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Paying Taxes… Or Not

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 15, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

They say that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. Genealogists are used to dealing with records surrounding an ancestor’s death, but what about taxes? Tax Basics Tax records in many locations date back earlier than vital records. They’re great for our research because they tend to be kept on a regular… Read more

Research in the Old Line State: Maryland State Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 11, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Many of us (myself included) can trace our roots back to Maryland. The history we can find there is fascinating, both in terms of our families’ and the state’s. Maryland can be described as a land of contradictions. It was founded in part to be a safe haven for Catholics from England who wanted to… Read more

Use England Parish Registers To Research Ancestors Pre-1837

Posted by Abbie Lee Black on April 11, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

Continuing on with my previous post, civil registration and census records are usually the place I turn first when starting my research in the UK. These records can be used together to create an accurate snapshot of a family group in the mid-19th century to late 20th century. Before 1837, parish registers are most commonly… Read more

Family History Toolkit: Creating Timelines

Posted by Pam Velazquez on April 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Timelines are great tools for deciphering all of your family history discoveries. They can help place your ancestor at a given time and help you understand your ancestor’s life and what records, events, etc. you might be missing. Use timelines to analyze the different records you have found and understand where you should be setting… Read more

Well-To-Do or Poor as Church Mice? Figuring Out Your Ancestor’s Wealth

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

April 5 – 12 is Money Smart Week, designed to help people learn more about their personal finances. Did you know that you can also learn about your ancestors’ financial well-being? You probably don’t have access to their checkbooks (or the jars of cash buried in the back yard), but there are some common records… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: April 7th Edition

Posted by Pam Velazquez on April 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry.com A Love Story Proved: The Life and Family of Laura Lavinia (Kelly) Combs by Paul Graham On This April Fool’s Day, Tell Us Which Ancestor Made A Fool Out of You by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Enter For a Chance To Win Professional Family History Research Assistance! by Kristie Wells Ask Ancestry Anne: Who Are James… Read more

Genealogy Spring Cleaning [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on April 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

Spring is officially here! Join Crista Cowan as she shares tips and tricks for pruning your family tree. You’ll discover ways to clean up, lighten up and freshen up your family history research.

New State Research Guide: Welcome to Maine, The “Pine Tree State”

Posted by Juliana Smith on April 4, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

This week’s dive into the history of the state of Maine was an interesting one and full of contradictions. It is the largest New England state (nearly as large as all of the other New England states combined), and it is also the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi. It declared war on… Read more

Enter For a Chance To Win Professional Family History Research Assistance!

Posted by Kristie Wells on April 1, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest

Even though it is April 1st, this post is no joke. Today we are kicking off Cycle 4 of the Branch Out contest - a chance at winning a prize pack that includes professional research assistance, a one-year subscription to Ancestry.com, an AncestryDNA test, and a photo book from MyCanvas.   Heidi Hall was our big winner in October, Stacy Woodley won in… Read more

Updating Your Ancestry.com Profile Page and Other Account Settings [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on March 27, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

It is wise to do a little housekeeping in your online accounts. In this video, Crista Cowan shares best practices for keeping your profile fresh and interesting. She’ll also show you how to update your account settings so you see what you want to see from Ancestry.com.

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