Can You Beat This Quiz on U.S. Presidents?

How well do you know your U.S. presidents? Test your knowledge with this fun quiz! Bonus trivia: President Lincoln not only has movie star descendants, his last name means ‘lake colony.’ The meaning of your last name is just the start. Find your famous ancestors and family stories with a free trial of Ancestry.     

The Surprising Link Between Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Benedict Cumberbatch was born to play Sherlock Holmes. Literally. The Sherlock connection runs in his blood. The star and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are directly related. Ancestry researchers recently made an amazing discovery: Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle share a common ancestor. They’re both descended from John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Read More

Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner Are Totally Related

Did you know Jennifer Lawrence and her American Hustle costar Jeremy Renner are related? Apparently, Ms. Lawrence herself has heard about it. The connection came up in a recent Wired interview,  in which Jennifer answered the Internet’s burning questions about her. Here are some of the things we’re all dying to know about J. Law, according to Wired and Google. The Answers Straight 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

5 Things You Really Didn’t Know About Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is one of the most fascinating names in Hollywood history. And the tidbits of her life’s story have long intrigued audiences. But if you think you know everything there is to know about the most famous Marilyn in history, think again. Here are five facts about the blonde bombshell that just might surprise you. 1. Read More

Charlie Chaplin’s Most Touching Film

Charlie Chaplin. The name is synonymous with the earliest Hollywood motion pictures. Everyone recognizes the mustache-sporting, bowler-wearing character that Chaplin so frequently portrayed. But fewer people associate Chaplin with a different description: that of an immigrant. Let’s take a look at Sir Charles Chaplin’s rags-to-riches life and the memorable 1917 film, The Immigrant that was inspired Read More

Can You Guess How These Celebrities’ Ancestors Made Their Living?

Most European surnames come from one of seven sources, including occupations. The last name “Bloom” (as in Orlando Bloom), for example, was the occupational name for a metal worker. Like many Hollywood celebrities, many of us have European surnames. What meaning and historical occupation does your last name reveal? Now it’s quiz time! Can you match 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

Captain America Star Chris Evans’ Surprising Ties to the Civil War

The star of Captain America: Civil War, Chris Evans, has some surprising family ties to the U.S. Civil War. A look through Ancestry’s records shows two of his close relatives ultimately gave their lives on opposite sides of the devastating war. Confederate Connection Evans’ fourth great-grandfather (his great-great-great-great-grandfather), Daniel Cryer, served as a soldier in the Read More