Past Articles

American Nurse Throws Down with “Russian Bully”

Posted on April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

When W. G. Sesser created this WWI-era poster for the Red Cross, he probably never dreamed that nurse Annie Laurie Williams would take it so literally. Red Cross nurse Williams filed for a passport in 1918, listing “China, Japan, Siberia” as her destinations. She was in Omsk, Siberia, as part of the relief efforts following… Read more

Piers Morgan and Vanessa Williams Discuss Her British Roots

Posted on April 8, 2014 in ancestrydna

In one of his final interviews at CNN, Piers Morgan sat down with Vanessa Williams to discuss…spitting. Actually, Vanessa was excited to talk about the results of her recent DNA test. These included a breakdown of her ethnic background that reveals some English ancestry: genetically speaking, Williams appears to be about 17 percent British Isles.… Read more

Captain America Star Chris Evans Comes from a Long Line of American Soldiers

Posted on April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Chris Evans’ family tree reveals ancestors that fought in nearly every major war in American history. Captain America represents the quintessential American hero: a soldier wholly dedicated to defending the ideals of the U.S. of A. To celebrate the release of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, researchers at looked into the family… Read more

Navy Muster Rolls Reveal WWII Service of Henry Fonda, Paul Newman, Jason Robards, Ernest Borgnine

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

When World War II took center stage, the stars came out to support the U.S. Navy. With an eye to the worsening situation in Europe, the U.S. authorized expansion to a two-ocean Navy in July 1940. Rapid and massive increases in ships and personnel followed. The Navy’s ranks totaled 126,418 in September 1939. By the time… Read more

DNA Test Reunites Mother and Son After 50 Years

Posted on March 15, 2014 in ancestrydna

When Ken Drake of Lindon, Utah, took an AncestryDNA test, he had no plans to find his birth mother. Drake was looking to see what DNA might tell him about his ethnic profile. Ken had been adopted as a baby, and while he had never made an attempt to find his birth mother, he was… Read more

New DNA Tests Offer More Answers for African Americans

Posted on March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

New discoveries around culture, identity, and family history reveal African Americans are their own “melting pot,” with an average of three or more African regions as part of their family history. New Science Leads to New Discoveries Thanks to cutting-edge genetic science, African Americans are making new discoveries about their ethnic origins. Genetic scientists at… Read more

The Real Solomon Northup: Documents from the Slave Years

Posted on March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Solomon Northup was born a free person of color in New York in 1808. This was the year the 1807 Act Prohibiting the Importation of Slaves, which banned the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the United States, took effect. A somewhat ironic fact, considering what happened next. In 1841, Northup was lured to Washington, D.C, with… Read more

Clovis Boy: DNA Unraveled

Posted on February 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Who were the first people to ever inhabit the Americas? In sequencing the DNA of the remains of a boy from an ancient burial site in Montana, scientists from the University of Copenhagen have provided more evidence that the first humans to arrive in the Americas were originally from Northeast Asia.  Until now, evidence of… Read more

Tom Hanks Reveals Lincoln Connection

Posted on February 26, 2014 in family history

When Tom Hanks took on the role of narrator for National Geographic’s Killing Lincoln, it turns out he was telling a family story. Hanks revealed that he is related to America’s iconic president through President Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks. Nancy was an orphan by the age of nine and lived for a time with an aunt… Read more

DNA Testing for Adoptees—AncestryDNA Has the Power to Unlock the Answers in Your Story

Posted on February 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

In the past year, many of you have shared stories of how AncestryDNA has helped you find family. Some of the most moving are stories of adoptees that have connected with their birth family. Here are two powerful and touching stories that found their way to the national spotlight: Chris Burton was simply hoping to discover… Read more