Sisters Separated in Childhood Reunited with AncestryDNA

Posted by Jessica Murray on July 28, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Long-lost sisters, Connie and Delores were separated at a young age with Delores being adopted by their birth mother’s parents and Connie being adopted by an unknown family. Delores was introduced to the truth of a sister existing at a young age when she discovered a baby photo and birth certificate. After years, Delores thought… Read more

Dating Family Photographs Using Historical Fashion Clues

Posted by Betty Shubert on July 27, 2015 in Research

The women in this photo are wearing soft, formal gowns of the early 1930s. Their short hairstyles and coronet-shaped headpieces are of the era except for the bridesmaid on the right who is somewhat fashion forward, her hair is longer as worn in 1935. The men are so classic and well tailored it is hard to specifically date… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Following the Clues with Ginnifer Goodwin

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

You see it all the time in movie mysteries: the genius detective trying to solve a case that seems to have no answer. As the story progresses, however, we are transported into the detective’s mind. Random clues appear to glow in the detective’s vision, flashbacks to telling circumstances pop on the screen, and the audience… Read more

SSDI’s New Companion: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

Posted by Juliana Szucs on July 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) was among the first collections posted on Ancestry when the website first began adding content back in 1996. Since then, it has been a boon to researchers looking for 20th-century ancestors and those doing descendancy, heirship, and other types of forensic genealogical research. Once you locate an ancestor in the… Read more

The New Ancestry: July 22nd Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 23, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that called out upcoming enhancements that we had planned. Here is this week’s update on our progress. We have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that will help answer your questions and provide… Read more

Over 100 Years of Canadian Yearbook Records are Now Online

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 21, 2015 in Canada, Content, Research

As kids across the country enjoy their break from the books this summer, we just released a collection of more than one million historical yearbook records (featuring more than 100,000 pages), helping shed light on Canadian high school and university attendees from years past. The Canada, Selected School Yearbooks, 1908-2010 collection contains 1,355,141 Canadian middle school,… Read more

Organizing and Preserving a Family Photo Collection

Posted by Denise May Levenick on July 17, 2015 in Research

This is a guest post by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator Photographs are the treasures of any family history collection. Documents can verify kinship and share the details of everyday life, but photos allow us to see firsthand the same eyes or broad smile we inherited from our forebears. Organizing all those photos may… Read more

AncestryDNA Celebrates One Million People Tested

Posted by Anna Swayne on July 16, 2015 in AncestryDNA

We just hit a huge milestone, and we are excited to celebrate! In just three short years AncestryDNA has genetically tested one million people to help them discover more about themselves and their family story. Thanks a million to all of you who have been tested and for everyone who will be taking the test… Read more

Amazing Stories of Bravery and Tragedy from Occupied Jersey 1940-1945

Posted by Brian Gallagher on July 16, 2015 in Stories, United Kingdom

The Jersey, Channel Islands, Occupation Registration Cards from World War Two cover the years 1940-1945. This collection will be of enormous benefit to anyone who is eager to learn more about their Jersey family history. As part of a major digitisation project, the Jersey Archive has uploaded images of its entire collection of registration cards from the occupation… Read more