Past Articles

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Rachel and Kayleen McAdams Discover Land Grant for a Loyalist

Posted on August 7, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  One of the best parts of creating a story is getting to pick where your story takes place. Is it on Seabrook Island, in 1800s London, or jumping throughout time? But when it comes to the stories in your family tree, you don’t get to pick the setting. You have to discover where your… Read more

One Million World War I Heroes Forgotten by Descendants

Posted on July 29, 2014 in Collections, Military Records, United Kingdom

As we commemorate the World War I Centenary “1914 – 2014,” remember your forgotten heroes.   Three in 10 descendants of World War I heroes are unaware of their military heritage Many lose opportunity to learn of family link to Great War when relatives pass away Ancestry makes all WWI Medal Index Cards records free-to-use to… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Mapping Cynthia Nixon’s Ancestor

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

For the television show Who Do You Think You Are? our job is to tell stories we find in family trees. And a good story needs good characters, the more well-rounded and dynamic, the better. So when we research an episode for Who Do You Think You Are? we look to learn everything we can… Read more

Historic Victorian Atlas Published Online

Posted on June 20, 2014 in Collections

  Newly digitised, navigable atlas collection details 500 years of British history:    Victorian atlas reveals the shifting shape of Britain’s landscape over the last 500 years Collection of 57 maps shows England’s lost counties such as Westmorland and Huntingdonshire  Parish borders reminiscent of time when people associated more with their church than town hall… Read more

Jack, James and Daniel to be most popular names – if England wins World Cup

Posted on June 13, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity

‘1966 naming trend’ reveals how the names of England’s World Cup squad members will soar if they win the tournament.   Names of England’s 1966 World Cup winners doubled in popularity after Wembley win Trend would mean nearly 30,000 extra boys with same name as 2014 Lions Jack Wilshere can expect to see his name… Read more

Ancestry Mobile App Wins Appy Award Second Year in a Row

Posted on June 6, 2014 in Mobile

    The winners of the 2014 APPY Awards were named recently, and we are pleased to announce that the Ancestry mobile app has won the award for the best “Reference App” a second year in a row. The APPY Awards, part of Internet Week New York, honor applications on all platforms and is dedicated to acknowledging… Read more

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