Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Mandy Moore

Posted by jutley on December 4, 2018 in Entertainment, Who Do You Think You Are?

A journey on the open seas can be grueling, isolating,and dangerous. Mandy Moore made the surprising discovery that her 3rd-great-grandmother, Ellen Flynn, boarded the ship Lady Peelin 1849 and traveled from Ireland to Australia. Astonishingly, she thenbraved the seas again to go from Australia to England, traveling over 14,000 miles in her lifetime. In a Read More

Wedding Traditions Fit for Royalty

Posted by Jessica Latinović on May 18, 2018 in Entertainment

We can credit the royal family for establishing some of the most common wedding traditions known to brides throughout the world, like white wedding dresses. We asked the Ancestry research team to uncover other traditional displays we might see at the ceremony of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. We have a queen to credit for Read More

Timeless: A Trip That Took JFK 115 Years to Make

Posted by Crista Cowan on April 15, 2018 in Entertainment, Research

Right this minute, I’m in Ireland on an Ancestry ProGenealogists Heritage Tour, sitting in the Harbor Hotel overlooking Galway Bay.  I’ve spent the last week and a half making a clockwise tour of the island.  And, it seems that every time we come around another corner someone reminds us about the time in June 1963 Read More

Timeless: Taxi Drive to NASCAR

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 18, 2018 in Entertainment, Research

One of my favorite things about family history is uncovering the stories of ordinary people.  People who lived their lives in unassuming ways but still managed to do pretty incredible things.  All too often, though, those stories get lost to time in the face of bigger and brighter personalities.  Family history is a way to Read More

Timeless, Marie Curie, and WWI

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 10, 2018 in Entertainment, Women in History

Here at Ancestry, the Research and Editorial Team (of which I am a part) loves the TV show, Timeless.  It makes sense.  The show centers around a group of time travelers.  And, what family historian do you know that doesn’t wish they could travel back in time to the places their ancestors lived? (If you Read More

Explore “Cogsworth” Actor Ian McKellen’s Family History of Watch Makers

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 17, 2017 in Entertainment

Ian McKellen, an Oscar nominated actor known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchise, portrays Cogsworth in Disney’s new live-action film Beauty and the Beast. Similar to his time-keeping character, McKellen’s grand-uncle, Samuel Dunseith McKellen was a watch manufacturer. Samuel McKellen started his own watch manufacturing business in 1861. Read More