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

Posted on April 14, 2015 in Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com 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

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (A-C)

Posted on March 31, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

If you’ve spent a significant amount of time researching your family history, you’ve probably run into many of your ancestors referred to with a nickname in records, including censuses. Being familiar with nicknames that your ancestor may have used could help you overcome that “brick wall.” It can also prevent the frustration of discovering that… Read more

How Mary Tedesco of “Genealogy Roadshow” Discovered Family History

Posted on March 27, 2015 in Genealogy Road Show, In The Community

We have loved tuning in to Mary Tedesco, researcher on the latest season of “Genealogy Roadshow” on PBS, so we were thrilled to have had the opportunity to interview her. Mary, founder of Origins Italy shares how she was first introduced to family history, and it starts with a shared Ancestry.com login. And while we recognize… Read more

Save Family Photos: Inspiring Budding Family Historians Through Photographs

Posted on March 17, 2015 in In The Community

Following her grandfather’s passing, Rachel LaCour-Niesen was given photographs that spanned several generations of her family. As she started to uncover the emotional and beautiful stories of her relatives, she quickly discovered a new found passion for family history. Anxious to share those stories with extended family and friends, she established Save Family Photos, with… Read more

Become Fluent in Irish Slang

Posted on March 12, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, most hometown St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivals will kick off this weekend. If you’re looking to beef up on your Irish slang, look no further than our list of words used throughout Ireland and their meanings. Word Meaning Bad dose bad illness Bag of taytos bag… Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Wilma Pearl Mankiller

Posted on March 8, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Wilma Pearl Mankiller has a unique story and background, unlike any other woman featured in our Leaving a Legacy series. Born  in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Wilma Pearl Mankiller descended from a long line of full-blooded Cherokee Indians on her paternal side, and had Dutch and Irish ancestry on her maternal side. Mankiller lived in Oklahoma through her… Read more

Leaving a Legacy – Cornelia Clark Fort

Posted on March 6, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Cornelia Clark Fort’s Life “I am grateful that my one talent, flying, was useful to my country.” – Cornelia Fort As the first American pilot to encounter the Japanese air fleet during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Cornelia Fort made history for women aviators across the globe. Cornelia was born into an affluent family in Nashville,… Read more