Past Articles

Watt Geniuses – Historical Electrical Engineering Records from Institution of Engineering and Technology

Posted on May 30, 2014 in Collections, United Kingdom

More than 170,000 electrical engineer records are published online today – shedding light on some of history’s ‘brightest sparks’. Digitised by Ancestry the UK Electrical Engineer Records 1871-1930* includes members of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) across the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The IET was originally founded in 1871 as the… Read more

Maleficent Star Elle Fanning a Long Lost Princess

Posted on May 27, 2014 in Celebrity

In celebration of the release of the movie “Maleficent,” (a “Sleeping Beauty” origin story about the malevolent fairy) we discovered that Elle Fanning has more in common with the character she portrays, Princess Aurora, than she may have thought. Fanning is actually the 22nd great-granddaughter of King Edward III, making her a long-lost princess. Her connection… Read more

Fancy a Pint at the Cod Smack? Historic Surrey Pub Names Published Online

Posted on May 15, 2014 in Collections

Thousands of historic records pertaining to Surrey pubs have been published online for the first time – revealing the weird and wonderful names of some of Britain’s oldest ‘boozers’. More than 65,000 Victorian victualler records included in the newly digitised collection Weird and wonderful pub names include the Leopard, Red Lettuce and Cod Smack Lambeth… Read more

Nation’s Working Mothers Increase 800% Over Last 150 Years

Posted on May 8, 2014 in Moments in Time

One hundred and fifty years of federal census data and one thing is clear: the growing trend of working mothers in the United States is as old as Lincoln’s presidency. We recently examined 150 years of U.S. Federal Census records to understand the role of mothers in the workforce and found the national average has grown… Read more

AncestryDNA Database Exceeds 400,000 Genotyped Members

Posted on April 30, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Developed by a team of genetic scientists, bioinformaticists and data scientists, the AncestryDNA test provides users with a personalized genetic ethnicity estimate from 26 global regions and also connects them to a growing network of genetic cousins and their family histories. The test analyzes a person’s genome at over 700,000 marker locations and provides customers… Read more

Tattoos, Pigeon Theft and Financial Fraud: Introducing The West Yorkshire Collection

Posted on April 30, 2014 in Collections

Thousands of 19th century child criminal records have been published online for the first time – shedding light on the delinquent and destitute children of Victorian Britain. The West Yorkshire Collection (1779-1914) details the crimes of thousands of boys admitted to Calder Farm Reformatory, East Moor Community Home School and The Shadwell Children’s Center. More than… Read more

New Quaker Records Tell the Stories of Our Nation’s “Friends”

Posted on April 28, 2014 in Collections

We just released 11.5 million new records documenting one of the most prominent groups in American history, the “Religious Society of Friends,” more commonly known as Quakers. Spanning over 300 years (late 1600s – late 1900s), the collection includes birth, marriage, death, disownment, and memorial records, sourced from the Quaker’s monthly meeting minutes. About The Quakers… Read more

AncestryDNA Advances Exploration of African American Ethnic Origins: Couples Genetic Science with Historical Records

Posted on February 26, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Collections

Thanks to cutting-edge genetic science from AncestryDNA, African Americans are now able to make new discoveries about their ethnic origins, learning about the people and cultures that have been a part of their ancestral heritage for centuries. With test takers on average having at least three and a half regions in Africa as part of… Read more

Coming Soon to Search—More Control Over Your Results!

Posted on February 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

A new sliding control is coming to the Ancestry search function over the next couple of weeks. Located in the upper-left corner of the search results page, it will make it easy to quickly broaden or narrow your search results.  Don’t see the search results you were expecting? Simply drag one or more sliders from… Read more

Ancestry.com Expands Groundbreaking Collaboration With FamilySearch

Posted on January 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

We are pleased to announce an extension of our collaborative efforts with FamilySearch International that will make more than one billion additional records from 67 countries available on Ancestry.com. These already digitized records, provided by FamilySearch, are in addition to the agreement we announced a few months ago that will help digitize, index and publish… Read more