How Do I Find My Irish Cousins among My DNA Matches? (This Works for 331+ Other Regions, Too.)

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 16, 2018 in AncestryDNA

Isn’t It Time You Were Irish? Has Saint Patrick’s Day left you wondering about your Irish ancestors? Who they were? Where they came from? How they got here? Whether you really have some? Ancestry—and AncestryDNA—can help. You’ll find more than 200 million Irish records on Ancestry.com, and AncestryDNA can help you track your Irish roots Read More

ICYMI: New Record Collection Arrivals

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 16, 2018 in Collections

Just in case you might have missed them during the harried hustle of the holidays or the long winter’s night, we asked three of our favorite family historians to dish on some of their favorite new records on Ancestry. Ten years between U.S. federal censuses is just long enough for families to move, people to Read More

DNA Testing Your Holiday Table

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 14, 2016 in Website

Turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, pie. Every dish on your Thanksgiving table brings something different to the meal. Just like every member of your family brings something different to your genetic family tree. Scroll over the diners at our table to get an idea of what DNA testing other members of your family can add to Read More

Generation Next

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 12, 2016 in Website

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, March-April 2007. When I ask members of the local scout troop if anybody has his Genealogy Merit Badge, I get groans and complaints. “Dude, that took so long” seems to be the general consensus. But when I ask what they found out, the tone changes. Riley learned how Read More

Love Stories

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 9, 2016 in Website

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, November-December 2009. Ever stop to think about how, what, why? How your grandparents met each other. What exactly attracted them to one another. Why they married, had children, and chose to either stay together or go their separate ways. Maybe it was kismet, maybe something larger — something Read More

AncestryDNA reunites Hicks Babies on “Nightline”

Posted by Paul Rawlins on August 6, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Kristie Hughes was sold as a baby. Now AncestryDNA has helped her find the family she was taken from 51 years ago. The story of the “Hicks Babies” broke about 20 years ago when a researcher discovered that a Dr. Thomas Hicks of McCaysville, Georgia, sold babies he delivered in his clinic to couples looking Read More

American Indian Research in the 1800s

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 10, 2014 in Collections

In 19th-century America, the eyes of the country were looking west. The Louisiana Purchase, annexation of Texas, Mexican-American War, resolving of the Oregon boundary dispute, California gold rush, Homestead Act, and transcontinental railroad all contributed to opening more of the American continent to white settlement. This westward expansion also spelled the end of the life Read More