5 Amazing Things You Can Discover About Your Ancestors Through Newspapers

You know where your ancestors were born, where they died, how many kids they had. But what if you could discover even richer details: How past generations lived, what they cared about, the events that shaped their lives? Newspapers.com, which you can access as part of an Ancestry All Access subscription, helps you explore the past as Read More

Meant to Be: A Mother and Son Reunited After 30 Years

On December 29, Jen headed to work on what she thought was just another Tuesday. She had no idea that before the day ended, her world would be rocked by a message on Ancestry from the son she had given up for adoption 30 years before. This is the incredible story. Back in 1985 Jen was 17. She had Read More

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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.

There Are 7 Types of English Last Names – Which One Is Yours?

Many of us have surnames passed down to us from ancestors in England. Last names weren’t widely used until after the Norman conquest in 1066, but as the country’s population grew, people found it necessary to be more specific when they were talking about somebody else. Thus arose descriptions like Thomas the Baker, Norman son Read More