Past Articles

Looking Back at the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy in New Online Historical Record Collection

Posted on November 20, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

  Nearly 100 years of Texas birth and death records now available online, including key figures who investigated the death of the nation’s President and reported on the events in the days that followed.  Today we are releasing, for the first time online, 6.5 million new birth and death records from the Texas Department of… Read more

Ancestry.com and Associated Press Bring Historical AP Archives Online

Posted on November 18, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

We are excited to announce a collaboration with the Associated Press that makes fifty years of news stories–in their original wire copy format–available online today. Available at Ancestry.com/AP, the voluminous card catalog of names and subjects links to more than two million records and more than one million AP stories spanning 1937 to 1985, a resource… Read more

The Fold3 Honor Wall

Posted on November 7, 2013 in Military Records

  Just in time for Veterans Day, our Fold3 team has launched The Honor Wall, an online memorial for the many millions of men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces over the past 200+ years.   Family, friends and loved ones will be able to pay homage to their heroes by developing a special… Read more

Ancestry.com Acquires Find A Grave

Posted on September 30, 2013 in Company News

We are pleased to announce that Ancestry.com LLC has acquired Find A Grave, Inc., the leading online cemetery database.  With over 100 million memorials and 75 million photos, Find A Grave has amassed an unparalleled collection of burial information. Over the past 18 years, it has grown to become an invaluable resource for genealogists, history buffs… Read more

Royal Prince to Inspire 1400 Extra Georges in the Year 2014

Posted on July 25, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

First, congrats to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first son, George Alexander Louis. Now that their little bundle of joy has been named, our UK office has predicted ‘George’ will be the fourth most popular baby name in the United Kingdom in 2014, with 1,400 more Georges to be… Read more

Unmasking The Lone Ranger’s Leading Men: Real Life Heroes in Hammer and Depp’s Family Trees

Posted on June 26, 2013 in Family Trees, Stories

Before there was the Lone Ranger and Tonto, there was… Elizabeth Key and Chief Kanagatucko? New research from Ancestry.com reveals both Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp – the leading actors of Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lone Ranger” – are direct descendants of two real American freedom fighters. Armie Hammer Is Descended from Cherokee Chief Kanagatucko and… Read more

AncestryDNA: Search Surnames and Locations

Posted on June 24, 2013 in AncestryDNA

Are you ready for some new tools to help process your hundreds (or thousands) of AncestryDNA matches? DNA is turning out to be a fantastic and fascinating new tool for family history research. As the AncestryDNA database continues to grow, so does the number of potential matches you receive. To help turn more of those… Read more

Using Ancestry.com Like a Detective – in your own research and on CSI!

Posted on December 12, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site

Ancestry.com solves mysteries! At least that’s what it did on tonight’s episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” as detectives dove into a family tree to see which clues the subject of one investigation had already uncovered about members of her family. Curious how you can search Ancestry.com detective style? You can learn the tricks to… Read more

Putting the Pieces Together: Last Night’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted on May 19, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Known for her Southern cooking and hospitality, celebrity chef Paula Deen searched for more information about her Southern roots on the season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? Better still, Deen picked up a new skill along the way – she found out just what you have to do to turn records and… Read more

Tonight Paula Deen Stirs up History on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted on May 18, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Paula Deen’s great-great-great-grandfather lived through slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction just as much as Jefferson Davis and Ulysses S. Grant did. While most of our ancestors aren’t mentioned in history books, this fact is one more reason for us to look back and stake our personal claim to events that shaped the world. Learn… Read more