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Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? – Part II

Posted on November 19, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Jake Byrnes, Ph.D., Population Genomics Technical Manager for AncestryDNA “I am adopted and have NO clues about my birth except a sort of “fake” birth certificate from when I was born in Texas. No family name. No known blood relatives. Would the DNA test be a good option for… Read more

How Old Family Photos Can Be Easily Time-Dated By Fashions

Posted on November 18, 2014 in Guest Bloggers, Research

This is a guest post by Betty Kreisel Shubert. Shortly after I began writing my now award winning book, Out-of-Style: A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved, I met the late Caroline Rober, past president of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Caroline sent me a family picture… Read more

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? – Part I

Posted on November 13, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Jake Byrnes, Ph.D., Population Genomics Technical Manager for AncestryDNA   “I am adopted and have NO clues about my birth except a sort of ‘fake’ birth certificate from when I was born in Texas. No family name. No known blood relatives. Would the DNA test be a good option… Read more

Remembering and Researching Vietnam-era Veterans

Posted on November 10, 2014 in Military Records, Research

This is a post by guest blogger Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CGSM. As researchers of Vietnam-era veterans, we are fortunate. We can often capture the first-person experiences and stories of the veteran. As researchers, we also face challenges. Many records for Vietnam-era veterans are closed to the general public. Here is some background and resources to… Read more

The Korean War, 1950—1953

Posted on November 8, 2014 in Military Records, Research

This is a post by guest blogger Debbie Mieszala, CGSM. Is it the Korean War? Or is it the Korean Conflict? Both names are seen in the United States. Some believe that conflict is appropriate because the U. S. never declared war. It has been called “The Forgotten War.” Ray Royce Deilke It was mid-October… Read more

Adding 400 Years of Family to the Family Tree

Posted on November 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest

By Katie Ledbetter, ProGenealogist Tina Davis recently won our Branch Out Sweepstakes, and received 25 hours of AncestryProGenealogists research time. Tina wanted to learn more about her mother’s side of the family tree, specifically her Rickwood line. She was hoping to verify some information she had been given and to extend that part of her… Read more

13 Spooky Family History Finds

Posted on October 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Cool Finds, Holidays

Witches, ghosts, murder—researchers from Ancestry found them all and more when they started combing the headlines for spooky facts in some current, and former, celebrities’ pasts.   Real Witch Found in Emma Watson’sFamily Tree: Muggle actress Emma Watson, famous for playing Hermione Granger, the preternaturally talented witch and ally of Harry Potter, has a real-life… Read more

History of Jewish Migration to the United States

Posted on October 28, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Gary Mokotoff Jews have been coming to the Americas literally since Columbus discovered America. Luis De Torres, a Jew, was Columbus’ interpreter on his maiden trip. Migration of Jews through the centuries, for the most part, came in waves primarily because of persecution, but also for economic or political… Read more

7 Genealogical Lessons for Researching Your Palatine Ancestors

Posted on October 27, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

By guest blogger Henry Z (“Hank”) Jones I started climbing the family tree at the age of eight when I discovered an old trunk in the basement of our home that had been brought to California in the gold rush. To an eight year old kid with an inquisitive mind, that ancient piece of history really… Read more

Uncovering a Free Black Man’s Past: Buying a Slave to Unite His Family

Posted on October 25, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Ancestry.com Genealogist “My ancestor, Lewis Freeman, was a free Negro who lived in Chatham, North Carolina from at least 1800 until his death in 1845. I would like to know when he was born.” – Harold F. Dear Harold, When searching for family roots in the… Read more