How American Dollar Princesses Changed British Nobility

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 25, 2016 in Celebrity, Family History

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Old World and the New came together in the form of “Dollar Princesses,” a phenomenon that captivated the public’s attention then and still does today. A Dollar Princess referred to an American heiress, often from newly wealthy families, who married a title-rich but cash-poor British nobleman.… Read more

Maxes Run in the Zuckerberg Family

Posted by Paul Rawlins on January 6, 2016 in Baby Names, Celebrity

When CNN Money called Ancestry to see if there might be a family story behind newborn Maxima “Max” Chan Zuckerberg’s somewhat unusual (for a girl) first name, their researchers decided to take a look. As it turns out, Ancestry found at least two former Maxes in little Max’s past: Max Zuckerberg and Marcus “Max” Hollander. Both… Read more

Who Knew? Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner Are Family

Posted by Paul Rawlins on December 2, 2015 in Celebrity

Jennifer Lawrence got an unexpected invitation to Thanksgiving dinner this year from her cousin Jeremy Renner:     The offer was unexpected because Lawrence and Renner had no idea they were related until Ancestry and People released the story a few days before. The two were costars in 2013’s American Hustle, and this year, both… Read more

The Amazing Story of Demi Lovato’s War Hero Grandfather

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 11, 2015 in Celebrity

International singing star Demi Lovato has fought a few battles of her own. That fighting spirit may run in the family. Even though her father, Patrick Lovato, died estranged from his daughter in 2013, he left her a legacy that places her family in the crucible of at least two wars. Military and other records… Read more

Donald Trump’s Humble Family Tree

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 10, 2015 in Celebrity

Donald Trump is a self-made business man and is currently in the running to be a candidate to be the next U.S. president. He has made a name for himself in the real estate world and is one of the wealthiest men in America. Looking at his family tree shows that hard work might just be in… Read more

Solving Mystery of Young Girl Who Disappeared on Titanic

Posted by sdalton on November 3, 2015 in Celebrity

Everyone has mysteries in their family tree, from missing relatives to unexplained family relationships. DNA testing recently 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… Read more

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