The Real Solomon Northup: Documents from the Slave Years

Posted by Ancestry.com 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

Clovis Boy: DNA Unraveled

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Who were the first people to ever inhabit the Americas? In sequencing the DNA of the remains of a boy from an ancient burial site in Montana, scientists from the University of Copenhagen have provided more evidence that the first humans to arrive in the Americas were originally from Northeast Asia.  Until now, evidence of… Read more

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

Posted by Ancestry.com 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.com 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.com on February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Maybe it should be President O’Bama? Researchers at Ancestry.com 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.com 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

Cate Blanchett: A Spy in the Family

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett has played plenty of historical characters, including Queen Elizabeth, Katherine Hepburn, and even Bob Dylan. Her portrayal as art-historian-turned-spy Rose Valland in Monuments Men is another one—only this time, the role comes with some peculiar historical connections to Blanchett’s own deep past. Rose Valland became one of… Read more

Postcards from Prison

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

Having a great time. Wish you were here! We send postcards (or we used to) to show others where we’ve been. Or we collect them to remember where we’ve been ourselves. Vendors print and sell them so we can do both. Which begs the question: Exactly when did prisons and penitentiaries become tourist attractions? To… Read more

Life Imitating Art in Monuments Men

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

Featuring Hollywood heavyweights George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, and Matt Damon, the film Monuments Men brings to the screen the true story of an unlikely platoon of soldiers brought together to save priceless pieces of art from being destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. Now researchers at Ancestry have turned up some unlikely family… Read more

Do Downton Abbey’s Stars Belong Upstairs or Down?

Posted by Ancestry.com on January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Where do you belong, upstairs or down? Family history experts have revealed the real-life ancestry of several of the biggest stars of the hit TV show Downton Abbey. The findings indicate that • In real life Elizabeth McGovern’s family would much more likely be “upstairs” dining with the Crawleys than would fellow actress Sophie McShera.… Read more