5 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Kicked Out of College

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 2, 2015 in Celebrity

Even successful people hit bumps along the way. It’s reassuring to see that these famous people went on to do very well, even though they were expelled from college, whether for academic reasons or…other circumstances. Check out some of these fantastic—and entertaining—finds from the School Lists & Yearbooks collections on Ancestry. Edgar Allan Poe The author had… Read more

Finding Your Family History on the Printed Page

Posted by sdalton on February 28, 2015 in Family History

  I am stuck finding more information about my grandfather, Leland Wright. From a 1930 U.S. Census I know he lived in Florida and was born in Ohio about 1883. Can you help me? ~ Edmund ________________ It’s a safe bet that you should always start with the United States census when you’re beginning the search… Read more

You Won’t Believe Who Abraham Lincoln’s Relative Is

Posted by sdalton on February 18, 2015 in Celebrity

After researching more than three centuries of Abraham Lincoln’s family tree, Ancestry family historians have revealed a Lincoln family secret: famous actor George Clooney is related to the former president. The family bloodline for both notable figures links to Lincoln’s maternal grandmother, Lucy Hanks. Due to this common ancestor, Clooney is Lincoln’s half-first cousin five… Read more

​7 Famous Sons of the American Revolution

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

A person’s heritage can influence so much in their life, from the kinds of foods they prepare to the groups they associate with. The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is a lineage society made up of men who can prove their descent from a Patriot ancestor. The organization’s earliest iteration started in 1876 as… Read more

Decoding History: Ancestry of Benedict Cumberbatch Revealed

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 11, 2015 in Celebrity, Military Records

New research reveals that actor Benedict Cumberbatch is related to revolutionary code breaker Alan Turing, whom he portrays in the newly released biographical thriller, The Imitation Game. Researchers from Ancestry were able to crack Cumberbatch’s ancestral cipher and identify that both men share a common ancestor in John Beaufort, the Earl of Somerset, making them 17x… Read more

Baby Name Trends: What A Difference a Century Makes

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

Elizabeth and William — two strong, Anglo-Saxon names. A current queen and a future king. They’re also the only two baby names to appear in the top 10 for both 1914 and 2013, a span of 100 years. For today’s American babies, traditional names like Charlotte and Benjamin are nearly as popular as more trendy… Read more