AncestryDNA: Ethnicity Update

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 31, 2013 in AncestryDNA

If you’ve taken an AncestryDNA test then I’m sure you have noticed a few changes we’ve made recently. In this episode of “The Barefoot Genealogist”, AncestryDNA team members, Anna Swayne, joins expert genealogist Crista Cowan to talk about the latest updates with your DNA results.   First, let’s explain a little bit about what happens… Read more

Haunting the Dead: Death and Burial Records in Family History

Posted by Kathleen Cortez on October 31, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Research

  Searching for Death Historically, death was a constant companion. The grim reaper lurked in the shadows waiting to claim his next victim. Our ancestors dealt with the prospect of an early death from many conditions, which are now easily mended. Many women died in childbirth. Accidents, disease, and plague claimed millions. Death and burial… Read more

Using HSV-1 to Track Past Human Migrations

Posted by Kristie Wells on October 30, 2013 in AncestryDNA

While we know that we take our DNA with us when we migrate, we can also take along the DNA of any microorganisms or viruses that we’re infected with. A new study from Aaron W. Kolb and Curtis R. Brandt (Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences) and Cécile Ané (Department of Botany), all at the University… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: My Ancestor Moved Around a Lot and Didn’t Leave Many Records — Now What?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 27, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Member Connect

Question: I have been researching my paternal grandfather for many years without luck.  He was born Edward James Wilson, to parents James Joseph Wilson and Eliza Jane Young (Irish) on 29 August 1887, New York City.  He also used alias names – Frederick and Ernest.  On his enlistment in the Canadian army he stated his… Read more

Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1960

Posted by Kristie Wells on October 26, 2013 in Cool Finds

  Ever wondered why your mom picked the name Lisa for you? Or Michelle? Or why everyone you know born in the 1970′s is seemingly named Jennifer? Was it due to some historical event taking place during that time? Were you named after a movie star or a character in a popular TV show? Or… Read more