We combed U.S. census records for America’s spookiest sounding professions. Can you guess what these professions really do? [psst: after the quiz you can find out what your ancestors did by entering your last name below] How would you like to discover that your uncle was a bone dealer? Or your great-grandmother was a witch? Start by Read More
Marilyn Monroe is one of the most fascinating names in Hollywood history. And the tidbits of her life’s story have long intrigued audiences. But if you think you know everything there is to know about the most famous Marilyn in history, think again. Here are five facts about the blonde bombshell that just might surprise you. 1. Read More
Whatever you may think of real-estate mogul-turned-presidential-candidate Donald Trump’s politics, you can’t deny his many ups and downs are entertaining. As he continues to make the subject of immigration one of his talking points, his own origins tell an interesting tale of ambitious young people crossing the ocean to make something of themselves in this Read More
It’s a timeless American ritual: the distant chime of an ice cream truck, a stampede of sneakers on hot sidewalks, and sticky fingers gripping frozen treats. For a century, the ice cream man has been among the most popular faces in the neighborhood. Let’s take a look at the history of how the ice cream Read More
Last names weren’t widely used in England until after the Norman conquest in 1066. But as the population grew, people adopted surnames to help tell folks apart.
Ever wonder what life was like back in the old days? What was your family up to back then? Ancestry has some handy tools that let you take a quick peek into the past to uncover old family photos, precious documents, and other family history gems. Here are 6 wild things you can find out about your family’s Read More
For many European immigrants to America, the transatlantic crossing was just part of a long journey. First, they had to travel to their point of departure. The passenger lists on Ancestry show that many traveled hundreds of miles before they ever set foot on a ship. Immigrants crowded into rail cars or local boats to Read More
Abigail Kawananakoa wants to know where her great-grand-uncle’s bed is. His royal bed. The bed that David Kalakaua, the last king of Hawaii, slept in. When the royal family of Hawaii was deposed in 1894, King Kalakaua’s 19th century ebony and gilt bed was sold off, along with many of the palace’s other contents. Today, Read More
German-Americans are the largest single ethnic group in the U.S. If you are one of 46 million Americans with German ancestry, your surname could yield some interesting clues to your family history.
German-Americans are the largest single ethnic group in the U.S. If you are one of 46 million Americans with German ancestry, your surname could yield some interesting clues to your family history. The the most common form of German family name is occupational. It can often be identified by its ending: -er, -hauer, -macher, or Read More