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Branching Out to Find Three Soldiers, Three Wars, All Family

Posted by Paul Schmidt on March 21, 2014 in Contest, Research

When Heidi Hall won our first-ever Branch Out Contest, she had already been working on a broad and well-sourced family tree. She had many lines and mysteries to choose from to have our team at ProGenealogists add to her research. Ultimately, Heidi asked us to center our research on the ancestry of her great grandmother,… Read more

Calling All Cornhuskers! It’s the Nebraska State Research Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 21, 2014 in Research

If Indiana is the “Crossroads of America,” Nebraska could be “America’s Main Thoroughfare.” The Platte River and its tributaries have been a natural east-west trail for ages. As the United States pushed westward, railroads began to look at Nebraska as a desirable route for a transcontinental railroad. If your ancestors ended up in the West,… Read more

Something New To Try When Using Ancestry.com in the Library

Did you know that Ancestry.com is available for free in thousands of libraries in the U.S? You can’t create a tree, or post messages on message boards. You can’t sit in your jammies and work on your family (please don’t sit in your jammies in the library!). You can’t work until 3am in the morning.… Read more

A Time to Share

Posted by Anna Swayne on March 20, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Did you know that you can share your AncestryDNA ethnicity results? You can simply do this by clicking the share button in your ethnicity estimate view. That share button is on the top right side on the page, just above the map (see the red box below). This will allow you to send these results… Read more

Finding Family During Ancestry Day Philadelphia

Posted by Anna Swayne on March 20, 2014 in AncestryDNA, In The Community

Last weekend a few of us attended Ancestry Day Philadelphia. We spent the whole day talking about all things Ancestry including AncestryDNA. I mentioned my Swayne connection in the area as my first Swayne’s came to Pennsylvania and lived in Chester County for many years. And as luck would have it (after all this was… Read more

Profile: Private Sarah “Lyons” Wakeman

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 18, 2014 in Cool Finds, Military Records

“I am as independent as a hog on the ice. If it is God’s will for me to fall in the field of battle, it is my will to go and never return home.” That quote comes from a letter Private Lyons Wakeman of the 153rd New York Infantry wrote to family back home in… Read more

Finding Maiden Names

Posted by Juliana Smith on March 18, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

March is Women’s History Month and while you see plenty of coverage of high-profile women in the news and online, I think it’s equally important to honor the women in our own families. Their day-to-day struggles may not surface in history books, but their legacy lives on in the generations that followed them. Finding the… Read more

I’ve Been Told I’m Scots-Irish…Am I Irish? Am I Scottish?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 17, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Ask Ancestry Anne

What is Scots-Irish or Scotch-Irish? It generally refers to the group of about 200,000 immigrants that made their way to America in the 1700s from the Ulster province of Ireland. They were Protestants who settled in large numbers in Pennsylvania and then migrated either south into Virginia and the Carolinas or westward into Ohio, Indiana… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: March 17th, 2014

Did you catch everything last week?  We talked of the Spanish Flu, Irish DNA and a whole variety of genealogy topics.  Make sure you didn’t miss anything! Blog Posts Ancestry.com Kiss Me: I’m Irish Too! by Juliana Smith What Do Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Have in Common? by Julie Granka Women of the West by… Read more

Kiss Me: I’m Irish Too!

Posted by Juliana Smith on March 14, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Juliana's Corner

Reading Anna Swayne’s blog post, Luck of The Irish: How Irish Are You?, I was reminded of the friendly sibling rivalry between my sisters and I shared when it came to who was more Irish. I can confirm Anna’s find that proximity to being born near St. Patrick’s Day does not factor in when it comes… Read more

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