DNA Matching Just Got Better

Posted by Anna Swayne on November 19, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA

We’re excited to tell you about some major improvements we’ve made to help you find your possible relatives with AncestryDNA. AncestryDNA scientists have innovated new and better ways to identify family relationships by comparing DNA between AncestryDNA members. Now, AncestryDNA is almost 70x more likely to find distant relatives, and all existing AncestryDNA members will… Read more

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? – Part II

Posted by Ancestry.com on November 19, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Jake Byrnes, Ph.D., Population Genomics Technical Manager for AncestryDNA “I am adopted and have NO clues about my birth except a sort of “fake” birth certificate from when I was born in Texas. No family name. No known blood relatives. Would the DNA test be a good option for… Read more

WWI Honour Roll – Guest post by Archivist Karyn Stuckey from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Posted by Brian Gallagher on November 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Guest Bloggers, In The Community, Military Records, Research, United Kingdom

Authored by Karyn Stuckey, Archivist at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers   After the guns had fallen silent, thoughts turned to how to honour the dead. Faced with the dilemma of how to commemorate the dead, many organisations created Honour Rolls or memorials. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers created an ornate board, recording the names… Read more

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? – Part I

Posted by Ancestry.com on November 13, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Jake Byrnes, Ph.D., Population Genomics Technical Manager for AncestryDNA   “I am adopted and have NO clues about my birth except a sort of ‘fake’ birth certificate from when I was born in Texas. No family name. No known blood relatives. Would the DNA test be a good option… Read more

Drumroll, Please…The Winner of the October Branch Out Contest Is…

Posted by Jessica Murray on November 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest

If you submitted an entry in the October round of our Branch Out contest, thank you! We received some truly amazing stories in thousands of entries from community members throughout the United States. We have randomly selected our October winner and that lucky person is…  Alison Marcoff of Boynton Beach, FL Alison has successfully traced her ancestors back… Read more

Adding 400 Years of Family to the Family Tree

Posted by Ancestry.com on November 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest

By Katie Ledbetter, ProGenealogist Tina Davis recently won our Branch Out Sweepstakes, and received 25 hours of AncestryProGenealogists research time. Tina wanted to learn more about her mother’s side of the family tree, specifically her Rickwood line. She was hoping to verify some information she had been given and to extend that part of her… Read more

Using the Updated Search Forms

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Over the next few weeks, Ancestry will be rolling out an updated search form. Some of you may already have seen it and used it. Let’s take a look at what’s new. First, you might notice that the search form doesn’t have a link for “Advanced Search.” Instead, there is a link to “Show more… Read more

The 1896 and 1898 Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes

Posted by Juliana Szucs on November 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Research

In 1893, the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, under the leadership of Henry Dawes, was established to convince the leaders of the Five Civilized Tribes – Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole – to accept individual land allotments in exchange for tribal lands. The challenge was determining who was eligible; the Dawes Commission was… Read more

Upcoming Ancestry Events: November 2014

Posted by Crista Cowan on November 4, 2014 in Events, Webinars

There is snow on the mountains here in Utah.  Hard to believe that fall is already winding down and winter is on its way.  The good news is that many of us will now be spending more time indoors.  And what better indoor activity than curling up with your laptop and doing a little family… Read more

Coming Soon: Improved DNA Matching

Posted by Anna Swayne on November 3, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA

Over the past year or so, we’ve been in the AncestryDNA lab working to create new and improved ways to find distant family members with DNA. In the process, we’ve rewritten the book on AncestryDNA matching and made some significant breakthroughs we’re looking forward to sharing soon. These advancements will make AncestryDNA matching far more… Read more