What Do Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Have in Common?

Posted by Julie Granka on March 14, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Holidays

At AncestryDNA, we’re celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day a little differently than most. We’re exploring how we can use genetics to study Irish heritage in the U.S. Throughout our nation’s history, millions of individuals from Ireland planted new roots here in the United States. While hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants arrived in the 1600’s and 1700’s,… Read more

Women of the West

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 14, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

March is Women’s History Month. Women are sometimes hidden in history and in the records we use in our research. Husbands leave bequests in their wills to “my beloved wife.” Women are listed as “Mrs. John Smith” in newspaper articles. It can be challenging to pull out the stories of the female half of the… Read more

Ancestors in The Buckeye State: Ohio Research Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 13, 2014 in Research

Ohio has a place in many of our family trees. Whether they were just passing through or they put down roots, many of our ancestors (mine included) called Ohio “home.” As an original gateway to the west, Ohio drew in people from across the east and south. Connecticut claimed much of the northeastern part of… Read more

Luck of The Irish: How Irish Are You?

Posted by Anna Swayne on March 12, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Growing up I always thought I had to be more Irish than any of my other siblings because I was born the day before Lá Fhéile Pádraig (Saint Patrick’s Day)—one day early I might add; my due date was actually the 17th. Knowing this, and since my birthday was celebrated with all things green most… Read more

Spanish Influenza: The Life Story of Patient Zero

Posted by Kristie Wells on March 11, 2014 in Moments in Time

Today, 96 years ago, Private Albert Martin Gitchell, a company cook at Camp Funston in Kansas, reported to the sick bay with the first documented case of the Spanish Influenza. Following our Core Conversation on big data and the stories we can tell from it during the SxSW conference,  we looked into the family history of… Read more

SXSW Core Conversation: How Using Big Data Can Tell Personalized Stories

Posted by Kristie Wells on March 11, 2014 in Events

Thanks to the marketers, advertisers, creatives, entrepreneurs, and engineers, etc. that joined and participated in our SXSW Interactive Core Conversation on how big data can tell personalized stories. EVP of Product at Ancestry.com, Eric Shoup, and Senior Director of Product at Tableau, Francois Ajenstat, led an engaging discussion centered on the presentation below and under that… Read more

A Fond Farewell to “Old Search”

Posted by Katharine Nester on March 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

Last week we said a fond farewell to the “Old Search” functionality on the site. Over the years, we have been maintaining two separate search experiences – “Old Search” and “Primary Search.”  With offering two search experiences, it has limited the resources we could use to make improvements, and also increased the complexity of every… Read more