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Unmasking The Lone Ranger’s Leading Men: Real Life Heroes in Hammer and Depp’s Family Trees

Posted by Ancestry.com on June 26, 2013 in Family Trees, Stories

Before there was the Lone Ranger and Tonto, there was… Elizabeth Key and Chief Kanagatucko? New research from Ancestry.com reveals both Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp – the leading actors of Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lone Ranger” – are direct descendants of two real American freedom fighters. Armie Hammer Is Descended from Cherokee Chief Kanagatucko and… Read more

Genealogy Education in 140 or Less

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 24, 2013 in Research Helps, Social Media

Every ten days or so I head on over to Tweetchat.com to host a genealogy conversation 140 characters at a time. I usually hang out there for an hour and a half or so, answering questions about a whole variety of topics – research methodologies, how to search effectively, where to find records for a… Read more

AncestryDNA: Search Surnames and Locations

Posted by Ancestry.com on June 24, 2013 in AncestryDNA

Are you ready for some new tools to help process your hundreds (or thousands) of AncestryDNA matches? DNA is turning out to be a fantastic and fascinating new tool for family history research. As the AncestryDNA database continues to grow, so does the number of potential matches you receive. To help turn more of those… Read more

First Woman Homesteader Found At Ancestry.com and Fold3

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 18, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Professional genealogist Gail Blankenau recently solved an ongoing mystery: Who was the first woman to secure a homestead in her own right through the Homestead Act of 1862? The answer can now be revealed thanks to family history records available at both Ancestry.com and Fold3: Mary Myers, a widow, of Gage County, Nebraska. Myers applied… Read more

Join Ancestry and “Journey Through Generations” at FGS 2013

Posted by Pam Velazquez on June 17, 2013 in Events

Ancestry.com is pleased to join the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) at its annual conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 21-24, 2013. Take advantage of the early bird pricing, register before July 1st and save $50. Register today!   The FGS conference has something for every genealogist – beginner, intermediate, advanced, and professional. Session topics… Read more

The Birth Record is Missing. What Can I Do?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 3, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question:  My father, Harold John Cooley, was born on 2/28/1918 in Melville, Stutsman County, ND.  The Court House burned down many years ago and I have been unable to find any kind of birth record.  My father did not have a copy and neither did his siblings.  What can I do? – D Messer Answer:… Read more

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