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Traditional Irish naming patterns

Fiona Fitzsimons discusses traditional Irish naming patterns, knowledge of which can be extremely helpful in piecing together your Irish family history.

New 23andMe Ancestry Timeline Tool

I logged in to my 23andMe account today and learned of a new [BETA] tool has been added to our ancestry reports. Described as an  Admixture...

Sir Ian McKellen's great-great-grandfather helped invent the weekend

Sir Ian McKellen may be known around the world for his work on stage and screen, with six Oliviers, two Oscar nominations and a knighthood to his name.

Why we're closer than ever to a timeline for human evolution

Dating when our ancestors split from Neanderthals and other relatives has long been a puzzle, but DNA advances are making our evolutionary journey clearer

Odd Names

This page is here solely to act as a bit of light relief. Tracing your Family Tree can throw up some odd names sometimes, ranging from the s...

The ancient place where history began

The idea of Mesopotamia has intoxicated the West for centuries. Alastair Sooke takes a look at a civilisation where much of modern culture took form.

How ancient Egypt shaped our idea of beauty

Pop culture is steeped in images of smoky-eyed pharaohs and their queens. Were the ancient Egyptians insufferably vain – or are we simply projecting our own values onto them?

Our Ancestors’ Sense of Humor: Newspaper Jokes

In this article, Mary Harrell-Sesniak searches old newspapers to find jokes about newspapers – giving us a glimpse into our ancestors’ sense of humor.

School Log Books

The first post of 2017 comes from Sylvia Valentine, #AncestryHour's very own #FMV.  This is the second of two blogs in which Sylvia looks at the types of information found in School Records that…

Project adds Indigenous names to Canadian history

Project Naming aims to identify Indigenous people forgotten or misrepresented in archival photos, sparking conversations in Indigenous communities about their past.


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