Team Fun in Teamwork

Posted by Tyler Jensen on October 31, 2013 in Inside our Offices

Today is Halloween and my whole team got into it. I brought the costumes and they graciously agreed to wear them long enough to join the company costume contest. The Search Services Team Humor warning — we didn’t win the contest but we did experience collective shame and humiliation–or what we prefer to call team Read More

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 Family History Month, Research, Website

  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

Ancestry.com to Present at Upcoming Tech Conferences in New York City

Posted by Scott Sorensen on October 28, 2013 in DNA, Events, Operations

At Ancestry.com we face all sorts of exciting technology challenges to grow our business and support the company’s mission of helping everyone discover, preserve, and share their family history. This week, I’m excited to share some of the learnings we’ve had along the way in leveraging our data to help users make more meaningful discoveries 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, Site Features

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