Yearbook Photos of Congress’ Most Famous Faces

Exploring the yearbook photos collection on Ancestry, we found some of the most famous faces in Congress, from both sides of the aisle. See if you recognize them from their school photos. Bernie Sanders Before he was in Congress and a presidential hopeful, Bernie  Sanders was a track team captain at James Madison High School in Read More

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

7 Amazing Things You Might Find in Your Family Tree

An AncestryDNA test, which reveals your ethnic mix, is just the beginning. Get ready to uncover some surprises. Here are 7 amazing things you might find in your family tree. You Could Find Out You’re Royal You don’t have to have a royal last name like Windsor to have royal blood. The surname Fitzroy, which means “son of Read More

Pearl Harbor Remembered: Brave Survivors Return 75 Years Later

Even after 75 years, December 7, 1941, the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, remains a date that lives in infamy. Gunner’s Mate Third Class Donald Stratton survived the attack. He and another 3 of the last 5 survivors from the U.S.S. Arizona returned to Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary ceremonies on December 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

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

Donald Trump’s Ancestry: How His Immigrant Family Made It In America

Whatever you may think of real-estate mogul-turned-presidential-candidate Donald Trump’s politics, you can’t deny his many ups and downs are entertaining. As he continues to make the subject of immigration one of his talking points, his own origins tell an interesting tale of ambitious young people crossing the ocean to make something of themselves in this Read More

How the Ice Cream Man Became an American Icon

It’s a timeless American ritual: the distant chime of an ice cream truck, a stampede of sneakers on hot sidewalks, and sticky fingers gripping frozen treats. For a century, the ice cream man has been among the most popular faces in the neighborhood. Let’s take a look at the history of how the ice cream Read More

What Does Your Last Name Say About You?

Last names weren’t widely used in England until after the Norman conquest in 1066. But as the population grew, people adopted surnames to help tell folks apart.