4 Easy Ways to Label Family Photos

Posted by Denise May Levenick on April 28, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Most family historians are challenged by “Unknown Ancestors,” those unidentified yet familiar faces peering out of old cabinet cards and snapshots. They look like they belong in the family, but who are they? When you discover a name, date, or location for the photo, do you know the safest and best strategy for recording the… Read more

Ancestry Product Update: Media Enhancements

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 21, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, Site Features, Sweden, United Kingdom

Last week we introduced adding facts and images to events directly from LifeStory, this week, we are introducing better Media experience. Media Upload We have overhauled the media upload experience to make it easier than ever to add photos and stories to your tree. With this update you can choose files from your local drive,… Read more

Remembrance: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive

Posted by Allison Gilbert on April 12, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer convinced me a while ago that our relationship with food is important to understand because it represents so much more than sustenance. His grandmother’s chicken with carrots wasn’t delicious simply because she prepared it a certain way it was delicious because what the dish represented (continuity between generations). and what… Read more

Olyvia Green: Pursuit of Teaching During the Civil Rights Movement

Posted by Maggie Mora on April 11, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Since starting our business three years ago, we’ve heard a lot of remarkable stories. Few stand out more than that of Olyvia Green, the first black teacher at Pease Elementary in Austin, Texas. In December of 2014, the Storyhouse team interviewed Ms. Green and turned the conversation into a short video. Olyvia’s contributions were honored… Read more

Ancestry Product Update: LifeStory Enhancements

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 7, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

  We’ve added a couple of features to LifeStory for your convenience. Before today, these features were only available from the Facts View, and we wanted to remove those extra clicks for our members who prefer to work in LifeStory. Add Facts directly to LifeStory – To add a new fact from the LifeStory page,… Read more

Finding Probate Records That Aren’t Indexed

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 7, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Amy Johnson Crow shows you how to dive deeper in our rich U.S. Wills and Probates collection by using film strip navigation and page selection to more easily pinpoint un-indexed records that could include your ancestors. Tune in below:    

Explore the history of The Royal Female Orphanage, Beddington

Posted by Bryony Partridge on April 5, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

The below is a guest post from Kath Shawcross, Borough Archivist & Local Studies Manager at the London Borough of Sutton about the Royal Female Orphanage List of Children, 1890-1913. To explore this collection, head to Ancestry.co.uk  The Royal Female Orphanage in Beddington, originally known as the ‘Asylum or House of Refuge for Orphans and other Deserted Girls of… Read more

8 Steps for Protecting Water-Damaged Photos

Posted by Maggie Mora on April 1, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

As April approaches and the rainy season begins, we’re sharing some tips on how to salvage water-damaged photos. At Storyhouse, we always encourage our clients to digitize all of their family memories and important documents before catastrophe strikes, but we know this isn’t always possible during sudden and unexpected bouts of inclement weather. Here is… Read more

History of St Lawrence Asylum records

Posted by Bryony Partridge on April 1, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

The below is a guest post from Sally Pocock, who together with Patricia Fawcett, created and provided the indexes for our new Cornwall Collections. This post gives some further context and background history on St. Lawrence’s Asylum, which may be particularly helpful for those searching the newly released Cornwall collections. St. Lawrence’s Asylum in Bodmin was opened… Read more

My family involvement in the Easter Rising 1916

Posted by Bryony Partridge on March 26, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Rhona Murray, Family Historian at Ancestry, shares her family’s story and their involvement in the Easter Rising 1916. My great grandfather was a hard man. John Poole, father to 13 children and husband to Bridget Gibson. He had been toughened by life experiences. Born in Dublin in 1896, he grew up in a tenement house… Read more