Past Articles

WDYTYA Recap with Tony Goldwyn: In Their Own Words

Posted on April 6, 2015 in Who Do You Think You Are?

We love census records. And vital records. And passenger lists. We could go on. Each of these documents does so much to pinpoint our relatives in a certain place at a certain time. Then we flesh out their stories not only by reading what is on each record but also by reading between the lines.… Read more

WDYTYA Recap: Sean Hayes Finds Order in Petty Session Court Records

Posted on March 30, 2015 in Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

Trouble seemed to follow Sean Hayes’ ancestors down generations and even over an ocean. But trouble, especially when it led to clashes with the law, became a lynchpin in uncovering Sean’s story. Researching ancestors in Ireland has always required some creativity due to the loss of 19th-century census returns. Censuses are a staple in U.S.… Read more

The Legend of Harvey Setzer

Posted on March 24, 2015 in Site

By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Paul Rawlins, Editorial Manager at Ancestry My grandfather’s sister, Lillian Wilson, married a man by the name of Harvey G. Setzer in Weippe, Idaho, Shoshone County, on July 3, 1890. Harvey was a miner and contracted consumption. The doctor prescribed a warmer, drier climate so they moved to Valle… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: What’s in a Name?

Posted on March 23, 2015 in Site

We like to think Shakespeare was channeling his inner family historian when he penned the famous line “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Talk to any expert genealogist and they will tell you that relying on an ancestor’s name alone can be a… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points, Sometimes Isn’t

Posted on March 16, 2015 in Who Do You Think You Are?

It’s a frustrating fact that most historical records were never designed to tell us what we want to know nowadays. When created, their purpose was not to appease curiosities in the 21st century. Instead, genealogists are constantly using their education and experience to coax out answers about people, places and time periods. We also rely… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Returns with Julie Chen: Sometimes You Just Have to Go and Walk up the Mountain

Posted on March 9, 2015 in Who Do You Think You Are?

We’ve been saying it for many years: the Internet has forever changed family history. We all like to talk about finding digitized records in the comfort of our homes, in the wee hours of the night, wearing our pajamas. Basically, we’ve been spoiled. But, amazing as all these digitized family history sources are, you can’t… Read more

Finding Your Family History on the Printed Page

Posted on February 24, 2015 in Site, Research

Finding Your Family History on the Printed Page By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lisa Elzey, Family Historian at Ancestry I am stuck finding more information about my grandfather, Leland Wright. From a 1930 U.S. Census I know he lived in Florida and was born in Ohio about 1883. Can you help me? – Edmund… Read more

Ancestry Takes on the 2015 Epic Ski Challenge

Posted on February 13, 2015 in In The Community

The Ancestry family is heating things up this winter and combining our passion for charitable work with some friendly competition. Our Chief Technology Officer, Scott Sorensen, challenged a few people within the Ancestry family to participate in the 2015 Epic Ski Challenge, a multi-round competition presented by Vail Resorts to raise awareness and resources for… Read more

Branch Out Contest Winner: Alison Marcoff

Posted on February 10, 2015 in Site

By Lorraine Bourne and Dani Edgar Alison Marcoff recently won Ancestry’s Branch Out sweepstakes, with a prize of 20 hours of research time from Ancestry ProGenealogists. Alison’s tree had already been thoroughly researched back to a tricky brick-wall problem: who were the parents of James C. Ogden, her 4th great-grandfather? We knew James C. Ogden… Read more

The Obituary Is Just the Beginning of the Story

Posted on January 20, 2015 in Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Ancestry Genealogist Question: Can you provide me a copy of the obituary for Albert Allison Slingerland, who last lived in Sturgis, Michigan. He was the next-to-the-last Civil War veteran in that state. —Lyle There is a saying that there are no boring ancestors, just boring researchers. … Read more