Famous Mayflower Descendants

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

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

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

New DNA Tests Offer More Answers for African Americans

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

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

Stephen Colbert Is Canadian – And So Can You!

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

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