Research Reveals Another Witch in Walt Disney’s World

Ever since Walt Disney began animating in the 1920s, his name has been linked to a cast of screen characters. Some of these are witches. There’s the Evil Queen of Snow White and The Seven Dwarves, Maleficent of Sleeping Beauty, Ursula the Sea Witch of The Little Mermaid, and the Reverend George Burroughs of Salem Village, Read More

7 Things to Talk About Around the Holiday Table (Besides Politics)

I was thinking the other day, “Thank goodness the elections will be over before the holidays.” Then I realized we won’t have the elections, but we’ll have the results. Which means somebody’s going to be even madder than they were before, while somebody else is gloating. In the interest of preserving peace and family bonds Read More

The “Strange” Past of Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s a strange name with an even more strangely alluring man behind it. Dubbed “The Internet’s Boyfriend,” Mr. Cumberbatch has legions of fans dedicated to Cumbergazing (a quick search of the hashtag #cumberwatch yields over 7,000 results). The actor, who stole millions of hearts in his role of Sherlock on the BBC before becoming a major Hollywood star, is Read More

Diary of a DNA Test

My 21-year-old stepdaughter was over for Easter dinner and saw the AncestryDNA kit on the table. “I’m so jealous,” she said, “I want to know where I come from.” I’ve been working on my family genealogy for 3 and a half decades, so, what do I want out of the DNA test? I’m like my Read More

Was Ron Burgundy’s Historical Look-Alike a British Drunkard?

Matthew McConaughey, Nicolas Cage, Orlando Bloom, Conan O’Brien, Ellen DeGeneres: they’ve all be linked to old photos of historical look a-likes. A researcher at Ancestry came across the next entry in the historical doppelgänger sweepstakes—only this one looks like the long-lost ancestor of fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy. Unlike most twins lost over time, we know something Read More

Can You Beat This 1940s Quiz?

Find out where your family lived in 1940, who they lived with, who the neighbors were, what they did for a living, and more things 1940 at Ancestry.

9 Wild Things You Can Discover From a DNA Test

Thinking about taking one of those DNA tests you’ve heard about on TV or seen advertised online? Get ready for what could be a wild (and amazing) ride. Here are 9 discoveries regular ol’ people have made after taking a DNA test. You Could Find a 300-Year-Old Ancestor Who Never Took a DNA Test How does that work? Read More

Finding Your Women’s Stories

The women in your past have stories to tell, but sometimes they get overlooked because men often take center stage in the records. Here are some tips for coaxing the stories of your unsung heroines out of hiding. Get a Woman’s Perspective Make a deliberate effort to look at records you have through her eyes. Read More