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Upcoming Ancestry.com Events: June 2014

Posted by Crista Cowan on May 31, 2014 in Events

High school and college graduations. Weddings. Family vacations and reunions. June is a busy month for everyone. There is a lot going on around here at Ancestry.com, too. We hope you’ll make some time in your schedule to join us for some of our upcoming webinars and events. Webinars: What’s New at Ancestry.com:  June 2014… Read more

Between the Leaves: Conferences and Offline Resources

Posted by Pam Velazquez on May 31, 2014 in Between the Leaves

Amy Johnson Crow, Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Crista Cowan, and Juliana Szucs Smith discuss the importance of conferences and other events as well as their favorite offline resources.

New Wisconsin State Research Guide

Posted by Juliana Smith on May 31, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Happy belated 166th birthday, Wisconsin! You don’t look a day over 160. But you do have a rich and storied past. Home to a vibrant fur trade in the 1600s and 1700s, you drew the French, the British, and Native American tribes seeking an escape from the Iroquois Wars of the 17th century. Later waves… Read more

Honoring the Dead: What Military Headstones Can Tell Us

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on May 30, 2014 in Research

Memorial Day is now observed in the United States on the last Monday in May. However, today (May 30) is the “traditional” holiday. In 1868, Maj. General John Logan declared that May 30 should be set aside as a day to decorate the graves of those who had died in the Civil War. Various observances… Read more

Watt Geniuses – Historical Electrical Engineering Records from Institution of Engineering and Technology

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 30, 2014 in Collections, United Kingdom

More than 170,000 electrical engineer records are published online today – shedding light on some of history’s ‘brightest sparks’. Digitised by Ancestry the UK Electrical Engineer Records 1871-1930* includes members of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) across the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The IET was originally founded in 1871 as the… Read more

Throwback Thursday Theme: Garden Memories

Posted by Juliana Smith on May 29, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

In addition to growing my family tree, I’m also a gardening enthusiast. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an understatement. I’m a gardening freak. It is my sanctuary, my dirt therapy, and the place I get my best brainstorming done. I love growing heirloom tomatoes and peppers and have a good selection, as well as… Read more

5 Things About the Port of Baltimore

We hear a lot about the Port of New York because of the sheer volume of immigrants who passed through it. There’s so much focus on New York that it can be easy to forget about other important ports. In my own family, my grandfather proudly told me how his father passed through Ellis Island. True… Read more

Today Marks The 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Empress of Ireland

Posted by Kristie Wells on May 29, 2014 in Moments in Time

On this day in 1914, the ocean liner sank in Saint Lawrence River and took 1,012 lives with it, making it Canada’s worst ever maritime disaster during peacetime.   One of those lost was Adjutant Nettie Beckstead. Born on October 5, 1871, she dedicated her life to helping others, working with the Salvation Army for… Read more

6 Steps for Success in Working with Your AncestryDNA Matches

Posted by Crista Cowan on May 28, 2014 in AncestryDNA

I’ve been working with my AncestryDNA results for a couple of years now with great success.  Here are six steps you can use to find success with your AncestryDNA matches as well. 1.  Make sure your test is attached to a tree. AncestryDNA reveals cousin matches whether you have a family tree attached or not. … Read more

Maleficent Star Elle Fanning a Long Lost Princess

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 27, 2014 in Celebrity

In celebration of the release of the movie “Maleficent,” (a “Sleeping Beauty” origin story about the malevolent fairy) we discovered that Elle Fanning has more in common with the character she portrays, Princess Aurora, than she may have thought. Fanning is actually the 22nd great-granddaughter of King Edward III, making her a long-lost princess. Her connection… Read more

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