770,000 Tubes of Spit Help Map America’s Great Migrations

America is not the great melting pot that poets like Ralph Waldo Emerson once extolled. At least, that’s not the story that DNA tells, according to the genealogy company Ancestry. 

Clustering of 770,000 genomes reveals post-colonial population structure of North America

Ancestry publishes a paper in prestigious scientific journal Nature Communications. The paper uncovers subtle patterns of migration and settlement in the postcolonial United States. 

EXCLUSIVE: Sterling K. Brown, Ryan Michelle Bathe Are the Ultimate Relationship Goals With 'Amazing' Love Story

Actors Sterling K. Brown and wife Ryan Michelle Bathe discuss their romance at the SAG Awards. The celebrities thank Ancestry for the DNA tests that taught them about their history. 

Ancestry.com DNA Database Tops 3M, Sales Rise To $850M Ahead Of Likely 2017 IPO

During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, bargain-hunting Americans went online to stock up on millions of Xboxes and televisions, Barbies and Lego sets, iPhones and countless other holiday goodies. They also bought a record-setting 560,000 DNA kits from Ancestry.com.

Benedict Cumberbatch has a family connection to Sherlock Holmes

 Benedict Cumberbatch might be everyone's favourite on-screen Sherlock, but he also has another connection to the world-famous detective. Research conducted by Ancestry.com revealed that Cumberbatch is directly related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes.

Inside a Report on Slavery and Its Legacy

Rachel Swarns looks at the reporting she did on a story about life insurance policies that allowed slave owners to recoup their slave's "value" in the event of the slave's death mentioning her interaction with Ancestry geneaologist Crista Cowan who helped with the research. 

Insurance Policies on Slaves: New York Life’s Complicated Past

In its 19th-century beginnings, New York Life Insurance sold 508 policies covering slaves. The article notes one of the policies led to Audrey Mozelle Ross highlighting how, with the help of Ancestry, she learned her great-great-grandfather was a founding member of her church.

Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions

“Passengers” stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt answer the internet’s most searched questions about themselves in this WIRED video. Lawrence mentions that Ancestry did a report proving her and Jeremy Renner are related. 

Rediscovering Obama’s Irish Roots

In 2007 the world, and Obama, learned about his Irish roots after a genealogist from Ancestry pieced together the family story with the help of an Irish rector. The New Yorker revisits this intriging discovery. 

Remembering Pearl Harbor and Its Survivors—and Tracing Their Military Roots

To commemorate the service of those who fought at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago, Ancestry traced 12 servicemen’s family trees to find the military men and women among their ancestors and made all World War II records free online during December.