Prince’s Family Secrets: A Peek into the Icon’s Family Tree

With seven Grammy Awards, nineteen Top 10 songs, and an Oscar for best original song score, Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson) will go down in history as one of the most successful musical artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Many recall his dispute with his record label and subsequent name change in Read More

Don’t Know Who to Vote For? Maybe This Surname Analysis Will Help.

Election season continues to heat up. The field of candidates is narrowing, and before we know it, the presidential general election will be upon us. Regardless of where you fall along party lines, taking a look at the meaning of each of the current candidates’ names can give you a glimpse into their family’s origin Read More

How American Dollar Princesses Changed British Nobility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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