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Amy Johnson Crow is a Community Manager for Ancestry.com. She's a Certified Genealogist and an active lecturer and author. Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. Amy loves to help people discover the joys of learning about their ancestors and she thinks that there are few things better than a day in a cemetery. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and No Story Too Small.

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Throwback Thursday Theme: 4th of July

Posted on July 3, 2014 in Holidays, In The Community

  The 4th of July for many American families is a time for cookouts, parades, and fireworks. While I was growing up, the 4th for my family also meant vacation in northern Michigan. We rented a cabin at Carp Lake, just south of Mackinaw, and it was there that our 4th of July traditions were… Read more

Throwback Thursday Theme: At the Movies

Posted on June 26, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

I distinctly remember the first movie that I saw in a theater. My sister and one of her girl friends took me to the Town & Country Cinema, not far from our house. It was a matinee and the movie was Bambi. (No, it wasn’t during its original release in 1942. It was during one… Read more

New Puerto Rico Records and Research Guides

Posted on June 9, 2014 in Collections, Research

We’ve just launched a new collection with more than 5 million vital records from Puerto Rico. Civil registration began in Puerto Rico in 1885, and the records can contain rich details, sometimes even mentioning several generations. For example, a birth record might list the names of the child, parents, and grandparents. Before you start researching… Read more

Throwback Thursday Theme: Where Your Parents Worked

Posted on June 4, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

In the eyes of a child, a workplace can seem magical. There’s something about being allowed in where adults work. It’s like that office or factory is a whole other world. That’s how I felt about my dad’s service station. Yes, I said “service station,” not “gas station.” Slane and Johnson Texaco (and later, Slane… Read more

Honoring the Dead: What Military Headstones Can Tell Us

Posted on May 30, 2014 in Research

Memorial Day is now observed in the United States on the last Monday in May. However, today (May 30) is the “traditional” holiday. In 1868, Maj. General John Logan declared that May 30 should be set aside as a day to decorate the graves of those who had died in the Civil War. Various observances… Read more

Finding Ocean State Ancestors: Rhode Island Research Guide

Posted on May 23, 2014 in Research

  The history of Rhode Island is tied to religion and trade. Settlement began with Roger Williams, who in 1636 went to present-day Rhode Island after being banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his religious views. Later, Anne Hutchinson and her followers also went to Rhode Island because of religious persecution in Massachusetts. Rhode… Read more

Read the Description and Improve Your Research

Posted on May 16, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

You know how they say you should always read the introduction to a book? The same is true for the databases you use. The more you know about a record that you’re looking at, the better your research will be. The more you know about a collection, the better your searches will be. (Sounds like… Read more

150 Years of Arlington National Cemetery

Posted on May 13, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery, one of the most revered places in the United States. When we think of Arlington, we often think of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and rows upon rows of the graves of our nation’s honored dead. Nestled in Section 27 is the grave of Pvt.… Read more

Attaching Images to Your Tree, Even Without an Index

Posted on May 9, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Attaching records and images to people in your tree is a great way to keep track of what you have found. Until recently, if you were looking in a collection that was image-only or if you had browsed to a different image, you could only save that image to your computer or to your shoebox.… Read more

Preservation Week: Pass It On

Posted on May 1, 2014 in Events

This week is Preservation Week, sponsored by the American Library Association. ALA began Preservation Week in 2010 to help libraries and other institutions learn more about caring for unique items. It’s one thing if a copy of a best seller falls apart; you can likely get a replacement. But if that photograph of a Civil… Read more

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