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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.     

How Immigrating to America Saved a Boy from Auschwitz

Polish immigrant Albert Donner moved to America to join his older brother in 1936. The rest of his family was supposed to follow, but they never made it. This is Albert’s story, in his own words: Albert Harold Donner was just 10 years old when he arrived in America. He had been born in a small village Read More

What 770,000 Tubes of Saliva Reveal About America

What do you do with 770,000 tubes of saliva collected from AncestryDNA customers? Ancestry scientists have an unusual answer: Create a ground-breaking map of America’s history-based diversity using the genetic data from the analysis of the samples. This unique map shows this country’s great migrations, the echoes of our pioneer ancestors in our genes today. What The Map Reveals Each Read More

Reunited at Last: 5 Heartwarming Stories of Finding Long Lost Family

Few stories are more moving than those of adoptees and other long lost family members finding each other. 2016 had quite a few, but here are 5 of the most heart-warming tales of DNA tests bringing families together. 3 Sisters Meet for the First Time on a British Airways Flight Texas native Ann Burrage was Read More

The Surprising Places Jewish Refugees Settled During World War II

The 1930s marked a dark time. Just as the Nazis were sweeping through Germany, countries were tightening their immigration policies in the wake of the Great Depression. The United States, for instance, kept strict quotas on immigrants’ country of origin. Only 124,000 German Jews were allowed to enter between 1938 and 1941. Thus, Jewish refugees Read More

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

Behind the Ancestry Commercial: Livie From All Nations

Livie was so confident she was simply “Hispanic” that she wondered if taking a DNA test was a waste. When she actually got her AncestryDNA results, though, she was shocked. Take a look: Livie’s got a great story, even in 30 seconds, but it’s what she found out after the test that’s even more amazing. Read More