Crista Cowan Speaking at The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

Posted by Kristie Wells on July 31, 2013 in Events

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conference (IAJGS) is being held in Boston on August 4th – 9th, and our own Crista Cowan will be leading three sessions during this event: Sunday 1:45-3:00pm EDT - Getting Started with Monday 5:00-6:15pm EDT - Finding Your Jewish Roots on Thursday 3:30-4:45 EDT - Best Search Strategies on… Read more

Begin with what you know: Christina Applegate

Stage and screen star Christina Applegate’s father, Robert, has lived with a troubling mystery his entire life — just who was his mother? Raised by his paternal grandparents, Robert has only fleeting memories of his mother. Christina sets out to find her story. She starts with one valuable piece of information: Robert’s birth certificate. She learns… Read more

Tonight, One Record Launches Christina Applegate’s Journey to Solve a Family Mystery

Posted by Pam Velazquez on July 30, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Almost everyone has a missing detail or a lingering question in their family history. For Christina Applegate, it is the mystery of her father, Robert’s, parents, especially the mother he never knew. On tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? she uses the one clue she has, Robert’s birth certificate, to search for… Read more

Recent Releases on – Oregon Adoptions, Mexican-American War Volunteers, London Knights and Bankrupts

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 26, 2013 in Site, Content

We didn’t want you to miss any of these little gems while recovering from temporary fireworks-induced blindness, excessive barbecue intake, parade fatigue, or simply a really bad sunburn, so here are some of the new records released earlier this summer:   Adoptions can be fantastic for families but hard on genealogists. But you may be… Read more

Royal Prince to Inspire 1400 Extra Georges in the Year 2014

Posted by on July 25, 2013 in Site

First, congrats to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first son, George Alexander Louis. Now that their little bundle of joy has been named, our UK office has predicted ‘George’ will be the fourth most popular baby name in the United Kingdom in 2014, with 1,400 more Georges to be… Read more

Browsing Records on [Video]

Posted by Crista Cowan on July 25, 2013 in Searching for Records

Did you know that not all records on are indexed? Even when there is an index available, sometimes it is useful to view an entire set of passenger lists or a whole neighborhood in the census to find the information you need. In this video, we share how to use the “browse” features for… Read more

New Releases on – Habeas Corpus, Texas Probate, New York Naturalization Records and More

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 24, 2013 in Site

In case you might have missed them while you were lounging by the pool or draped in the front of the air conditioner (trust us, we feel your pain), here are some of the new collections that launched this past week. Writs in Washington D.C., Habeas Corpus Case Records, 1820–1863, include folks who found themselves… Read more

Kelly Clarkson Discovers Strength Runs Deep Through Her American Roots

“It’s just cool to know your story – not your own, but your family’s.” – Kelly Clarkson Do strong opinions and commitments to causes run in the family? That’s what pop superstar Kelly Clarkson wonders as her mother begins researching their shared family story. Kelly’s mother has already built a family tree on and… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? is Back Tonight with Kelly Clarkson

Experience everything you love about family history in 43 fascinating minutes on the season premiere of Who Do You Think You Are? One-hundred-and-fifty years after the start of the Civil War, Grammy-winner Kelly Clarkson discovers her great-great-great-grandfather enlisted with the Union — twice. And she sets out to learn if her own strength and commitment… Read more

Already taken the AncestryDNA test? Here are 4 reasons to test other family members.

Posted by Stephen Baloglu on July 22, 2013 in AncestryDNA

If you’ve already taken the AncestryDNA test, you may think you’re done. You could DNA test your other family members, but they will have similar results as you, right? Well, not quite. You inherited your DNA from your ancestors and so did the rest of your family, but like most inheritances, it can be complex.… Read more

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