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6 Wild Things You Can Discover About Your Family’s Past

Ever wonder what life was like back in the old days? What was your family up to back then? Ancestry has some handy tools that let you take a quick peek into the past to uncover old family photos, precious documents, and other family history gems. Here are 6 wild things you can find out about your family’s Read More

The Departure Gates: How Your Ancestors Came to America

For many European immigrants to America, the transatlantic crossing was just part of a long journey. First, they had to travel to their point of departure. The passenger lists on Ancestry show that many traveled hundreds of miles before they ever set foot on a ship. Immigrants crowded into rail cars or local boats to Read More

What Happened to the Last Queen of Hawaii — and Her Furniture, Too?

Abigail Kawananakoa wants to know where her great-grand-uncle’s bed is. His royal bed. The bed that David Kalakaua, the last king of Hawaii, slept in. When the royal family of Hawaii was deposed in 1894, King Kalakaua’s 19th century ebony and gilt bed was sold off, along with many of the palace’s other contents. Today, Read More

Left in Cardboard Boxes, Sisters Find Each Other 50 Years Later

People Magazine featured the story of sisters abandoned in cardboard boxes as infants being reunited after 50 years and then finding their birth mother. This is their story.  In 1948 a baby girl named Abbie Green was born and then given up for adoption that same day. Growing up she was always curious about who her “real” Read More

What Does Your German Surname Say About You?

German-Americans are the largest single ethnic group in the U.S. If you are one of 46 million Americans with German ancestry, your surname could yield some interesting clues to your family history.

What Does Your German Surname Say About You?

German-Americans are the largest single ethnic group in the U.S. If you are one of 46 million Americans with German ancestry, your surname could yield some interesting clues to your family history. The the most common form of German family name is occupational. It can often be identified by its ending: -er, -hauer, -macher, or Read More

The DNA Journey: What Happens When 67 Strangers Take DNA Tests

Think you know where you come from? Think you know what you’re made of? Ancestry and international travel search site Momondo invited seventy-six people to take AncestryDNA tests to find the answers. We were as surprised as they were by their results. Ready to go on your very own DNA Journey? It’s just a click Read More

The DNA Journey: What Happens When 67 Strangers Take DNA Tests

Think you know where you come from? Think you know what you’re made of? Ancestry and international travel search site Momondo invited 67 people to take AncestryDNA tests to find the answers. We were as surprised as they were by their results. When Your Genes Know Better Aurelie, a spunky French woman living in London, was one of the test Read More

Can You Guess How These Celebrities’ Ancestors Made Their Living?

Most European surnames come from one of seven sources, including occupations. The last name “Bloom” (as in Orlando Bloom), for example, was the occupational name for a metal worker. Like many Hollywood celebrities, many of us have European surnames. What meaning and historical occupation does your last name reveal? Now it’s quiz time! Can you match Read More