Israel Arbeiter Returns to Poland

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

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit How much inner strength must a man have to be able to revisit places where he experienced indescribable horrors? Israel Arbeiter has spent the past seven decades keeping a promise. That promise was to tell as many people… Read more

1940: Why There’s Nevada and Delaware But No Other Indexes … Yet

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on April 19, 2012 in Content

It’s our number one question on the blog, to our member services agents, on Facebook, everywhere: Why can’t I search by name in my ancestor’s state in the 1940 census yet? Seems like we should have an easy answer for it, and we do – because it takes time. But that answer resonates about as… Read more

U.S. City Directories: One Database, a Billion Records, and a Lot of Answers

Posted by Paul Rawlins on April 19, 2012 in Content

If you’re like me, the 1940 census was full of surprises—like my own parents not living where they were supposed to be living. Enter U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta). We’ve had city directories on the site for years. They can be a great source for names, addresses, and occupations. They’re printed more often than censuses.… Read more

Prisoner A18651: Israel Arbeiter

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 18, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit “Hitler tried to kill me. I’m still alive. He’s dead”. Israel Arbeiter, the author of those words, turned 87 within the past week. If you had asked him in 1939 whether he would have lived this long he… Read more

1940 U.S. Census: So Many Questions Waiting to be Answered

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 17, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Anna and Joe Dansbury William Dansbury’s first wife died in 1938, leaving him with three small children. By 1942 he married his first wife’s cousin, my grandmother, Anna Steffes, and had another baby boy. I’m not exactly sure how quickly he remarried but 1940 is a critical year. Were they married yet? Or was my… Read more

Living people in your family tree

Posted by Aaron Orr on April 12, 2012 in Site

Do you have living people in your Ancestry family tree? It’s great to add your children, siblings, cousins, and other living relatives, but how are living people protected? At there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure information about living people stays private.  The first thing we do… Read more

Setting Sail Into The Unknown

Posted by Crista Cowan on April 10, 2012 in Content

One hundred years ago today the Titanic set out on her maiden voyage amid much fanfare.  So much has been written and produced about that fateful voyage that anything I try to write sounds like so much cliché.  But I have been thinking about the trips my own ancestors took as they immigrated to America.… Read more

1940 Census – All images and our first two indexed states now online

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on April 9, 2012 in Site, Content

What a difference a week makes. Since the National Archives released the 1940 Census to us last Monday, we’ve been hard at work to get every one of the 3.8 million 1940 Census images online. And while we were at it, we indexed two of the states, Nevada and Delaware, and made them searchable by… Read more

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