DNA Solves a Family Mystery, but Not in the Way You’d Think

For her entire life, Julie Martini had considered herself German-American, even though she had been born with an Italian family name. Looking to learn more about her family history, Julie joined Ancestry to find records that would uncover her Old World roots in Germany or, perhaps, Italy. Documents and family links Julie found on Ancestry Read More

Create a Family Heritage Cookbook and Solve 3 Holiday Problems at Once

On the classic television series “The Waltons,” the elderly Baldwin sisters zealously guarded their daddy’s popular “Recipe.” What they didn’t know was that it was actually moonshine! Does your family have family recipes even close to that interesting? This holiday season, make the effort to gather your family’s cherished recipes, maybe some that have been Read More

What Goes Best With Eggnog? Family History!

We often don’t get around to asking our older relatives about their stories: their childhoods, their grandparents and great-grandparents, their memories, and their family’s traditions. We tend to assume there will always be time. But there’s no better time than now, especially with the holidays coming up. After a huge holiday ham or turkey dinner, Read More

5 Questions to Ask About Your Ancestry at Your Next Holiday Dinner

The holidays bring families together, which means there’s no better time to explore your family tree and learn more about your heritage. Your search can only improve by arming yourself with answers only relatives can provide. So after the dishes are done and you cut a slice of dessert, don’t forget to grab a notebook Read More

Holiday Reunion? 6 Ways to Get Kids Interested in Their Family Tree

One of genealogy’s greatest rewards can come from imagining your ancestors at a particular point in history. But kids might need a little help tying their present lives to the past. With the holidays coming up, households everywhere will be filled with multiple generations. It’s the perfect time to get your kids interested in their Read More

Invite the Ancestors to Your Holiday Dinner

Looking for ways to to make this holiday season one the whole family will remember? Here are four ideas for making your holiday gathering even more special this year. You’ll need to do a little planning ahead, but the payoff will be worth it! 1. Sketch out a family tree that goes back a few Read More

How to Tap Into Your Family’s Holiday Traditions

One great way to get your children thinking about their family’s history is to interview older family members about their own holiday traditions when they were young. And there’s no better time than when everyone’s together for the holidays. The time is right; so is the setting and the ambience. And it’s a fun, satisfying Read More

Why an AncestryDNA Kit Is the Perfect Holiday Gift

Are you looking for a unique, personal gift to give this holiday season? Something that helps someone make incredible discoveries about themselves and shows your interest in them and their journey? With over 6 million people tested, an AncestryDNA kit can help you discover more stories than ever. It has linked long-separated siblings and helped Read More

The Amazing Story of Demi Lovato’s War Hero Grandfather

International singing star Demi Lovato has fought a few battles of her own. That fighting spirit may run in the family. Even though her father, Patrick Lovato, died estranged from his daughter in 2013, he left her a legacy that places her family in the crucible of at least two wars. Military and other records Read More

Trace Your Family History Using These 3 Steps

Have you ever wondered whether or not you are related to the family across town that has the same name or if your family is from another country? Wondering where you come from and who you are related to is natural. With the help of technology, now there is an easy way to start figuring it Read More