Genealogy and Ancestry Blog

Who Owns Ancestry.com?

If you have an interest in genealogy, it's very likely you have heard of the Ancestry.com website. In this article, we cover who owns Ancestry.com, how it was founded, and the history of the company.

Cousin Relationships

Calculating cousin relationships can be a bit tricky. When you extend out beyond first cousins, you can get into a situation where you have to calculate the number of generations between you and your cousin. In this article, we will show you how to calculate your cousin relationships with different family members.

What is My Dad's Cousin to Me?

Finding out how you are related to other family members can sometimes be a bit tricky. In this article, we'll cover how you can find out what your relationship to your dad's cousin is.

What Are Ancestry Public Member Trees?

You might have noticed that Ancestry has something called Public Member Trees. There are a huge number of these trees and, in this post, we cover what they are, how they work, and how to search through them.

Example of Ancestry DNA Results

Are you considering taking the Ancestry DNA test to find out more about your ancestry? In this article, we'll show you how to use Ancestry DNA and give you an example of how the DNA results look.

How Many Ancestors Do You Have?

Have you ever asked yourself the question "how many ancestors do I have"? In this article, we'll show you how to find out how many ancestors you have using something called pedigree collapse.

Can Females Trace Their Paternal Line?

If you are starting to research DNA, you might need to know if a woman can trace her father's DNA without a Y chromosome. In this article, we cover whether if it's possible, what type of DNA females inherit from their father, and how to trace a paternal lineage.

What is Indigenous Americas on Ancestry DNA?

If you've recently done a DNA test and the result revealed "Indigenous Americas" as your ethnicity, you might wonder what that means. In this article we'll cover where this region is, the history of it, the genetic makeup of the region, and much more!

What is Eastern European Descent?

Have you researched your ancestry and DNA which has revealed you have Eastern European descent? In this article, we'll cover what this means, which countries are considered European descent, and whether Eastern European is classed as an ethnicity.

What is the Germanic Europe DNA Ethnicity on Ancestry?

If you've recently done a DNA test and the result revealed "Germanic Europe" as your ethnicity, you might wonder what that means. In this article we'll cover where this region is, the history of it, the genetic makeup of the region, and much more!

What is an Ethnicity Estimate?

If you are looking to take a DNA test, or have taken one and need to understand the results, you will likely want to know what an ethnicity estimate is. In this article, we will cover what is it, how it is inherited, and how DNA tests can estimate your ethnicity.

1% Native American DNA: What Does It Mean?

Have you had a DNA test which showed you to have 1% Native American DNA? In this post, we'll explain what it means if your results say you have 1% Native American DNA and how it happens.

Can You Share DNA and Not Be Related?

If you've taken a DNA test and have a lot of potential matches, you may be wondering if you can share DNA and not be related. In this article, we'll explain whether that is possible, what segment size is, how common false matches are, and how to known when a DNA match is actually accurate.

Genealogical Proof Standard Explained

If you are looking into a career as a genealogist, you'll need to know about the genealogical proof standard. In this article, we'll explain what it is, why it is important, and how it is used.

DNA Centimorgan Chart for Understanding DNA Relationships

A DNA centimorgan chart is a chart that shows the relationship between two DNA strands and it can be very useful when it is applied to understanding your family history. In this article, we will explain centimorgans and how a DNA centimorgan chart can be used in genealogy.

My Sister Shows Up as Cousin on DNA Results

If you have done a DNA test recently, and your sister shows up as a cousin on the results, you might be wondering why. In this article, we'll cover what it means when DNA results show a sibling as a cousin.

European Ancestry Research and Genealogy Sites

Trying to research your family history and roots in Europe? In this article, we'll help to to research your European ancestry with helpful tips and European genealogy sites to access records that will help you with your search.

What is my Cousin's Cousin to Me?

When you are researching your family tree, you might want to know what your relationship is to your cousin's cousin and whether they are considered family. In this article, we'll help you understand what a cousin's cousin is, whether they are considered family, and what DNA results might say.