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Clara Brown: Angel of the Rockies

Clara Brown, born a slave, lost her entire family in a slave auction which separated them. Despite all odds, she amassed a small fortune which she used to help others as she held to her dream of one day meeting her family again. Along the way, she also helped so many others, she was dubbed the Read More

Strangely Appropriate Surnames – And What Yours Says About You

Usain Bolt, the eight-time Olympic gold medalist sprinter, could not have a more fitting name. “Bolt” is Old English for arrow. And he is just one of the many people who have aptronyms—names well-suited to their owner. Is it just coincidence or is there a deeper tie between your last name and your life choices? Let’s take a Read More

Sandie’s Story: A Cultural Chameleon Discovers Her True Roots

Meet Sandie. She’s a writer, a mom, and a cultural chameleon – easily mistaken for “whatever the cab driver” in New York thinks is her ethnicity. She took an AncestryDNA test to find out her true origins – and the results were very surprising: Sandie’s always considered herself Latina, since both her parents were born in Colombia. But people Read More

Meant to Be: A Mother and Son Reunited After 30 Years

On December 29, Jen headed to work on what she thought was just another Tuesday. She had no idea that before the day ended, her world would be rocked by a message on Ancestry from the son she had given up for adoption 30 years before. This is the incredible story. Back in 1985 Jen was 17. She had Read More

Genealogy: the Second Most Popular Hobby in the US?

Family history research is the second-most popular hobby in the United States, according to articles in TIME and USA TODAY by author and former LA Times columnist Gregory Rodriguez. How did genealogy get so popular? The advent of the internet certainly helped, making billions of records like census data and passenger lists easily accessible. You Read More

6 Weird But True Facts About DNA

Our DNA is amazing. And over the years scientists have discovered some stunning facts. Here are 6 weird but true facts about DNA. 1. Your DNA could stretch from the earth to the sun and back ~600 times. If unwound and linked together, the strands of DNA in each of your cells would be 6 feet long. With Read More

Why An AncestryDNA Kit Is the Perfect Birthday Gift

Are you looking for a unique, personal birthday gift? Something that helps someone make incredible discoveries about themselves and shows your interest in them and their journey? With over 3 million people tested, an AncestryDNA kit can help you discover more stories than ever. It has linked long-separated siblings and helped users uncover lost paternal Read More

The Greatest Cons: 5 Cunning Historical Scams

Con men and swindlers are as much a part of American lore as pioneers and prospectors. As the country grew, they followed the railways and preyed on frontier optimism, constantly inventing new ways to make a buck. These five cunning historical scams show just how enterprising — and gullible — people can be. Three-Card Monte Three-card Read More

5 Women Who Changed History (And That You May Not Have Heard Of)

Female trailblazers like Gloria Steinem, Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman are well-known because of their life-changing achievements. But what about the women we don’t hear about who challenged the status quo? Here are 5 women who changed history – and that you may not have heard of. Babe Didrikson Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias stood out as a Read More