Tamzin Outhwaite Discovers a Rags to Riches Tale on “Who Do You Think You Are?” (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on August 20, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

New Tricks actress Tamzin Outhwaite will be the next celebrity to discover her family history on  Who Do You Think You Are? tomorrow night. Tamzin has gained fame for playing London characters and her parents are from London’s East End. However, she is also aware that she has Italian roots.   “I do know that there is definitely an… Read more

The new season of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) continues with Brian Blessed

Posted by Brian Gallagher on August 13, 2014 in Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

  Actor and adventurer Brian Blessed is next up in the new season of  Who Do You Think You Are? tomorrow night. He is not looking for crowns or prizes in his past, but he is looking for humanity.   “The greatest dramas are about ordinary people, ordinary relationships. That is where you learn so much,… Read more

The new season of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) opens with Julie Walters

Posted by Brian Gallagher on August 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Actress Julie Walters kicks off the new season of  Who Do You Think You Are  tonight. She is hoping to find some skeletons in her closet and the show does not disappoint. In researching her Irish ancestry she makes several discoveries. Her great grandfather Anthony Clarke was one of the early founders of The Land League. It was… Read more

Jack, James and Daniel to be most popular names – if England wins World Cup

Posted by Ancestry.com on June 13, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity

‘1966 naming trend’ reveals how the names of England’s World Cup squad members will soar if they win the tournament.   Names of England’s 1966 World Cup winners doubled in popularity after Wembley win Trend would mean nearly 30,000 extra boys with same name as 2014 Lions Jack Wilshere can expect to see his name… Read more

Maleficent Star Elle Fanning a Long Lost Princess

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 27, 2014 in Celebrity

In celebration of the release of the movie “Maleficent,” (a “Sleeping Beauty” origin story about the malevolent fairy) we discovered that Elle Fanning has more in common with the character she portrays, Princess Aurora, than she may have thought. Fanning is actually the 22nd great-granddaughter of King Edward III, making her a long-lost princess. Her connection… Read more

Regina Carter Melds Music and Family in ‘Southern Comfort’

Posted by Pam Velazquez on May 10, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Celebrity, In The Community

Jazz violinist Regina Carter has given a whole new meaning to the phrase “family album” with her latest recording, Southern Comfort. Her new album is Regina’s own take on songs her grandfather would have listened to. But before she got to know the music, she had to get to know her paternal grandfather, Dan J.… Read more

Learning From the Many Names of Mickey Rooney

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 7, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

When I heard about the death of actor Mickey Rooney, I did what many genealogists do when a famous person of that era passes away: I looked for him in the 1940 census. It turns out that his entry tells us not only about him, but also an important lesson about the not-so-famous people in… Read more