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.
Madam C.J. Walker was hailed by some as the “first self-made American woman millionaire.” She made a fortune with her successful line of hair products for African American women. This is her amazing story. Orphan by Age 7, Widow by Age 20 Born Sarah Breedlove in 1867, her parents had been freed from slavery only two years before. Sarah became Read More
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 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
Have you seen the commercial for Ancestry, where the guy grows up thinking he’s German only to find out he’s Scottish? A California woman named Suzi saw that commercial and took an AncestryDNA test. The test reunited her with her birth mother after 53 years. This is her moving story, which originally appeared in The Orange County Register. On Read More
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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 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
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
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