Major Milestones in Family History

This month we are celebrating Family History Month. I hope you have enjoyed the tips, tricks and insider secrets we’ve been sharing here on the blog, on our Livestream broadcasts, and on our Facebook page. Look forward to even more genealogy goodness as the month continues. In the midst of all this celebrating, I thought… Read more

Ancestry Anne’s Top Ten Ways to Use to Gain Historical Perspective

We all know that newspapers can give us obits, marriage and birth announcements – but don’t stop there. Newspapers are the window into our ancestors lives. Have you ever read the newspaper they read? My great grandparents James and Sudie Turner lived in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1951. So I scanned the offerings over at… Read more

Ancestry Anne’s Top Ten Things You Need to Know about Fold3 Military Records

Wars have created genealogy gold mines about our ancestors.  Registration records. Service records. Pensions. Photos. And More. There is no end to what you might find about your ancestors. Not only are there the usual family history facts such as who was related to who, when they were born and died, and where they lived,… Read more

The Genealogist’s Toolkit: Beyond

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 9, 2013 in Family History Month

Last week, we provided the ‘Genealogist’s Toolkit’ to help get you started as a family history researcher. We went back to our genealogy expert, Juliana Smith, and asked her to provide additional resources that you should consider, and love the list she came back with. While these may not be considered your typical genealogy tools, you’d be surprised how… Read more

Meet Ed Kolenda – Winner of the Star Of Your Family Contest!

Posted by Kristie Wells on October 8, 2013 in Contest

  The old saying goes, you can’t win if you don’t enter – and Ed Kolenda can surely attest to that! Ed submitted a compelling video entry for our “Star Of Your Family contest” and subsequently, won! Ed was born 28 June 1936 in Poland, the son of Piotr “Peter” Doszyń and Joanna Jara. According to family information, both… Read more

An Update from Scott Sorensen – Chief Technology Officer

Posted by Scott Sorensen on October 7, 2013 in Site Status

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve provided you with an update on our site performance, so I wanted to take a step away from working with our team on our site to tell you about what we’ve been up to behind the scenes. As I mentioned in my last post, the amount of data… Read more

Ancestry Anne’s Top Ten Free Data Collections on

Don’t you just love the word Free? It’s one of my favorites! So just to start the week off right here are 10 free data collections on  You have to be registered, but not a subscriber. 1880 Census  This is the first census where the U.S Government decided to record relationship to head of… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: October 7th Edition

October is Family History Month!  And we have all sorts of goodies planned for you.  Make sure you don’t miss a thing — including these posts and videos from last week! Blog Posts Ancestry Anne’s Top Ten Rules for Growing Your Family Tree The Genealogist’s Toolkit Upcoming Events in Atlanta, New York and San… Read more

Ancestry Anne’s Top Ten Rules for Growing Your Family Tree

When I first started my tree on, well, I made a big mess.  I mean a big mess!  Way too many people, relationships that didn’t make sense.  Confusion as far as the eye could see.  I have since learned my lesson, and here are ten rules I wish I had known when I got… Read more

The Genealogist’s Toolkit

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 3, 2013 in Family History Month, Research

  Like a good craftsman, a genealogist needs to have the right tools to get the job done. Not having the proper resources or even knowing a resource exists can cause a lot of headaches and be a waste of your time researching a dead end. We asked resident expert Juliana Smith for a list of resources to help… Read more

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