The emotional rollercoaster comes to an end. It’s the last in the season of Long Lost Family!

Posted by Brian Gallagher on August 31, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

It has been quite the emotional rollercoaster this season. We have had front row seats to some beautiful reunions. We have smiled and cried in equal measure as we shared the journeys of this season’s participants. Join Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell as they help people find their absent family members in the final episode of Long Lost Family. Sandra… Read more

Ancestry Mobile iOS 6.0 Release Now Available

Posted by Finn Larson on August 30, 2014 in Mobile

We are happy to announce the release of the Ancestry Mobile version 6.0 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. If you have used the Ancestry App in the past you will likely notice some changes right away. Here Are a few of the major changes to look for with this new release. Prioritized Hints… Read more

What We Are Reading: August 29th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on August 29, 2014 in In The Community

This week is the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ (FGS) annual conference, being held this year in San Antonio, Texas. But don’t think that this event has kept us from finding and reading some wonderful genealogy articles! If you’re at the FGS conference, you might want to bookmark these and read them between sessions. They also… Read more

Just in Time for Labor Day – Delaware, Winterthur Museum Craftperson Files, 1600-1995

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 29, 2014 in Collections

Just in time for Labor Day, Ancestry has released a unique collection that relates directly to the occupations of those involved in various crafts, dating back to the 1600s in America - Delaware, Winterthur Museum Craftperson Files, 1600-1995. The Winterthur Library is devoted to the study of everyday life in America and America’s craft traditions, including… Read more

Throwback Thursday Topic: Pets

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 28, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

With my puppies huddled around me for protection from a thunderstorm, it was not hard to come up with an idea for this week’s Throwback Thursday writing prompt. I’ve always been drawn to animals of any type, really. I’ve had dogs, cats, fish (that didn’t go so well), and at one point even a ball… Read more

Mrs. Brown’s Boys funnyman Brendan O’Carroll is next on Who Do You Think You Are? ( UK )

Posted by Brian Gallagher on August 27, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Mrs. Brown’s Boys star, Irish comedian Brendan O’Carroll is the next celebrity to get the  Who Do You Think You Are? treatment tomorrow night. Brendan now lives in Florida, but still calls Dublin home.   Brendan has heard from family members that his grandfather was shot during the Irish War of Independence in 1920. Acutely aware that… Read more

Spotlight: Texas State Genealogical Society

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on August 27, 2014 in In The Community

They say things are bigger in Texas. The Texas State Genealogical Society certainly lives up to that. They are one of the local hosts for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference, being held this week in San Antonio. Recently, I spoke with TSGS president John Wylie and learned what makes the society so strong.… Read more

Back to School with AncestryDNA

Posted by Anna Swayne on August 26, 2014 in AncestryDNA

It doesn’t matter what clothes you buy or the school supplies you have for this back to school special, let AncestryDNA take you back to school in DNA testing. If you are just getting started this will help you understand the process. If you have already been tested but haven’t looked at your results in… Read more

Dick Eastman Discusses How Tech Has Changed The Family History Industry

Posted by Jessica Murray on August 26, 2014 in In The Community

Dick Eastman, author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, began recording his family history research in the 1970′s on a mainframe computer he built. Needless to say, he knows a lot about technology and the positive impacts it has made on family history research. Dick shares the newest evolutions in family history technology with the availability… Read more

Answering the Big Genealogy Puzzle With Tom Jones

Posted by Jessica Murray on August 25, 2014 in In The Community

Tom Jones, editor of National Genealogical Society Quarterly and author of Mastering Genealogical Proof, encourages family historians to contribute to research by taking a DNA test. “What should be our first priority is to do what future generations cannot do.” Tom notes advancements in indexing will make discovering information from the internet easier for future… Read more