Revealed: 1-in-3 British Naval Heroes Were Underage

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 20, 2015 in Military Records

Analysis of over 380,000 digitised historic naval records reveals that nearly a third of the sailors who helped Britain achieve naval supremacy in World War I were ‘underage’ volunteers. The Royal Navy Registers of Seaman’s Services, 1900-1928, now available on Ancestry, detail each sailor’s name, birthdate, birthplace, vessels served on, service number, and other service… Read more

The Meanings of 6 Celebrity Surnames

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 19, 2015 in Celebrity, Surnames

Surnames, like the families and lineages they represent, can bestow a sense of identity on individuals to forge into the future with. Knowing the meaning of surnames can also help individuals discover their roots and where they originate. Sometimes, the meanings of family surnames are obvious, particularly if they originate in the same language spoken… Read more

Fascinating Secrets From 6 First Ladies’ Family Trees

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 19, 2015 in Celebrity

Think the U.S. presidents have interesting ancestry? Their wives come from equally surprising bloodlines. Here are six first ladies with amazing family trees. Hillary Clinton is related to Angelina Jolie. According to a study by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Hillary Clinton and Angelina Jolie are ninth cousins twice removed. Their common ancestor is… Read more

How Irish Is Your City? AncestryDNA Has the Answer.

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 13, 2015 in AncestryDNA

At AncestryDNA, we’re exploring how we can use genetics to study Irish heritage in the U.S. Throughout our nation’s history, millions of individuals from Ireland planted new roots here in the United States. While hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants arrived in the 1600’s and 1700’s, more than two million arrived in the mid-19th century – most… Read more

How to Find the Story of Your Civil War Ancestors

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 11, 2015 in Military Records

More Medal of Honor winners came from this war than any other—and more Americans lost their lives. Women disguised themselves as men to join the fight. After almost two years, black men were allowed to join the fight for freedom. These are just a few of the stories that came out of America’s bloodiest conflict.… Read more

What Your Name Says About What You Do

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 9, 2015 in Surnames

Every expectant parent has wondered the same thing: “What impact will a particular name have on my child’s life?” If my family name is McDonald, will my son be teased if I name him Ronald? If I name my daughter Abbott, will she become a Franciscan friar? If I call my baby boy Elvis, is… Read more

Bizarre but True Facts: Canada in WWII

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 4, 2015 in Military Records

From the Holocaust to the famous Christmas Eve armistice, war tends to bring out the worst and the best in people, and it sometimes takes decades before those stories are ever told. Here are some crazy (but completely true) facts you may never have heard about Canadians in World War II. Canadians voted for conscription… Read more

Kicking the Bucket: What Killed Your Ancestors?

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 4, 2015 in Death Records

We know we’re living longer than our ancestors did due to the benefits of modern medicine and public health initiatives, but what exactly did folks die from in the past? Mortality information was collected with U.S. census records starting in the mid-1800s, but the further you go back in time, the more difficult it can… Read more

Virtual Genealogy Gets an Update in The Sims

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 3, 2015 in Family History

Video games and genealogy are two of America’s favorite pastimes, separated by what might seem like a wide generational divide. Unless, of course, you’re talking about The Sims. Virtual Genealogy In this life simulation game, where no one wins or loses, family tracking is a way of keeping tabs on your progress, says senior producer… Read more