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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

Finding Your Women’s Stories

The women in your past have stories to tell, but sometimes they get overlooked because men often take center stage in the records. Here are some tips for coaxing the stories of your unsung heroines out of hiding. Get a Woman’s Perspective Make a deliberate effort to look at records you have through her eyes. Read More

What You Can Learn About the Meaning of Your Last Name

To learn more about your family history, the natural place to start is the most obvious marker of your family: your surname. And the natural place to learn about your surname is a free Last Name Meanings and Origins search on Ancestry. The origins and meaning of your last name can reveal a surprising amount Read More