Past Articles

The Amazing Story of Demi Lovato’s War Hero Grandfather

Posted on November 11, 2015 in Celebrity

International singing star Demi Lovato has fought a few battles of her own. That fighting spirit may run in the family. Even though her father, Patrick Lovato, died estranged from his daughter in 2013, he left her a legacy that places her family in the crucible of at least two wars. Military and other records… Read more

Trace Your Family History Using These 3 Steps

Posted on November 10, 2015 in Family History

Have you ever wondered whether or not you are related to the family across town that has the same name or if your family is from another country? Wondering where you come from and who you are related to is natural. With the help of technology, now there is an easy way to start figuring it… Read more

3 Crazy Things Real People Have Found in Their Family Trees

Posted on November 10, 2015 in Family History

Are there any surprises in your family tree? You’ll never know until you start looking. While every discovery of a new ancestor is a surprise, some are simply amazing and stand out from your typical genealogical find. We all have so many ancestors who may have led extraordinary lives or maybe were even famous. Using… Read more

Donald Trump’s Humble Family Tree

Posted on November 10, 2015 in Celebrity

Donald Trump is a self-made business man and is currently in the running to be a candidate to be the next U.S. president. He has made a name for himself in the real estate world and is one of the wealthiest men in America. Looking at his family tree shows that hard work might just be in… Read more

How Family History Can Toughen Up Your Kids

Posted on September 23, 2015 in Family History

We’ve all heard the old fable of how Grandpa had to walk to school uphill, both ways, in a blizzard, and rolled our eyes. But while there may be only a kernel of truth in this story, hearing tales of family heroism or tragedy is beneficial to the next generation and may help them become… Read more

Why Do Star Wars Names Sound…Familiar?

Posted on September 16, 2015 in Surnames

When “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premieres in December, movie fans can revel in mind-blowing special effects and bask in the fictional universe that series creator George Lucas has been building since “Star Wars” appeared in theaters in 1977. A large part of the “Star Wars” allure comes from the evocative characters, with their even… Read more

The Mystery of an Excavated Jamestown Box

Posted on August 21, 2015 in Celebrity

In July 2015, archeologists announced they had discovered the 400-year-old bones of four prominent citizens of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. But what really excited the scientists were the bone fragments found in one of the graves. Those pieces of bone, found in a mysterious silver box, show how much we… Read more

6 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Jamestown

Posted on August 21, 2015 in Celebrity

Steeped in legend and shrouded by time, Jamestown has long intrigued modern-day Americans. As the first permanent English colony in North America, Jamestown represented, then and now, a new beginning, a chance to conquer a continent, and a foothold for expansion of English law, customs, and traditions. Add to that a tale of love between… Read more

Adopted Sisters Find Each Other Through DNA Testing

Posted on August 7, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Wendy Garrett and Lisa Olivera are sisters, but they didn’t know it until February 2015. Living on opposite coasts with no mutual friends, they would never have met without AncestryDNA. Garrett, 29, grew up in California and then moved to Pennsylvania. Adopted through an agency, she knew that she had a brother, but not a… Read more

Are More Men Taking Their Wives’ Last Names?

Posted on July 2, 2015 in Surnames

For genealogists today, or those just interested in researching their family trees, surnames are a vital link between present and past, a line of breadcrumbs that guides us down the corridors of our family histories. But surnames can be a source of tension, especially when they involve gender relations. When actress Zoe Saldana revealed in… Read more