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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

What We Are Reading: December 5th Edition

Posted on December 5, 2014 in In The Community

If you’re like us, the fast approaching year-end has us reviewing the research goals we set out in early 2014. Below are some victories celebrated by community members who have solved a family mystery or discovered a new treasure in their family history. We’re using these posts as inspiration to finish 2014 strong with our… Read more

The Big Reveal: Century Chest Opened at Oklahoma Historical Society

Posted on November 20, 2014 in In The Community

Every family historian dreams of the day we discover a perfectly cared for time capsule which holds treasures and artifacts from the past. In 2013, the Oklahoma Historical Society revealed a Century Chest, a throwback to what life was like in Oklahoma City in 1913. The chest was put together by volunteers as a creative… Read more

What Native Culture and Storytelling Means to Former Chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

Posted on November 17, 2014 in In The Community

We sat down with Enoch “Kelly” Haney, a full blooded Seminole Creek Indian and former chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma as well as a former Oklahoma State Senator. Kelly has dedicated his life to advocating on behalf of Seminole Nation and expanding awareness of Native American culture through art. Kelly shares the importance… Read more

WWII Veterans Share Their Story with Ancestry

Posted on November 11, 2014 in In The Community

We recently met with a few WWII veterans from the 370th, 371st, 372nd and 424th bomb squadrons known as the “Long Rangers.” They shared their experiences of being away from home, the war, and gave advice for the next generation. These veterans have first-hand experience that we’ll soon have to read about in history books.… Read more

Drumroll, Please…The Winner of the October Branch Out Contest Is…

Posted on November 10, 2014 in Site, Contest

If you submitted an entry in the October round of our Branch Out contest, thank you! We received some truly amazing stories in thousands of entries from community members throughout the United States. We have randomly selected our October winner and that lucky person is…  Alison Marcoff of Boynton Beach, FL Alison has successfully traced her ancestors back… Read more

What We Are Reading: November 7th Edition

Posted on November 7, 2014 in In The Community

I come from a long line of military veterans, with most of the men in my family having served in the Navy (Go Navy!), so it’s no surprise that the military and our veterans have a very special place in my heart. In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, this week’s What We Are… Read more

Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History Month – Part Four

Posted on October 30, 2014 in Family History Month

Can you believe Family History Month is nearly over? We hope you’ve had a great month of researching your family even further and sharing in new family memories!This is the last in our four-part series which highlights creative ways to get children interested in family history research. Here are three fun activities to do with… Read more

#AncestryChat Returns: Family History Research in 140 Characters or Less

Posted on October 29, 2014 in Events

If you’re like us, you can’t get enough family history, whether it’s researching or learning new things to try. Since there are few things better than talking with others who feel the same way, we’re taking it to Twitter! Earlier this month, we reintroduced our real-time Twitter chat using the hashtag #AncestryChat. Based on your feedback,… Read more

Between The Leaves: Interviewing Family Members

Posted on October 24, 2014 in Between the Leaves, Family History Month

Most of our family history research starts with oral history, the stories passed down from generation to generation. It’s important to capture these moments – whether by recording them or writing them down, to piece together your family history puzzle. On this week’s “Between the Leaves” we asked our professional genealogists Amy Johnson Crow, Anne… Read more