10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are Scottish

Posted by Ancestry.com on September 29, 2014 in Celebrity

On September 18, 2014, Scottish voters decided not to sever their 307-year-old union with England and become an independent country, free from any official ties to the United Kingdom. The question divided the country, roiled the UK, and drew the gaze of the world. More quietly, Scotland has attracted the attention of television drama fans… Read more

Vanessa Williams Explains Her Family Tree

Posted by wexon on September 26, 2014 in Celebrity

The following appeared in the Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2013. Written by Jessica P. Ogilvie. The world within Vanessa Williams 5 QUESTIONS Most of us are curious about our family lineage. For Vanessa Williams, who recently took part in the show “Who Do You Think You Are” and explored her family’s history, the task… Read more

8 Celebrities With Asian Ancestry

Posted by Ancestry.com on July 21, 2014 in Celebrity

For decades, Asian characters in Hollywood films and television shows were commonly played by non-Asian actors, and then for a few more decades, the only Asians portrayed were martial artists in action flicks. Even in today’s increasingly multicultural America (according to the 2010 census, 5.6 percent of the population is Asian, and it’s the fastest-growing… Read more

Nine Hollywood Family Dynasties That Passed Acting Through Generations

Posted by Ancestry.com on July 8, 2014 in Celebrity

Some children inherit their parent’s toolboxes and become artisans. Some ride their father’s ladder truck and eventually follow them as firefighters. Others simply inherit their family fortune which they can build upon or squander. A lucky few, however, wait in the wings or linger on the set until the day when they, too, can explore… Read more

10 Truly Strange Pets Owned by Famous People

Posted by Ancestry.com on June 25, 2014 in Celebrity

Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber may have gotten attention for their pet monkeys (among other things), but the King of Pop and Biebs aren’t the only famous people with a tendency for unusual animal companions. Here are just a few fascinating, exotic, and just plain weird pets from history. 1. Bloodthirsty Roman eels Lucius Licinius… Read more

Did You Know “Twilight” Star Robert Pattinson Has a Real-Life Vampire Ancestor?

Posted by Ancestry.com on June 25, 2014 in Celebrity

Robert Pattinson sparkled as the fictional vampire star of the Twilight film franchise, and now historians say the London-born actor is related to a legendary vampire in real life, too. Pattinson, 28, is a distant cousin of Vlad III Dracula, the 15th-century Transylvanian nobleman whose bloodthirstiness inspired the legend of Count Dracula. Styling himself a… Read more

You Betcha! Sarah Palin Has Royal Blood in Her Ancestry

Posted by Ancestry.com on June 23, 2014 in Celebrity

There’s something about royalty that gets Americans excited. Perhaps it’s because our country never had a royal family, or it could just be the pageantry and opulence that come with being part of a one. But when we hear that a famous American has royalty in the family, our ears prick up. When Ancestry took… Read more

Guess How Many Presidents Mitt Romney Is Related to?

Posted by Ancestry.com on June 23, 2014 in Celebrity

Anyone who has watched Mitt Romney over the years knows that the former Massachusetts governor always had a presidential air about him. Is that a quality born or bred? It’s still hard to know for sure, but Ancestry found out that, at least in Romney’s case, he may have had a little genealogical help. The… Read more

You’ll Never Guess Which President Is Related to Billionaire Warren Buffett

Posted by Ancestry.com on June 14, 2014 in Celebrity

Money and politics go hand in hand, so it’s no surprise that billionaire Warren Buffett has presidential blood in his veins. When the genealogists at Ancestry decided to trace the lineage of the “Oracle of Omaha,” they found a president in his extended family tree. And not just any president, mind you — it was… Read more

Brad Pitt’s Surprising Presidential Connection

Posted by Ancestry.com on June 11, 2014 in Celebrity

They’re both in their early 50s, have legions of devoted followers (and outspoken detractors), and have enjoyed long, successful careers. But that’s not where the similarities between President Obama, 52, and actor Brad Pitt, 50, end. Pitt and the president are actually related, say genealogists at Ancestry. The president shares an 18th-century Virginia ancestor with… Read more