15 Fascinating Facts From Famous Death Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

From the king who ate himself to death to the comedian whose audience didn’t know his death wasn’t a joke, many high-profile people have left this world in unusual ways. Even many perfectly ordinary endings are fascinating because of coincidence, timing, or plain old bad luck. Here are some interesting facts about the deaths of… Read more

8 Athletes with Irish Connections

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Nearly 35 million Americans claim Irish heritage, and among them are titans of sport. Athletes in basketball, football, hockey, boxing, tennis, and more boast an Irish ancestry, no matter their race (no, we haven’t found evidence that this includes Shaquille O’Neal, despite his lilting last name). Here’s a sample of Irish-American athletes, past and present.… Read more

KTLA Anchor Chris Schauble Takes Viewers Along on Search for Birth Family

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Chris Schauble “couldn’t have had a better childhood,” but the mystery of where he came from was always in the back of his mind. The 44-year-old anchor of KTLA 5 Morning News in Los Angeles had never needed his parents to tell him he was adopted; as the only African-American child in his family, he… Read more

Olé, Olé,Olé: Dodge City Hosts America’s First (and Only?) Professional Bullfight

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dodge City, Kansas was “Queen of the Cow Towns” after the Civil War. Thousands of cattle from Texas passed through this boomtown that boasted more famous gunfighters than any other town in the West — along with the requisite saloons, brothels, and gambling halls. But by 1883, Dodge City was starting to transition from rough-and-tumble… Read more

11 Skills Your Great-Grandparents Had That You Don’t

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our parents and grandparents may shake their heads every time we grab our smart phones to get turn-by-turn directions or calculate the tip. But when it comes to life skills, our great-grandparents have us all beat. Here are some skills our great-grandparents had 90 years ago that most of us don’t. 1. Courting While your… Read more

How the 19th Century’s 1 Percent Lived Large

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

When it comes to luxurious living, the upper crust of the late 1800s make today’s “1 percent” seem modest by comparison. Even though modern necessities like indoor plumbing and flush toilets were just starting to make their appearances, the 19th century elite enjoyed luxuries that are still astounding (or confounding) more than a century later.… Read more

Famous Mayflower Descendants

Posted by Paul Rawlins on April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Marilyn Monroe was one. So is George W. Bush. And actor/director Clint Eastwood and astronaut Alan B. Shepard. When the Mayflower landed at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts, in November 1620, the ship was behind schedule. The Pilgrims had started out on two ships, but when the Speedwell developed problems, they were forced to return to England. They eventually… Read more

Carrie Underwood Is Related to Another American Idol

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

It turns out that queen of country music Carrie Underwood is related to another American idol: Abraham Lincoln. Carrie was born and raised in Oklahoma, but her OK roots are actually fairly recent. Back in the late 1700s, she had an ancestor who had moved from Pennsylvania to Kentucky: Abraham Lincoln. This wasn’t the Abraham… Read more

Captain America Star Chris Evans Comes from a Long Line of American Soldiers

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Chris Evans’ family tree reveals ancestors that fought in nearly every major war in American history. Captain America represents the quintessential American hero: a soldier wholly dedicated to defending the ideals of the U.S. of A. To celebrate the release of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, researchers at Ancestry looked into the family… Read more

Navy Muster Rolls Reveal WWII Service of Henry Fonda, Paul Newman, Jason Robards, Ernest Borgnine

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

When World War II took center stage, the stars came out to support the U.S. Navy. With an eye to the worsening situation in Europe, the U.S. authorized expansion to a two-ocean Navy in July 1940. Rapid and massive increases in ships and personnel followed. The Navy’s ranks totaled 126,418 in September 1939. By the time… Read more