6 Unusual Last Names You Won’t Believe Exist — But Do!

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 23, 2015 in Surnames

Thanks to “Sherlock”, “The Imitation Game,” and many other movies and television shows, the name Benedict Cumberbatch found its way into our modern pop culture lexicon. Had the rising star been named Benedict Smith or Benedict Miller, would there be as many memes and GIFs? An unusual last name can set you apart from the… Read more

The Girl With the Tattooed Face

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 17, 2015 in Family History

The girl with the tattooed face became something of a legend, but she started out as an ordinary girl. Olive Oatman and her younger sister, Mary Ann, were kidnapped by Indians in 1851. They eventually ended up living with a tribe of the Mojave, where they were both tattooed with distinctive blue markings on their… Read more

What Your Grandmother Was Like as a Teenager

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 17, 2015 in Family History

The concept of “teenager” being a distinct part of life complete with its own lifestyle — let alone one with time to sit around texting on their phones — is a 20th-century one that didn’t really exist until about the 1940s. Prior to the 1900s, many young people left school and worked, either on the… Read more

12 People Who Missed Their Trip on the Titanic

Posted by Paul Rawlins on April 16, 2015 in Family History

On April 15, 1912, the Titanic slammed into an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank, sending 1,517 souls into the cold deep. Since that dark night, the legend of the Titanic has only grown, propelled by the glamour of the ship and its first-class passengers, complicated by the immigrant dreams of its steerage travelers,… Read more

Did Your Ancestors End Up in the Poorhouse?

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 13, 2015 in Family History

Did your parents used to warn: “We’ll end up in the poorhouse!” Nowadays, it’s just an expression. For earlier generations, though, it was a real fear. But what was the poorhouse? And who ended up there? There really were poorhouses, though sometimes they were called by different names. In some areas it was the almshouse,… Read more

Six Sensational Murder Trials in History

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 13, 2015 in Family History

“Murder most foul.” It occurs roughly 16,000 times a year here in the United States, but only a select few capture the nation’s interest and fascination. Why do some murders — and their resulting trials — attract more attention than others? Sometimes the trials involve a famous (or infamous) defendant or a particularly well-known or innocent… Read more