Leaving Your Legacy

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 30, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Stories

Have you ever wished some of the younger members of your family had more interest in family history? A great way to get that interest started is with stories about people they know—like you! Just in time for Grandparents Day, September 8, we teamed up with Grandparents.com to come up with some ideas for engaging… Read more

Using Big Data To Drive Story Telling – Our SxSW Session Needs Your VOTE

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 19, 2013 in Events, Speaking, Stories

When we think about Big Data we often envision charts, graphs and spreadsheets, but what if we could use that same data to produce detailed stories about interesting subjects or people? Increased pressure to find meaning in mounds of data—in real-time and at scale—has given rise to technology that analyzes and turns individual data points… Read more

Unmasking The Lone Ranger’s Leading Men: Real Life Heroes in Hammer and Depp’s Family Trees

Posted by Ancestry.com on June 26, 2013 in Family Trees, Stories

Before there was the Lone Ranger and Tonto, there was… Elizabeth Key and Chief Kanagatucko? New research from Ancestry.com reveals both Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp – the leading actors of Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lone Ranger” – are direct descendants of two real American freedom fighters. Armie Hammer Is Descended from Cherokee Chief Kanagatucko and… Read more

AncestryDNA and Katie Couric bring birth mother and son together – 41 years later

Posted by Stephen Baloglu on April 19, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA, Stories

Chris Burton was simply hoping to discover his ancestors’ homelands when he took his AncestryDNA test. But when his test results came in, Chris, who was adopted at birth, learned he had a close family connection, possibly a first cousin. Would that link him to his birth family? Watch the whole story unfold as Chris… Read more

An AncestryDNA customer journey: Confirming stories and discovering new ones.

Posted by Stephen Baloglu on February 27, 2013 in AncestryDNA, Stories

Renee was relatively new to Ancestry.com and decided to try the new AncestryDNA test to see just what it could uncover about her family history. Specifically, she wanted to learn more about where her family was from, despite the fact that there were little or no records to be found. Renee was confident her genetic… Read more

Discovering True Love

Posted by Juliana Smith on February 4, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner, Research Helps, Searching for Records, Stories

There’s a story behind that marriage date. But unless the tale has been passed down through family lore or you’re the proud owner of a collection of torrid love letters, you’re never going to get it, right? Don’t give up so easily. Turns out that story of true love could be hiding in a yearbook… Read more

Caring.com: Make a Challenging Visit Great With Storytelling

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on December 21, 2012 in Stories

Contributed by Paula Spencer Scott, Caring.com senior editor Worried about how to keep a conversation moving along when visiting an older adult in a nursing home or assisted living? Sometimes it’s helpful to focus not on what you should say but on *how to encourage stories* instead. Storytelling can be a wonderful, no-pressure way to… Read more

Dinosaurs and Descendants: 200-Year-Old Museum Seeks Family

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on December 12, 2012 in Stories

Throughout 2012, America’s oldest natural history museum celebrated its 200th birthday.  Sitting proudly in center city Philadelphia, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University was founded in 1812 and stands today as a museum and center of scientific research. Through its two centuries of existence, many of the men and women who have walked… Read more

Ancestry.com Featured on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on December 10, 2012 in Content, Stories

Attention CSI fans, on Wednesday, December 12, tune in to the CBS hit, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. The episode features the CSI team using genealogy to figure out why an airplane crashed, killing five people. Read more about the episode here and don’t forget to tune in!  

Never Mind ‘Elizabeth’ – Royal Baby Could be a ‘Lancelot’, ‘Boniface’ or ‘Grissel’

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on December 6, 2012 in Stories

If Prince William and Kate Middleton decide to take baby-name inspiration from their forebears, the royal baby could be born a ‘Grissel’, ‘Boniface’ or even ‘Lancelot’. New research from Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, reveals that while ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘John’ are the most common boys and girls names in both family trees,… Read more