A Message from Scott Sorensen – Chief Technology Officer

Posted by Scott Sorensen on August 31, 2013 in Site Status

We understand the recent site issues have caused disruptions in service to you, our loyal customers. Given that a number of members have asked for more details about the problems we’ve been experiencing recently, I wanted to write a note to all our members to give you an update. First, let me emphasize that we… Read more

Macht So! Why Learning The Mother Tongue is The Key to Family History Nirvana

Posted by Pam Velazquez on August 30, 2013 in Site

This article is written by our very own family historian, Michelle Ercanbrack. “Ercanbrack? Hmm, sounds German, right?” Actually, it’s a very Anglicized, butchered form of a formerly German surname. Family legend states that the original German name was “Erchenbrecht” or “Erkenbrecht” and that two brothers by that name came to the American colonies. Over… Read more

Leaving Your Legacy

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 30, 2013 in Site, Stories

Have you ever wished some of the younger members of your family had more interest in family history? A great way to get that interest started is with stories about people they know—like you! Just in time for Grandparents Day, September 8, we teamed up with to come up with some ideas for engaging… Read more

New Records: NY Soldiers and NSW Teachers

Posted by Paul Rawlins on August 29, 2013 in Site

Quiz: Which state sent the most soldiers to fight in World War I? That would be New York. You’ll find records for half a million of them in New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919, including nurses:   We’re approaching the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I, and you’ll… Read more

Cindy Crawford: Turning 1,000 Hours of Research into One Hour of Television

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 28, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  How do you get from Cindy Crawford back to Charlemagne in one hour?  Things might happen fast on television, but behind the scenes, it took months to research Cindy’s tree. Only the records that were essential stepping stones could be included in her story, and a few important steps we took along the way… Read more

[TUNE IN] Cindy Crawford Discovers How a U.S. Census Record Can Start a Journey Across Oceans and Centuries

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 27, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  International supermodel Cindy Crawford has humble roots as an “American mutt” in the Midwest, where her family has lived for generations. But she wonders about the rest of her story. Where did it begin? She starts with an intriguing family question: is she related to Ernest Hemingway through the Hemingway branch of her own… Read more

What’s New: CT Work Stubs, NV Deaths, More JewishGen

Posted by Paul Rawlins on August 26, 2013 in Site, Searching for Records

  New records released ranged from New England to the Nevada desert. By 1882 child labor advocates were gaining ground, and in Connecticut, working children between 8 and 14 had to attend at least 12 weeks of school. In 1895, children under 14 were prohibited from working at “gainful employment” at all. In 1903, the… Read more

It’s National Dog Day! Did Your Ancestors Have Dogs?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 26, 2013 in Reference Desk

I love my two dogs, Coco and Belle.  I remember the dogs I had as a kid:  Boomer, Peppy and Caesar.  I can remember my dad talking about his dog Smokey and how he claimed that the one time he ever got in trouble was because he tied Smokey to the water heater.    I believe… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: August 26th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 26, 2013 in Site

Here are some great blog posts and videos that you might have missed this past week. Enjoy! Blog Posts Exciting Ancestry Site Updates! Chris O’Donnell Searches For His Father’s Lineage – Finds History of Courage, Patriotism and Devotion New Records: Idaho Comings and Goings, Eight Holocaust Indexes Fold3 Spotlights Escaping Stalag Luft III: Part… Read more

Exciting Ancestry Site Updates!

Posted by Pam Velazquez on August 23, 2013 in Site, Site Features

Today, we’re letting a couple of our product managers tell you about some exciting website updates that will make your family history research a bit easier, and – we hope – a bit more fun! Without further ado, here they are. New in Interactive Viewer – Related Content Panel We’re really excited to offer this… Read more

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