Tom Bergeron: A Family Under Siege

Posted by Paul Rawlins 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

J. K. Rowling Finds Powerful Women in Her Family Tree

Posted by sdalton on September 9, 2015 in Celebrity, Who Do You Think You Are

J. K. Rowling goes in search of a war hero on Who Do You Think You Are? and finds the true story of his bravery and the courageous women who held her family together. Before J. K. Rowling won international fame for creating the boy wizard Harry Potter, she was a poor single mother, struggling… Read more

Bryan Cranston Uncovers Mysteries In His Family Tree

Posted by Paul Rawlins 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

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