Which “Top Model” Male Contestants Share an Ethnicity?

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 29, 2014 in AncestryDNA

On this season of America’s Next Top Model, host Tyra Banks added a new twist: each of the contestants underwent AncestryDNA genetic testing, along with Tyra herself. When they received the results, they learned that not only are their family backgrounds vastly more diverse than they ever expected but also that they have more in… Read more

Tyra Banks Gets Surprising DNA Results on ‘America’s Next Top Model’

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 29, 2014 in AncestryDNA

On a recent episode of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks turned her reality show into a DNA laboratory. The supermodel/TV mogul and her contestants each went through an AncestryDNA analysis, and the results surprised everyone. Get AncestryDNA Banks confesses that she isn’t the only one who’s been wondering about where her exotic looks come from.… Read more

Scandal! What Grandma Gossiped About

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 23, 2014 in Family History

Our ancestors lived through many important events that made it into history books. But their lives were also touched by smaller stories more suited to gossip pages — the petty affairs and crimes that people talk about at kitchen tables. These events textured the lives of our grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents. Though they may never… Read more

Popular Toys in History: What Your Ancestors Played With

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 10, 2014 in Family History

Toys haven’t always been a part of childhood. It was only during the Victorian era that families began viewing play time as central to a child’s development. Paired with industrialization, that meant the invention of many new and exciting toys, with some more enduringly popular than others. The Sears-Roebuck catalogs archived on Ancestry.com offer a… Read more

The House on Mulberry Street and Clues to Irish Roots

Posted by wexon on December 2, 2014 in Family History

I’ve located my maternal great-grandparents, John and Margaret Ellen (Cunningham) Haffey in Wayne County, Ohio in the 1880 census. I’m trying to locate their births in Ireland. I have their death records, but they didn’t list a specific Irish birthplace. I have found a record in the New York Emigrant Savings Bank for a John… Read more