Category: Genealogy FAQs

  • How to Find an Ancestor Who Changed Their Name

    How to Find an Ancestor Who Changed Their Name

    Why did our ancestors change their names? They changed their names for several reasons, making it harder for us to find them. So, let’s put on a detective hat and channel our inner Hercule Poirot to get to the bottom of the case of finding an ancestor who changed their name. Finding an ancestor who […]

  • A Degree in Genealogy: What It Is and What You Can Do With It

    A Degree in Genealogy: What It Is and What You Can Do With It

    If you love researching family history, you might be wondering if it’s worth getting a degree in genealogy. A degree takes a lot of time and financial investment. So before diving into one, you need to know what to expect, and what options there are once qualified. A degree in Genealogy shows that a person […]

  • How to Find Out if You Have Irish Heritage

    How to Find Out if You Have Irish Heritage

    You can find Irish people and their culture across the world, and since the 1700s, around 5 million Irish people have emigrated to the USA. In America, many people have Irish heritage, and maybe you’re wondering if you’re one of them. If you have a sneaking suspicion that your family came from Ireland, where do […]

  • Can a Blood Test Show Ethnicity? The Science Explained

    Can a Blood Test Show Ethnicity? The Science Explained

    Can DNA tell us who we are or where are we from? We live in a fascinating time where a drop of blood can answer these questions. Although, the answer might not be what you expect. Even so, let’s ask it: can a blood test show ethnicity? Blood tests (and DNA tests) cannot prove cultural […]

  • DNA Explained: How Many Generations Back is 1%?

    DNA Explained: How Many Generations Back is 1%?

    Most people likely associate themselves with their country and ethnicity since they have shaped who they are as a person. Getting a DNA test and seeing that they are 1% Chinese or Russian can be a bizarre experience. So, how many generations back is 1%? If a DNA test shows there is 1% of ethnicity, then that DNA entered the family tree around 7-8 generations into […]

  • How To Find Out Where an Ancestor is Buried: Complete Guide

    How To Find Out Where an Ancestor is Buried: Complete Guide

    Trying to put together a family’s history and checking out where ancestors are buried is a pretty important step. However, it’s not always a straightforward process. While there are a few go-to steps that normally work (check out the next section below), sometimes it can take a little more legwork. The first step is to […]

  • How to Find Out if You Have Italian Heritage

    You can find Italian culture in cities all over the globe, especially here in America. At the beginning of the 20th century, 4 million Italian immigrants lived in the USA. Today, over 16 million of their descendants identify as Italian-American. So, if there are tales of European relatives in your family, you might be wondering […]

  • How to Find out if you Have Viking Heritage

    The Vikings were a group of seafaring warriors. At their peak, they had territories spreading from Turkey to Canada, and they frequently intermarried with the locals. So, Viking bloodlines can be found all over the world. And if you have a sneaking suspicion that you might have Viking heritage, you might be wondering how to […]

  • 50 Last Names that Come from Jobs: A Brief History

    Last names are so much fun to look at – especially looking into their history. And one common source of surnames is from the distant past, where people adopted their job description as their family name. Many family names or surnames were adopted based on jobs or occupations. These names come from across history, cultures, […]

  • The 13 Longest Family Trees Go Back More Than 2500 Years!

    Have you tried tracing your own family tree yet? Genealogy is an increasingly popular pastime, especially with a wealth of online resources available. DNA testing is also becoming a more readily available and affordable way to investigate your origins. However, if you want to create a family tree to compete with the largest ones in […]