There’s a story, familiar to and told by people around Atlanta, of a free African American woman who owned a small plot of land and was married to an enslaved man. Not only was she the first African American to own land in Atlanta, but she traded that property for her husband’s freedom. That woman… Read more
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As we research our family history we often make connections with distant cousins, either through our online trees or DNA testing, who we hadn’t met before. But what is the proper term for said distant relatives? It can be confusing trying to figure it out. If your closest relative is a great grandparent, but there… Read more
It’s time for some sunshine, Florida Style! Check out our Florida State Research Guide to catch up on everything Ancestry.com has to offer on our 27th state. Florida has been a popular destination for many in it’s colorful history. The Spanish, French and English explored its lands starting in the early 1500′s, passing control of… Read more
It is wise to do a little housekeeping in your online accounts. In this video, Crista Cowan shares best practices for keeping your profile fresh and interesting. She’ll also show you how to update your account settings so you see what you want to see from Ancestry.com.
Take a look at your tree. Men to the left, women to the right. Look some more; do you spend more time on your male branches than your female branches? Women are harder to research. Maiden names can be tricky to find. And when you are bridging the 1880-1900 gap and the pre 1850 gap… Read more
One of the great features of the AncestryDNA test is that it details your ethnic origins across 26 geographic regions around the world. How do we do it? We’ve assembled one the of most comprehensive DNA datasets in the world, with thousands of DNA samples from people with deep roots in each of the 26… Read more
Blog Posts Ancestry.com State Research Guides and Places Pages by Pam Velazquez Correcting Mistakes in Your Own Family Tree by Pam Velazquez Branching Out to Find Three Soldiers, Three Wards, All Family by Paul Schmidt Calling All Cornhuskers! It’s the Nebraska State Research Guide by Amy Johnson Crow Something New To Try When Using Ancestry.com… Read more
Have you ever been researching your family history and realized that you don’t know much about the state they lived in? In this video Crista Cowan will show you how to locate state research guides and place pages that give you detailed information about when each state was settled, what records are available for that… Read more
We all make mistakes – especially when we are brand new to family history. In this video Crista Cowan shares some best practices for identifying and correcting common mistakes in your family tree. She’ll also share a few bonus tips for correcting mistakes in the trees of others.
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