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What Did You Discover In 2013?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 31, 2013 in Stories

Whether you have been doing research for a long time, or just started a few months ago, you know that every day can bring new possibilities and discoveries. Take a moment to think about where you started, and all that you’ve discovered about your ancestors. The New Year is upon us and that means another… Read more

Spotlight: Three American Red Cross Nurses

Posted by Juliana Smith on December 28, 2013 in Collections

Sometimes we run across stories in our collections that just beg to be told. Meet three courageous nurses from the American Red Cross who served in Siberia during the Russian Revolution. Members can browse or search the U.S., American Red Cross Nurse Files, 1916-1959 on Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com: Red Cross Nurses from Ancestry.com

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 25, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

Merry Christmas from the Ancestry.com team! We hope the holidays are a joyous occasion for you and your loved ones. For Christmas this year, we scoured our databases for images that show what Christmas might have been like for our ancestors. Here are a few of our favorites for you to enjoy:  

What Are You Asking Santa For?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 24, 2013 in Holidays

Many of us remember sitting on Santa’s lap, giving him the long list of toys and other items we wished he’d deliver to us on Christmas morning. We imagine your lists have changed as your wants and needs have over the years, and wondered … If Santa could bring you anything genealogy-related, what would you… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: December 23rd Edition

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 23, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

You were probably busy getting ready for the holidays last week, so catch up with some of the things we’ve been doing in the Ancestry.com world! Here’s the review: Blog Posts Ancestry.com Share Your Family Recipe with Ancestry! Preserve your Photos and Documents Like an Expert! Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus… Recipes from… Read more

Collection Spotlight: Griffith’s Valuation

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 20, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

If you have tracked your ancestors back to Ireland, Griffith’s Valuation is an amazing resource for finding family in the Emerald Isle in the mid-19th century. Let’s start with the basics – what is a valuation and who is Griffith? The official name of this collection is the “Primary Valuation of Ireland.” Griffith’s Valuation is one… Read more

Recipes from Our Community

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 20, 2013 in In The Community

Over the past week you have been sending in your recipes and stories of your family’s culinary delights, and here are a few of our favorites: Martha M. and her Grandmother’s Czech Walnut Tarts “My Grandfather had a favorite black walnut tree grove.  He would gather all the walnuts in a gunnysack and bring them… Read more

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus…

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on December 19, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Reference Desk

I bet you’ve said the phrase before, or at least heard it: “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.” In 1897,  a little girl named Virginia wrote to the New York Sun asking if there was indeed a Santa Claus.  Her father told her that if the Sun says there is one, then there is… Read more

Preserve your Photos and Documents Like an Expert!

You’ve found that image or document that reveals a great story or confirms that missing clue you needed, and you want to make sure it is saved for generations to come. What is the best way to save and preserve your images? I asked Sabrina Petersen, Director of Global Imaging here at Ancestry.com, and she… Read more

Share Your Family Recipe with Ancestry!

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 16, 2013 in Stories

Whether it’s green bean casserole, snickerdoodle cookies or something so unique only your family makes it – most families have a recipe that has been passed around – some for generations. Some recipes you’ll see at the dinner table often, others are favorites that only come out on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. Either… Read more

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