PBS’ Finding Your Roots Returns October 3 at 8/7c

Posted by Jessica Latinović on September 26, 2017 in Website

A brand new season of PBS’ hit show Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres on Tuesday, October 3 at 8/7c. This star studded season features some of our favorite comedians, journalists, and A-list celebrities. Catch the season teaser below: Episode 1 | The Impression Guests: Larry David and Bernie Sanders. Two Read More

Joining Your Family’s Native American Tribe

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 8, 2016 in Website

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lisa Arnold, Senior Content Strategist at Ancestry Is it possible to become accepted into the Native American tribe of my ancestor? —David C. Many Americans believe they have at least one Native American ancestor. More than 900 nations, peoples, tribes, and bands (the terms are interchangeable) once lived on Read More

How to Test Your Family Legends with DNA

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 13, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Ross Curtis, Ph.D., Computational Biologist for AncestryDNA In family history, the myths are often more fun than the facts. Perhaps you have a few in your own family lore. Maybe it’s a story about your great-grandfather stowing away on a ship to come to America, or maybe it’s the Read More

Finding a Name: Why Probate Records Are a Gold Mine for African Americans

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 12, 2015 in Finding Your Roots, Research

  By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Juliana Szucs, Family Historian for Ancestry Family historians tracing black family ancestries love wills and probate records. Why? Because these seemingly dry and bloodless documents are full of priceless information about our enslaved African American ancestors. Probate records document what people owned, who they loved, and what was Read More

The Wonders of DNA

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 12, 2015 in Website

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Ross Curtis, Ph.D., Computational Biologist for AncestryDNA My family has been doing family history for 150 years. Do I really need a DNA test? — LoAnne Dear LoAnne, If you are blessed to have a well-researched, extensive family tree, constructed on a solid foundation of detailed documentation, you may Read More