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

Join Ancestry.com for RootsTech

Posted on December 14, 2010 in Events

Mark your calendar for February 10-12 and join Ancestry.com in Salt Lake City, Utah, for RootsTech 2011 – a brand new conference where technology and family history come together. What does it mean for you? A chance to meet with, learn from and talk to the people who design the tools that help you make… Read more

Join Ancestry.com at the Atlanta Family History Expo

Posted on November 9, 2010 in Events

Visit Ancestry.com at the Atlanta Family History Expo this weekend. Stop by the exhibit hall for hands-on advice and attend an Ancestry.com class like Getting the Most from Family Tree Maker. Want to dive further into your research at Ancestry.com? Attend Getting the Most from Your Ancestry.com Subscription and Best Strategies for Searching Ancestry.com, or… Read more

From Bar Fights to Pine Trees: Where They Rest in Early California

Posted on October 30, 2010 in Content

I’m not exactly sure what it is about these records that fascinates me – they’re simple typed cards with info about death – but the new California Mortuary and Cemetery Records (1801-1932) do just that. I don’t have any relatives in there, at least not that I know of. But I still wound up spending… Read more

This Saturday: Join Us in Boston

Posted on October 11, 2010 in Events

Join the experts from Ancestry.com and the New England Historical and Genealogical Society this Saturday for Boston Family History Day. Get answers to your research questions, attend a full day of how-to classes, and get hands-on tips for taking your family history further than ever before. Pre-register for the event (just $38 for the day)… Read more

Visit Ancestry.com at the California Family History Expo

Posted on October 4, 2010 in Events

Join Ancestry.com this weekend at the California Family History Expo. Attend classes, including our popular Best Strategies for Searching Ancestry.com, Getting the Most from Family Tree Maker, and Immigration and Emigration Records Online. Plus, stop by the Ancestry.com booth in the exhibit hall for hands-on advice from the Ancestry.com experts. The California Family History Expo… Read more

Discovering Names in Unexpected Places

Posted on September 8, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site

Another Ancestry.com member story to share — this one’s about a photo with wonderful secrets: “I had wondered what my grandmother looked like at a young age. This was my father’s mother, Mary Helisek Vinic, who died before I was born. The only picture I had of her was of her in an open casket… Read more

Ellis Island Stories

Posted on September 2, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site

I feel an odd connection to Ellis Island, a place I’ve never been to personally. But two of my grandparents and all but one set of my great-grandparents found themselves there at one time or another. I discovered this fact last week when two passenger lists I’d been looking for finally found me, too. I’d… Read more

How Knutson Became Newton

Posted on September 1, 2010 in Stories, Webinars

Sometimes I get a story from an Ancestry.com member that’s just so wonderful I have to share it. The following, from Kathy Kennard, fits that description perfectly:  “My great-grandfather, Hans Knutson, came from Norway and, according to family history, had a bit of a lisp. When he told the officials his name, they understood him… Read more

Dreaming in Seattle

Posted on May 24, 2010 in Member Connect

Call me a dreamer but I think I may be an heir to the city of Seattle. Okay, not really, not even close. But I did find out that a semi-distant branch of my family tree helped settle King County, Washington. That’s exciting for me, considering all I ever hoped to discover is that my… Read more

What We Found: A Handful of Towns Missing from the 1880 Census

Posted on May 17, 2010 in Content

Anyone who has traced family back from 1900 to 1880 knows that a lot can happen in 20 years – particularly when you’re up against that missing 1890 census record (99 percent of the census for 1890 was destroyed courtesy of a fire). But what if your family was missing from every published version of… Read more