Trisha Yearwood: Calling All Winsletts

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

  Trisha Yearwood’s 5th great-grandfather, Samuel Winslett, died in 1829 in Georgia, the patriarch of a large family. Our research showed that over the years he received multiple land grants in Georgia, including in 1769 before the Revolutionary War. But as we searched for Samuel Winslett in Georgia records before 1769, we did not find… Read more

What Do You Get When You Combine Cats, a Doll and Jump Rope?

Posted by Kristie Wells on September 5, 2013 in Cool Finds

We came across this ‘Playtime” photo in the Library of Congress Photo Collection and was going to add it to our ‘Cool Finds’ catalog, but think we might need to start a new one called ‘Oddities’. Based on the doll pictured here, any guess as to when this photo was taken? and FamilySearch to Make a Billion Global Records Available Online

Posted by Crista Cowan on September 5, 2013 in Company News, Content, Digitization

The following press release was issued this afternoon by and FamilySearch. Groundbreaking Agreement to Deliver Valuable Historical Content Over the Next Five Years PROVO, Utah, September 5, 2013 – and FamilySearch International (online at, the two largest providers of family history resources, announced today an agreement that is expected to make approximately… Read more

A Simple Question Sends Trisha Yearwood on a Journey Through the Turbulent Life of Her Immigrant Ancestor

Posted by Kristie Wells on September 3, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  As a country music superstar, Trisha Yearwood has sung her share of emotional songs. But on tonight’s Who Do You Think You Are? she discovers that her 5x great-grandfather’s life actually sounds like one. Trisha begins her journey with a simple question: who was the first person in her Winslett family line to set… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: September 2nd Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on September 2, 2013 in Site

Here are some great blog posts and videos that you might have missed this past week. Enjoy! Blog Posts Ask Ancestry Anne: How DNA Solved a Murder Mystery Macth So! Why Learning The Mother Tongue is The Key to Family Nirvana Leaving Your Legacy New Records: NY Soldiers and NSW Teachers Cindy Crawford: Turning… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: How DNA Solved a Murder Mystery

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on September 1, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: I use Family Tree Maker but have not yet posted my tree on I just ordered and received my DNA Kit and watched The Barefoot Genealogist’s (Crista Cowan) great YouTube videos on DNA. (Frequently Asked Questions about DNA: Part 1 and Part 2) If I get my DNA results before I post my… Read more

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