Past Articles

Cynthia Nixon discovers a woman caught in a desperate situation—and finds a source of her own strength.

Posted on July 28, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are

“I was amazed to see that this ancestor of mine sort of ran right up against history.” —Cynthia Nixon Award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon has made a career of playing strong women. But she never imagined the sheer will of a female relative she’d find in her own family story. Cynthia grew up with her mother… Read more

What’s Trending

Posted on July 22, 2014 in Family History

What Can Your Last Name Tell You In Western Europe, surnames first came about in Medieval times as civilizations grew larger and it became necessary to distinguish between people. Sometimes, names were based on occupation: a blacksmith may have been “John le Smith” (John the Smith) which became, over the generations, “Smith,” and a person… Read more

Surprising Facts About Ryan Gosling’s Family History

Posted on June 11, 2014 in Celebrity

What do Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion have in common? According to, the world’s largest online family history resource, the four Canadian performers are all related, sharing a family connection with some of Quebec’s earliest settlers. Heartthrobs: It’s a family reunion of heartthrobs as Justin Bieber, who’s appeared on the cover of… Read more

North Dakota has the Highest Mix of Scandinavian Ethnicity

Posted on June 9, 2014 in AncestryDNA

The DNA results are in and surprisingly, North Dakota has the largest average percentage of Scandinavian ethnicity across the entire United States. Among North Dakotans, the average amount of ancestry that can be traced back to the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Finland or the Netherlands is almost 30%. Definitely a surprise as the early… Read more

Stick with what you know…

Posted on June 9, 2014 in AncestryDNA

What do large lakes, farming and cold winters have in common? They are all found in Eastern Europe…and also the Midwestern United States. So, when Eastern Europeans came to the US, where do you think they went? Well, lots of them went to Wisconsin and we have the DNA results to prove it: Wisconsin has… Read more

8 Reasons You’re Basically the Same Person as Your Grandparents

Posted on May 15, 2014 in Family History

With all the advances in technology and changes in style that have happened over the last 60 years, it’s easy to think that you and your grandparents have nothing in common. But, in many regards, things haven’t changed at all. Here are just a few ways in which you’re essentially the same person as your… Read more

Found it! How an AncestryDNA Hint Led Me to a Picture of My Great-Grandfather

Posted on February 20, 2014 in AncestryDNA

It seemed too easy—thanks to my DNA match. It had been several months since I received my results, and I wasn’t expecting what I found. It all started with a DNA shared ancestor hint that connected me to a cousin who had another piece of my story. After reviewing the hint I confirmed we share… Read more

Titanic Mystery Solved with DNA Testing

Posted on February 20, 2014 in AncestryDNA

DNA solved a 70-year-old question of whether Loraine Allison survived the Titanic crash. Many have wondered what happened to the two-year-old little girl who disappeared from the crash more than 100 years ago. The story begins with Hudson and Bess taking their two kids, Trevor, seven months, and Loraine, two years of age, across the… Read more