Past Articles

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (Q-Z)

Posted on May 19, 2015 in Site

Over the last few months, we ran a series of blog posts that highlighted nicknames or alternate first names your ancestors may have used. We’ve all seen at least one ancestor referred to by a nickname in a public record. Before you throw in the towel on that ancestor who has been eluding you, consider that… Read more

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (L-P)

Posted on May 12, 2015 in Site

Ever been head down in family history research only to discover a new name in historical documents that makes you scratch your head? It happens to all of us. Before you start down another long research path to find this *new* ancestor, consider that many of our ancestors were known by nicknames which were common… Read more

Expert Series: J. Mark Lowe on How The “Mull and Ponder” Approach Helps His Genealogy Research

Posted on May 9, 2015 in In The Community

We caught up with professional genealogist J. Mark Lowe earlier this year at RootsTech and asked him to share his research advice for family historians just starting out. Tune in below to learn some tips – plus hear about his newest genealogical discovery unlocked by the power of DNA. Learn about Mark’s background here and connect… Read more

Facebook Chat Recap: Q&A with AncestryDNA Team

Posted on May 3, 2015 in In The Community

We hope you were able to join us last week for the Facebook chat we had on AncestryDNA. It was an action packed hour as our product team answered your questions and offered advice for those who have taken, or are considering taking, the AncestryDNA test. The participating AncestryDNA team members included Product Manager, Anna Swayne;… Read more

Expert Series: Donna Moughty Discusses Resources for Irish Family History Research

Posted on May 2, 2015 in In The Community

Irish family history expert and author of Donna’s Irish Genealogy Resources, Donna Moughty, met up with our own Juliana Szucs to discuss Irish genealogy research. Donna shares tips to get started, Griffith’s Valuation and her favorite places for research trips here:

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (G-K)

Posted on April 30, 2015 in Site

Your ancestor may not always be listed in records with the first name he or she was given at birth. Over the last few months, we introduced a series of blog posts featuring commonly-used nicknames that you may run across in your research. If you’re not finding your ancestors in the records, try searching for… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with America Ferrera: Good News About Newspapers

Posted on April 14, 2015 in Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

America Ferrera grew up hearing stories about her great-grandfather Gregorio Ferrera, who was supposed to be some kind of a general. Armies love paperwork, and military service usually generates plenty of records. But in this case, we ended up turning to a completely different source to uncover Gregorio Ferrera’s dynamic life. During her journey on… Read more

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (D-F)

Posted on April 10, 2015 in Site

Savvy family historians know that an ancestor’s first name may not always appear consistently the same way in records. Nicknames, diminutive names, or even middle names may have been used in the documents we use in our family history. These alternate names can cause us to mistake an already documented ancestor for a new individual, perhaps… Read more

“Cyndi’s List” Founder, Cyndi Ingle Shares Her Favorite Resources

Posted on April 7, 2015 in In The Community

One of the greatest resources that has been available to family historians for nearly two decades is Cyndi’s List, a comprehensive and categorized list of genealogical resources from across the web. More than 300,000 of them to be exact. As a veteran researcher, Cyndi shares what she thinks are the most overlooked but often the most… Read more

Member Spotlight: Family Folklore Proven True with AncestryDNA

Posted on April 3, 2015 in Site, AncestryDNA, In The Community

Most families have interesting stories handed down over the generations. Ancestry member Heidi had heard stories of a baby given up for adoption at birth because the child’s father, her cousin, and the mother were young. She learned her aunt, the baby’s grandmother, had been searching for the child for years, but had little to… Read more