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

Jean Smart: After the Witch Trials

Posted by Jessica Taylor on June 29, 2018 in Who Do You Think You Are?

What do you do when the paper trail for your ancestor ends? Jean Smart discovered the answer was to not give up. Jean went on a road of discovery and found that her 8x great-grandmother, Dorcas Galley, was accused as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Shortly after her trial in 1692, Dorcas appeared to vanish Read More

Molly Shannon: Secrets in Irish Marriage Records

Posted by Jessica Taylor on June 27, 2018 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Sometimes a simple piece of paper can unlock a deep and tragic story about your ancestors. That’s what happened for Molly Shannon, who went on an emotional journey to trace her 2x great-grandparents, Hugh Cattigan and Bridget Farry. Molly’s adventure led her to Ireland, where she discovered their 1851 marriage certificate. That simple piece of Read More

Hilary Duff: Tracing Rags back to Riches

Posted by Jessica Taylor on June 25, 2018 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Hilary Duff knew her father was born into money, but her mother grew up poor. She assumed that, because of the poverty, little could be learned about her mother’s side of the family. But once Hilary embarked on the quest to discover her mother’s ancestors, she soon found secret gems buried in her family history. Read More

Laverne Cox: Expressions of Freedom

Posted by Jessica Taylor on June 20, 2018 in Who Do You Think You Are?

The search for African American ancestors often reveals a tale of hardship and overcoming trials. Laverne Cox went on the hunt to learn more about the family of her 2x great-grandmother, Georgiana Banks, and discovered a trove of stories that showed the African American experience in the 19th century, as well as expressions of freedom Read More

Jon Cryer: Ascension to a Legacy

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 25, 2018 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Through an incredible journey, Jon Cryer discovered that his 9x great-grandfather, James Adams, came to America as an indentured servant. After a disastrous attempt to repel the English from his beloved Scotland, James Adams and other Scots were captured, shipped to Massachusetts against their will, and compelled into approximately 7 years of indentured service for Read More

Liv Tyler: Resolving Conflicts

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 12, 2017 in Who Do You Think You Are?

While it’s not uncommon for details on various censuses to conflict, in the case of Liv Tyler’s Elliott ancestors, one such conflict hinted at hidden ancestry. While census records for George Elliott consistently recorded him as white, his father Robert Elliott was listed as mulatto in the 1870 census. Was this just an enumerator’s error Read More

John Stamos: Telling an Orphan’s Story

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 11, 2017 in Who Do You Think You Are?

After working with a genealogist, and making a whirlwind trip to Greece, John Stamos discovered his orphaned grandfather, Ioannis (John) Stamatopoulos, was only a baby when he lost his father to violence. With the help of experts, John learned the circumstances behind his great-grandfather, Vasilios’, death, and the struggles that his great-grandmother, Georgitsa, faced raising Read More