What You Might Have Missed: September 17th edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on September 17, 2013 in Research, Website

Here are some great blog posts and videos that you might have missed this past week. Enjoy! Blog Posts Ancestry.com Ancestry.com helps the authors of Empty Mansions uncover the surprising American story of Huguette Clark New Content: Nonconformists, Military Registers, Cali Marriages, and the Baker Roll Jim Parsons Finds Storied Ancestors from New Orleans to Read More

FedEx Day (a.k.a Hack Day) is a Fun Way to Introduce Innovation and Encourage Collaboration – and Improve Your Website

Posted by Bill Yetman on September 14, 2013 in Development, Inside our Offices

I’m taking a break from writing about “Adventures in Big Data” to focus on another passion – how to inspire collaboration and innovation within your organization. At Ancestry.com, we hold a FedEx Day twice a year, and try to make a big deal out of the event. The idea to run our own FedEx Day Read More

Ancestry.com helps the authors of Empty Mansions uncover the surprising American story of Huguette Clark

Posted by Pam Velazquez on September 13, 2013 in Website

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune  Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman Read More

New Content: Nonconformists, Military Registers, Cali Marriages, and the Baker Roll

Posted by Paul Rawlins on September 13, 2013 in Collections, Website

Not everybody comes to the U.S. via New York. Maryland, Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes, 1910-1954, is just that, an image-only collection of crew lists for both ships and planes that arrived in Baltimore during the first half of the 20th century. If your English ancestors were nonconforming types—you know, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and the Read More

AncestryDNA Makes Scientific Breakthrough in West African Ethnicity

Posted by Julie Granka on September 12, 2013 in DNA, Science

The AncestryDNA science team presented the results of their latest research today at the Smithsonian Institute’s symposium on The African Diaspora in Washington D.C. Using unique proprietary DNA samples and a variety of statistical approaches, our science team has been able to separate West Africa into six separate population groups based on genetic data.  This Read More

Tips for Translating Records

Posted by Juliana Szucs on September 11, 2013 in Research

Your family tree has roots beyond America’s shores. For many of us, crossing the pond with our research can mean language challenges, but with a little help, it’s possible to make sense of foreign records.  It’s just a matter of using clues and translation tools to puzzle things out. And who doesn’t like a good Read More