Past Articles

Finding Your Family History on the Printed Page

Posted on February 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

Finding Your Family History on the Printed Page By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lisa Elzey, Family Historian at Ancestry I am stuck finding more information about my grandfather, Leland Wright. From a 1930 U.S. Census I know he lived in Florida and was born in Ohio about 1883. Can you help me? – Edmund… Read more

Ancestry Takes on the 2015 Epic Ski Challenge

Posted on February 13, 2015 in In The Community

The Ancestry family is heating things up this winter and combining our passion for charitable work with some friendly competition. Our Chief Technology Officer, Scott Sorensen, challenged a few people within the Ancestry family to participate in the 2015 Epic Ski Challenge, a multi-round competition presented by Vail Resorts to raise awareness and resources for… Read more

Branch Out Contest Winner: Alison Marcoff

Posted on February 10, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

By Lorraine Bourne and Dani Edgar Alison Marcoff recently won Ancestry’s Branch Out sweepstakes, with a prize of 20 hours of research time from Ancestry ProGenealogists. Alison’s tree had already been thoroughly researched back to a tricky brick-wall problem: who were the parents of James C. Ogden, her 4th great-grandfather? We knew James C. Ogden… Read more

The Obituary Is Just the Beginning of the Story

Posted on January 20, 2015 in Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Ancestry Genealogist Question: Can you provide me a copy of the obituary for Albert Allison Slingerland, who last lived in Sturgis, Michigan. He was the next-to-the-last Civil War veteran in that state. —Lyle There is a saying that there are no boring ancestors, just boring researchers. … Read more

South Dakota State Research Guide: More Than Mount Rushmore

Posted on January 16, 2015 in Research

  We are thrilled to announce with the publishing of this South Dakota guide we have completed a family history state research guide for each for the fifty U.S. states plus, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. You can download each of these research guides for free in our Ancestry Learning Center.   South Dakota is… Read more

Better Tools on Ancestry iOS App for Saving Records

Posted on January 14, 2015 in Mobile

Have you installed the latest 6.3 update for the Ancestry iOS app? At first glance after updating it may not look like much has changed, but try saving a record to your tree and you’ll discover that saving the record is a lot better now. Here’s what’s new… Smart Matching The app is a lot… Read more

South African Record Collections Now on Ancestry

Posted on January 8, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

No need to travel south of the equator to access our newest South African records collections, which include South Africa, Voter Indexes, 1719-1996. This index of voters from South Africa won’t tell you whether your ancestors were a yea or a nay, but you might find the voter’s name, residence, occupation, birth date, and more. Additionally,… Read more

Genealogy Roadshow Heads to New Orleans, St. Louis, and Philadelphia

Posted on January 6, 2015 in Genealogy Road Show

From descendants of the infamous pirate Blackbeard to heroes of the Holocaust, PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW uncovers family secrets in the series’ second season, which premieres Tuesday, January 13th at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs Tuesday through February 24th. Check your local listings or visit http://pbs.org/genealogyroadshow for more information about the series. Genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua… Read more

Discovering U.S. Passenger Lists on Ancestry

Posted on December 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

If you’re kicking off the new year with a commitment to research your family history, we suggest you check out the United States passenger list collection currently available on Ancestry. There are 132 collections that represent over 140 million records. Hopefully, one or more contains information on your immigrant ancestor that helps to build the story… Read more

How to Find a Woman: Tracing Mottie Winters Through 1800s Kentucky

Posted on December 22, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Juliana Szucs, Family Historian for Ancestry I am new to Ancestry.com and I am hoping you can help me. My great-great-grandmother is S. Mottie Winters. She was born 22 January 1866, possibly in Tennessee, and died 18 May 1891 in Murray, Kentucky. She is listed on Find A Grave,… Read more