History of the Cornwall County Gaol records

Posted by Bryony Partridge on April 1, 2016 in Collections

 The below is a guest post from Sally Pocock, who together with Patricia Fawcett, created and provided the indexes for our new Cornwall Collections. This post gives some further context and background history on the Cornwall County Gaol, which may be particularly helpful for those searching the newly released Cornwall collections. One of the most enjoyable aspects Read More

Exploring the Probate Records County by County

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 14, 2016 in Collections

In genealogy, it’s always a good idea to review what records are available for the specific locations we are researching. Probate records are no exception. Probate records vary not only from state to state, but also from county to county. How one county arranged its records might not be exactly the same as a neighboring Read More

5-Minute Find: Using the Sons of American Revolution Applications

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 2, 2016 in Collections

The Sons of the American Revolution is a lineage society for men who descend from a patriot of the Revolutionary War. Ancestry is home to a rich collection of applications to the organization that detail lineage to Revolutionary War patriots. In this video, Amy Johnson Crow shares helpful tips for effectively using this collection. Tune in below: Armed with Amy’s Read More

Introducing the Irish Catholic Parish Registers collection

Posted by Mike Mulligan on March 2, 2016 in Collections, Ireland

Ancestry has just launched the Irish Catholic Parish Registers collection containing over 10 million baptism, marriage and death records, covering every diocese in Ireland. For anyone with Irish ancestry, this is an incredibly exciting collection. The parish registers along with the Irish Census (1901/1911), Irish Civil Registers (birth, marriage, death) and land records (Griffith, Tithe Read More

Largest Collection of Irish Catholic Parish Records Launched Online

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 1, 2016 in Australia, Canada, Collections, Ireland, United Kingdom

We are pleased to announce 10 million historic Catholic Parish records from Ireland have been indexed and are now available online. This is the largest collection of its kind available digitally, and means that Ancestry now offers access to more than 55 million Irish records – making it a significant resource for people around the world Read More

5 Tips for Getting the Most from City Directories

Posted by Linda Barnickel on February 26, 2016 in Collections, Website

City directories are useful for the year-by-year portrait they can paint of our ancestors. They document their moves, changes in occupation, and may note the widowed status of a wife who has recently lost her husband. All of this information can be obtained by simply looking up an ancestor’s name. But consider the other types of information Read More

Tips to Finding Unindexed Probate Records

Posted by Jessica Murray on February 18, 2016 in Collections

Last year, Ancestry put more than 170 million U.S. Wills and Probate Records online for all 50 states. If you haven’t already discovered these records, you really need to check them out. Probate records offer unique insights into who and what was important to our ancestors and can often establish relationships not found in other records. Read More

Exploring Michigan Death Records

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on February 16, 2016 in Collections

If you’re researching Michigan ancestors, you should take a look at the new collection on Ancestry: Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950. This collection contains more than 8 million records from the Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Statistics and Health Statistics. There are two types of death records in the collection. The 1867-1897 records Read More

History of Crusheen (Inchicronan) Parish

Posted by Bryony Partridge on February 16, 2016 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Ireland

The below is a guest post from Irish family historian Gerry Kennedy, who lives in Crusheen, Ireland. This post gives some further context and background history on the parish of Crusheen, which may be particularly helpful for those searching the Crusheen Parish Registers 1860 – 2014 on Ancestry.  Origins of the name The name ‘Inchicronan’ is from the Gaelic Read More