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

Posted by Pam Velazquez on August 30, 2013 in Website

This article is written by our very own Ancestry.com 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 Szucs on August 30, 2013 in Website

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 Grandparents.com 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 Website

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

[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

Life Balance at Ancestry.com

Posted by Tyler Jensen on August 27, 2013 in Inside our Offices

So much has been written on the subject of work-life balance that it has become an Internet cliché, an overloaded phrase with nearly as many interpretations as there are Google results (247 million). Nearly every employer’s website claims a great work-life balance, which has become marketing fluff that enjoys very little credibility with many considering Read More

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

Posted by Paul Rawlins on August 26, 2013 in Website

  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