ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (A-C)
If youve spent a significant amount of time researching your family history, youve probably run into many of your ancestors referred to with a nickname in records, including censuses. Being familiar with nicknames that your ancestor may have used could help you overcome that brick wall. It can also prevent the frustration of discovering that& Read more

WDYTYA Recap: Sean Hayes Finds Order in Petty Session Court Records
Trouble seemed to follow Sean Hayes’ ancestors down generations and even over an ocean. But trouble, especially when it led to clashes with the law, became a lynchpin in uncovering Sean’s story. Researching ancestors in Ireland has always required some creativity due to the loss of 19th-century census returns. Censuses are a staple in U.S.& Read more

How Mary Tedesco of “Genealogy Roadshow” Discovered Family History
We have loved tuning in to Mary Tedesco, researcher on the latest season of Genealogy Roadshow on PBS, so we were thrilled to have had the opportunity to interview her. Mary, founder of Origins Italy shares how she was first introduced to family history, and it starts with a shared Ancestry.com login. And while we recognize& Read more

Women Soldiers in the Civil War: How Did They Get Away With It?
Elizabeth Finnern’s gravestone sits in a tranquil cemetery in Indiana. Just a simple stone, marking a quiet spot where a husband and wife rest for eternity. But there is something quite unique about this particular headstone  the last line: “Both members of Co. D. 81 Reg. O.V.I.” and underneath, the explanation: “She served in& Read more

The Legend of Harvey Setzer
By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Paul Rawlins, Editorial Manager at Ancestry My grandfathers sister, Lillian Wilson, married a man by the name of Harvey G. Setzer in Weippe, Idaho, Shoshone County, on July 3, 1890. Harvey was a miner and contracted consumption. The doctor prescribed a warmer, drier climate so they moved to Valle& Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: What’s in a Name?
We like to think Shakespeare was channeling his inner family historian when he penned the famous line “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Talk to any expert genealogist and they will tell you that relying on an ancestor’s name alone can be a& Read more

Save Family Photos: Inspiring Budding Family Historians Through Photographs
Following her grandfathers passing, Rachel LaCour-Niesen was given photographs that spanned several generations of her family. As she started to uncover the emotional and beautiful stories of her relatives, she quickly discovered a new found passion for family history. Anxious to share those stories with extended family and friends, she established Save Family Photos, with& Read more

What does our DNA tell us about being Irish?
Saint Patrick’s Day is a time of year when those with Irish heritage around the world celebrate being Irish. With the launch of AncestryDNA in the UK & Ireland we have an opportunity to show a different view of Irishness using genetics. Using DNA With AncestryDNA, all customers receive a unique estimate of their genetic& Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points, Sometimes Isn’t
It’s a frustrating fact that most historical records were never designed to tell us what we want to know nowadays. When created, their purpose was not to appease curiosities in the 21st century. Instead, genealogists are constantly using their education and experience to coax out answers about people, places and time periods. We also rely& Read more

Behind the scenes! Find out what’s in our DNA here in the Ancestry office
As we prepared for the launch of AncestryDNA in the UK and Ireland we offered the people working in the Ancestry offices in Dublin and London a chance to take the DNA test. As people took the test and got their results we were on hand, observing and learning more about how the experience for& Read more

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Mental health group wants BMW to pull ad featuring ‘crazy’ woman
This post has been updated.If you've been watching the NCAA tournament the past couple of weeks, there's almost no chance you've missed the BMW ad above, which touts the car's on-board assistance capability. I feel like I've seen it at least 10 times.Read full article >>

How to break out of a food rut
It’s easy to fall into an eating rut. It could be from following a plan that leaves you bored to tears eating the same foods day after day. Or maybe you hit a weight loss plateau and can’t seem to move the needle on the scale toward your goal. Perhaps you’re trapped in a pattern where you want to eat better, but can’t find the motivation to take action. Regardless of what has you stuck, one tactic that could help turn things around is to literally upend your current habits and try the exact opposite. In this season of springing forward, a fresh new perspective can make all the difference.Read full article >>

‘Polio-like’ strain of enterovirus D68 may be responsible for mystery paralysis, study says
Genetic sequencing of a virus found in respiratory secretions of children in California and Colorado who suffered from paralysis or muscle weakness last fall reveals that they were infected with a mutated strain of enterovirus D68 that is closer to polio than other strains common in previous years.Read full article >>

Why I can’t live without avocado
During a recent dinner, my 10-year-old asked the rest of the table what one food we would each take if we were going to be stranded on a deserted island. My 12-year-old yelled “candy” without a moment’s hesitation. Ah well, I hope he never actually strands himself on any island. Like my older son, I didn’t have to think for a second about my answer, but unlike him, I definitely did not pick candy. Hands down, I would take the avocado. Read full article >>

Fencing: A terrific workout that really makes you think
Plyometrics are all the rage these days, but who wants to jump on a box for an hour? Recently I checked out an activity that promised to have me gasping from all the explosive movements I was making — while giving my brain an equally good workout.Read full article >>

Pesticide residue in fruits and vegetables associated with low sperm count
Consumption of fruits and vegetables that contain relatively large amounts of pesticide residue may affect men's sperm counts and the number of normal-looking sperm they produce, a potential factor in fertility problems, Harvard University researchers reported Monday.Read full article >>

How maple syrup urine disease in one girl saved another man’s life
When two Maryland children got lifesaving liver transplants from deceased organ donors in January, the children’s diseased livers were not discarded, as such organs usually are. Instead, they were donated to two Virginia adults in an unusual domino series of transplants at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.Read full article >>

Ebola patient at NIH improves
The condition of a patient infected with the Ebola virus who is being treated in the United States has improved, medical officials announced Monday.The unidentified patient, who is under doctors' care at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., is now in fair condition, according to a news release from the NIH. No additional information was available.Read full article >>

Successful liftoff launches NASA’s planned longest-ever manned mission
NASA's Friday launch went off without a hitch. At 3:42 Eastern time, just as scheduled, United States astronaut Scott Kelly left the ground and headed to the International Space Station in a Soyuz rocket. With no delays and all systems working perfectly, NASA's mission control seemed calm and pleased throughout live broadcasting of the launch, which took place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.Read full article >>

Oh, my aching wallet: MRI instead of physical therapy for low back pain leads to $4,793 higher price
Your back hurts (join the club) and you go to see your primary care physician. Most of the time, your doctor will tell you to rest, maybe take some ibuprofen or ice the affected area.But when researchers looked at 841 people who needed additional care, they found that the ones sent first for MRIs were more likely to have surgery or injections, see a specialist or visit an emergency room than those who were first sent to physical therapists. And they (or their insurance companies) paid an average of $4,793 more.Read full article >>

White House announces plan to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria
The White House announced an aggressive plan Friday to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a mounting problem that causes an estimated 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths every year in the United States.Read full article >>

Should you buy lean or regular ground meat?
Ground meat and poultry sold in grocery stores vary in fat content. Dietitian and healthful eating columnist Ellie Krieger discussed the differences in her latest chat. Here is some information for the next time you’re at the grocery store: Read full article >>

Around the world in 26.2: The rising trend of racing on every continent
Sometimes a race is not enough. Sometimes a runner just wants to go . . . further. That’s what happened to Dennis Martin and Brooke Sydnor Curran. Martin, 68, from New York City, took up running after his first wife died of breast cancer. Curran, 46, a philanthropist from Alexandria, started running to get out of the house and collect her thoughts. Both she and Martin, a retired NYPD detective, got good at running but felt the desire to do more. Read full article >>

On Friday, half a pair of twins leaves for a year in space. Here’s why that’s awesome.
When Astronaut Scott Kelly volunteered to spend a year in space, he asked NASA scientists whether they'd take advantage of the near-perfect copy he'd be leaving behind: His twin brother Mark, who retired from spaceflight in 2011 after four shuttle flights.Read full article >>

Why aren’t we producing medications for looming global disease threats?
In the United States, any cluster of tuberculosis cases makes headlines, no matter how small the numbers. For example, local health authorities recently issued a warning to medical providers after 15 residents of a New York City neighborhood contracted tuberculosis over a two-year period — and the tabloids promptly hyped the news.Read full article >>

CDC anti-smoking ads target e-cigarettes for first time, highlight tobacco’s links to variety of diseases
The latest round of government anti-smoking ads targets e-cigarette use for the first time and highlights links to a variety of diseases that aren't typically associated with tobacco use.The Food and Drug Administration decided to regulate e-cigarettes less than a year ago and has not determined a course of action. Research on the harms of the inhaled chemical vapor and whether the devices can help smokers wean themselves of tobacco has been mixed.Read full article >>

Asteroid redirect mission won’t really redirect a whole asteroid, NASA announces
NASA's proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission has been buzzing for awhile now, but unfortunately the space agency has gone with their decidedly less sexy plan b: Instead of trying to pull an entire small asteroid into an inflatable container to whip it into orbit around the moon, they're going to retrieve a boulder from a larger asteroid and try to redirect that.Read full article >>

Two Tommy John surgeries may be too much of a good thing for MLB pitchers
Tommy John surgery has saved the playing careers of thousands of amateur and professional baseball players since surgeon Frank Jobe developed it in 1974. Jobe tried out the orthopedic procedure, technically known as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, on pitcher Tommy John, who went on to pitch for 13 more years and retired from baseball at age 46.Read full article >>

The testosterone and HGH boom: How critics say ‘disease mongering’ created a multibillion-dollar industry
Are you tired? Do you have low energy? Have you put on some weight recently?Despite the advances of modern medicine, there is no magic pill or fountain of youth to combat aging, poor food choices or bad exercise habits.Read full article >>

Are you at risk for ovarian cancer? How to decide whether Angelina Jolie’s surgery is necessary
Actress Angelina Jolie has ignited another worldwide conversation about cancer, revealing in the New York Times on Tuesday that she had undergone surgery, at age 39,  to remove her ovaries and Fallopian tubes to prevent ovarian cancer. As she did 22 months ago, when she announced that she had had bilateral mastectomies to prevent breast cancer, Jolie cited her elevated risk of contracting the disease, the possible consequences and her desire to inform women of their options.Read full article >>