Articles by Pam Velazquez

Collection Spotlight: Griffith’s Valuation

Posted on December 20, 2013 in Site, Collections

If you have tracked your ancestors back to Ireland, Griffith’s Valuation is an amazing resource for finding family in the Emerald Isle in the mid-19th century. Let’s start with the basics – what is a valuation and who is Griffith? The official name of this collection is the “Primary Valuation of Ireland.” Griffith’s Valuation is one… Read more

Recipes from Our Community

Posted on December 20, 2013 in In The Community

Over the past week you have been sending in your recipes and stories of your family’s culinary delights, and here are a few of our favorites: Martha M. and her Grandmother’s Czech Walnut Tarts “My Grandfather had a favorite black walnut tree grove.  He would gather all the walnuts in a gunnysack and bring them… Read more

Share Your Family Recipe with Ancestry!

Posted on December 16, 2013 in Stories

Whether it’s green bean casserole, snickerdoodle cookies or something so unique only your family makes it – most families have a recipe that has been passed around – some for generations. Some recipes you’ll see at the dinner table often, others are favorites that only come out on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. Either… Read more

Give Your Research As A Gift

Posted on December 10, 2013 in Site, MyCanvas

Give your family the gift of genealogy! The holidays are a perfect time for you to consider publishing your family history research. As most genealogists will tell you, your research is never really finished, so consider publishing what you already have. Using MyCanvas, it’s quick and easy to create amazing custom bound books filled with all… Read more

Collection Spotlight: Lord Viscount Morpeth’s Testimonial Roll

Posted on December 6, 2013 in Site, Collections

Today, we’re highlighting Lord Viscount Morpeth’s Testimonial Roll. Recently uncovered, the challenge was figuring out how to digitize this gigantic roll without damaging the paper or the precious signatures. It took 18-months but all 1,350 feet were finally digitized and made available online.   THE STORY George Howard, given the title Lord Viscount Morpeth, acted… Read more

Cool Collection Finds

Posted on December 3, 2013 in Site, Cool Finds digitizes millions of records to make them available online, and we find some really amazing records in the process. The Ancestry team goes through thousands of pieces of paper – turning pages, flipping and scanning, and sometimes, one of our team members will spot someone famous, a historical figure or an important historical… Read more

What Kind of Beard Did Your Ancestor Sport?

Posted on November 29, 2013 in Cool Finds, Holidays

We hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving yesterday! Now as the smell of turkey disappears and the food coma fades, we wanted to share a fun photo we found in our Library of Congress Database and a good cause. Movember is a global organization dedicated to generating awareness and raising funds for men’s health issues. Movember… Read more

Interview Questions for the Thanksgiving Table

Posted on November 26, 2013 in Site, Stories

  Thanksgiving and the holiday season is a time to catch up with your relatives and talk with those who you might not see very often. Surround yourself with good food, great people and create long lasting memories. This holiday season, take advantage of having all of your loved ones together in one place and… Read more

Tips for Memorable Family Photos Fit for Your Family Tree

Posted on November 25, 2013 in Site

  You don’t have to be a genealogist to really appreciate a great old family photo. There’s a certain joy that comes with finding a shoebox in the attic filled with old black and white photos of people living in a world decades before us. Finding and preserving family photos is essential to telling your… Read more

Criminal Records: Troublemakers In Your Family Tree

Posted on November 22, 2013 in Collections

We’d all like to think that our ancestors were good, kind-hearted, upstanding citizens who followed the letter of the law. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and sometimes we find a few leaves in our tree attached to troublemakers. Whether they were trying to sell unsuspecting customers snake oil, or became experts in lock-picking… Read more

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