How A DNA Test Solved the Mystery of Lezlie

Her whole life, Lezlie constantly faced one question from even total strangers: “What are you?” Thanks to a DNA test, she has the answer. But it’s not exactly what she expected. Here’s her story: Lezlie’s results are super interesting – and they answer a lifelong question. As she said, “It was great because it helped confirm Read More

4 Types of Spanish Surnames: Which One Is Yours?

Ever wonder about Spanish surnames (“apellido” in Spanish) and how they came to be? Spanish surnames started being used in medieval times, when populations were growing and it became necessary to distinguish between individuals with the same given name. The 10 most common Spanish surnames today cover about 20 percent of the population in Spain. Read More

Italian Surnames: 7 Facts to Know

Italian is a rich and colorful language, with equally descriptive — and enigmatic — surnames. However murky their origins, the names practically gesticulate, telling a story that enlivens a family history. Here are some facts to keep in mind as you trace the roots of your own cognome. 1. Many surnames refer to geography Centuries 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

How Related Are Americans? A Surprising DNA Study

DNA testing reveals Americans are all more related than we realized. These 5 surprising facts will make you rethink your relationship to strangers: And your undiscovered relatives are not just in America! AncestryDNA test takers are finding new family members around the world every day.   One young man had an “incredible” experience, visiting his grandmother’s cousin in Ireland.     Read More

The British Are Less British Than We Think

How British are the British? Seems like a brain teaser, but it’s actually a surprising fact. AncestryDNA’s new study revealed the average UK resident is only about 37% British! Let’s look at some of the unexpected findings of this study – and what it means to you if you have British heritage. What are the Brits if Read More

It’s All in the Genes: One Man Discovers Seven Famous Relatives

Television programs like “Who Do  You Think You Are?” feature famous people discovering notable ancestors. What we don’t often hear about is everyday people who connect their origins to ancestors who were famous or played a key part in history. However, one “average” man from Boston is a little more well-known now after he found Read More

Three Sisters Meet for the First Time Ever on a British Airways Flight

Texas native Ann Burrage wanted to find out if she had any Native American heritage. So she took an AncestryDNA test. Her discovery was shocking: Ann and her sister Lynn had another sibling they never knew about –  in England. The story of their reunion is one of the most unlikely family reunions ever. Take a look: Ann and Read More

6 Olympic Moments When You Just Had to Cheer for the Other Team 

We all love to cheer for our home country during the Olympics. But there are certain moments when the feats are so impressive or the odds overcome so high that we can’t help but cheer for other countries. Here are 6 unbelievable moments in Olympic history when we (or our ancestors) just had to cheer for “the other team.” 1. The Read More

Left in Cardboard Boxes, Sisters Find Each Other 50 Years Later

Tammy and Liz are as close as two sisters can get. They have children who are the same age, share many interests, and even finish each other’s sentences. But there is one detail that sets them apart from most: Their mother abandoned them both as infants, leaving them in cardboard boxes. Fifty years later, they were finally reunited, Read More