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Israel Arbeiter: Ready to Return to the United States

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 30, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

After 8 days that took him from Warsaw, Poland to his native city of Plock in Poland, to Krakow and finally into Germany, where he gained his freedom in 1945, Izzy is tired. At 87 years old he has the right to be. After seeing his parents and brother shipped off and murdered at Treblinka,… Read more

Museum About Making of American People Is Proposed for Washington, DC

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 28, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Sam Eskenazi, Director, Coalition for the National Museum of the American People While genealogy focuses on our individual family ancestors, in the United States we are also part of larger ethnic and cultural groups: Irish Americans, German Americans, African Americans, Scottish Americans and on and on. And some of our family lines might… Read more

American roots — tonight on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on April 27, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Actor Rob Lowe’s is hoping to discover a connection to the “real heroes” who helped establish America. But what he finds instead is the story of a soldier who fought against George Washington — but who then turned out to be quintessentially American. The details are unique, but it’s a story most of us recognize:… Read more

Prisoner A18651 Returns to Auschwitz

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 27, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org The majority of Holocaust survivors have not the desire nor the will to return to the place where they lived through the most disturbing moments of their life and watched others die in ways still not easy to… Read more

Izzy Arbeiter Waves Goodbye to Plock

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 26, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org Israel Arbeiter said his final goodbye today to his home city of Plock, Poland. At 87, Arbeiter will most likely never again be healthy enough to return to the city that gave him life 87 years ago, but… Read more

1940 Census: Add D.C. to That Index List

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on April 26, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Last night we launched another indexed location, this time the District of Columbia. And you can find some amazing people in it. First, you’ll find the likely suspects – like President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and J. Edgar Hoover. Plus interesting tots including a one-year-old Marvin Gaye. With the addition of the District of Columbia, we… Read more

Israel Arbeiter Returns To Plock

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 25, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org Israel Arbeiter was 14 when the Germans took over his city of Plock, Poland on September 3, 1939. There were an estimated 10,000 Jews living in Plock (pronounced Plotsk) in 1939. You would be hard pressed to find a handful… Read more

Ancestry.com to Acquire Archives.com

Posted by Heather Erickson on April 25, 2012 in Company News

If you haven’t already heard or seen the news, we wanted to let you know that we have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Archives.com. You may already know of Archives.com – a fast-growing family history site that has clearly attracted new users to family history with a product that is easy to use… Read more

Israel Arbeiter Lands in Poland

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 24, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org Just prior to boarding our Lufthansa flight from Boston’s Logan airport to Munich, Germany and then on to Warsaw, Poland I gave Holocaust survivor Israel Arbeiter a copy of a book I just finished. It’s called “Auschwitz” by… Read more

Ancestry.com: Mother’s Day Pays Tribute to Mom

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 23, 2012 in Social Media

This Mother’s Day, we celebrate moms. And the things they pass down to us. What’s the most important thing your mom passed down to you? A few of us at Ancestry.com answered that question. Head to our Facebook page to enter our Mother’s Day Sweepstakes and get a chance to win a genealogy kit for… Read more

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