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

Labor Day Celebration: Jump In the 1940 Time Machine, Search All U.S. Censuses Free

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on August 31, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Social Media

Summer is winding down, but things are still pretty hot around here. With the completion of the 1940 census index we now have more than 713 million U.S. Federal Census records online and fully searchable from 1790 through 1940. To celebrate this unprecedented access to all publicly available censuses, Ancestry.com has cooked up some pretty… Read more

Infographics: What Was Life Like in 1940?

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on August 23, 2012 in Content, Social Media

As you know, earlier this month, we completed the 1940 U.S. Census index on Ancestry.com. You can now look for a parent, grandparent—maybe even yourself—in every state and territory. In addition, we also created different infographics that creatively display each state and what life was like in 1940. See all the images below, and feel… Read more

How Can I Improve the 1940 U.S. Census?

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on August 15, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

The 1940 U.S. Census Index is becoming even more accurate and easy to use, with your help. While you can currently search by name through all 134 million people in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census on Ancestry.com, we’re still working behind the scenes to make this latest census even better. What are we doing? Adding… Read more

1940 Census Update: Now Search 38 States & Territories, All Fully Indexed

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on July 27, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Looking for relatives in Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Utah? We’ve just released fully-searchable indexes for all 12 states. And 26 other states are ready to search. And remember, if the state you’re waiting for isn’t indexed yet, you can still look through 1940… Read more

Andy Griffith’s Legacy

Posted by Juliana Szucs on July 3, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Social Media, Stories

My heart fell this morning when I heard the news that the beloved actor, Andy Griffith, had passed. Through the cold Chicago winters, and hot summers as well, my sisters and I would park in front of the TV when the The Andy Griffith Show would come on.  Decades later, I remember telling my daughter… Read more

1940 Census Update – Six More States Now Searchable By Name

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 29, 2012 in Company News, Content

What do Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia all have in common? Early this morning, fully indexed census records for each those six states were put online. All images for the 1940 census have been online and fully available to you since the first week of April. But, the completion of these indexes now… Read more