Past Articles

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

How the 19th Century’s 1 Percent Lived Large

Posted on October 9, 2015 in Family History Month

When it comes to luxurious living, the upper crust of the late 1800s make today’s “1 percent” seem modest by comparison. Even though modern necessities like indoor plumbing and flush toilets were just starting to make their appearances, the 19th century elite enjoyed luxuries that are still astounding (or confounding) more than a century later.… Read more

The New Ancestry: October 8th Feature Update

Posted on October 8, 2015 in Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. This week we are rolling out a few new enhancements based on feedback we have received from you over the past couple of months. Feature update: We explored a wide range of use cases on the size and shape of profile photos, and we are… Read more

Drugster? Snobscat? Can you guess these old-time occupations?

Posted on October 6, 2015 in Family History Month, Research

Occupations come and go, and sometimes job names do, too. Here are a few classics you probably won’t be seeing on résumés for the class of 2015: ▶brewster or maltster — maker of ales, beers, and other alcoholic beverages ▶chandler — candle maker; also seller of provisions ▶cooper — barrel maker ▶crocker — pottery maker… Read more

The New Ancestry: October 4th Feature Update

Posted on October 4, 2015 in Site

This past week our efforts were focused on several “behind the scenes” items on the Ancestry website as well as prepping upcoming features on Media to bring you better and richer experiences. We expect to have an update on more member facing items in our next feature update next week. Top Issues Reported Below is a status on the… Read more