What You Can Learn About the Meaning of Your Last Name

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

[Photo credit: Shutterstock] To learn more about your family history, the natural place to start is the most obvious marker of your family: your surname. And the natural place to learn about your surname is a free Last Name Meanings and Origins search on Ancestry. The origins and meaning of your last name can reveal… Read more

What Immigration Records Can Tell You About Your Family History

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

[Photo credit: Ancestry.com] The United States, as many like to point out, is a nation of immigrants. For people interested in learning more about their family history, a journey over an ocean or across a river can both pose a challenge when it comes to finding ancestors and provide a rewarding source of stories about… Read more

Why Your Ancestors’ Life Expectancy Matters to You

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

[Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons] A death in the family can be tragic, but the passing of ancestors and distant relatives can also be a rich source of information for anyone trying to understand their family history and their own place in it. The Family Facts page on Ancestry gives you another helpful starting point for… Read more

There Are 7 Types of English Last Names – Which One Is Yours?

Posted by rgoradia on January 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

Many of us have surnames passed down to us from ancestors in England. Last names weren’t widely used until after the Norman conquest in 1066, but as the country’s population grew, people found it necessary to be more specific when they were talking about somebody else. Thus arose descriptions like Thomas the Baker, Norman son… Read more

Baby Name Trends: What A Difference a Century Makes

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

Elizabeth and William — two strong, Anglo-Saxon names. A current queen and a future king. They’re also the only two baby names to appear in the top 10 for both 1914 and 2013, a span of 100 years. For today’s American babies, traditional names like Charlotte and Benjamin are nearly as popular as more trendy… Read more

Now and Then: Photos of New York City’s History

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

New York is one of the nation’s most recognizable cities. Yet despite a landscape filled with historic buildings, New York is a city that is always changing . Thanks to the New York City Municipal Archives, we can take a look back to the late 1930s and see what some of the Big Apple’s iconic… Read more

11 Unbelievable Items from the Sears Catalog

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Published from 1888 to 1993, the Sears catalog featured everything from sewing machines, clothes, and sporting goods to cars, houses, and livestock. The Sears catalog is a great chronicle of our country’s history, as told through everyday items sold to ordinary people. But, looking back, many of its pages were far from ordinary. Here are… Read more

Revolutionary Genetics: Daughters of the American Revolution Accepts Y-DNA Evidence

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

It turns out that family really is in the genes, and even the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) acknowledges that. DNA is a new frontier for the DAR, the volunteer service organization made up of women descended from Revolutionary soldiers, which recently started accepting DNA evidence as partial proof of lineage. Three types of… Read more

8 Celebrity Pictures from Our Yearbook Archive

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

The searchable collection of more than 50,000 U.S. school yearbooks on Ancestry includes a celebrity gallery, where you can see the likes of Madonna dancing with her high school classmates and Jake Gyllenhaal getting smooched by a couple of seventh-grade fans. It’s fun to see where someone famous went to school, what they looked like… Read more

80-Year-Old Mystery Solved By a Simple DNA Test

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Angelina Jolie unwittingly unlocked a mystery that an 80-year-old man had been trying to solve his entire life. Along with a friend, aspiring New York actress Cathryn Mudon took a DNA test after hearing Jolie was screened for the breast cancer gene. “We just did it on a whim,” she later told Dallas television station… Read more