Breathtaking Historic Photographs Digitized to Bring Canada’s Past To Life

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 28, 2016 in Canada, Collections

A collection of more than 3,000 historic photographs of Canada, spanning 25 years from post-Confederation to the First World War, have been published online for the first time. The photographs are part of two new historic Canadian collections made available on Ancestry, to celebrate Canada Day. The first collection, Canada, Photographic Albums of Settlement (1892-1917), include thousands Read More

Father’s Day Gifts: Past and…Presents!

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 16, 2016 in Holidays

Just as fatherhood has changed since our own fathers’ and grandfathers’ generations, so too has the way we shop for Father’s Day. Gone are the days of flipping through catalogues for just the right gift to express our love; instead, we’re scrolling through our favorite sites to find the perfect token of our appreciation. In Read More

Like Father, Like Son: How Modern Dads Are Carrying On Father’s Day Traditions

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 13, 2016 in In The Community

A new dad’s first Father’s Day can feel like a major milestone in his fatherhood journey. Whether he’s still in those sleep-deprived newborn days or watching his firstborn take his or her first steps, the inaugural Father’s Day celebration is almost like the world saying, “Congratulations: You’re officially a member of the Dad’s Club.” As Read More

Civil Registrations: Search Nearly 3 Million Brand New German Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 3, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Ancestry has published more than 2.9 million new records German civil registrations, which include birth, marriage and death records for the three cities of Frankenberg, Karlsruhe and Mönchengladbach. Births, marriages, and deaths were first kept by religious denominations, but a civil registry modeled on the French system was implemented on 1 October 1874 in Prussian provinces, Read More

AncestryDNA: Improving Accuracy of New Ancestor Discoveries

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 2, 2016 in AncestryDNA

In 2015, we introduced New Ancestor Discoveries which connects AncestryDNA users with potential new ancestors or relatives— someone that may not be in your family tree previously. A New Ancestor Discovery appears if you share significant amounts of DNA with multiple members of an AncestryDNA Circle—which means you might also be related to the ancestor that Read More

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

Posted by Ancestry Team 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 by Ancestry Team on May 27, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

The upcoming remake 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 by Ancestry Team 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 by Ancestry Team 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