The Mystery of an Excavated Jamestown Box

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 21, 2015 in Celebrity

In July 2015, archeologists announced they had discovered the 400-year-old bones of four prominent citizens of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. But what really excited the scientists were the bone fragments found in one of the graves. Those pieces of bone, found in a mysterious silver box, show how much we… Read more

6 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Jamestown

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 21, 2015 in Celebrity

Steeped in legend and shrouded by time, Jamestown has long intrigued modern-day Americans. As the first permanent English colony in North America, Jamestown represented, then and now, a new beginning, a chance to conquer a continent, and a foothold for expansion of English law, customs, and traditions. Add to that a tale of love between… Read more

DNA Test Proves Family’s Link to President Harding

Posted by sdalton on August 14, 2015 in Celebrity

AFTER ALMOST A CENTURY OF RUMORS AND QUESTIONS, DNA TESTS PROVE THAT ELIZABETH ANN BLAESING WAS THE OUT-OF-WEDLOCK DAUGHTER AND ONLY BIOLOGICAL CHILD OF PRESIDENT WARREN G. HARDING Blaesing’s son, James, is proven by AncestryDNA in August, 2014 testing to be a second cousin to both Peter and Abigail Harding (known first cousins) and grandnephew… Read more

Did Kate Middleton Come From…Middleton?

Posted by Paul Rawlins 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

What Is the Real Story Behind Hillary Clinton’s Ancestry?

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 26, 2015 in Celebrity

Hillary Rodham Clinton has been First Lady, Senator from New York, and Secretary of State. Next year, she hopes to add another title to her resume: President of the United States of America. Clinton is the early front-runner to win the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 2016 presidential race, and if she makes it to… Read more

9 Famous Smiths Through History – Are You Related to Them?

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 12, 2015 in Celebrity

Smith is the most common last name in America, so if your people have been here for awhile, there is a good chance the name belongs to someone somewhere on your family tree. But was it someone who was famous? Or infamous? That’s where Ancestry comes in. Even though there are over a billion records… Read more

You’ll Never Believe Which President Ted Cruz Is Related To

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 12, 2015 in Celebrity

Texas senator Ted Cruz has one thing going for his 2016 presidential bid — he has a president in his family tree. The irony? That president is his nemesis across the political aisle, President Barack Obama! Cruz’s veins may run red, while Obama is as cool as blue, but they could have both attended the… Read more

If George Clooney Is This Guy’s Cousin, Who’s In Your Family Tree?

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 7, 2015 in Celebrity

Eloquence, an interest in politics and global affairs, rugged good looks, the ability to connect with crowds — there’s a lot that Abraham Lincoln and George Clooney have in common. But did you know that the 16th president of the United States and the Oscar-winning actor/director/writer/producer/dreamboat also have a common ancestor? Researchers at Ancestry combed… Read more

Hola, Neighbors! 10 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Mexican

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 30, 2015 in Celebrity

Sometimes, names can tell a whole story about a person’s ethnicity. But married surnames, as well as chosen pseudonyms, can also bury entire lineages until you do a little digging. This holds true for famous names as much as your own. While there are many Mexican-American celebrities prominently showing their Chicano roots, there are plenty… Read more

The Meanings of 6 Celebrity Surnames

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 19, 2015 in Celebrity, Surnames

Surnames, like the families and lineages they represent, can bestow a sense of identity on individuals to forge into the future with. Knowing the meaning of surnames can also help individuals discover their roots and where they originate. Sometimes, the meanings of family surnames are obvious, particularly if they originate in the same language spoken… Read more