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Resolutions: Organizing Your Genealogy Research in 2015

Posted on January 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Guest Bloggers

This is a guest post by Denise May Levenick. Did you turn your calendar to a new year and vow to get your genealogy papers and files organized in 2015? January is National Organizing Month, and a great time to review, revamp, and reorganize so you can spend your time looking for ancestors instead of… Read more

The Obituary Is Just the Beginning of the Story

Posted on January 20, 2015 in Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Ancestry Genealogist Question: Can you provide me a copy of the obituary for Albert Allison Slingerland, who last lived in Sturgis, Michigan. He was the next-to-the-last Civil War veteran in that state. —Lyle There is a saying that there are no boring ancestors, just boring researchers. … Read more

South Dakota State Research Guide: More Than Mount Rushmore

Posted on January 16, 2015 in Research

  We are thrilled to announce with the publishing of this South Dakota guide we have completed a family history state research guide for each for the fifty U.S. states plus, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. You can download each of these research guides for free in our Ancestry Learning Center.   South Dakota is… Read more

Better Tools on Ancestry iOS App for Saving Records

Posted on January 14, 2015 in Mobile

Have you installed the latest 6.3 update for the Ancestry iOS app? At first glance after updating it may not look like much has changed, but try saving a record to your tree and you’ll discover that saving the record is a lot better now. Here’s what’s new… Smart Matching The app is a lot… Read more

South African Record Collections Now on Ancestry

Posted on January 8, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

No need to travel south of the equator to access our newest South African records collections, which include South Africa, Voter Indexes, 1719-1996. This index of voters from South Africa won’t tell you whether your ancestors were a yea or a nay, but you might find the voter’s name, residence, occupation, birth date, and more. Additionally,… Read more

Genealogy Roadshow Heads to New Orleans, St. Louis, and Philadelphia

Posted on January 6, 2015 in Genealogy Road Show

From descendants of the infamous pirate Blackbeard to heroes of the Holocaust, PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW uncovers family secrets in the series’ second season, which premieres Tuesday, January 13th at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs Tuesday through February 24th. Check your local listings or visit http://pbs.org/genealogyroadshow for more information about the series. Genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua… Read more

How to Find a Woman: Tracing Mottie Winters Through 1800s Kentucky

Posted on December 22, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Juliana Szucs, Family Historian for Ancestry I am new to Ancestry.com and I am hoping you can help me. My great-great-grandmother is S. Mottie Winters. She was born 22 January 1866, possibly in Tennessee, and died 18 May 1891 in Murray, Kentucky. She is listed on Find A Grave,… Read more

Ancestry Global Family History Report

Posted on December 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Since Ancestry was founded in 1983, we’ve helped more than 2 million people find out more about their family’s history, filling in the ‘whos’, ‘wheres’ and ‘whys’ behind who they are today. At the time of this post, we have digitized more than 15 billion historic records from 67 countries, containing everything from war medal… Read more

The House on Mulberry Street and Clues to Irish Roots

Posted on December 4, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Amy Johnson Crow, Family Historian for Ancestry I’ve located my maternal great-grandparents, John and Margaret Ellen (Cunningham) Haffey in Wayne County, Ohio in the 1880 census. I’m trying to locate their births in Ireland. I have their death records, but they didn’t list a specific Irish birthplace. I have… Read more

Introducing Historical Insights

Posted on December 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Mobile, Site Features

What was it like for your immigrant great-grandparents to pass through Ellis Island? Did your mother watch as the Great Mississippi flood destroyed her hometown? Have you ever wondered what your grandfather’s life was like when he served in the army in World War I? We realize how much these types of historical events shaped… Read more