What We Are Reading: December 19th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on December 19, 2014 in In The Community

Much like the mixed bag of gifts that Santa carries, we’ve been reading a mix of topics this week. One thing that they have in common is that each of them makes us think about the sources we’re using and the stories we’re telling (or not telling).

Denise Hibsch Richmond shows how newspapers can tell us so much more than just births, marriages, and deaths. See how in “Henry M. Kendall, Orange Juice in His Blood” on Denise Digs Roots.

Writing is one of the best ways to find holes in your research. Kessara found that out when she was putting together a post for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. She checked one more fact… and discovered that the woman she thought was her ancestor really wasn’t. Find out what happened and learn about Kessara’s former ancestor in “Abigail Tucker – Revolutionary Wife & Mother” on Of Loons and Lady Slippers.

You’ve probably thought about sharing research with others as a way to collaborate and find out more about your ancestors. Have you thought about sharing as a way to backup and preserve your research? Larry Naukum shows how it works in “Share and Share Alike” on The In-Depth Genealogist.

Vera Marie Badertscher’s mother went through a lot in her life and she recorded many of her stories, from the house that burned down to the Great Flood of 1913. Vera shares those stories and more in “Harriette Anderson, Fire, Flood, Relocation” on Ancestors in Aprons. Are you recording the stories of your life?

"After a visit of old Santa Claus," from the Library of Congress Photo Collection, 1840-2000.

“After a visit of old Santa Claus,” from the Library of Congress Photo Collection, 1840-2000.

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Welcome to Big Sky Country! New Montana Research Guide

Posted by Juliana Szucs on December 19, 2014 in Research

We’ve launched our latest free research guide for the great state of Montana. Here are five things you might not know about Montana. 1. When settlers began arriving in Montana in earnest in the 1860s and 1870s, popular routes were by steamboat up the Missouri River or on the Bozeman Trail, a spur off of… Read more

Throwback Thursday: Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by Jessica Murray on December 18, 2014 in Holidays

It seems like every year there’s a long list of the season’s hottest toys and most desirable gifts to give your loved ones. That got us thinking, what were the most sought-after gifts in the late 19th century-early 20th century? Since Santa hasn’t brought us that time machine we asked for, we need to be… Read more

Find A Grave Android Mobile App Release

Posted by Michael Lawless on December 17, 2014 in Find A Grave, Mobile

We’re in the holiday spirit today so what better way to celebrate that spirit than to announce our official release of the 1.0 version of Find A Grave for Android, free in the Google Play store.  With nearly half of our users having a preference for Android devices, we hope this release will unleash your inner graver.… Read more

What We Are Reading: December 12th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on December 12, 2014 in In The Community

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer. Judging from what we’ve been reading this week, it’s also the season for writing about the wrong-doings of our ancestors! Bill West tells us about an incident involving his ancestor and wayward horse. Let’s just say that he forgot to tie it up one night and things escalated from… Read more

Ancestry Global Family History Report

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Since Ancestry was founded in 1983, we’ve helped more than 2 million people find out more about their family’s history, filling in the ‘whos’, ‘wheres’ and ‘whys’ behind who they are today. At the time of this post, we have digitized more than 15 billion historic records from 67 countries, containing everything from war medal… Read more

What We Are Reading: December 5th Edition

Posted by Jessica Murray on December 5, 2014 in In The Community

If you’re like us, the fast approaching year-end has us reviewing the research goals we set out in early 2014. Below are some victories celebrated by community members who have solved a family mystery or discovered a new treasure in their family history. We’re using these posts as inspiration to finish 2014 strong with our… Read more