New Research Guide: The Sunflower State, Kansas

Posted by Juliana Smith on January 30, 2014 in Research

For centuries before Europeans took an interest in Kansas, Native Americans found the area that is now Kansas an abundant place with plentiful buffalo roaming the fertile plains. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 further increased the Native American population as groups from other areas of the U.S. were pushed westward. Early settlement took place… Read more

5 Steps to Driving Your Research into Focus

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 30, 2014 in Site

It can be fun to jump in the car for a road trip with no destination in mind. But what if you have someplace you need to go? Heading out with no plan can get you there, but probably not in the most effective way. It’s the same with our research. We can find all… Read more

Want a Hint into Your Personal Story? DNA Hints vs. Tree Hints

Posted by Anna Swayne on January 29, 2014 in AncestryDNA

If you have taken a DNA test, you have seen that AncestryDNA gives you Hints to where you and your DNA match may share a common ancestor. DNA Hints aren’t influenced by Tree Hints—DNA Hints combine the power of genetics and family history to show where an ancestor is shared among your DNA match. Many… Read more Expands Groundbreaking Collaboration With FamilySearch

Posted by on January 29, 2014 in Site, Collections

We are pleased to announce an extension of our collaborative efforts with FamilySearch International that will make more than one billion additional records from 67 countries available on These already digitized records, provided by FamilySearch, are in addition to the agreement we announced a few months ago that will help digitize, index and publish… Read more

New Content: Indexes for Oregon and Swedish Church Records

Posted by Paul Rawlins on January 28, 2014 in Site

Last week featured some welcome additions to existing databases. Ancestry World Archives Project volunteers provided indexes for two collections that had been image only up until now: Marion County, Oregon, Marriage Records, 1849-1900, and Marion County, Oregon, Census, 1895.   We also added another 99,094 records to Sweden, Church Records, 1500-1941, which isn’t an insignificant number. It… Read more

Journey Through Hallowed Ground and the Living Legacy Project

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 27, 2014 in Military Records, Research

It’s a dry fact to say that approximately 620,000 men lost their lives during the American Civil War.  To put that enormous number into perspective, that’s roughly equal to the number of people who currently live in Boston, Massachusetts. Memorializing each of those who were lost is an enormous task, and it’s one that Journey… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: January 27th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on January 27, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts The Land of Enchantment: New Mexico State Guide by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Join Us for Ancestry Day in Pennsylvania! by Pam Velazquez Week 2 of the 52 Ancestor Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow New Content That’s Not (All) New York by Paul Rawlins Titanic Mystery Solved with DNA Testing by Anna Swayne… Read more

Genealogy Education: There is Excellent Help Out There

Posted by Crista Cowan on January 25, 2014 in Research

When people first become interested in family history it is easy, especially in this day and age, to do a few online searches, start building a family tree and develop the confidence that they are an expert. When they hit their first brick wall, they often go looking for assistance in the way of tutorials… Read more

The Land of Enchantment: New Mexico State Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on January 24, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

Did you know that the oldest standing religious structure is in New Mexico?  The San Miguel Mission, in Santa Fe New Mexico, was originally built around 1610. It was burnt along with all of its records in 1680, but its walls remained and the church was rebuilt. The Palace of the Governors, also built around… Read more

Join Us for Ancestry Day in Pennsylvania!

Posted by Pam Velazquez on January 24, 2014 in Events

On Saturday March 15th, Ancestry and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) will co-host Ancestry Day, a day to discover and celebrate your family history! Attendees will learn tips and tricks for navigating, and find out more about the genealogical holdings at HSP, one of the largest archives in the United States. The event will be… Read more

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