This Friday on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 10, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

A greater appreciation of the past can help us forge a stronger connection with the present. And never has that been more true than in Jason Sudeikis’s story. When he searches for more information about his grandfather, Sudeikis learns how great an effect fate had on his family. And that his own father was the Read More

Have You Attended A Genealogy Conference Lately?

Posted by Crista Cowan on May 10, 2012 in Events

We are nearing the end of the second day of a four day genealogy conference.  That’s four days of classes from some of the best and the brightest educators in the genealogy community.  Four days in an exhibit hall with dozens of genealogy companies, organizations and societies all talking about their latest and greatest content, Read More

The Hunt for Michelle Obama’s Roots

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on May 7, 2012 in Entertainment

When I started planning my book about Michelle Obama’s family tree, I envisioned myself traipsing to far-flung cities on the hunt for historical records.  During two years of reporting and writing my book, American Tapestry, I did, in fact, crisscross the country, traveling to North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Illinois and other states. In archives, Read More

A profound discovery in a well-hidden past on last night’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 5, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Rashida Jones remembers her grandmother fondly, but until she began her journey into her family history, she didn’t know a lot about her grandmother’s past. A little crafty research changed all of that – including the origins of a surname, Benson. Her grandmother’s arrival record through the Port of New York revealed that an uncle Read More

Announcing the new AncestryDNA!

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on May 3, 2012 in AncestryDNA

It’s an exciting day for DNA and family history fans alike here at You may have heard some of the hype about the new DNA test… well, it’s here! AncestryDNA™ has launched! From the overwhelming interest we’ve seen, it seems our members are as excited as we are about this new advancement in DNA Read More

Introducing Hint Notifications and Preferences

Posted by Aaron Orr on May 3, 2012 in Website

Ever wonder if there are new hints you haven’t seen hiding in your family tree? Now it’s easy to see new hints when they come your way—we’ve just released a feature to notify you when you get new hints. You may have noticed when you last visited that the menu bar in the top-right Read More