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

  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

Going Beyond Census and Vital Records Research

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 30, 2013 in Site, Collections, Research

We have made it our mission to bring as many records online as possible, and now have over 30,000 collections for you to peruse when researching your family history. Censuses, vital records, city directories and the like are among the most commonly searched databases on our site, which makes sense as these records have the type… Read more

Today’s Death Record Challenge: Who cracked Gracsok’s skull?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 30, 2013 in Site, Contest

Who was John Gracsok, and how did he end up dead from a blow to the head? Was it as revenge? A family feud? Was he just clumsy? Death records can hold the answers to lots of your family history questions. So after you’ve solved the Gracsok mystery, make sure to come back to the… Read more

Advanced Research Tip: Five Things You Should Do With Every Record

So you find a record.  It could be through a hint or a search or something is sent to you in the mail.  You attach it to your tree.  Are you done?  No, of course not!  (This would be a very short post if you were done.) So what do you do before you move… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: October 28th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 28, 2013 in Site, Reference Desk

Family History Month is almost over, but we aren’t done yet! Make sure you don’t miss a thing — including these posts and videos from last week! Blog Posts Ask Ancestry Anne: My Ancestor Moved Around a Lot and Didn’t Leave Many Records — Now What? Most Popular Baby Girls Names Since 1960 Great… Read more

Today’s Death Record Challenge: A train crash couldn’t kill him. What could?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 28, 2013 in Site, Contest

  When legendary railroad engineer John Luther “Casey” Jones selflessly stayed at the helm of his doomed train in 1900, he saved countless lives. But this mystery is only about one of them — the fireman Casey told to jump as the train careened out of control, surely sparing him from a grisly death. Today’s… 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

Just in time for Halloween, the Death Record Challenge is back!

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 26, 2013 in Site, Contest

  Test your sleuthing skills and win prizes by solving mysteries and legends using the power of, the world’s largest online family history resource. From October 26 until Halloween at midnight you’ll get three chances to play detective and dive into Death Record collections. Each challenge takes you to a new time and… Read more

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