Think You Can’t Research Your African American Family History? Think Again.

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 3, 2015 in Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Paul Rawlins, Editorial Manager at Ancestry The Ancestry team recently returned from the Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando, Florida, where they had a fantastic time watching people’s excitement as they saw family names they recognized—or maybe had never seen—appear on U.S. census and other records. Some African Americans Read More

Popular Toys in History: What Your Ancestors Played With

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 30, 2015 in Site, Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Toys haven’t always been a part of childhood. It was only during the Victorian era that families began viewing play time as central to a child’s development. Paired with industrialization, that meant the invention of many new and exciting toys, with some more enduringly popular than others. The Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogs archived on Ancestry can Read More

Ancestral Traditions That Are Hard to Believe

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 29, 2015 in Site, Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Need an excuse for a party? Celebrate like your ancestors did! You might want to ask guests to sign a waiver, though–these holidays could get way out of hand. Largely an excuse for binge drinking and gluttony, traditional festivals around the world include everything from fistfights to bonfires to jumping over babies. Here are some of Read More

What Happened to the Family Fortune? Historic Scottish Probate Records Now Online!

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 29, 2015 in Collections, United Kingdom

Two centuries worth of historic probate records have been published online, revealing the final fortunes of over 650,000 Scots. The Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories) 1876-1936 records were originally held at the AK Bell Library, Perth, and includes an index and images relating to the annually published probate records filed in Scotland over a period Read More

Ancestry Mexico Launches with More than 220 Million Searchable Mexican Historical Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 28, 2015 in Collections, Mexico

We are pleased to announce the launch of new online services that will help Mexicans and the estimated 34 million Mexican Americans* research their family history. More than 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico, including new birth, marriage, and death records dating back to the 1500s are now available on the Ancestry site, many of Read More

The New Ancestry: October 23rd Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 23, 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 highlighted some of your favorite features that will be coming into the new Ancestry in the coming weeks. These include Member Connect and Military Pages. We are also close to having thumbnail images available in the timeline on the FACTS Read More