Articles by Kristie Wells

Announcing the “Branch Out” Contest: Enter For A Chance To Win a Family History Package!

Posted on October 1, 2013 in Contest

  You asked. We listened! We are excited to announce the Branch Out contest where six (6) lucky Grand-Prize Winners will have the opportunity to work with ProGenealogists to help shape their family tree. Whether you are just starting out, or you have been building your tree for years, now is your chance to work with an… Read more

Celebrate Family History Month with!

Posted on September 30, 2013 in Collections, Events, Family History Month, Research

  Each October, genealogy enthusiasts come together to celebrate ‘Family History Month’ – a time to focus on inspiring people to discover, preserve, and share their family heritage while also making new memories with loved ones. “It is only natural that we want to find out more about our ancestors, and what a better way to… Read more

The Love of Hockey Runs In The Family

Posted on September 27, 2013 in In The Community, Stories

It is great when you can find a shared passion with one of your ancestors – like when the 1940 census shows your grandfather owned a bakery and it makes sense as you love to eat cookies, or your 3x great-grandmother working as a seamstress and you happen to be handy sewing a rogue button… Read more

Jim Parsons Finds Storied Ancestors from New Orleans to Versailles

Posted on September 11, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  — and learns that remarkable men run in his family. TV star Jim Parsons has always had acting in his blood. But are there other artists in his family tree? “Are these the kind of qualities that are passed down through a family? It’s not a far reach to say they are.” To honor his… Read more

Available Now: Family Tree Maker version 2014

Posted on September 10, 2013 in Family Tree Maker

Includes updates on editing, sharing, tree viewing and TreeSync™ to make collaboration even easier. Today we are releasing the 2014 version of Family Tree Maker, our family history software that enables enthusiasts to build and organize their family tree with greater ease. This update brings features such as enhanced editing to multiple reporting options, TreeSync… Read more

Tonight on WDYTYA: Jim Parsons Discovers His Family Legacy Lives on in Paper and Stone

Posted on September 10, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Best known as brainiac Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, actor Jim Parsons has always had acting in his blood. But he wonders where it comes from — and what else was passed down along his father’s family line. On tonight’s season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? Jim travels to New… Read more

Trisha Yearwood: Calling All Winsletts

Posted on September 6, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  Trisha Yearwood’s 5th great-grandfather, Samuel Winslett, died in 1829 in Georgia, the patriarch of a large family. Our research showed that over the years he received multiple land grants in Georgia, including in 1769 before the Revolutionary War. But as we searched for Samuel Winslett in Georgia records before 1769, we did not find… Read more

What Do You Get When You Combine Cats, a Doll and Jump Rope?

Posted on September 5, 2013 in Cool Finds

We came across this ‘Playtime” photo in the Library of Congress Photo Collection and was going to add it to our ‘Cool Finds’ catalog, but think we might need to start a new one called ‘Oddities’. Based on the doll pictured here, any guess as to when this photo was taken?  

A Simple Question Sends Trisha Yearwood on a Journey Through the Turbulent Life of Her Immigrant Ancestor

Posted on September 3, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  As a country music superstar, Trisha Yearwood has sung her share of emotional songs. But on tonight’s Who Do You Think You Are? she discovers that her 5x great-grandfather’s life actually sounds like one. Trisha begins her journey with a simple question: who was the first person in her Winslett family line to set… Read more

Cindy Crawford: Turning 1,000 Hours of Research into One Hour of Television

Posted on August 28, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  How do you get from Cindy Crawford back to Charlemagne in one hour?  Things might happen fast on television, but behind the scenes, it took months to research Cindy’s tree. Only the records that were essential stepping stones could be included in her story, and a few important steps we took along the way… Read more

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