Cool Collection Finds

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 3, 2013 in Entertainment, Website

  Ancestry.com 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 by Pam Velazquez on November 29, 2013 in Entertainment, 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 by Pam Velazquez on November 26, 2013 in Website

  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 by Pam Velazquez on November 25, 2013 in Website

  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 by Pam Velazquez 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

Collection Spotlight: WWII United News Newsreels

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 21, 2013 in Collections, Website

  During World War II, in the summer of 1942, the United States government started a branch known as the Office of War Information (OWI) whose role was to bring together many of the government communications circulating during the war. As a part of its job, the OWI was responsible for creating and distributing news Read More

Ancestry.com Family History Wiki [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 20, 2013 in Ancestry.com Wiki, Research, Website

The Ancestry.com Family History Wiki is one of the best ways for you to discover more information about records and family history research. The Family History Wiki was developed to help genealogists find information they need, but also contribute, by editing and adding information. Our Family History Wiki is completely editable by the community and Read More

AncestryDNA Can Take You On A Historical Adventure

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 15, 2013 in AncestryDNA

  Do you have ancestors from Great Britain, Ireland, Iberia or Scandinavia? Want to know more about your heritage? Your DNA will not only pinpoint your place in history, but now it can tell you even more of the story.  With rich historical information now available for each of the genetic regions in your results, you Read More

Ancestry.com: Inc. Hire Power Award Honoree

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 14, 2013 in Website

  We’re excited to announce that Ancestry.com has been named an Inc. Hire Power Award Honoree.   This award recognizes private companies that are making strides in creating more American jobs each year. We are among a list of 100 companies such as Warby Parker, Survey Monkey and Wayfair.com, which, in the last 18 months Read More