Like Father, Like Son: How Modern Dads Are Carrying On Father’s Day Traditions

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 13, 2016 in In The Community

A new dad’s first Father’s Day can feel like a major milestone in his fatherhood journey. Whether he’s still in those sleep-deprived newborn days or watching his firstborn take his or her first steps, the inaugural Father’s Day celebration is almost like the world saying, “Congratulations: You’re officially a member of the Dad’s Club.” As Read More

Civil Registrations: Search Nearly 3 Million Brand New German Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 3, 2016 in Website

Ancestry has published more than 2.9 million new records German civil registrations, which include birth, marriage and death records for the three cities of Frankenberg, Karlsruhe and Mönchengladbach. Births, marriages, and deaths were first kept by religious denominations, but a civil registry modeled on the French system was implemented on 1 October 1874 in Prussian provinces, Read More

AncestryDNA: Improving Accuracy of New Ancestor Discoveries

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 2, 2016 in AncestryDNA

In 2015, we introduced New Ancestor Discoveries which connects AncestryDNA users with potential new ancestors or relatives— someone that may not be in your family tree previously. A New Ancestor Discovery appears if you share significant amounts of DNA with multiple members of an AncestryDNA Circle—which means you might also be related to the ancestor that Read More

Ancestry Day by the San Francisco Bay, June 17-18

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 27, 2016 in Website

We’re excited to announce our next Ancestry Day will be hosted in San Francisco, CA in partnership with Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. The history of Angel Island goes back thousands of years as a fishing site for Miwok Indians, but fast forward to the early 20th century when the island served as a main Read More

How 1970s “Roots” Inspired a Generation of Family History Researchers

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 27, 2016 in Website

The upcoming remake of Alex Haley’s Roots has many of our senior staff at ProGenealogists reminiscing the impact that the book and miniseries had on their decisions to become professional genealogists. Despite the later questions over Mr. Haley’s research and writing, there is no doubt the “Roots phenomenon” ignited a passion for finding one’s ancestral heritage Read More

PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” Season Three Visits Six New Cities to Uncover Family Secrets

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 13, 2016 in Genealogy Roadshow

From possible descendants of Salem Witch Trial victims to heroes of the Wild West, PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow uncovers more family secrets in the series’ third season, which premieres Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs Tuesdays through June 28. (Check local listings.) Part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow combines history and science to Read More

Life Underground

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 12, 2016 in Website

This post originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, September-October 2007. The work was dangerous. The hours long. And the slim portion of the paycheck that made its way home at the end of the month? It never seemed enough. Mining. It seems that on any given family tree, at least a few branches are reserved for Read More

AncestryDNA’s Cutting-Edge Science Gets Even Sharper

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 2, 2016 in AncestryDNA

We’re excited to share some of the advances we’ve made to the science of finding your relatives through DNA, commonly referred to as DNA matching. Today, we’re rolling out an update to AncestryDNA that improves the precision of our DNA matching. And good news for our AncestryDNA customers: this update is free and has already Read More

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Recap Featuring Lea Michele: The Immigration of Benuta Veissy

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 1, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  Ellis Island, nicknamed the “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears,” was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States from 1892 through 1954. Three million of those were Jewish immigrants from Europe. This included Lea Michele’s great-grandmother Benuta Veissy. Lea Michele learned how history affected her immigrant ancestor’s experience as American Read More