Four Steps to Finding Your Civil War Ancestors

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 16, 2013 in Research

Have you ever wondered who your Civil War ancestors were?  We have guidelines to help you find them. Identify who you are looking for Gather the likely suspects. Pick someone to start researching and find his brothers and cousins. Which side did they probably fight for? Start searching for records. Gather the likely suspects When Read More

How Do I Know if a Vital Record Exists?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 15, 2013 in Research

Wouldn’t it be nice if all of our ancestors had birth, marriage and death records? And shouldn’t those records clearly and accurately state places and dates and relationships that will quickly grow our tree? Yes. In a perfect world.  And genealogy is not a perfect world. I know from census records that Wyatt Paul Gillespie Read More

The Blue and the Gray

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 15, 2013 in Website

Two Civil War veterans shaking hands at the 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg (1913).   What kind of rivalries have you found in your family history?       Photo Credit: Library of Congress  

Zooey Deschanel Finds Something to Believe In

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 14, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  Zooey Deschanel connects with a woman who defied convention to stand up against slavery — and is inspired to encourage the next generation of strong women. “This journey makes me want to be a better person and you can’t put a price on being inspired.”   Self-proclaimed “gung-ho” feminist Zooey Deschanel had always heard Read More

Grandparents “Words To Live By” Contest

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 14, 2013 in Contest

What’s the one thing you want your grandkids to know? Share your best advice and you could win a free AncestryDNA Kit.   You’ve seen it all and learned a lot along the way. Now, it’s your turn to share—whether the advice is your own or was passed down to you from your parents and Read More

What You Might Have Missed: August 12th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 12, 2013 in Website

Here are some great blog posts and videos that you might have missed recently. Enjoy! Blog Posts Ancestry.com Chelsea Handler Makes Peace With Her Grandfather’s Nazi Past Saskatchewan Residents and Mounties, Texas Marriages and Divorces, Ads for Lost Irish It’s Back to School Time! Fold3 Spotlights The Collapse of Ford’s Theater Reburying the Dead Marilyn Read More

It’s Back To School Time!

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 8, 2013 in In The Community

We just completed a special project in the San Francisco office today … putting together back-to-school kits consisting of pens, pencils, highlighters, post-its, and binders for 6th graders at Visitacion Valley Middle School. It is one of the many ways Ancestry.com tries to give back to the various communities we serve, online – and off. Read More