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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 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

The New Ancestry: October 23rd Feature Update

Posted on October 23, 2015 in Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that highlighted some of your favorite features that will be coming into the new Ancestry in the coming weeks. These include Member Connect and Military Pages. We are also close to having thumbnail images available in the timeline on the FACTS… Read more

One If By Land — What Type of Transportation Did Your Ancestors Use?

Posted on October 19, 2015 in Family History Month

How did your ancestors get around? Go back far enough, and they primarily walked or rode horses (which were domesticated about 4,000-3,000 B.C.). But how about in more recent times? Not sure? Have a look at Ancestry’s helpful explanation of its collection of map, atlases and gazetteers from across the U.S. Looking at the lay of the… Read more

The New Ancestry: October 16th Feature Update

Posted on October 16, 2015 in Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that covered the square profile images and photo-cropping tools and we are working behind the scenes this week to introduce more of your favorite features to the new Ancestry in the coming weeks. As always, we have also included links… Read more

A Trip to the Past: America’s 8 Best Living History Farms & Museums

Posted on October 16, 2015 in Family History Month

If you’ve been researching your family tree on Ancestry, chances are you’ve stumbled on a relative or two who has worked in agriculture or experienced the challenges of pioneer life. If you are looking to get a feel for how they actually lived, living history farms and museums scattered all across the U.S. that use… Read more

Did Your Great-Great Grandparents Date Through the Newspaper

Posted on October 14, 2015 in Family History Month

Online dating is a popular way of meeting a significant other these days, but it’s possible that your own ancestors courted in a similar way — through newspaper ads! It’s surprising how long people have been advertising to find a significant other. Modern newspapers began in the late 17th century, and in the early 18th… Read more

All We Need Is Love: How Your Ancestors Courted Back in the Day

Posted on October 13, 2015 in Family History Month

Courtship: A period when a couple gets to know one another exclusively in order to determine whether they might become engaged or otherwise commit to each other. How did your grandparents and great-grandparents court and fall in love? These days, couples in Western countries usually date casually — though online matchmaking has recently changed the… Read more

Finding a Name: Why Probate Records Are a Gold Mine for African Americans

Posted on October 12, 2015 in Finding Your Roots, Research

  By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Juliana Szucs, Family Historian for Ancestry Family historians tracing black family ancestries love wills and probate records. Why? Because these seemingly dry and bloodless documents are full of priceless information about our enslaved African American ancestors. Probate records document what people owned, who they loved, and what was… Read more