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

Smokey Robinson: Tracking a Common Name

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 14, 2017 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Motown legend Smokey Robinson grew up in Detroit, “Motor City”, and he remembered his maternal grandmother fondly, but he knew nothing about his maternal grandfather. Fortunately, his mother Flossie’s death certificate gave us both her parents’ names. His grandmother, who he knew as “Rivers”, was actually Ella Mae Warr. Unfortunately, his grandfather had the far Read More