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Long-Lost Sisters United After 60 Years Apart

Posted by Jessica Murray on July 30, 2014 in Stories

Long-lost sisters Carol and Amy went most of their lives never knowing of one another until their passion for genealogy brought them together in 2013. Veteran genealogist Carol Moss was adopted 60 years ago and only last year decided to research her birth mother’s history. In doing so, Carol discovered an abundance of photos attached to… Read more

Six Things to Look for in City Directories

City directories are incredible sources. In many cities, they were published annually, which can give us a lot of detail about our ancestors. Here are six things to look for in city directories. 1. Your Ancestor and Other Family Members Sure, you’re going to look for your ancestor, but look for other family members, too.… Read more

Behind the Scenes: ProGenealogists Joseph Shumway

Many people wonder how to get the youngsters in the family interested in genealogy. Joseph Shumway’s grandmother figured it out. When Joseph was 12, she invited him over so he could help her learn her new genealogy software. “I was always the kid who enjoyed listening to the family stories,” Joseph recently told me. But… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: July 28 Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 28, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blogs Ancestry.com “The Beehive State: Utah State Research Guide” by Crista Cowan “Celebrate Cousin Day: Making a DNA Connection Isn’t Lucky. It’s Likely” by Anna Swayne “Connecting With Cousins” by Juliana Smith “Dillinger’s Jailor, Sheriff Lillian Holley” by Juliana Smith “Second Chances and Emotional Reunions in the Next ‘Long Lost Family’” by Brian Gallagher “Short… Read more

The White Glove Debate

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 28, 2014 in In The Community

Besides death and taxes, there is a third certainty of life: Have someone on television handle an old document without wearing white gloves and you will hear shocked people all across social media. Slightly less certain are the comments of those who are shocked when someone does wear white gloves when handling a document. Welcome… Read more

Special Delivery: Postmasters in the Family Tree

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 26, 2014 in Collections

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Postal Service! (We would have sent them a card, but we couldn’t find one for a 239th birthday.) One great thing about having an ancestor who held a government job such as postmaster is that it creates a paper trail. A postmaster (which is the correct term for both males… Read more

What We Are Reading: July 25 Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 25, 2014 in In The Community

I’ve always been an avid reader. I enjoy seeing things from a different perspective or digging deeper into a subject that’s new to me. That’s what the articles we’ve read this week do. (Plus, there’s some inspiration to do some writing of your own!) “Census Sunday: William Wallace Greene Jr Counted Twice on 1930 Census,”… Read more

The Beehive State: Utah State Research Guide

Posted by Crista Cowan on July 25, 2014 in Research

This week marks 167 years since the Mormon Pioneers entered the Great Salt Lake Valley. Here are five things you might not know about Utah: 1. The original inhabitants of Utah were Gosiute, Southern Paiute, Ute, Shoshone, and Navajo tribes. 2. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (more commonly called “Mormons”)… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Mapping Cynthia Nixon’s Ancestor

Posted by Ancestry.com on July 25, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

For the television show Who Do You Think You Are? our job is to tell stories we find in family trees. And a good story needs good characters, the more well-rounded and dynamic, the better. So when we research an episode for Who Do You Think You Are? we look to learn everything we can… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Season 5 Premiere Recap with Cynthia Nixon

Posted by Jessica Murray on July 24, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

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