3 Crazy Things Real People Have Found in Their Family Trees

Are there any surprises in your family tree? You’ll never know until you start looking. While every discovery of a new ancestor is a surprise, some are simply amazing and stand out from your typical genealogical find. We all have so many ancestors who may have led extraordinary lives or maybe were even famous. Using Read More

How Family History Can Toughen Up Your Kids

We’ve all heard the old fable of how Grandpa had to walk to school uphill, both ways, in a blizzard, and rolled our eyes. But while there may be only a kernel of truth in this story, hearing tales of family heroism or tragedy is beneficial to the next generation and may help them become Read More

Why Do Star Wars Names Sound…Familiar?

When “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premieres in December, movie fans can revel in mind-blowing special effects and bask in the fictional universe that series creator George Lucas has been building since “Star Wars” appeared in theaters in 1977. A large part of the “Star Wars” allure comes from the evocative characters, with their even Read More

The Mystery of an Excavated Jamestown Box

In July 2015, archeologists announced they had discovered the 400-year-old bones of four prominent citizens of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. But what really excited the scientists were the bone fragments found in one of the graves. Those pieces of bone, found in a mysterious silver box, show how much we Read More

6 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Jamestown

Steeped in legend and shrouded by time, Jamestown has long intrigued modern-day Americans. As the first permanent English colony in North America, Jamestown represented, then and now, a new beginning, a chance to conquer a continent, and a foothold for expansion of English law, customs, and traditions. Add to that a tale of love between Read More

Adopted Sisters Find Each Other Through DNA Testing

Wendy Garrett and Lisa Olivera are sisters, but they didn’t know it until February 2015. Living on opposite coasts with no mutual friends, they would never have met without AncestryDNA. Garrett, 29, grew up in California and then moved to Pennsylvania. Adopted through an agency, she knew that she had a brother, but not a Read More

President Obama’s Surprising Link to Slavery in America

Famously the son of a Kenyan father, President Obama made history as the first sitting U.S. president to visit the East African country. His remarkable family background on his father’s side is well-known. But what’s less known is his family’s surprising ties to slavery in America. His mother’s family were landowners, but through them is he in fact Read More

Are More Men Taking Their Wives’ Last Names?

For genealogists today, or those just interested in researching their family trees, surnames are a vital link between present and past, a line of breadcrumbs that guides us down the corridors of our family histories. But surnames can be a source of tension, especially when they involve gender relations. When actress Zoe Saldana revealed in Read More

What Is the Real Story Behind Hillary Clinton’s Ancestry?

Hillary Rodham Clinton has been First Lady, Senator from New York, and Secretary of State. Next year, she hopes to add another title to her resume: President of the United States of America. Clinton is the early front-runner to win the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 2016 presidential race, and if she makes it to Read More