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The DNA Journey: What Happens When 67 Strangers Take DNA Tests

Think you know where you come from? Think you know what you’re made of? Ancestry and international travel search site Momondo invited seventy-six people to take AncestryDNA tests to find the answers. We were as surprised as they were by their results. Ready to go on your very own DNA Journey? It’s just a click Read More

The DNA Journey: What Happens When 67 Strangers Take DNA Tests

Think you know where you come from? Think you know what you’re made of? Ancestry and international travel search site Momondo invited 67 people to take AncestryDNA tests to find the answers. We were as surprised as they were by their results. When Your Genes Know Better Aurelie, a spunky French woman living in London, was one of the test Read More

Can You Guess How These Celebrities’ Ancestors Made Their Living?

Most European surnames come from one of seven sources, including occupations. The last name “Bloom” (as in Orlando Bloom), for example, was the occupational name for a metal worker. Like many Hollywood celebrities, many of us have European surnames. What meaning and historical occupation does your last name reveal? Now it’s quiz time! Can you match Read More

Was Ron Burgundy’s Historical Look-Alike a British Drunkard?

Matthew McConaughey, Nicolas Cage, Orlando Bloom, Conan O’Brien, Ellen DeGeneres: they’ve all be linked to old photos of historical look a-likes. A researcher at Ancestry came across the next entry in the historical doppelgänger sweepstakes—only this one looks like the long-lost ancestor of fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy. Unlike most twins lost over time, we know something Read More

6 Weirdest School Clubs Your Grandparents Belonged To

There are traditional school clubs — like chess club, German club, or drama club — that you’ll find in almost every high school in the country. But there are several once-popular activities that have fallen by the wayside over the decades  – and today just seem plain weird. Here are 6 of the weirdest school Read More

The Other Titanic: the Sinking of the Lusitania

Nearly everyone has heard the story of the Titanic, the infamous “unsinkable ship” that hit an iceberg and sunk into the cold North Atlantic ocean in 1912. The tale was turned into one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, and is the focus of countless documentaries and news stories about attempts to recover the Read More

Captain America Star Chris Evans’ Surprising Ties to the Civil War

The star of Captain America: Civil War, Chris Evans, has some surprising family ties to the U.S. Civil War. A look through Ancestry’s records shows two of his close relatives ultimately gave their lives on opposite sides of the devastating war. Confederate Connection Evans’ fourth great-grandfather (his great-great-great-great-grandfather), Daniel Cryer, served as a soldier in the Read More

Native American DNA: Where It Started, and Where It Nearly Ended

About 23,000 years ago, a hardy band of 10,000 people crossed a frozen land bridge connecting Asia and North America. Those Ice Age travelers — about as many as would fit in a minor league baseball stadium today — became the ancestors of all Native Americans. And then, 500 years ago, their DNA suggests that Read More