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Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past”

Jack London is quoted as saying, “Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” My great-great-grandfather, Thomas Howley, was certainly no exception. In 1864, he joined the U.S. Navy under an assumed name so his wife wouldn’t find out. (She found out. She was not happy.)… Read more

DNA Hints – Providing More Clarity To My DNA Results

Posted by Anna Swayne on April 16, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Last week we announced that the AncestryDNA team collectively has found 2.7 million DNA hints. 10 days later, we are nearing 3 million DNA hints – and the number is increasing as more and more people get tested and build out their family tree. Remember: a hint is more than a DNA match. You get a… Read more

Paying Taxes… Or Not

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 15, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

They say that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. Genealogists are used to dealing with records surrounding an ancestor’s death, but what about taxes? Tax Basics Tax records in many locations date back earlier than vital records. They’re great for our research because they tend to be kept on a regular… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: April 14th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 14, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Online Trees. Root of All Evil? by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Research in the Old Line State: Maryland State Guide by Amy Johnson Crow Use England Parish Registers to Research Ancestors Pre-1837 by Abbie Lee Black Some Blended Families Are Larger Than Others. Can You Beat More Than 20 Children? by Anne Gillespie… Read more

“Italian Stallion” Becomes “Irish-Italian Stallion” with AncestryDNA Test

Posted by Kristie Wells on April 12, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Chris DeRose is an on-air contributor and content producer for You and Me This Morning on WCIU TV in Chicago who recently took the AncestryDNA test. Growing up in a very Italian home, he was surprised to find a wee bit of Irish runs through his veins. Ancestry family historian, Michelle Ercanbrack, reviews his ethnic background noting… Read more

Online Trees. Root of All Evil?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 11, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

What a provocative title: Online Trees: The Root of All Evil? And it was an interesting panel discussion that I participated in at RootsTech 2014. So are trees the root of all evil? In a word, no. And in fact, not only are they not evil, if you are doing genealogy correctly, they must be… Read more

Research in the Old Line State: Maryland State Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 11, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Many of us (myself included) can trace our roots back to Maryland. The history we can find there is fascinating, both in terms of our families’ and the state’s. Maryland can be described as a land of contradictions. It was founded in part to be a safe haven for Catholics from England who wanted to… Read more

Use England Parish Registers To Research Ancestors Pre-1837

Posted by Abbie Lee Black on April 11, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

Continuing on with my previous post, civil registration and census records are usually the place I turn first when starting my research in the UK. These records can be used together to create an accurate snapshot of a family group in the mid-19th century to late 20th century. Before 1837, parish registers are most commonly… Read more

Some Blended Families Are Larger Than Others. Can You Beat More Than 20 Children?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 10, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

You are probably familiar with one of TV’s most famous blended families, The Brady Bunch.  I bet many of you can sing the theme song. (And sorry if I put it in your head…I didn’t want to be alone!) And I bet if you’ve been working on your family history for even just a little… Read more

Family History Toolkit: Creating Timelines

Posted by Pam Velazquez on April 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Timelines are great tools for deciphering all of your family history discoveries. They can help place your ancestor at a given time and help you understand your ancestor’s life and what records, events, etc. you might be missing. Use timelines to analyze the different records you have found and understand where you should be setting… Read more

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