Ten Free Data Collections to Get You Started With Your Family History

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Family History Month

Money a little tight?  Are you looking for a free way to get a relative hooked on family history? (Aren’t we all?) Creating trees on Ancestry is always free — you just need to register. Check out these free data collections to help fill in some branches: 1940 US Census: Find one ancestor in here and… Read more

History of Jewish Migration to the United States

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 28, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Gary Mokotoff Jews have been coming to the Americas literally since Columbus discovered America. Luis De Torres, a Jew, was Columbus’ interpreter on his maiden trip. Migration of Jews through the centuries, for the most part, came in waves primarily because of persecution, but also for economic or political… Read more

Tips for Finding Your Ancestors in German Civil Registration Records on Ancestry

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 27, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

Ancestry has just launched more than 11.7 million new German records, the majority of which are birth, marriage, and death records. Initially, registrations of births, marriages, and deaths were kept by religious denominations, but a civil registry modeled on the French system was implemented on 1 October 1874 in Prussian provinces, and throughout the German… Read more

Uncovering a Free Black Man’s Past: Buying a Slave to Unite His Family

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 25, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Ancestry.com Genealogist “My ancestor, Lewis Freeman, was a free Negro who lived in Chatham, North Carolina from at least 1800 until his death in 1845. I would like to know when he was born.” – Harold F. Dear Harold, When searching for family roots in the… Read more

Happy 350th New Jersey! New State Research Guide for the Garden State

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

This year marks 350 years since New Jersey’s birth as an English colony. To celebrate, our gift to you is the latest in our series of state research guides on the Garden State. Here are five things you might not know about New Jersey. 1. Between 1674 and 1702, New Jersey was divided politically between… Read more

Titanic Captain among those listed as more than one million historic Liverpool crew lists are digitised by Ancestry

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, United Kingdom

We are all familiar with the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. On the night of the 14th of April 1912, 1,500 people lost their lives after the liner hit an iceberg and sank to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. The captain on that tragic voyage was Edward Smith. Smith joined the White Star… Read more

Throwback Thursday: Fun in the Water

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner

This past weekend was pool closing weekend. When we bought this house 12 years ago, it came with the pool and while my daughter enjoyed it, I think I’ve been the one who has spent the most time in it. I’ve loved the water since I was little and although we never had a large pool growing up,… Read more

Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History Month – Part Three

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

Want to get the little ones in your family interested in genealogy? We’re introducing part three of our weekly series for the month of October in honor of Family History Month with creative ideas to engage the little ones in your family about family history. 1. Family Journalist  If you have a future journalist on your hands or an older… Read more

Five Tips to Discover Your Eastern European Roots

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 22, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Lisa A. Alzo You’ve just discovered you have Eastern European roots.  Perhaps it was the result of exploring your exotic sounding surname, locating a picture of your Polish great-grandmother, or viewing your Ancestry DNA test results.  Now what?  If you have no idea where or how to begin, or have… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: October 20th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 20, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry New Find A Grave Upload and Transcribe Beta Available by Kristie Wells Research in the Keystone State: New Pennsylvania Research Guide  by Amy Johnson Crow Throwback Thursday: Music by Juliana Szucs Smith Family History 101: Tips for Interviewing Your Living Relatives by Jessica Murray Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About… Read more