10 Weird but True Facts About DNA

Posted by Ancestry.com on September 16, 2014 in AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA does amazing things. With just a few drops of saliva, it can trace your genes to Senegal or Scandinavia. It can reveal hidden branches of your family tree and connect you to previously unknown third cousins. But these revelations are just the beginning of your complex genetic map. Here are some stunning but true… Read more

Oh, Ethel! 10 Baby Girl Names That Used Be Popular

Posted by Ancestry.com on September 9, 2014 in Family History

Much like fashion, baby names follow trends. These days, classic-sounding names like Olivia, Sophia, and Ava are in vogue, but some more traditional names that were once on top have completely fallen to the wayside. Now, a name like Minnie (which you may come across frequently if you are digging around your Ancestry family tree… Read more

History’s 8 Worst Jobs for Kids

Posted by Ancestry.com on September 9, 2014 in Family History

It’s hard to believe that child labor wasn’t outlawed in the U.S. until 1938, when the Fair Labor Standards Act was passed. For centuries, poor families relied on every member of the household to help make ends meet. Families with more means could apprentice their child to a tradesman. Your own ancestors might have been… Read more

10 of the Most Disgusting Jobs in History

Posted by Ancestry.com on September 9, 2014 in Family History

The 21st century certainly has its share of disgusting jobs, but in the times before mechanization, indoor plumbing, and electricity, our ancestors really bore the brunt of the literal dirty work. Here are 10 jobs found in Tony Robinson’s The Worst Jobs in History that are NSWE (not safe while eating). 1. Vomit collector. It’s… Read more

4 Types of French Surnames: Which One Is Yours?

Posted by Ancestry.com on September 3, 2014 in Family History

Is your last name French? Did you ever wonder where it came from and how your family got it? The most common French surnames for people born between 1891 and 1990 were: Martin (patronymic; after the most popular French saint, Saint Martin of Tours) Bernard (patronymic; from the given name, which is of Germanic origin)… Read more