Past Articles

Ancestry Interviews Diahan Southard, Molecular Genealogist

Posted on January 29, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Many of us ask the question, “What next?” after seeing your ethnicity breakdown and the hundreds of cousin matches that came with your DNA results. Diahan Southard, molecular genealogist and founder of Your DNA Guide, emphasizes the importance of DNA research in combination with traditional records research to compile the most complete picture of your family history.… Read more

Cathy Romero Shares What Ignited Her Passion for Family History

Posted on January 22, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Tracing your family history is a very personal journey for some including Cathy Romero of Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA). Cathy shares what prompted her New Mexican family research, and the exciting discovery she quickly made on her paternal side. Want to learn more about GSHA? Visit their site, here for more information.

Professional Genealogist Shares How She Succeeded at Pre-1850 Census Research

Posted on January 11, 2016 in In The Community

We had the privilege of interviewing Peggy Lynn Clemens Lauritzen, AG, about how she works past the 1850 census. Tune in below to hear what she recommends in terms of getting past those tick marks in the earliest census records. ` Looking for helpful blank forms and charts? Ancestry has them available for free here. Learn more about… Read more

AncestryDNA Results Surprise Two Professional Genealogists

Posted on January 8, 2016 in AncestryDNA

What research dreams are made of … discovering you’re distant cousins with a professional genealogist. Even more exciting when two professional genealogists find out they are connected with one another. Prominent researcher Nicka Smith, and Ancestry’s own, Crista Cowan made this very discovery with the help of AncestryDNA. Tune in below to learn how they made… Read more

Member Spotlight: How AncestryDNA United Previously Unknown Sisters

Posted on December 16, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

After years of researching her European ancestry, JoLynn was surprised to discover a document that indicated one of her great-grandmothers was of African descent. Without more of a paper trail to follow, she took an AncestryDNA test to confirm her ethnicity results and discovered MUCH more! Ancestry: What inspired you to trace your family using… Read more

Adoptee Celebrates AncestryDNA Results with “Reveal Party”

Posted on December 3, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

As the adopted daughter to a European father and American mother, Nicole absorbed all the traditions of her family like making Polish pierogies around the holidays (her adopted mother’s tradition), and celebrating her father’s Swiss heritage throughout the year. Growing up in Northwest Indiana, her adopted parents never hid the truth of Nicole’s adoption. She had little… Read more

Cinco errores que evitar al investigar tu historia familiar

Posted on December 1, 2015 in Mexico

As we expand globally, Ancestry is committed to offering our educational content in multiple languages so we’re beginning to offer several of our most popular blog posts in Spanish. This post below is available in English and can be found here. ¡Todos cometemos errores! La clave del éxito en la investigación de la historia familiar,… Read more

Conceptos básicos de historia familiar: Consejos para entrevistar a tus parientes con vida

Posted on November 11, 2015 in Mexico

As we expand globally, Ancestry is committed to offering our educational content in multiple languages so we’re beginning to offer several of our most popular blog posts in Spanish. This post below is available in English and can be found here.  El hecho de compartir el legado de tu familia es de gran importancia al… Read more

Welcome to October Family History Month 2015

Posted on October 1, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Contest, Events, Family History Month, Find A Grave, United Kingdom

Here at Ancestry, we’re celebrating the month of October in a BIG way as October is Family History Month! We have a series of educational posts focused on a day in the life of your ancestor that will be shared throughout the month, including great pieces from guest contributors. We will also be hosting several giveaways on our social… Read more

Join Us For Find A Grave’s Community Day on October 17th!

Posted on September 21, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Find A Grave, In The Community, United Kingdom

We’re bringing Find A Grave Community Day back! Last year was an amazing success thanks to you, our incredible volunteers, who visited over 100 cemeteries and contributed more than 250,000 photos on the days leading up to, and on, Find A Grave Community Day 2014. In hopes of beating the 2014 record, we are hosting… Read more