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1940 Census Indexes for Six More States—CO, OH, PA, TN, VT, and VA

Posted by Juliana Smith on June 30, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site

This week Ancestry.com launched 1940 census indexes for six more states—Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.  Who are you looking for and what stories will you discover? Here are some well-known names that we’ve run across. Tina Turner While the unincorporated town of Nutbush doesn’t really have “city limits” as the name of the… Read more

1940 Census Update – Six More States Now Searchable By Name

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 29, 2012 in Company News, Content

What do Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia all have in common? Early this morning, fully indexed census records for each those six states were put online. All images for the 1940 census have been online and fully available to you since the first week of April. But, the completion of these indexes now… Read more

Got Scandinavian? Why your DNA results may have unexpected ethnicities

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on June 22, 2012 in AncestryDNA

Recent research from Oxford University shows a wide range of genetic influences throughout the British Isles, hinting at a long history of invasions and settlement by groups from across the European continent throughout history. Now where have we heard that before? Oh, that’s right! AncestryDNA™ has seen similar results in the data from our new… Read more

Seven Reasons To Share Your Family History

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 21, 2012 in MyCanvas, Social Media

In the Barefoot Genealogist broadcast this morning, I shared a few ideas for publishing your family history. The two most important things I shared had nothing at all to do with the actual process of creating the chart or book. Don’t wait until you are finished! If you wait until you are “finished” with your… Read more

War of 1812

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on June 13, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site

On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain officially launching the War of 1812. In the 200 years since, it has become a forgotten war, perhaps best remembered by school children as when The Star-Spangled Bannerwas written. Yet, the War of 1812 was strategically important to the future of American diplomacy, a reinforced… Read more

Ray Bradbury: A Legacy Remembered

Posted by Paul Rawlins on June 7, 2012 in Stories

While I was glancing at headlines yesterday, I saw that Ray Bradbury passed away. I read “All of Summer in a Day” back in elementary school and have never forgotten it. I re-read Fahrenheit 451 a year or so ago and was startled by some of the details Bradbury included in his future world that… Read more

Who Will You Discover In New York?

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 6, 2012 in Content

On a spring day in 1940, census taker Joseph D Donohue walked into a Manhattan neighborhood to begin his official enumeration for the 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Did he know beforehand that he would be knocking on the doors of some of the most famous people of his time to ask them some very personal… Read more

New York 1940 – Now Search by Name

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on June 5, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

13.5 million people lived in New York in 1940. And you can search for any one of them now by name in the just-launched 1940 U.S. Federal Census index for the Empire State on Ancestry.com. New York was the country’s biggest state in 1940 and its census pages are filled with fascinating folks. We’ve already… Read more

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