What We Are Reading: September 19th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 19, 2014 in In The Community

Migrating ancestors, deciphering legalese, and an usual death involving a cow. It’s just some of what we were reading this week. “Ancestors on the Move,” by B. Rogers, on When I Was 69. B. considers the reasons that our ancestors moved. “Extracting Data From a Biographical Sketch – Part 1,” by Wendy Littrell, on All… Read more

Talk Like a Pirate and Improve Your Research

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 19, 2014 in Holidays, Research

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day – that day when people get in touch with their inner pirate and pepper their sentences with words like “Arrrrrr,” “avast,” and “bilge rat.” (It’s a good day when you can work “bilge rat” into friendly conversation.) Facebook even has a language setting for “English (Pirate).” Don’t want to… Read more

Star of stage and screen Martin Shaw is next on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Actor Martin Shaw is the next celebrity to explore his family history on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?   Born and raised in Birmingham, the eldest of two children, Martin now lives in Norfolk. The star of over 100 films, plays and television shows, Martin is curious to discover the truth about… Read more

And The Winner of the August Branch Out Contest is…

Posted by Jessica Murray on September 16, 2014 in Contest

We’d like to thank everyone who submitted entries in the August round of our Branch Out contest! We received thousands of submissions, which included some inspiring stories from our community. We have randomly selected our August winner and that lucky person is… Tina Davis from New Mexico! Tina is most interested in tracing her grandfather who fought for… Read more

Happy Birthday to Lots of You!

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 16, 2014 in Cool Finds

Happy birthday! If your birthday is September 16, chances are you know someone else with the same birthday as you. It is the most common birthday in the United States for those born between 1973 and 1999. (If you’re a visual data/infographic geek like I am, check out the heat map that Andy Kriebel put… Read more