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

New DNA Tests Offer More Answers for African Americans

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

New discoveries around culture, identity, and family history reveal African Americans are their own “melting pot,” with an average of three or more African regions as part of their family history. New Science Leads to New Discoveries Thanks to cutting-edge genetic science, African Americans are making new discoveries about their ethnic origins. Genetic scientists at… Read more

The Real Solomon Northup: Documents from the Slave Years

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Solomon Northup was born a free person of color in New York in 1808. This was the year the 1807 Act Prohibiting the Importation of Slaves, which banned the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the United States, took effect. A somewhat ironic fact, considering what happened next. In 1841, Northup was lured to Washington, D.C, with… Read more

DNA Testing for Adoptees—AncestryDNA Has the Power to Unlock the Answers in Your Story

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

In the past year, many of you have shared stories of how AncestryDNA has helped you find family. Some of the most moving are stories of adoptees that have connected with their birth family. Here are two powerful and touching stories that found their way to the national spotlight: Chris Burton was simply hoping to discover… Read more

Stephen Colbert Is Canadian – And So Can You!

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Ancestry discovers the roots of Colbert’s passion for hockey. He’s accused Canada of cheating at the Winter Olympics. He’s referred to Canadians as “Godless” and “Syrup Suckers.” He believes Canada is Obama’s America and supports an American-based Ontario Hockey League team, claiming a war of Good vs. Evil between his beloved Saginaw Spirit and their… Read more

President Obama’s Irish Roots

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Maybe it should be President O’Bama? Researchers at Ancestry trace the Irish branches in Barack Obama’s family tree back to Falmouth Kearney, Obama’s third great-grandfather. More than a century and a half ago, 19-year-old Falmouth Kearney sailed from Ireland, landing in New York harbor on March 20, 1850. Settling in Ohio among Irish relatives, Falmouth… Read more

Smith, Jones, and Garcia: 2 New Surnames Tell America’s Immigration Story

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Changing Surnames Reflect America’s Immigrant Influence We all know how popular baby names come and go. One year little girls are named Madison. A few years later, and we get millions of Olivias. It’s a different story when it comes to surnames in the United States. Or at least it has been—until recently. For 150… Read more