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The New Ancestry: November 7th Feature Update

Posted on November 7, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that covered Print and Profile Image improvements, and this week we introduced a few new improvements to the media viewer. As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that will… Read more

In Memory: Ancestry Launches Historic WWII Collection

Posted on November 6, 2015 in Canada, Collections, Research

As the world prepares to pay tribute to the men and women who have fought and died for their country this Remembrance weekend, we are proud to launch a key collection of detailed records pertaining to fallen soldiers from the Second World War. The WWII Service Files of War Dead (1939-1947) collection contains over 29,000… Read more

Kit de Herramientas de Genealogía de Ancestry

Posted on November 4, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Mexico

As we expand globally, Ancestry is committed to offering our educational content in multiple languages so we’re beginning to offer several of our most popular blog posts in Spanish. You can access the English version of the Genealogist’s Toolkit here. En Ancestry sabemos que la investigación y elaboración de tu historia familiar requiere del uso… Read more

Think You Can’t Research Your African American Family History? Think Again.

Posted on November 3, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Paul Rawlins, Editorial Manager at Ancestry The Ancestry team recently returned from the Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando, Florida, where they had a fantastic time watching people’s excitement as they saw family names they recognized—or maybe had never seen—appear on U.S. census and other records. Some African Americans… Read more

The New Ancestry: October 31st Feature Update

Posted on October 31, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. This week we completed some of the features we discussed in last week’s update. As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that will help answer your questions and provide more tips on the new site.… Read more

Popular Toys in History: What Your Ancestors Played With

Posted on October 30, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Toys haven’t always been a part of childhood. It was only during the Victorian era that families began viewing play time as central to a child’s development. Paired with industrialization, that meant the invention of many new and exciting toys, with some more enduringly popular than others. The Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogs archived on Ancestry can… Read more

Ancestral Traditions That Are Hard to Believe

Posted on October 29, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Need an excuse for a party? Celebrate like your ancestors did! You might want to ask guests to sign a waiver, though–these holidays could get way out of hand. Largely an excuse for binge drinking and gluttony, traditional festivals around the world include everything from fistfights to bonfires to jumping over babies. Here are some of… Read more

What Happened to the Family Fortune? Historic Scottish Probate Records Now Online!

Posted on October 29, 2015 in Collections, United Kingdom

Two centuries worth of historic probate records have been published online, revealing the final fortunes of over 650,000 Scots. The Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories) 1876-1936 records were originally held at the AK Bell Library, Perth, and includes an index and images relating to the annually published probate records filed in Scotland over a period… Read more

Ancestry Mexico Launches with More than 220 Million Searchable Mexican Historical Records

Posted on October 28, 2015 in Collections, Mexico

We are pleased to announce the launch of new online services that will help Mexicans and the estimated 34 million Mexican Americans* research their family history. More than 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico, including new birth, marriage, and death records dating back to the 1500s are now available on the Ancestry site, many of… Read more

Sweet Sounds: How Our Ancestors Listened to Music

Posted on October 27, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

You know how in those period dramas made from Jane Austen books and the like, everyone repairs to the drawing room after dinner, where one of the women plays the piano and sings while everyone else sits politely in their chairs and listens? There was a good reason for that. Back then, the only music… Read more