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Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past”

Jack London is quoted as saying, “Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” My great-great-grandfather, Thomas Howley, was certainly no exception. In 1864, he joined the U.S. Navy under an assumed name so his wife wouldn’t find out. (She found out. She was not happy.)… Read more

Local Histories: Let it Snow

Being a history lover, I subscribe to a whole lot of paper and online newsletters and magazines. A few weeks back, an item in the Wisconsin Historical Society weekly email caught my eye – reservations were being taken for old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh rides. How fun would it be to feel, hear, and see what our… Read more

Can’t find a marriage? Check for marriage mills

The genealogist in us diligently records the marriage date and place, and the family historian wonders about the story behind that date. If we’re fortunate, we may have a photograph of the happy couple on their wedding day, or some other memento of the occasion. A story may have been passed down through the family.… Read more

New Content: Probates, School Girls, BMDs, and Airplane Snacks

Posted by Paul Rawlins on October 18, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Family historians love wills and probate records for the light they can shed on family relationships. This month, we’ve added two probate-related collections from the southern hemisphere: New South Wales, Australia, Index to Deceased Estate Files, 1923-1958 New Zealand, Notices of Deceased Estates, 1880-1950   U.S., School Catalogs, 1765-1935, is a fun hodgepodge of everything… Read more

Major Milestones in Family History

This month we are celebrating Family History Month. I hope you have enjoyed the tips, tricks and insider secrets we’ve been sharing here on the blog, on our Livestream broadcasts, and on our Facebook page. Look forward to even more genealogy goodness as the month continues. In the midst of all this celebrating, I thought… Read more

New Content: Nonconformists, Military Registers, Cali Marriages, and the Baker Roll

Posted by Paul Rawlins on September 13, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Not everybody comes to the U.S. via New York. Maryland, Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes, 1910-1954, is just that, an image-only collection of crew lists for both ships and planes that arrived in Baltimore during the first half of the 20th century. If your English ancestors were nonconforming types—you know, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and the… Read more

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch to Make a Billion Global Records Available Online

Posted by Crista Cowan on September 5, 2013 in Company News, Content, Digitization

The following press release was issued this afternoon by Ancestry.com and FamilySearch. Groundbreaking Agreement to Deliver Valuable Historical Content Over the Next Five Years PROVO, Utah, September 5, 2013 – Ancestry.com and FamilySearch International (online at FamilySearch.org), the two largest providers of family history resources, announced today an agreement that is expected to make approximately… Read more

Recent Releases on Ancestry.com – Oregon Adoptions, Mexican-American War Volunteers, London Knights and Bankrupts

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 26, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

We didn’t want you to miss any of these little gems while recovering from temporary fireworks-induced blindness, excessive barbecue intake, parade fatigue, or simply a really bad sunburn, so here are some of the new records released earlier this summer:   Adoptions can be fantastic for families but hard on genealogists. But you may be… Read more

New England Family History Comes Alive with 220 Million New Records!

We are very excited to announce we have added more than 220 million historical New England records to our existing database creating the most comprehensive collection of New England records available online! Included in the new collections are birth, marriage and death records for hundreds of millions of residents in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire,… Read more

First Woman Homesteader Found At Ancestry.com and Fold3

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 18, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Professional genealogist Gail Blankenau recently solved an ongoing mystery: Who was the first woman to secure a homestead in her own right through the Homestead Act of 1862? The answer can now be revealed thanks to family history records available at both Ancestry.com and Fold3: Mary Myers, a widow, of Gage County, Nebraska. Myers applied… Read more

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