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5 Women Who Changed History (And That You May Not Have Heard Of)

Female trailblazers like Gloria Steinem, Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman are well-known because of their life-changing achievements. But what about the women we don’t hear about who challenged the status quo? Here are 5 women who changed history – and that you may not have heard of. Babe Didrikson Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias stood out as a Read More

Behind the Ancestry Commercial with Channing Joseph

Have you seen the Ancestry commercial where Channing Joseph talks about Marianne Gaspard, his 5th-great-grandmother? If so you no doubt wondered, “Is there more to Channing’s story? Who was Marianne Gaspard?” It All Began With A College Kid’s Curiosity Channing studied abroad in South Africa. He watched Roots and read a lot of books about African Read More

What Does Your Irish Surname Say About You?

Are you one of the over 33 million Irish Americans? Whether you’ve got one of the most common types of Irish surnames or a more obscure one, your surname could hold interesting clues about you. Until about the 10th century in Ireland, surnames were not passed down from generation to generation. Instead, surnames were patronymic, or Read More

What Makes You, You?

A few times a week, YouTube star Jack Douglass asks his 2.7 million YouTube channel subscribers a question. He then shares their most interesting answers the following day, in an episode of Yesterday I Asked You (YIAY). His fascinating question in YIAY #310: In percentages, what makes you, you? He got some pretty amusing answers, Read More

Quiz: How Irish Are You?

Sure, you can fake an Irish brogue and proudly wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. But how Irish are you really? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of all things Irish: How did you do? Are you as Irish as you thought? Find out how Irish you really are — just take an AncestryDNA Read More

Jeannette Rankin Was Elected to Congress Before Women Could Vote

Jeannette Rankin was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1916—four years before women were guaranteed the right to vote. Talk about a pioneer for women’s rights. This is her incredible story. Social Worker Turned Activist Before she became the first woman elected to national office, Rankin was a social worker. Frustrated that female Read More

How Did People Survive the Winter Hundreds of Years Ago?

Generations ago, it was not so easy to function during the winter. Survival was anything but guaranteed. People had to take extreme measures just to get through the cold and snow for months out of the year. How people survived the winter, from the Middle Ages to the last century, might surprise you. They’d Wear (Even Wet) Read More

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