Past Articles

Forged In Steel

Posted on June 17, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

This is a guest post by Lisa Alzo, M.F.A.  For more than 40 years, my paternal grandfather, John Alzo, would wake up, have two soft-boiled eggs with toast and a bit of coffee served in his favorite blue-and-white porcelain mug, pull on his workpants, shirt, and safety shoes, and walk the 15 minutes from his… Read more

The Wonders of DNA

Posted on June 12, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Ross Curtis, Ph.D., Computational Biologist for AncestryDNA My family has been doing family history for 150 years. Do I really need a DNA test? — LoAnne Dear LoAnne, If you are blessed to have a well-researched, extensive family tree, constructed on a solid foundation of detailed documentation, you may… Read more

New Ancestry: Feature Update

Posted on June 5, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

We’d like to thank all of you who have tried the New Ancestry website so far. We are hearing from many of you who are enjoying the enhanced storytelling features, streamlined Facts view, Historical Insights, and other elements of the new site. We also sincerely thank you for all your feedback. As we transition from… Read more

7 Facts You Didn’t Know about the D-Day Invasion at Normandy

Posted on June 5, 2015 in Military Records, Moments in Time

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 1944 —the day the Allied troops invaded the beaches at Normandy, France— was the largest seaborne invasion in history and the first time since 1688 that an invading army successfully crossed the English Channel. The D-Day landings led to the liberation of France from Nazi control and have… Read more

Announcing the New Ancestry Website

Posted on June 1, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

We are excited to announce that the new Ancestry website is now available to all U.S.-based members*. As some of you know, the new site has been in beta since mid-February, and thousands of Ancestry members have been actively using the new site and providing feedback (thank you!). As of today, the new Ancestry site… Read more

Agents of Change: Recruiting for Industrial America in 1800s

Posted on May 28, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

By Ceil Wendt Jensen, CG Ever wonder why your ancestors left the comforts of home to come to America? Maybe they were recruited. That’s what I discovered about mine. But finding out more about the recruiter and recruiting process was a journey in itself. How It Worked Just like sports teams do today, back in… Read more

Where’s William? Finding New Clues in Old Evidence

Posted on May 20, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Loretto Dennis Szucs, Ancestry.com Genealogist I have been researching my husband’s family and have hit a roadblock. His great-great-great grandfather, William Weikert, came to America from Germany and settled in a community about 30 miles from us. I know he was born September 1817. I have a copy of his… Read more

Latest News from MyCanvas by Alexander’s

Posted on May 4, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, MyCanvas

MyCanvas, formerly a branch of Ancestry, is alive and well under the ownership of Alexander’s. MyCanvas allows users to easily create family history books, genealogy charts, photo collages, and more. Once the book has been designed and ordered, Alexander’s will professionally print, bind, and ship your customized creation to your door. Check out this video to see the… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Melissa Etheridge: Putting Time and Location in Their Place

Posted on April 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

In family history research, when and where your ancestors lived say just as much about them as their name. Understanding not just the geography but also the community your ancestors were a part of provides crucial insight into what their lives were like, as well as the types of records you should be looking for.… Read more

Window through a Widow’s Pension

Posted on April 22, 2015 in Research

By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Michelle Ercanbrack, Family Historian at Ancestry I cannot find how my grandfather Anthony Peter Hellmann came to the U.S. or where he lived before 1900. I have his enlistment in the Spanish-American War, and a 1900 census that lists his birthday as 1878 in Germany, and that he immigrated… Read more