Past Articles

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

Mother’s Day is coming – Celebrate like a Genealogist

Posted by Jasmine Rockow on May 4, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Gifts inspired by family history are guaranteed to make the moms in your life feel special. That’s why one researcher at AncestryProGenealogists has turned family history-themed gifts into a tradition. “My parents can buy anything they want, but when I take the time to do something that’s personal to them, that’s what means the most,” Read More

AncestryDNA Reaches 4 Million Customers in DNA Database

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 27, 2017 in AncestryDNA

Ancestry has surpassed 4 million customers in our DNA database! We’re proud to remain the largest consumer genetic testing company. Here are some fun facts about AncestryDNA: From January to April 2017, AncestryDNA genotyped 1 million people. So, on average about two people took a DNA test every time there was a marriage in the United Read More

Finding Roots Close to Home

Posted by Kelly Kautz on April 19, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Lancaster, Pennsylvania has a long and storied past. It served as the United States capitol for a single day during the American Revolutionary War. Thaddeus Stevens and former United States president James Buchanan both called it home. I call Lancaster home, too. But for years, I considered myself a transplant. My mom hailed from the Read More

You’ve Never Seen Ireland Like This Before!

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 18, 2017 in Website

Forget the bored tour guide with the memorized lines, and leave those dog-eared guidebooks behind! Are you ready for an epic tour through Ireland with an expert who can answer specific questions about your ancestors and the lives they led? For 11 days in late October, about 25 lucky travelers will have the opportunity to 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

Centennial Anniversary of WWI Battle of Vimy Ridge

Posted by Glenn Wright on April 6, 2017 in Canada

As the largest dominion in the British Empire, Canada entered the war when Britain declared war on Germany and her allies on August 4, 1914. Over the course of the next four years, Canada raised more than 600,000 men and women for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). The CEF was a citizen army. Read More