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Could You Have Royalty Hiding in Your Family Tree? Check This List of Surnames

Do you suspect that some of your ancestors may have royal roots? If you can find one of the surnames from your family tree on the list below, you just might be right! Many families have stories of…

What Does Your German Surname Say About You?

German-Americans are the largest single ethnic group in the U.S. If you are one of 46 million Americans with German ancestry, your surname could yield some interesting clues to your family history.…

These Old Passport Applications May Hold the Missing Genealogy Info You Need

Many family historians are not aware of the fact that millions of passport applications were collected by the US Department of State between the years of 1795 and 1925. These applications are kept by…

The Met Digitally Restores the Colors of an Ancient Egyptian Temple, Using Projection Mapping Technology

Thanks to the tireless efforts of archaeologists, we have a pretty clear idea of what much of the ancient world looked like, at least as far as the clothes people wore and the structures in and…

Is My Family’s ‘Slave Name’ the Wrong One?

Dear Professor Gates: I have been working on my family tree for years and cannot find anyone on my father’s side earlier than my great-grandparents Texas Williams, 1871-1951, and his wife, Ne…

To test or not to test?

It's the new question for anyone trying to trace their family tree: have you had a DNA test?

A History of Irish Surnames: Is Yours Here?

The earliest known Irish surname is O’Clery (O Cleirigh); it’s the earliest known because it was written that the lord of Aidhne, Tigherneach Ua Cleirigh, died in County Galway back in the year 916…

12.5m free records on Irish genealogy have now been added online

The Government-run irishgenealogy.ie website has been updated with 12.5m records of births, deaths and marriages spanning as far back as 1864, and are all available for free.

The meaning behind Shield patterns on Coats of Arms

If you are looking through a book of coats of arms or family crests you will notice that they all include a shield in their design. This harkens back to the fact that crests or coats of arms wer

The top five questions about Irish genealogy

Questions asked by anyone searching for their Irish ancestry.







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