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The Other Titanic: the Sinking of the Lusitania

Nearly everyone has heard the story of the Titanic, the infamous “unsinkable ship” that hit an iceberg and sunk into the cold North Atlantic ocean in 1912. The tale was turned into one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, and is the focus of countless documentaries and news stories about attempts to recover the Read More

Captain America Star Chris Evans’ Surprising Ties to the Civil War

The star of Captain America: Civil War, Chris Evans, has some surprising family ties to the U.S. Civil War. A look through Ancestry’s records shows two of his close relatives ultimately gave their lives on opposite sides of the devastating war. Confederate Connection Evans’ fourth great-grandfather (his great-great-great-great-grandfather), Daniel Cryer, served as a soldier in the Read More

Native American DNA: Where It Started, and Where It Nearly Ended

About 23,000 years ago, a hardy band of 10,000 people crossed a frozen land bridge connecting Asia and North America. Those Ice Age travelers — about as many as would fit in a minor league baseball stadium today — became the ancestors of all Native Americans. And then, 500 years ago, their DNA suggests that Read More

Can You Beat This 1940s Quiz?

Find out where your family lived in 1940, who they lived with, who the neighbors were, what they did for a living, and more things 1940 at Ancestry.

9 Wild Things You Can Discover From a DNA Test

Thinking about taking one of those DNA tests you’ve heard about on TV or seen advertised online? Get ready for what could be a wild (and amazing) ride. Here are 9 discoveries regular ol’ people have made after taking a DNA test. You Could Find out You’re Irish Two out of three AncestryDNA test takers have come up Read More

Prince’s Family Secrets: A Peek into the Icon’s Family Tree

With seven Grammy Awards, nineteen Top 10 songs, and an Oscar for best original song score, Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson) will go down in history as one of the most successful musical artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Many recall his dispute with his record label and subsequent name change in Read More

What I Learned About My Family When I Tried Ancestry

I’ve always considered myself Latina, since both my parents were born in Colombia before immigrating to the United States in 1963. But I’ve also known, like many Latinos, that my extended family contains the ethnic diversity reflected throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. As I’ve begun thinking about the diversity that flows in my veins, Read More

You Can’t Clone Celebrities From a Lock of Hair But DNA Can Unlock Your Past

Forget cloned dinosaurs — will the real tourist attraction of the future involve cloned celebrities? From literary giants to rock legends, celebrities’ locks are a sought-after commodity by certain types of collectors. In February 2016, a man paid $35,000 for a 4-inch lock of John Lennon’s hair, a keepsake of the Beatles’ frontman that a Read More

Don’t Know Who to Vote For? Maybe This Surname Analysis Will Help.

Election season continues to heat up. The field of candidates is narrowing, and before we know it, the presidential general election will be upon us. Regardless of where you fall along party lines, taking a look at the meaning of each of the current candidates’ names can give you a glimpse into their family’s origin Read More