Past Articles

Did Kate Middleton Come From…Middleton?

Posted on June 29, 2015 in Celebrity

Our surnames often hold clues from our family’s past. English surnames came about in the Middle Ages as populations grew and people found they needed a way to distinguish William the blacksmith from William the cooper when telling a story about one of the their neighbors, or the taxman wanted to make sure both John… Read more

If You Have Virginia Relatives, Governor McAullife Has Good News for You

Posted on June 26, 2015 in Family History

Do you have Virginia ancestors?  Wouldn’t it be great if you could have access to Virginia birth, marriage, death, and divorce records? Can you imagine the goodies that you might find in there? Parents names and birth places, birth, marriage, and death dates and places, possible other relatives, burial places.  Sounds like a recipe to… Read more

There’s a 1 in 300 Chance That a Complete Stranger Is Your Cousin

Posted on June 26, 2015 in AncestryDNA

New demographic research has revealed just how likely the British are to be closely related to a complete stranger they might meet in their homeland. Analysis by AncestryDNA, part of the world’s largest online family history resource, of birth rates and population figures for the past two centuries suggests that the typical Brit has 193,000… Read more

Debunking the American Dream: Immigrants Did Better in 1900 Than in 2000

Posted on April 16, 2015 in Family History

It’s a familiar story: An immigrant family makes their way to America. They start out with little money in their pockets, but with determination and hard work, they climb their way up the economic ladder. That’s the cliché, but it may not be accurate according to new research. “Conventional wisdom about immigrants and the American Dream… Read more

12 People Who Missed Their Trip on the Titanic

Posted on April 16, 2015 in Family History

On April 15, 1912, the Titanic slammed into an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank, sending 1,517 souls into the cold deep. Since that dark night, the legend of the Titanic has only grown, propelled by the glamour of the ship and its first-class passengers, complicated by the immigrant dreams of its steerage travelers,… Read more

The 6 Best Ways to Start Researching Your Family History

Posted on April 16, 2015 in Family History

Do you know the names of all four of your grandparents? What about your eight great-grandparents? (Did you know you have eight great-grandparents?) Do you know what your last name means or if you were named after an uncle or a grandmother? If you’ve always wanted to find out more about your family history but… Read more

New DNA Breakthrough Connects You to Ancestors in the 1700s

Posted on April 7, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Latest Breakthrough in Consumer Genetics Connects People to Ancestors Dating Back to the 1700s Using Just Their DNA DNA testing has turned out to be a godsend for adoptees searching for lost family members who are still alive and family historians looking to connect with genetic cousins. The tests work by looking for strands of… Read more

Revealed: 1-in-3 British Naval Heroes Were Underage

Posted on March 20, 2015 in Military Records

Analysis of over 380,000 digitised historic naval records reveals that nearly a third of the sailors who helped Britain achieve naval supremacy in World War I were ‘underage’ volunteers. The Royal Navy Registers of Seaman’s Services, 1900-1928, now available on Ancestry, detail each sailor’s name, birthdate, birthplace, vessels served on, service number, and other service… Read more

How Irish Is Your City? AncestryDNA Has the Answer.

Posted on March 13, 2015 in AncestryDNA

At AncestryDNA, we’re exploring how we can use genetics to study Irish heritage in the U.S. Throughout our nation’s history, millions of individuals from Ireland planted new roots here in the United States. While hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants arrived in the 1600’s and 1700’s, more than two million arrived in the mid-19th century – most… Read more

How to Find the Story of Your Civil War Ancestors

Posted on March 11, 2015 in Military Records

More Medal of Honor winners came from this war than any other—and more Americans lost their lives. Women disguised themselves as men to join the fight. After almost two years, black men were allowed to join the fight for freedom. These are just a few of the stories that came out of America’s bloodiest conflict.… Read more