Past Articles

Piecing Together US Marine’s WWII History

Posted on September 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lisa Elzey, Ancestry.com Family Historian  “My uncle, Walter Rybicki, was a US Marine during World War II who died on 6 Feb 1944. How do I find out the details of how and where he died? Where can I obtain the records?“ – Norm Growing up in the late… Read more

Branch Out Contest Winner: Robin Martin

Posted on September 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

By Paul Schmidt Robin Martin, our most recent Branch Out contest winner, asked us at ProGenealogists to research one of her German immigrant families. She knew the names of her grandfather, Peter Joseph Lear, his sister Agnes, and had a possible name of Gertrude for his mother. She also knew he married three times, all… Read more

Branch Out Contest Winner: Cindy Hillman

Posted on September 2, 2014 in Contest, Research

By Cheryl Coats and Lindsay Jackson Cindy Hillman recently won our Branch Out sweepstakes, and received 20 hours of ProGenealogists research time. Initially, she wanted to see if her McKinley line connected to President William McKinley (who wouldn’t!) Unfortunately, we discovered that the only chance of those lines connecting would have occurred in Ireland in… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Changes Kelsey Grammer’s Perspective

Posted on August 20, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

We’ll let you in on a secret.  When we do family history research for Who Do You Think You Are? we find all kinds of stories in each celebrity’s family tree. Our ancestors lived through amazing historical events, made decisions both good and bad, and went through hardships—some they overcame, and some conquered them. But… Read more

Cabot Creamery Cooperative: Honoring Family Legacies

Posted on August 20, 2014 in Contest

Family farms are the backbone of today’s food production throughout the world. In the United States many of these farms have been handed down in families from generation to generation. Each family farm is steeped in rich legacies and traditions, uniting time-honored values and a deep commitment to the land. The United Nations has declared… Read more

Postcards from the Past: Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Valerie Bertinelli

Posted on August 14, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Listen. And I will tell you a story. Sitting in a circle and listening to a storyteller recount a well-known and well-loved tale is one of the world’s oldest traditions. We’ve all sat at the feet of a storyteller—maybe even a grandmother or an eccentric uncle—who entertained, frightened, educated, and charmed us with their tales… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Rachel and Kayleen McAdams Discover Land Grant for a Loyalist

Posted on August 7, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  One of the best parts of creating a story is getting to pick where your story takes place. Is it on Seabrook Island, in 1800s London, or jumping throughout time? But when it comes to the stories in your family tree, you don’t get to pick the setting. You have to discover where your… Read more

One Million World War I Heroes Forgotten by Descendants

Posted on July 29, 2014 in Collections, Military Records, United Kingdom

As we commemorate the World War I Centenary “1914 – 2014,” remember your forgotten heroes.   Three in 10 descendants of World War I heroes are unaware of their military heritage Many lose opportunity to learn of family link to Great War when relatives pass away Ancestry makes all WWI Medal Index Cards records free-to-use to… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Mapping Cynthia Nixon’s Ancestor

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

For the television show Who Do You Think You Are? our job is to tell stories we find in family trees. And a good story needs good characters, the more well-rounded and dynamic, the better. So when we research an episode for Who Do You Think You Are? we look to learn everything we can… Read more

Historic Victorian Atlas Published Online

Posted on June 20, 2014 in Collections

  Newly digitised, navigable atlas collection details 500 years of British history:    Victorian atlas reveals the shifting shape of Britain’s landscape over the last 500 years Collection of 57 maps shows England’s lost counties such as Westmorland and Huntingdonshire  Parish borders reminiscent of time when people associated more with their church than town hall… Read more