Past Articles

Where’s William? Finding New Clues in Old Evidence

Posted on May 20, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Loretto Dennis Szucs, Ancestry.com Genealogist I have been researching my husband’s family and have hit a roadblock. His great-great-great grandfather, William Weikert, came to America from Germany and settled in a community about 30 miles from us. I know he was born September 1817. I have a copy of his… Read more

Latest News from MyCanvas by Alexander’s

Posted on May 4, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, MyCanvas

MyCanvas, formerly a branch of Ancestry, is alive and well under the ownership of Alexander’s. MyCanvas allows users to easily create family history books, genealogy charts, photo collages, and more. Once the book has been designed and ordered, Alexander’s will professionally print, bind, and ship your customized creation to your door. Check out this video to see the… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Melissa Etheridge: Putting Time and Location in Their Place

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

In family history research, when and where your ancestors lived say just as much about them as their name. Understanding not just the geography but also the community your ancestors were a part of provides crucial insight into what their lives were like, as well as the types of records you should be looking for.… Read more

Window through a Widow’s Pension

Posted on April 22, 2015 in Research

By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Michelle Ercanbrack, Family Historian at Ancestry I cannot find how my grandfather Anthony Peter Hellmann came to the U.S. or where he lived before 1900. I have his enlistment in the Spanish-American War, and a 1900 census that lists his birthday as 1878 in Germany, and that he immigrated… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Bill Paxton: Shaping a Nation

Posted on April 19, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

There is something emotionally significant about discovering a Revolutionary War patriot in your family tree. The idea that your own ancestor somehow contributed to the birth of a new nation may set off an explosion of patriotic anthems in your mind and unearth a desire to know how they helped secure American independence. Once you… Read more

Introducing Ancestry Academy, a New Way to Learn About Family History

Posted on April 16, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

We are excited to announce the launch of Ancestry Academy, a new educational website that offers exclusive, high-quality video courses taught by genealogy and family history experts. Ancestry Academy courses cover a wide range of relevant family history topics and offer something for genealogists of all levels.  Here are a few things we think you’ll… Read more

The Interconnectedness of the Human Family

Posted on April 8, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Julie Granka, Ph.D., Population Geneticist for AncestryDNA I am taking part in the DNA test from Ancestry because it is going to be super exciting just to find out my ethnicity. Is there anything I can do that would help me locate possible living relatives? Thanks for your time!  … Read more

WDYTYA Recap with Tony Goldwyn: In Their Own Words

Posted on April 6, 2015 in Who Do You Think You Are?

We love census records. And vital records. And passenger lists. We could go on. Each of these documents does so much to pinpoint our relatives in a certain place at a certain time. Then we flesh out their stories not only by reading what is on each record but also by reading between the lines.… Read more

WDYTYA Recap: Sean Hayes Finds Order in Petty Session Court Records

Posted on March 30, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

Trouble seemed to follow Sean Hayes’ ancestors down generations and even over an ocean. But trouble, especially when it led to clashes with the law, became a lynchpin in uncovering Sean’s story. Researching ancestors in Ireland has always required some creativity due to the loss of 19th-century census returns. Censuses are a staple in U.S.… Read more

The Legend of Harvey Setzer

Posted on March 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Paul Rawlins, Editorial Manager at Ancestry My grandfather’s sister, Lillian Wilson, married a man by the name of Harvey G. Setzer in Weippe, Idaho, Shoshone County, on July 3, 1890. Harvey was a miner and contracted consumption. The doctor prescribed a warmer, drier climate so they moved to Valle… Read more