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  • Photo Mystery: Who are these female service members during WWII?
    How many people does it take to solve a picture mystery? The answer in this case is the right one. I’m willing to bet that these images documented an important period in a woman’s life. She took these candid pictures of her friends and colleagues in uniform. They sat in her collection unidentified until she Read More

  • Setting the Record Straight: Ancestry and Your DNA
    [UPDATE] A quick update to this post. As I mentioned, we were working to clarify our Terms and Conditions language around the data rights – or license – you grant us when you take an AncestryDNA test. I’m happy to say that we have just posted the updates.] Ancestry has released updated Terms and Conditions. Read More

  • Liv Tyler: Resolving Conflicts
    While it’s not uncommon for details on various censuses to conflict, in the case of Liv Tyler’s Elliott ancestors, one such conflict hinted at hidden ancestry. While census records for George Elliott consistently recorded him as white, his father Robert Elliott was listed as mulatto in the 1870 census. Was this just an enumerator’s error Read More

  • John Stamos: Telling an Orphan’s Story
    After working with a genealogist, and making a whirlwind trip to Greece, John Stamos discovered his orphaned grandfather, Ioannis (John) Stamatopoulos, was only a baby when he lost his father to violence. With the help of experts, John learned the circumstances behind his great-grandfather, Vasilios’, death, and the struggles that his great-grandmother, Georgitsa, faced raising Read More

  • Mother’s Day is coming – Celebrate like a Genealogist
    Gifts inspired by family history are guaranteed to make the moms in your life feel special. That’s why one researcher at AncestryProGenealogists has turned family history-themed gifts into a tradition. “My parents can buy anything they want, but when I take the time to do something that’s personal to them, that’s what means the most,” Read More