Past Articles

A Century of Women in the Workplace

How has the role of women in the workplace changed over the last century? Ancestry looked at census data for over 250 occupations from 1900 to 2014 to find out. Some of the trends may surprise you. It’s even possible they’re part of your family story. Women Have Made Strides in Workplace Equality The census Read More

What Over 6 Million People Learned When They Took DNA Tests

Millions of people around the world are taking DNA tests. What drives them? They want to learn more about themselves. They’re looking to feel more connected to their families – and make surprising discoveries about their past. Meet just a few of the over 6 million people who have already taken AncestryDNA tests. AncestryDNA test takers are finding new family Read More

How School Was Different in The 1800s

Every fall, children across the United States complain about returning to school. Little do they know how easy they have it. Things were a lot tougher for our ancestors in the 1800s. Here’s what it was like. A fireplace blazed in the winter. With no central heating, schoolhouses relied on fireplaces and, later, wood stoves Read More

Beyond The Windsors: Europe’s Other Royal Families

When it comes to monarchies, we hear the most about the British royal family, the Windsors. But if you’re looking for a family link to royalty, you might want to look further than England. And while these days, royals like Kate and William are well-known by their first names, if you’re looking for your own Read More

5 Summer Desserts to Celebrate Your British Heritage

Picturesque green lawns, expansive white tents, delicious sponge cakes… that sounds a bit like the The Great British Bake Off, doesn’t it? Whether you’re a fan of the hit baking competition or just a fan of sweet treats, a love of British desserts may be in your DNA. An AncestryDNA test can reveal just how British you are. Read More

Are You Part Finnish? These Are 5 Places You Need to See

The Finnish people have a long history in the U.S., first arriving in New Sweden, along the Delaware River, around 1640. During the Great Migration of the 1860s to 1930s, they flocked to the Midwest, where today we see clusters of their descendants based on an AncestryDNA study. Many Americans assume their Midwestern Scandinavian heritage is Swedish. But an AncestryDNA Read More

How One Artist’s DNA Inspired A New Kind of Art

Thomas “Detour” Evans is a Denver-based artist. After a life-changing trip to Africa, he was inspired to take an AncestryDNA test to learn more about his roots. His test results inspired him to create breathtaking multi-medium art – and sparked the idea for a one-of-a-kind project: For Evans, the They Still Live project was the culmination of a lifelong passion for Read More

Research Reveals Another Witch in Walt Disney’s World

Ever since Walt Disney began animating in the 1920s, his name has been linked to a cast of screen characters. Some of these are witches. There’s the Evil Queen of Snow White and The Seven Dwarves, Maleficent of Sleeping Beauty, Ursula the Sea Witch of The Little Mermaid, and the Reverend George Burroughs of Salem Village, Read More

What Was Life Like For Your Poorest Ancestors?

Much of the history we learned about in school — and in all those epic movies and miniseries since then — is the story of the ruling class and the wealthy. If your ancestors weren’t among those lucky few, as far as history books are concerned, it’s almost as if they didn’t exist. And if Read More

5 Fascinating Things Your Father’s Last Name Says About You

There’s more to learn from your last name than you might initially expect. Deep family history research can provide the full story, but your last name alone holds clues to your past. Here are 5 fascinating things that your father’s last name can tell you about yourself. It Can Tell You What Your Ancestors Did Read More