Past Articles

Genealogical Research in Your Italian Ancestral Town

Posted on October 14, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Mary M. Tedesco The catalyst for my pursuit of genealogy as a profession was the influence of my Italian immigrant grandparents. Because they have always been so wonderful and kind to me, I wanted to learn more about them. I wanted to know why being with them made me… Read more

CNN Roots with Anderson Cooper: Seeing Both Sides

Posted on October 13, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

At Ancestry, we truly believe that there is a story in every family tree—you just have to find it. Anderson Cooper is one of the rare individuals whose storied ancestors aren’t just known by him, they are known by everyone. As the son of Gloria Vanderbilt, her history is just a Wikipedia article away, so… Read more

CNN Roots with Michaela Pereira: Hold on to a Brother

Posted on October 13, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

“You have your mother’s eyes,” or “Like father like son,” are phrases we commonly compliment or tease family with, yet we take for granted that we know those details—not everyone does. In February of this year in an interview with Essence magazine, Michaela Pereira said, “Like many adopted kids I wondered about my birth parents.… Read more

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