Tonight on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Kim Cattrall Searches for Her Missing Grandfather

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 25, 2011 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Kim Cattrall’s grandfather disappeared 70 years ago in Depression-era Liverpool, England. On tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? Kim travels to England to discover the reasons behind his disappearance, which still haunts Kim’s mother and aunts decades later. Family historians take note: Kim starts her journey with little more than her grandfather’s… Read more

Consular Marriages—When in China…

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 24, 2011 in Content

The Consular Reports of Marriage, 1910–1949, database that went live this month is a fun one if you happen to have an ancestor among the certificates and correspondence contained in the files. I say these reports are fun because, while there’s a story behind any record, these stories come with the extra flair of a… Read more

Family Tree Maker: The Family Group View

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on February 21, 2011 in Family Tree Maker

In a blog post on February 7th, I wrote about how to navigate in the pedigree view on the People workspace. This week we’ll talk about to use the family group view. The family group view displays a single-family unit—a couple, their parents, and their children. In this view you can add spouses and children and… Read more

Black History Month—Unearthing the Past

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 14, 2011 in Content

Folks log on to Ancestry.com to locate lost siblings, scare out family skeletons, and, of course, find ancestors, but this is the first time I’ve heard of someone using the site to establish the provenance of a piece of pottery. April Hynes’s grandfather Robert Strang unearthed this fantastic face jug in Philadelphia in 1950. It’s… Read more

Family Tree Maker: The Pedigree View

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on February 7, 2011 in Family Tree Maker

The Family tab on the People workspace provides a comprehensive view of your tree. This is where you enter information about individuals and families in your tree—and where you will spend most of your time in Family Tree Maker. Over the next few weeks I’ll spend some time explaining each section of the workspace in detail. You’ll find tips and… Read more