Generation Next

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 12, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, March-April 2007. When I ask members of the local scout troop if anybody has his Genealogy Merit Badge, I get groans and complaints. “Dude, that took so long” seems to be the general consensus. But when I ask what they found out, the tone changes. Riley learned how Read More

Love Stories

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 9, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, November-December 2009. Ever stop to think about how, what, why? How your grandparents met each other. What exactly attracted them to one another. Why they married, had children, and chose to either stay together or go their separate ways. Maybe it was kismet, maybe something larger — something Read More

AncestryDNA reunites Hicks Babies on “Nightline”

Posted by Paul Rawlins on August 6, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Kristie Hughes was sold as a baby. Now AncestryDNA has helped her find the family she was taken from 51 years ago. The story of the “Hicks Babies” broke about 20 years ago when a researcher discovered that a Dr. Thomas Hicks of McCaysville, Georgia, sold babies he delivered in his clinic to couples looking Read More

American Indian Research in the 1800s

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 10, 2014 in Collections

In 19th-century America, the eyes of the country were looking west. The Louisiana Purchase, annexation of Texas, Mexican-American War, resolving of the Oregon boundary dispute, California gold rush, Homestead Act, and transcontinental railroad all contributed to opening more of the American continent to white settlement. This westward expansion also spelled the end of the life Read More

Remembering Cemetery Day

Posted by Paul Rawlins on May 26, 2014 in Stories

I was only two when my grandfather died, so I never knew him. But I know his grave. I’ve visited it probably every year since he died. I know I’ve been there practically every year I can remember, even the year my brothers had to stay home with chicken pox. Memorial Day in Lewiston is Read More

New Content: Nor Cals, Seadogs and Swedes

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 2, 2014 in Collections

Last week brought records from eight counties and the Portuguese Union of California to the site in California, Death and Burial Records from Select Counties, 1873–1987.     Residents of Canada’s Atlantic Coast inhabit the Newfoundland, Canada, Index of Birth, Marriage & Death Notices from Newspapers, 1810–1890, and Canada, Seafarers of the Atlantic Provinces, 1860–1899, Read More

New Content: Medicos, Taxpayers and Railroaders

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 12, 2014 in Collections

Was there a doctor—or midwife—in the family? The New Zealand, Registers of Medical Practitioners and Nurses, 1873, 1882–1933, database lists all sorts of state-approved medical practitioners.   Meanwhile, back in England, the West Yorkshire, England, Tax Valuation, 1910, itemized (as it were) more than half a million residents for tax purposes.  Rhode Island, Vital Extracts, 1636–1899, Read More

New Content: Indexes for Oregon and Swedish Church Records

Posted by Paul Rawlins on January 28, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Last week featured some welcome additions to existing databases. Ancestry World Archives Project volunteers provided indexes for two collections that had been image only up until now: Marion County, Oregon, Marriage Records, 1849-1900, and Marion County, Oregon, Census, 1895.   We also added another 99,094 records to Sweden, Church Records, 1500-1941, which isn’t an insignificant number. It Read More