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

Posted by Pam Velazquez on July 18, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Digitization, Site Features

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

Henry Flipper—Clearing His Name

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 10, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Sometimes the scales of justice balance slowly. Henry O. Flipper, the first black graduate of West Point, was charged with embezzlement while serving as a buffalo soldier. The image is from the monthly return that notes his arrest in 1881.     He was found not guilty but was still dismissed from the Army for… Read more

William Christy—First Casualty

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 8, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

In June 1867, William Christy, a farmer from Pennsylvania, enlisted in the 10th Cavalry. The 10th was a black regiment whose men would soon be referred to as “buffalo soldiers” after they were sent to take part in the Indian Wars of the latter 19th century. Christy’s tenure with the unit was short. The 10th… Read more

Interactive Image Viewer – Coming Soon to More Collections!

Posted by gdavies on January 23, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Site Features

Last year, we launched the Interactive Image Viewer as an interactive tool to help you view and interpret information from many of the Census records available online. We’re excited to announce that the Interactive Image Viewer will now be available for several more collections in the coming weeks. Finding and understanding historical records is one… Read more

Ancestry.com Featured on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on December 10, 2012 in Content, Stories

Attention CSI fans, on Wednesday, December 12, tune in to the CBS hit, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. The episode features the CSI team using genealogy to figure out why an airplane crashed, killing five people. Read more about the episode here and don’t forget to tune in!  

Honoring Our Veterans

Posted by Crista Cowan on November 9, 2012 in Content

During the Civil War fallen soldiers were often buried quickly, in the most convenient spot as battles continued and troops moved on.  Following the Civil War, many interred in these makeshift resting grounds, in the Mississippi Delta region, were moved to Memphis to be re-interred in a “designated field.”  Thus, most of the earliest burials at… Read more

Who would name their daughter Halloween? Just check the records.

Posted by Paul Rawlins on October 30, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Who would name their daughter Halloween? According to the 1920 (and 1930) U.S. census, that would be John and Ollie Hildebrand of Freeborn Township, Missouri, for one — or two. In case you think maybe the enumerator got it wrong — twice — it’s right there on Halloween’s marriage license. Typed. Though as of 1940,… Read more

What Do Snoop Dogg and Warren Buffett Have In Common? Both Are Included in Our Newly Updated Yearbook Collection

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 17, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

If you didn’t hear the news, we just added more than 18,000 yearbooks to our growing U.S. Yearbook Collection. The new additions, spanning 1806-2008, include schools across the United States, from junior highs and high schools to colleges and universities. You can browse this rich collection for a glimpse into relatives’, friends’ and celebrities’ past, from more… Read more

“Baby, Baby, Baby” – Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne Are Related

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 11, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Social Media, Stories

What do Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion have in common? According to Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, the four Canadian performers are all related, sharing a family connection with some of Quebec’s earliest settlers. Heartthrobs: It’s a family reunion of heartthrobs as Justin Bieber, who’s appeared on the… Read more