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

Posted by Paul Rawlins on October 18, 2013 in Collections, Website

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

The Genealogist’s Toolkit: Ethnic Research

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 17, 2013 in Family History Month, Research, Website

Once you have built your family tree a bit and have gotten into the “greats”, past your grandparents and farther back into other centuries, research methodologies and best practices start to evolve depending on your specific ethnicity. Research for each ethnicity is different and requires its own tailored approach for maximum success. Research Guides The Read More

AncestryDNA: part of the scientific community

Posted by Julie Granka on October 16, 2013 in DNA, Science

Next week, the AncestryDNA science team will be flying across the country with a tube full of posters. Scientific posters, that is.  We’ll be presenting them at the annual American Society of Human Genetics conference (ASHG) in Boston.  This will mark AncestryDNA’s second year presenting our latest research at the largest worldwide conference in human Read More

Starting African American Family History Research

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 16, 2013 in Family History Month, Research, Website

There’s a common misconception that African Americans can’t trace their ancestry due to the obstacles posed by slavery.  Fortunately for African Americans today, that’s not really the case. Yes – African American research poses a unique set of challenges, but these obstacles can be overcome in many cases. Our expert team here at Ancestry.com has Read More

DevOps: A Disruptive Innovation?

Posted by John Esser on October 14, 2013 in Development

One of the most frequent questions I get when speaking at conferences or with other industry folks is, “How do I get DevOps going at my company?” Always a great question, but not always easy to answer. Obviously, there are a lot of factors and issues to consider.  So a lot of the time I Read More