The Mystery of an Excavated Jamestown Box

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 21, 2015 in Celebrity

In July 2015, archeologists announced they had discovered the 400-year-old bones of four prominent citizens of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. But what really excited the scientists were the bone fragments found in one of the graves. Those pieces of bone, found in a mysterious silver box, show how much we… Read more

6 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Jamestown

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 21, 2015 in Celebrity

Steeped in legend and shrouded by time, Jamestown has long intrigued modern-day Americans. As the first permanent English colony in North America, Jamestown represented, then and now, a new beginning, a chance to conquer a continent, and a foothold for expansion of English law, customs, and traditions. Add to that a tale of love between… Read more

DNA Test Proves Family’s Link to President Harding

Posted by sdalton on August 14, 2015 in Celebrity

AFTER ALMOST A CENTURY OF RUMORS AND QUESTIONS, DNA TESTS PROVE THAT ELIZABETH ANN BLAESING WAS THE OUT-OF-WEDLOCK DAUGHTER AND ONLY BIOLOGICAL CHILD OF PRESIDENT WARREN G. HARDING Blaesing’s son, James, is proven by AncestryDNA in August 2014 to be a second cousin to both Peter and Abigail Harding (known first cousins) and grandnephew and… Read more

Adopted Sisters Find Each Other Through DNA Testing

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 7, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Wendy Garrett and Lisa Olivera are sisters, but they didn’t know it until February 2015. Living on opposite coasts with no mutual friends, they would never have met without AncestryDNA. Garrett, 29, grew up in California and then moved to Pennsylvania. Adopted through an agency, she knew that she had a brother, but not a… Read more

AncestryDNA Tests 1 Millionth Customer

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 27, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Popular family history website Ancestry just hit a huge milestone. AncestryDNA has now genetically tested one million people to help them discover more about themselves and their family story. The AncestryDNA database has more than doubled in the last year, and so far they have delivered 99 million connections of 4th cousins or closer. That means… Read more

7 British Firsts from World War I

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 8, 2015 in Military Records

War has a tendency to hasten progress and inspire invention. After all, necessity is said to be the mother of invention, and wartime is a period of prolonged, urgent necessity. The radar, the computer, duct tape, and Twinkies all owe their invention or improvement to World War II. Here’s a list of more innovations you… Read more

10 Baby Girl Names Making a Comeback

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 8, 2015 in Baby Names

Naming a baby represents the culmination of an intensely personal decision-making process, but a newborn’s name also forms one tiny part of a larger pattern. The selected name might reflect widespread cultural forces — like the lasting popularity of Mary or John — or reflect more narrow subcultural or ethnic influences. It might reflect larger… Read more

The Geographical Origins of Popular English Surnames

Posted by sdalton on July 8, 2015 in Surnames

Many of us have surnames passed down to us from ancestors in England. Last names weren’t widely used until after the Norman conquest in 1066, but as the country’s population grew, people found it necessary to be more specific when they were talking about somebody else. Thus arose descriptions like Thomas the Baker, Norman son of… Read more