Past Articles

Tom Bergeron: A Family Under Siege

Posted on September 21, 2015 in Celebrity, Who Do You Think You Are

Whenever we research the family history of a celebrity for Who Do You Think You Are? there is always the concern that there may not be adequate records to build a full family tree. Fortunately, when the assignment came to research Tom Bergeron, known to be of French Canadian ancestry, we were confident that we… Read more

50 Years After Being Stolen and Sold, Baby Reunited with Birth Mother

Posted on September 9, 2015 in AncestryDNA

The stork didn’t deliver Kristie Hughes to her adoptive parents’ door: they bought her from a Georgia doctor. Now AncestryDNA and Nightline have helped Kristie find the family she was taken from 51 years ago. The story of the “Hicks Babies” broke almost 20 years ago when a researcher discovered that between 1950 and 1965, a… Read more

Bryan Cranston Uncovers Mysteries In His Family Tree

Posted on September 3, 2015 in Celebrity, Who Do You Think You Are

We all have mysterious ancestors in our past, even the most famous among us. Actor Bryan Cranston is no exception. With the help of Ancestry, Bryan recently traced the many dubious men in his family tree and discovered just such an ancestor: Joseph H. Cranston, his 2nd great-grandfather. Not only was his name recorded incorrectly… Read more

AncestryDNA Tests 1 Millionth Customer

Posted on July 27, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Popular family history website Ancestry just hit a huge milestone. AncestryDNA has now genetically tested one million people to help them discover more about themselves and their family story. The AncestryDNA database has more than doubled in the last year, and so far they have delivered 99 million connections of 4th cousins or closer. That means… Read more

7 British Firsts from World War I

Posted on July 8, 2015 in Military Records

War has a tendency to hasten progress and inspire invention. After all, necessity is said to be the mother of invention, and wartime is a period of prolonged, urgent necessity. The radar, the computer, duct tape, and Twinkies all owe their invention or improvement to World War II. Here’s a list of more innovations you… Read more

10 Baby Girl Names Making a Comeback

Posted on July 8, 2015 in Baby Names

Naming a baby represents the culmination of an intensely personal decision-making process, but a newborn’s name also forms one tiny part of a larger pattern. The selected name might reflect widespread cultural forces — like the lasting popularity of Mary or John — or reflect more narrow subcultural or ethnic influences. It might reflect larger… Read more

10 Baby Boy Names That Used to Be Popular

Posted on July 7, 2015 in Baby Names

Names — they can be as timeless as some found in the Bible (John, David, James) or as trendy as a celebrity’s kid (North, Sparrow, Brooklyn). Every parent understands the complexity of choosing a name, because while some names never fall out of favor, others can stop being in vogue in a generation. Of course,… Read more

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