Great and Grand Aunts

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 25, 2013 in Site, Family History Month

There are certain relationships that have specific names. The father of one of your parents is your grandfather. The mother of one of your parents is your grandmother. The sister of one of your parents is your aunt. And, you guessed it, the brother of one your parents is your uncle. But what about the… Read more

What’s Your Family History Story?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 25, 2013 in Site, Family History Month, Stories

Everyone has a unique family history story to tell, and we want to hear it. Whether you’re just getting started or already a seasoned genealogist, we’ve all had an “Aha!” moment or made a discovery that made us stop and think. This might be finding out that your great grandparents were abolitionists, or that you… Read more

Advanced Research Tip: Always Cite Your Sources and What does that Mean Anyway?

A source citation tells you where you found the information.  You remember those papers you wrote in college and high school and all the footnotes you wrote?  Yep.  Those things. I know what you are thinking…Really? Seriously?  You expect me to do that for my family tree? Yes. Two reasons: So you can find the… Read more

The Ripple Effect of People’s Lives

Posted by Earl Armstrong on October 23, 2013 in Family History Month, Guest Bloggers

  Nadine Gordimer, a 1991 Nobel Prize recipient for Literature once wrote, “Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.” I love this quote because it clarifies what every life story is about; “making sense of life.” We go about life with a… Read more

Making More Family Connections With AncestryDNA

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 22, 2013 in AncestryDNA, Family History Month

Did you take the AncestryDNA test? Do you have a lot of cousin matches? Are you not quite sure how you connect with each of those matches? Here is a plan to ensure that you get the most out of your AncestryDNA experience.   1. Remember how cousins are connected to you. First cousins mean… Read more

Three Cs: New Content from Connecticut, Canada, and Czechoslovakia

Posted by Paul Rawlins on October 22, 2013 in Site, Collections

If you haven’t heard of the World Memory Project, it’s our joint effort with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to create the largest free online resource for information about individual victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. So far, almost 3,000 volunteers have added more than 2,000,000 records. The latest are USHMM: Czechoslovakia, Selected Jewish… Read more

Top Tips for Italian Family History Research [VIDEO]

In case you missed last week’s episode of “The Barefoot Genealogist with Crista Cowan” discussing Top Tips for Italian Family History Research, here is the video and a run down of what was covered.   Roughly four million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1860 and 1920.  With economic problems in Italy, many Italians… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: October 21st Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 21, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Reference Desk

October is still Family History Month!   Make sure you don’t miss a thing — including these posts and videos from last week! Blog Posts Getting Started With Mexican Family History Research New Content: Probates, School Girls, BMDs, and Airplane Snacks Getting Started With Italian Genealogy The Newly Evolved AncestryDNA – More Detail Means More… Read more

Getting Started With Mexican Family History Research

Posted by Kathleen Cortez on October 18, 2013 in Site, Research

In years past, the general message to those attempting Latin American or Mexican genealogy was “Learn Spanish.” Thankfully, digitized and indexed resources now available on and other websites have lessened the need to be fluent in Spanish. As with any genealogy project, it is beneficial to know the resources and not simply rely on… Read more

New Content: Probates, School Girls, BMDs, and Airplane Snacks

Posted by Paul Rawlins on October 18, 2013 in Site, Content

Family historians love wills and probate records for the light they can shed on family relationships. This month, we’ve added two probate-related collections from the southern hemisphere: New South Wales, Australia, Index to Deceased Estate Files, 1923-1958 New Zealand, Notices of Deceased Estates, 1880-1950   U.S., School Catalogs, 1765-1935, is a fun hodgepodge of everything… Read more

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