Past Articles

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.

Tips to Finding Unindexed Probate Records

Posted on February 18, 2016 in Collections

Last year, Ancestry put more than 170 million U.S. Wills and Probate Records online for all 50 states. If you haven’t already discovered these records, you really need to check them out. Probate records offer unique insights into who and what was important to our ancestors and can often establish relationships not found in other records.… Read more

Journey to Freedom: A Genealogical Study of an African American Family

Posted on February 17, 2016 in Site

The unique stories discovered in researching our family trees is what continues to inspire us to dig deeper. This is no different for Lonnie Bunkley, veteran family historian and author of Journey to Freedom: A Genealogical Study of an African American Family who we had the pleasure of interviewing recently at a family history conference. Lonnie… Read more