Past Articles

Eastern European Expert Lisa Alzo Shares Tips on Researching Eastern European Ancestry

Posted on May 18, 2016 in Expert Connect

Eastern European expert Lisa Alzo dispels a few common myths surrounding Eastern European family history research and discusses her new projects which include a new book and her website, Immersion Genealogy. Here are some of the online resources Lisa shared: Ancestry Databases Czech Republic Bulgaria Russia Hungary Poland Romania Yugoslavia Czech National Archives Polish National Archives Google Translate… Read more

Maps Can Reveal More Than Meets the Eye

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Expert Connect

As family historians, maps are among the most visually interesting records we can use in our day-to-day research. Maps can help us discover a pattern in movements across county or state boundaries, and help us better understand the geography of a particular area. Certified Genealogists, Pamela Boyer Sayre and Rick Sayre share why maps can reveal… Read more

Why U.S. Military Pension Records May Unlock Clues with Loretta Evans

Posted on April 26, 2016 in Expert Connect

Loretta Evans, AG ® specializes in researching the Midwestern United States. We had the pleasure of interviewing her recently about U.S. military pension records. Tune in below to see why pensions are among the richest family history records and learn about some of the often-overlooked details that can be found in military pension files. Search Ancestry’s… Read more

Family Historians: Don’t Overlook Bureau of Land Management Records

Posted on April 5, 2016 in Expert Connect

We caught up with researcher Michelle Goodrum at Rootstech and asked to her to share her expertise in using Bureau of Land Management (BLM) records for family history research. Michelle blogs over at The Turning of Generations and in this video, she tells us why BLM records are so valuable and shares tips on how to best search… Read more

TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” Returns April 3 at 9/8c

Posted on March 31, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Mark your calendars! It’s our favorite time of year. Who Do You Think You Are? returns to TLC on April 3rd at 9/8c and will feature family history journeys with Aisha Tyler, Scott Foley, Katey Sagal, Molly Ringwald, Lea Michelle and Christopher Noth. Ancestry is proud to be a research partner on the show again and following each… Read more

Be Our Next Ancestry Storyteller

Posted on March 23, 2016 in Site

Share your Ancestry success story with the world! Have you discovered your ancestors unique history or unlocked a family legend using Ancestry or AncestryDNA? Tell us about it and you could be the star in our next Ancestry TV commercial!* You’ll find our video submission site here. Film your answers to the following questions about your experience… Read more

Tracing Your Jewish Roots with Jeremy Frankel and Victoria Fisch from JGS

Posted on March 18, 2016 in Site

Jeremy Frankel and Victoria Fisch are active members in the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and in fact, both serve in leadership roles for their local chapters. We recently caught up with them to talk Jewish research, how they helped on a handful of past “Who Do You Think You Are?” episodes and how they… Read more

Jan Meisels Allen Shares the Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights

Posted on March 9, 2016 in Site

Imagine a world where access to genealogically important records is cut off. That is becoming a reality in some states across the country and the legislation is spreading. Thankfully, a very vocal group of genealogists is rallying support and advocating on behalf of family historians to prevent laws from cutting off access to valuable records.… Read more

AncestryDNA Now Offered in 29 New Countries

Posted on February 23, 2016 in AncestryDNA

Have you been longing to connect with DNA cousins from your ancestral homeland whether that be in Eastern Europe or from one of the Nordic countries? You’re in luck! AncestryDNA has been available in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia/New Zealand, and Canada. Today we are pleased to announce AncestryDNA is now available for purchase in 29… Read more

5-Minute Find: Adding a Quick Link to Your Ancestry Home Page

Posted on February 19, 2016 in Site

Have five minutes? Amy Johnson Crow walks us through how to personalize the Ancestry homepage so you can easily link to your favorite collections or online resources. Want more helpful tips in five minutes or less? Visit our 5-Minute Finds playlist on YouTube here.