Past Articles

Half-sisters Discover Each Other After 80 Years Apart on The Jeff Probst Show

Posted on December 5, 2012 in Site

Following adoption, half-sisters Betty Lou and Delores were separated for eight decades, until summer 2012, when they were able to find each other once again using The reunion didn’t just end with these two – “The Jeff Probst Show” got word of their dramatic story and decided to provide the sisters with a few… Read more Launches Instagram Facebook Contest to Celebrate the Holidays

Posted on November 30, 2012 in Social Media

As family historians, we always wish our ancestors had documented and passed down more. Especially around the holidays as I spend time with family, I think of my ancestors more than ever. What was Christmas like for them? What were their holiday traditions? What kinds of gifts did they give each other and more. The… Read more

How Our Ancestral Recipes and Food Shape our Thanksgiving

Posted on November 21, 2012 in Stories

Have you ever reflected on who you really are? Not from a psychological perspective, but from an ethnic and ancestral one. I believe that food is among the first elements that connect us to our past and defines who we are. I can relate to this firsthand. I grew up in a three-generation household with… Read more

The Great, Great, Great Grand Adventure: A Family History Journey Inspired by

Posted on November 2, 2012 in Ancestry Great Adventure

The evening of July 15th, 2012 was a pivotal moment in time for the Brown family – it was the night we decided to take our five children on a trip across the United States on a journey of discovery. Like every family, we have had our challenges, and we felt strongly that the time… Read more

AncestryDNA: Now Available to Order Online

Posted on October 26, 2012 in AncestryDNA

Great news, the new AncestryDNA test is available to order right now! Over the past several months, AncestryDNA was available by invitation only. We’ve sent out all of our invitations, and now the test is available to everyone—you’re all invited! All you have to do is go to the AncestryDNA site, click the orange “Get… Read more

You’ve Received Your AncestryDNA Results. Now What?

Posted on October 22, 2012 in AncestryDNA

The day you get your AncestryDNA results is exciting, but now you may have some questions. Well, we’re here to help.  Watch this informative video from our genealogy expert, Crista Cowan, that covers some popular topics such as how to navigate your results, putting your genetic ethnicity into perspective, using new search tools, and making… Read more

What Do Snoop Dogg and Warren Buffett Have In Common? Both Are Included in Our Newly Updated Yearbook Collection

Posted on October 17, 2012 in Site, Content

If you didn’t hear the news, we just added more than 18,000 yearbooks to our growing U.S. Yearbook Collection. The new additions, spanning 1806-2008, include schools across the United States, from junior highs and high schools to colleges and universities. You can browse this rich collection for a glimpse into relatives’, friends’ and celebrities’ past, from more… Read more

“Baby, Baby, Baby” – Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne Are Related

Posted on October 11, 2012 in Site, Content, Social Media, Stories

What do Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion have in common? According to, the world’s largest online family history resource, the four Canadian performers are all related, sharing a family connection with some of Quebec’s earliest settlers. Heartthrobs: It’s a family reunion of heartthrobs as Justin Bieber, who’s appeared on the… Read more

Labor Day Celebration: Jump In the 1940 Time Machine, Search All U.S. Censuses Free

Posted on August 31, 2012 in Site, Content, Social Media

Summer is winding down, but things are still pretty hot around here. With the completion of the 1940 census index we now have more than 713 million U.S. Federal Census records online and fully searchable from 1790 through 1940. To celebrate this unprecedented access to all publicly available censuses, has cooked up some pretty… Read more

Infographics: What Was Life Like in 1940?

Posted on August 23, 2012 in Content, Social Media

As you know, earlier this month, we completed the 1940 U.S. Census index on You can now look for a parent, grandparent—maybe even yourself—in every state and territory. In addition, we also created different infographics that creatively display each state and what life was like in 1940. See all the images below, and feel… Read more