Resolutions: Organizing Your Genealogy Research in 2015

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Guest Bloggers

This is a guest post by Denise May Levenick. Did you turn your calendar to a new year and vow to get your genealogy papers and files organized in 2015? January is National Organizing Month, and a great time to review, revamp, and reorganize so you can spend your time looking for ancestors instead of… Read more

Tracking the Service of a World War I Veteran for our UK Branch Out Winner

Posted by Brian Gallagher on January 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest, Guest Bloggers, Military Records, Research, Stories, United Kingdom

  By Neil Holden, AncestryProGenealogists Alan Small recently won our Branch Out Sweepstakes, and received 20 hours of research with AncestryProGenealogists. High on Alan’s list of interests were the experiences and movements of his grandfather, John James Collins, who served in the British military both before and during World War I. Our research provided detailed… Read more

North Dakota State Research Guide Available Now

Posted by Jessica Murray on January 12, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

The great state of North Dakota is next on our list of free state research guides we’re making available. The first European settlers to North Dakota arrived in the 18th century and were fur traders employed by the Missouri Fur company. Not long after, the settlements of Selkirk Colony, on the Red and Assiniboine rivers, and the Pembina… Read more

Welcome to U.S. Capital…and Our Latest Free Research Guide!

Posted by Juliana Szucs on January 9, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

As we wind down our series of free research guides for the U.S., we’ve just added the District of Columbia. To celebrate, here are five things you might not have known about our nation’s capital. 1. The 10-mile by 10-mile diamond-shaped tract that was initially ceded by the states of Maryland and Virginia for the… Read more

South African Record Collections Now on Ancestry

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 8, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

No need to travel south of the equator to access our newest South African records collections, which include South Africa, Voter Indexes, 1719-1996. This index of voters from South Africa won’t tell you whether your ancestors were a yea or a nay, but you might find the voter’s name, residence, occupation, birth date, and more. Additionally,… Read more

Finding the Hidden Stories in Your Tree

Posted by Juliana Szucs on January 2, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Technology is a wonderful thing. With a few clicks of a mouse, we can find the records of our ancestors and attach them to our online tree in minutes. But sometimes we go a little too fast. Those records we so quickly hide in our tree hold the keys to our next research steps. Even… Read more

Massachusetts State Research Guide Now Available

Posted by Jessica Murray on December 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

With the long-standing history of Massachusetts, you can expect interesting and rich collections to assist your family history research. Here are five things you may not have known about Massachusetts: 1. Massachusetts was the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and be granted statehood. 2. Four United States Presidents were born in Massachusetts: John Adams,… Read more

Discovering U.S. Passenger Lists on Ancestry

Posted by Jessica Murray on December 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

If you’re kicking off the new year with a commitment to research your family history, we suggest you check out the United States passenger list collection currently available on Ancestry. There are 132 collections that represent over 140 million records. Hopefully, one or more contains information on your immigrant ancestor that helps to build the story… Read more

Welcome to the First State! Delaware State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on December 26, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on December 7, 1787. Five things you may not have known about the First State: Delaware is 96 miles long and at it’s widest point 35 miles across. The first recognized settlement of Europeans was called New Sweden in 1638. Seaford, Delaware is known as… Read more

How to Find a Woman: Tracing Mottie Winters Through 1800s Kentucky

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 22, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Juliana Szucs, Family Historian for Ancestry I am new to Ancestry.com and I am hoping you can help me. My great-great-grandmother is S. Mottie Winters. She was born 22 January 1866, possibly in Tennessee, and died 18 May 1891 in Murray, Kentucky. She is listed on Find A Grave,… Read more