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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

Discovering U.S. Passenger Lists on Ancestry

Posted on December 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

If you’re kicking off the new year with a commitment to research your family history, we suggest you check out the United States passenger list collection currently available on Ancestry. There are 132 collections that represent over 140 million records. Hopefully, one or more contains information on your immigrant ancestor that helps to build the story… 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

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 Ancestry.com 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