re likely to hit a wall. And if you’re African American, the “wall” you hit is almost guaranteed to be triggered by slavery. However, on Friday night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? actor Blair Underwood’s search demonstrates exactly why it’s always worth looking… Read more

A Murder Mystery on Who Do You Think You Are

Posted on February 9, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

On this week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? award-winning actress Marisa Tomei searches for the truth behind her great-grandfather’s rumored murder. Learn what she uncovers and how getting a look at the big picture changes an entire generation’s view of one hardworking man in the family tree. Ancestry.com is a sponsor of… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Returns This Friday

Posted on February 2, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

From Apocalypse Now to The West Wing, Martin Sheen has dealt with the price of war and the prerogatives of power in his roles as an actor. Turns out, that’s nothing new in a family tree where fact proves to be more unbelievable than fiction. Check out Sheen’s trip through two civil wars on his… Read more

In Memory of Elizabeth Taylor, 1932–2011

Posted on March 24, 2011 in Ancestry.com Site

Famed and world renowned actress Elizabeth Taylor passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and her words moved many. As we look inside ourselves and remember the gift that Elizabeth gave us, we’re reminded of one of her quotes: “I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors… Read more

Do You Have the Luck of the Irish? Enter Our Sweepstakes to Find Out!

Posted on March 15, 2011 in Ancestry.com Site

St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to celebrate Irish heritage, and it’s coming up fast. Whether you’re 100% Irish or just Irish at heart, we know the importance of discovering your family history. So this St. Patrick’s Day, we’re giving everyone an opportunity to celebrate their heritage with our “Wish2Win” sweepstakes. We’ve begun taking… Read more