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What War Did My Ancestor Serve In?

You know you should look for military records for your ancestor, but what war did he serve in? Our friends over at Fold3 created this handy little infographic to use as a rule of thumb. There are exceptions to every rule, but this will get you started!   If you want to dig a little… Read more

It’s Earth Day! How Did the Earth Determine Where Your Ancestor Lived?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 22, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

I’m willing to bet at least some of your ancestors were farmers. Their livelihood, their ability to feed their children, to clothe themselves — it all depended on the earth. And it depended on the type of earth.  All soil is not created equal, and not all soil is used to grow the same things.… Read more

Virtual Cemeteries, Rotating Photos, User Profiles, and More in the Updated Find A Grave iOS App

Posted by Michael Lawless on April 22, 2014 in Find A Grave, Mobile

Last month we released the iOS App for Find A Grave, and the feedback has been fantastic. It’s motivating to hear how Find A Grave affects people’s lives, and our team has been happy with the response. Today we’re releasing the first new features update for the app. We have a lot more we’re going… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: April 21st Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 21, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Probate in the United Kingdom: An Overview by Abbie Lee Black Pennsylvania Death Certificates Now Available by Amy Johnson Crow Who Dat? It’s the Bayou State: New Louisiana State Research Guide  by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past” by Juliana Smith DNA Hints — Providing More Clarity To My… Read more

Probate in the United Kingdom: An Overview

Posted by Abbie Lee Black on April 18, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

After finding your ancestors in civil registration, census records, and parish registers, there are many different record types that are widely available for the UK. When I’m doing research, I usually look for probate records, and specifically wills, of my ancestors at this stage in the research process.   UK Wills and Probate Before 1858… Read more

Pennsylvania Death Certificates Now Available

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 18, 2014 in Collections, Research

Pennsylvania research just got easier, thanks to the release of Pennsylvania, Death Certificates 1906-1924. This collection contains more than 2.4 million records and has images of the actual death certificates. Statewide registration of births and deaths began on 1 January 1906. This collection of death certificates currently runs through the end of 1924 (later records… Read more

Who Dat? It’s The Bayou State: New Louisiana State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 18, 2014 in Research

When you think of Louisiana do you think of New Orleans? Mardi Gras? Hurricane Katrina? Or do you think of your ancestors? Louisiana has a rich and colorful past. The Spanish, French and British fought over it for more than 300 years until the United States obtained most of the state as part of the Louisiana… Read more

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

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