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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

Zooey Deschanel Finds Inspiration in One Woman’s Determination to Fight Slavery

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 12, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Zooey Deschanel knew her spitfire grandmother wasn’t the only strong woman in her family story. So on tonight’s all new Who Do You Think You Are? she sets out to learn more about the women in her past. Her quest takes her to Lancaster, PA — a hotbed of abolitionism in the mid-1800s — where she… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: August 12th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 12, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

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

Chelsea Handler Makes Peace With Her Grandfather’s Nazi Past

  …and Finds a Closer Connection to Her Heritage. Born to a Jewish father and German mother, comedienne Chelsea Handler has always embraced her Jewish side. But she also has fond memories of her maternal grandfather, Karl Stöker, “a strong and loving man.” Although he never talked about his experiences, she knows Karl served in… Read more

What Can Records Tell You About a Person’s Character? Chelsea Handler Finds Out Tonight.

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 6, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Records can tell you dates and places. But can they help you understand who a person really was? Raised Jewish, Chelsea Handler wanted to know more about her German grandfather — and was afraid of what she would find. On tonight’s Who Do You Think You Are? she struggles to understand the man she loved… Read more

Recent Releases: Saskatchewan Residents and Mounties, Texas Marriages and Divorces, Ads for Lost Irish

Posted by Paul Rawlins on August 5, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

For those of you with Saskatchewan roots, we have a lot of good news for you. We’ve teamed up with the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society to bring several new databases online. The Saskatchewan, Canada, Residents Index (SRI), 1800–2012, is the largest, with an index containing almost 3 million names from cemeteries, local history books, Cummins Maps,… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Occupation Concubine?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 2, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: I have an ancestor (Sarah Wagoner) that is listed as living with J.G. Thompson as a “servant/concubine” on the 1880, Henderson County, North Carolina census.  However, another census lists her as the wife of James Thompson.  What exactly does “servant/concubine” mean?  Was it common practice?  I appreciate any help you can give me on this.  Thanks, Nancy… Read more

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