About Jeanie Croasmun

Jeanie Croasmun has been working at Ancestry.com while futilely attempting to prove the horse thief story in her family history for over seven years. During that time, she learned enough about her family to determine that the story is likely a great work of fiction. But the search continues ...

Past Articles

Desperately Seeking Search Tips

Posted on November 13, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site

“Seeking Search Tips.” That one simple request sums up all that is wonderful about the just-launched Ancestry.com Support Community. Ask a question. Get an answer. The Ancestry.com Support Community is just that: a place where community members can get answers from other members of the Ancestry.com community about how to use the site for research.… Read more

New York 1940 – Now Search by Name

Posted on June 5, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

13.5 million people lived in New York in 1940. And you can search for any one of them now by name in the just-launched 1940 U.S. Federal Census index for the Empire State on Ancestry.com. New York was the country’s biggest state in 1940 and its census pages are filled with fascinating folks. We’ve already… Read more

Just Launched! Search 1940 Maine Now

Posted on May 18, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site

Maine, 1940. Before lobster had settled firmly into the position of high-priced delicacy. Before the eastern-most state had realized the impact World War II would have on its shipbuilding industry. Before there was a Stephen King to tell wonderfully creepy fictional tales about the place. That was Maine 72 years ago. And as of last… Read more

Take a FREE online family history class!

Posted on May 15, 2012 in Webinars

Join Ancestry.com for two FREE online classes this week beginning tonight at 8 p.m. ET as Crista Cowan walks you through her go-to tips for success in Ready, Set, Go – Family History How-To Everyone Should Know. Then join us again on Thursday, May 17 at 8pm ET as Juliana Szucs Smith presents Get More… Read more

American roots — tonight on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted on April 27, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Actor Rob Lowe’s is hoping to discover a connection to the “real heroes” who helped establish America. But what he finds instead is the story of a soldier who fought against George Washington — but who then turned out to be quintessentially American. The details are unique, but it’s a story most of us recognize:… Read more

1940 Census: Add D.C. to That Index List

Posted on April 26, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Last night we launched another indexed location, this time the District of Columbia. And you can find some amazing people in it. First, you’ll find the likely suspects – like President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and J. Edgar Hoover. Plus interesting tots including a one-year-old Marvin Gaye. With the addition of the District of Columbia, we… Read more

1940: Why There’s Nevada and Delaware But No Other Indexes … Yet

Posted on April 19, 2012 in Content

It’s our number one question on the blog, to our member services agents, on Facebook, everywhere: Why can’t I search by name in my ancestor’s state in the 1940 census yet? Seems like we should have an easy answer for it, and we do – because it takes time. But that answer resonates about as… Read more

1940 Census – All images and our first two indexed states now online

Posted on April 9, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

What a difference a week makes. Since the National Archives released the 1940 Census to us last Monday, we’ve been hard at work to get every one of the 3.8 million 1940 Census images online. And while we were at it, we indexed two of the states, Nevada and Delaware, and made them searchable by… Read more

This month’s member story (a.k.a. your newsletter feedback at work)

Posted on August 1, 2011 in Ancestry.com Site

I love hearing about people’s research success stories. What I didn’t realize is how much so many of you do, too. But after reading all of the comments asking us to bring back the member stories we formerly featured in our newsletter, I now know better. While we work on a permanent place to showcase… Read more

Announcing Your ALL-NEW Ancestry.com Monthly Newsletter

Posted on July 8, 2011 in Ancestry.com Site

I’ll be honest, when I was first asked to edit the Ancestry.com monthly newsletter, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. It’s a fantastic means of communicating new content, enhancements and tools with you. But it’s an email, where everything should be quick and bite-sized. And family history, with detailed stories and individualized, custom research… Read more