What to Do When You Discover a New Sibling

Posted by Paul Rawlins on January 6, 2016 in AncestryDNA

Think about this: What is the most surprising phone call you could get in your life? How about this one: Out of the clear blue, a complete stranger is claiming that you have a brother you’ve never met. In fact, you had no idea he even existed. That was the call Bridgette got on March 16,… Read more

Maxes Run in the Zuckerberg Family

Posted by Paul Rawlins on January 6, 2016 in Baby Names, Celebrity

When CNN Money called Ancestry to see if there might be a family story behind newborn Maxima “Max” Chan Zuckerberg’s somewhat unusual (for a girl) first name, their researchers decided to take a look. As it turns out, Ancestry found at least two former Maxes in little Max’s past: Max Zuckerberg and Marcus “Max” Hollander. Both… Read more

Who Knew? Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner Are Family

Posted by Paul Rawlins on December 2, 2015 in Celebrity

Jennifer Lawrence got an unexpected invitation to Thanksgiving dinner this year from her cousin Jeremy Renner:     The offer was unexpected because Lawrence and Renner had no idea they were related until Ancestry and People released the story a few days before. The two were costars in 2013’s American Hustle, and this year, both… Read more

Create a Family Heritage Cookbook and Solve 3 Holiday Problems at Once

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 25, 2015 in Family History

On the classic television series “The Waltons,” the elderly Baldwin sisters zealously guarded their daddy’s popular “Recipe.” What they didn’t know was that it was actually moonshine! Does your family have family recipes even close to that interesting? This holiday season, make the effort to gather your family’s cherished recipes, maybe some that have been… Read more

What Goes Best With Eggnog? Family History!

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 25, 2015 in Family History

We often don’t get around to asking our older relatives about their stories: their childhoods, their grandparents and great-grandparents, their memories, and their family’s traditions. We tend to assume there will always be time. But there’s no better time than now, especially with the holidays coming up. After a huge holiday ham or turkey dinner,… Read more

Invite the Ancestors to Your Holiday Dinner

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 24, 2015 in Family History

Looking for ways to to make this holiday season one the whole family will remember? Here are four ideas for making your holiday gathering even more special this year. You’ll need to do a little planning ahead, but the payoff will be worth it! 1. Sketch out a family tree that goes back a few… Read more

How to Tap Into Your Family’s Holiday Traditions

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 21, 2015 in Family History

One great way to get your children thinking about their family’s history is to interview older family members about their own holiday traditions when they were young. And there’s no better time than when everyone’s together for the holidays. The time is right; so is the setting and the ambience. And it’s a fun, satisfying… Read more

Why an AncestryDNA Kit Is the Perfect Holiday Gift

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 19, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Family History

Are you looking for a unique, personal gift to give this holiday season? Something that helps someone make incredible discoveries about themselves and shows your interest in them and their journey? With over 1.2 million people tested, an AncestryDNA kit can help you discover more stories than ever. It has linked long-separated siblings and helped… Read more