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
There are traditional school clubs — like chess club, German club, or drama club — that you’ll find in almost every high school in the country. But there are several once-popular activities that have fallen by the wayside over the decades – and today just seem plain weird. Here are 6 of the weirdest school Read More
Nearly everyone has heard the story of the Titanic, the infamous “unsinkable ship” that hit an iceberg and sunk into the cold North Atlantic ocean in 1912. The tale was turned into one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, and is the focus of countless documentaries and news stories about attempts to recover the Read More
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