Past Articles

Woman Reunites with Her Birth Mother After a Lifetime Apart

Diane always knew she was adopted. She and her adopted brother grew up in a home where they were loved. Yet she always longed to know her birth mother and searched for her for years. She never dreamed it would be a DNA test that would change her life forever. This is her story. A Mexican(?) Dad and Blonde Mom Read More

The “Strange” Past of Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s a strange name with an even more strangely alluring man behind it. Dubbed “The Internet’s Boyfriend,” Mr. Cumberbatch has legions of fans dedicated to Cumbergazing (a quick search of the hashtag #cumberwatch yields over 7,000 results). The actor, who stole millions of hearts in his role of Sherlock on the BBC before becoming a major Hollywood star, is Read More

The 12 Coolest Surnames in the World

Before they became hereditary, names were descriptive and linguistically creative. If a distant ancestor was brave, cheerful, or worked at a bar, it might be reflected in your surname. And if you struck the surname jackpot, you may have one of the coolest surnames in the world. Let’s look at the top twelve coolest surnames and their Read More

How A DNA Test Solved the Mystery of Lezlie

Her whole life, Lezlie constantly faced one question from even total strangers: “What are you?” Thanks to a DNA test, she has the answer. But it’s not exactly what she expected. Here’s her story: Lezlie’s results are super interesting – and they answer a lifelong question. As she said, “It was great because it helped confirm Read More

There Are Four Common Types of German Surnames. Which One Is Yours?

In German, a surname is called the “Nachname” or “Familienname.” The family name gradually started being used during the Middle Ages. Prior to that, people generally used only a given name. As the population increased, though, that population needed a way to differentiate between all those new people. Now, those surnames can help you trace your family Read More

Diary of a DNA Test

My 21-year-old stepdaughter was over for Easter dinner and saw the Ancestry DNA kit on the table. “I’m so jealous,” she said, “I want to know where I come from.” I’ve been working on my family genealogy for 3 and a half decades, so, what do I want out of the DNA test? I’m like Read More

How Related Are Americans? A Surprising DNA Study

DNA testing reveals Americans are all more related than we realized. These 5 surprising facts will make you rethink your relationship to strangers: And your undiscovered relatives are not just in America! AncestryDNA test takers are finding new family members around the world every day.   One young man had an “incredible” experience, visiting his grandmother’s cousin in Ireland.     Read More

5 Things You Really Didn’t Know About Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is one of the most fascinating names in Hollywood history. And the tidbits of her life’s story have long intrigued audiences. But if you think you know everything there is to know about the most famous Marilyn in history, think again. Here are five facts about the blonde bombshell that just might surprise you. 1. Read More

The British Are Less British Than We Think

How British are the British? Seems like a brain teaser, but it’s actually a surprising fact. AncestryDNA’s new study revealed the average UK resident is only about 37% British! Let’s look at some of the unexpected findings of this study – and what it means to you if you have British heritage. What are the Brits if Read More