Past Articles

Ancestry Day by the San Francisco Bay, June 17-18

Posted on May 27, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

We’re excited to announce our next Ancestry Day will be hosted in San Francisco, CA in partnership with Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. The history of Angel Island goes back thousands of years as a fishing site for Miwok Indians, but fast forward to the early 20th century when the island served as a main… Read more

How 1970s “Roots” Inspired a Generation of Family History Researchers

Posted on May 27, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

The upcoming re-broadcast of Alex Haley’s Roots has many of our senior staff at ProGenealogists reminiscing the impact that the book and miniseries had on their decisions to become professional genealogists. Despite the later questions over Mr. Haley’s research and writing, there is no doubt the “Roots phenomenon” ignited a passion for finding one’s ancestral heritage… Read more

PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” Season Three Visits Six New Cities to Uncover Family Secrets

Posted on May 13, 2016 in Genealogy Road Show

From possible descendants of Salem Witch Trial victims to heroes of the Wild West, PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow uncovers more family secrets in the series’ third season, which premieres Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs Tuesdays through June 28. (Check local listings.) Part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow combines history and science to… Read more

Life Underground

Posted on May 12, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This post originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, September-October 2007. The work was dangerous. The hours long. And the slim portion of the paycheck that made its way home at the end of the month? It never seemed enough. Mining. It seems that on any given family tree, at least a few branches are reserved for… Read more

AncestryDNA’s Cutting-Edge Science Gets Even Sharper

Posted on May 2, 2016 in AncestryDNA

We’re excited to share some of the advances we’ve made to the science of finding your relatives through DNA, commonly referred to as DNA matching. Today, we’re rolling out an update to AncestryDNA that improves the precision of our DNA matching. And good news for our AncestryDNA customers: this update is free and has already… Read more

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Recap Featuring Lea Michele: The Immigration of Benuta Veissy

Posted on May 1, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  Ellis Island, nicknamed the “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears,” was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States from 1892 through 1954. Three million of those were Jewish immigrants from Europe. This included Lea Michele’s great-grandmother Benuta Veissy. Lea Michele learned how history affected her immigrant ancestor’s experience as American… Read more

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Recap Featuring Chris Noth: Finding Answers through Historical Context

Posted on May 1, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

As genealogists we focus on identifying our family amid the mass of humanity surrounding them. At times having a narrow focus serves us well. For instance, it was extremely important when searching for Chris’s ancestor John McGuire to find the correct John McGuire in British military and local Irish records (rest assured, there are a lot… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap Featuring Molly Ringwald: Investigating a Family Legend

Posted on April 24, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

When starting family history research, it is usually a good idea to gather all the family stories and legends to see if there is any truth at their core. Molly Ringwald shared with us the story that her father told about being descended from Swedish royalty. That sounded pretty intriguing, so the search quickly focused… Read more

Ancestry Product Update: Media Enhancements

Posted on April 21, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, Site Features, Sweden, United Kingdom

Last week we introduced adding facts and images to events directly from LifeStory, this week, we are introducing better Media experience. Media Upload We have overhauled the media upload experience to make it easier than ever to add photos and stories to your tree. With this update you can choose files from your local drive,… Read more

New Advances in DNA Science Coming Your Way

Posted on April 20, 2016 in AncestryDNA

We’ve been refining and expanding the science behind DNA matching to find your relatives. And we’ve got some exciting improvements coming your way soon. These advancements are expected to deliver more-precise predictions of whom you are related to, and how closely, among the million-plus others in the AncestryDNA database. And we will be making this… Read more