America’s Spookiest Sounding Jobs

When digging up their family past, most people expect to find their ancestors toiling away as farmers or shoemakers or factory workers. We mostly expect something a little humdrum and ordinary. But how would you like to discover that your uncle was a bone dealer? Or your great-grandmother was a witch? We combed U.S. census Read More

Diary of a DNA Test

My 21-year-old stepdaughter was over for Easter dinner and saw the Ancestry DNA kit on the table. “I’m so jealous,” she said, “I want to know where I come from.” I’ve been working on my family genealogy for 3 and a half decades, so, what do I want out of the DNA test? I’m like Read More

Was Ron Burgundy’s Historical Look-Alike a British Drunkard?

Matthew McConaughey, Nicolas Cage, Orlando Bloom, Conan O’Brien, Ellen DeGeneres: they’ve all be linked to old photos of historical look a-likes. A researcher at Ancestry came across the next entry in the historical doppelgänger sweepstakes—only this one looks like the long-lost ancestor of fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy. Unlike most twins lost over time, we know something Read More

Can You Beat This 1940s Quiz?

Find out where your family lived in 1940, who they lived with, who the neighbors were, what they did for a living, and more things 1940 at Ancestry.

9 Wild Things You Can Discover From a DNA Test

Thinking about taking one of those DNA tests you’ve heard about on TV or seen advertised online? Get ready for what could be a wild (and amazing) ride. Here are 9 discoveries regular ol’ people have made after taking a DNA test. You Could Find out You’re Irish Two out of three AncestryDNA test takers have come up Read More

Finding Your Women’s Stories

The women in your past have stories to tell, but sometimes they get overlooked because men often take center stage in the records. Here are some tips for coaxing the stories of your unsung heroines out of hiding. Get a Woman’s Perspective Make a deliberate effort to look at records you have through her eyes. Read More

My Small Family Tree Became a Towering Redwood With Ancestry DNA

This post originally appeared on GeekDad.   For many families, knowing your relatives is a priority. In other families, knowing your aunts, uncles, cousins, even ancestors isn’t as important. My immediate family falls into the second category. My parents didn’t make an effort to maintain relations with their families or keep records regarding their grandparents. Read More

Joining Your Family’s Native American Tribe

Many Americans believe they have at least one Native American ancestor. More than 900 nations, peoples, tribes, and bands (the terms are interchangeable) once lived on the North American continent, and more than 560 are recognized by the federal government today, with an additional 24 being recognized by states. However, an estimated 80 percent of Read More

Were Leonardo DiCaprio’s Ancestors Mountain Men? His Last Name May Hold a Clue

Leonardo DiCaprio makes a pretty convincing mountain man in The Revenant. In the movie, he plays American legend Hugh Glass, who barely survived a grizzly attack only to be left for dead by his companions. (Spoiler alert: he survived.) Oddly enough, DiCaprio’s roots may include a close family association with animals—though nothing quite as lethal Read More