Daughters of Utah Pioneers

Posted by Kristie Wells on November 30, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Societies

During a recent trip to Salt Lake City, I stopped by the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers (ISDUP, DUP) and the Pioneer Memorial Museum. The Daughters of Utah Pioneers was organized 11 April 1901 in Salt Lake City when Annie Taylor Hyde, a daughter of John Taylor (president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), invited a group of… Read more

What Kind of Beard Did Your Ancestor Sport?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 29, 2013 in Cool Finds, Holidays

We hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving yesterday! Now as the smell of turkey disappears and the food coma fades, we wanted to share a fun photo we found in our Library of Congress Database and a good cause. Movember is a global organization dedicated to generating awareness and raising funds for men’s health issues. Movember… Read more

Thanksgivukkah and Family History

Posted by Crista Cowan on November 28, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Research

Hanukkah began last night.  For the first time since 1888, the Jewish holiday coincides with Thanksgiving here in the United States. Not only that, but Thanksgivukkah will not happen for another 79,000 years.  So, families are finding unique ways to celebrate the two holidays together.  I’ve seen turkey menorahs and fall colored dreidels.  I even… Read more

Every Picture Contains a Story

Posted by Earl Armstrong on November 27, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Stories

How many times have you heard that a “picture is worth a thousand words”? Finding old family photographs is every genealogist’s dream. Ancestry users understand the priceless value of a picture from the past, even a faded or damaged one. With the tools we have today, they can be repaired right on the computer screen… Read more

New Content: Vets, Criminals, Immigrants, and Engineers

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 27, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

It’s been a good week for new content, a little something to be thankful for as you get ready for the holiday. Pennsylvania offered veterans bonus compensation claimed by men in the Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Applications, WWII, 1950, database. You’ll find more than 1,100 sketches of immigrants or immigrant families in New England, The Great Migration and… Read more

New Content: British Quakers, Hawaiian Passengers, and AP Stories

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 26, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

The Non-Parochial Register Act of 1840 required Quaker registers of births, marriages, and burials prior to 30 June 1837 be turned over to the Registrar General in London. You’ll find 500,000 names from those records in England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837. We’ve added almost 1.5 million new records to the Honolulu,… Read more