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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

Ancestry Global Family History Report

Posted on December 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Since Ancestry was founded in 1983, we’ve helped more than 2 million people find out more about their family’s history, filling in the ‘whos’, ‘wheres’ and ‘whys’ behind who they are today. At the time of this post, we have digitized more than 15 billion historic records from 67 countries, containing everything from war medal… Read more

The House on Mulberry Street and Clues to Irish Roots

Posted on December 4, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Amy Johnson Crow, Family Historian for Ancestry I’ve located my maternal great-grandparents, John and Margaret Ellen (Cunningham) Haffey in Wayne County, Ohio in the 1880 census. I’m trying to locate their births in Ireland. I have their death records, but they didn’t list a specific Irish birthplace. I have… Read more

Introducing Historical Insights

Posted on December 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Mobile, Site Features

What was it like for your immigrant great-grandparents to pass through Ellis Island? Did your mother watch as the Great Mississippi flood destroyed her hometown? Have you ever wondered what your grandfather’s life was like when he served in the army in World War I? We realize how much these types of historical events shaped… Read more

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? – Part II

Posted on November 19, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Jake Byrnes, Ph.D., Population Genomics Technical Manager for AncestryDNA “I am adopted and have NO clues about my birth except a sort of “fake” birth certificate from when I was born in Texas. No family name. No known blood relatives. Would the DNA test be a good option for… Read more

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? – Part I

Posted on November 13, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Jake Byrnes, Ph.D., Population Genomics Technical Manager for AncestryDNA   “I am adopted and have NO clues about my birth except a sort of ‘fake’ birth certificate from when I was born in Texas. No family name. No known blood relatives. Would the DNA test be a good option… Read more

Remembering and Researching Vietnam-era Veterans

Posted on November 10, 2014 in Military Records, Research

This is a post by guest blogger Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CGSM. As researchers of Vietnam-era veterans, we are fortunate. We can often capture the first-person experiences and stories of the veteran. As researchers, we also face challenges. Many records for Vietnam-era veterans are closed to the general public. Here is some background and resources to… Read more