12 Stunning Civil War Facts

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Civil War was the bloodiest war in our country’s history. It is often called “the first modern war” because of efficient and deadly weapons that became available for the first time. Just how terrible was this war that pitted brother against brother? Consider these 12 jaw-dropping facts: 1. More soldiers died in the Civil… Read more

Are You a Child of the ’90s — the 1890s?

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

There were a lot of great leaps forward in the 1890s, or the “gay ’90s” as they are sometimes nostalgically called: exciting new forms of transportation (rail, steamboat, electric street car, bikes and even the start of the “horseless carriage”); department stores and mail-order catalogues made lots of new goods available; and new forms of… Read more

14 Fascinating Professions From History

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Have you ever pondered what kind of job you would have had if you lived a hundred or more years ago? There wasn’t a big call back then for IT professionals, auto repair shops, or neurosurgery. But there was still plenty to do in order to keep society running smoothly — even if that sometimes… Read more

Simple Family Questions Uncover Shocking Family Secrets for KSTP Minneapolis Anchor Bill Lunn

Posted by Paul Rawlins on May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

When news anchor Bill Lunn approached ancestry experts for help answering questions about his great-great-grandfather, he hoped to learn more about his family’s origins. What he didn’t expect was a transatlantic treasure hunt that would reveal shocking family secrets and monumentally change his own sense of identity. Lunn knew that his great-great-grandfather, Nikolas, immigrated to… Read more

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