Past Articles

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

Member Spotlight: Newly Discovered Connection to the Boleyn Family

Posted on February 6, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community

We always love hearing of member success stories, and in 2015 we’ve made it a priority to share more of them. We look forward to bringing you member stories that we hope will inspire you and give you ideas that you can implement in your research. Ty Francis is one of our biggest fans, so… Read more

North Dakota State Research Guide Available Now

Posted on January 12, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

The great state of North Dakota is next on our list of free state research guides we’re making available. The first European settlers to North Dakota arrived in the 18th century and were fur traders employed by the Missouri Fur company. Not long after, the settlements of Selkirk Colony, on the Red and Assiniboine rivers, and the Pembina… Read more

Massachusetts State Research Guide Now Available

Posted on December 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

With the long-standing history of Massachusetts, you can expect interesting and rich collections to assist your family history research. Here are five things you may not have known about Massachusetts: 1. Massachusetts was the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and be granted statehood. 2. Four United States Presidents were born in Massachusetts: John Adams,… Read more

Throwback Thursday: Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on December 18, 2014 in Holidays

It seems like every year there’s a long list of the season’s hottest toys and most desirable gifts to give your loved ones. That got us thinking, what were the most sought-after gifts in the late 19th century-early 20th century? Since Santa hasn’t brought us that time machine we asked for, we need to be… Read more