Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Moments in Time


150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: November 19th

President Abraham Lincoln’s iconic speech came four months after a fierce, three-day battle in July 1863 that left more than 7,000 soldiers dead and 40,000 wounded. It was delivered on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and remains one of the best-known speeches in American history.


Join us, Fold3 and The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a simple yet eloquent plan—to plant one tree for each of the 620,000 soldiers who died, as a living memorial for their individual and combined sacrifices.


50th Anniversary of the Assassination of JFK: November 22nd

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK), the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. The news rocked the world and remains one of the most controversial moments of our time.


For those of you alive during this time, where were you when you heard the news of the president’s death?



About Kristie Wells

Kristie is Ancestry's Head of Global Social Media and Online Support Community and is responsible for developing and managing the company's social media and social business offerings worldwide. She works with a team of community managers, genealogists and social content developers to help educate Ancestry's existing customers, inspire new family historians and expand awareness into new social audiences and communities. She has a deep love of family history and is currently trying to break through the brick wall of her Christophier line (that was supposedly French and Catalan, but it seems was really the Christopher's from Iowa) and to one day prove where the heck William Wells of Southhold, NY (b. 1608) was really born.


Rosanne Anderson 

my son had his dna done through you and was quite disappointed that our native american indian didn’t show up…. and we know for a fact that we have it

November 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm

@ Rosanne-this is a good question and one that DNA may take time to uncover. Couple of things to think about when looking at your DNA results:
1. Your results are based on our latest research. As our database grows and science makes new discoveries about populations, our reference panels will get even more refine, and your ethnicity results will be updated, and some aspects of them may change.
2. If you don’t see a particular ethnicity in your results, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist in your past. It could be that you didn’t inherit the particular part of DNA that shows up in a reference panel for that ethnicity. Get another family member tested to see whether they inherited DNA that reflects that ethnicity. Test someone a generation older if you can, they may have inherited that particular DNA for that region that wasn’t passed down to you.

If you look at my Mom’s results and compare them to mine, she didn’t pass down any of her Italy/Greece region to me. None of that showed up in me or my sister. Since you only get 50% of your DNA from each of your parents-it’s impossible to pass down everything. And the 50% you do get, is random so until you get tested you don’t know what will show up. I would recommend getting another family member tested (one generation older-if you can). Good luck with your research.

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