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1940: Why There’s Nevada and Delaware But No Other Indexes … Yet

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on April 19, 2012 in Content

It’s our number one question on the blog, to our member services agents, on Facebook, everywhere: Why can’t I search by name in my ancestor’s state in the 1940 census yet? Seems like we should have an easy answer for it, and we do – because it takes time. But that answer resonates about as… Read more

U.S. City Directories: One Database, a Billion Records, and a Lot of Answers

Posted by Paul Rawlins on April 19, 2012 in Content

If you’re like me, the 1940 census was full of surprises—like my own parents not living where they were supposed to be living. Enter U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta). We’ve had city directories on the site for years. They can be a great source for names, addresses, and occupations. They’re printed more often than censuses.… Read more

Setting Sail Into The Unknown

Posted by Crista Cowan on April 10, 2012 in Content

One hundred years ago today the Titanic set out on her maiden voyage amid much fanfare.  So much has been written and produced about that fateful voyage that anything I try to write sounds like so much cliché.  But I have been thinking about the trips my own ancestors took as they immigrated to America.… Read more

1940 Census – All images and our first two indexed states now online

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on April 9, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

What a difference a week makes. Since the National Archives released the 1940 Census to us last Monday, we’ve been hard at work to get every one of the 3.8 million 1940 Census images online. And while we were at it, we indexed two of the states, Nevada and Delaware, and made them searchable by… Read more

Got Massachusetts Ancestors?

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 20, 2012 in Content

Have you seen what we did? The announcement went out this morning about a new collection of vital records now available online. The Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections contains over 8.2 million records covering over 360 years. Wow! After searching town records for their own relatives, Jay and DeLene Holbrook, realized that the majority of towns… Read more

Get Around the Missing 1890 Census

For those of you who are new to genealogy, you may be wondering why you haven’t received any hints leading you to 1890 census records for the people in your family tree.  Here’s the story.  The 1890 U.S. Federal Census was stored in the Commerce Building in Washington D.C.  In 1921 there was a fire… Read more

Not All In Our Past Is Noble And Good

Posted by Crista Cowan on February 16, 2012 in Content, Stories

Born and living in California, actor and activist George Takei was only four years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed in December of 1941. Two short months later, on February 19, 1942, in reaction to that event, President Franklin D Roosevelt issued an Executive Order that allowed approximately 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese residents to be… Read more

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted by Crista Cowan on January 27, 2012 in Content, World Archives Project

Today, January 27th, is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As such, the United Nations has designated this day, each year, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, in particular, the theme is Children and the Holocaust. Over 1.5 million Jewish children, and tens of thousands of other children were murdered during the Holocaust.… Read more

Got Pennsylvania Ancestors?

Did you catch this week’s Ancestry LIVE broadcast? We talked about Pennsylvania Vital records. We had over 400 people who joined us live in the broadcast and the chat afterwards. And, at last check, over 2,000 of you have watched the archived video on our YouTube channel. I guess Pennsylvania records are pretty important to… Read more

New Kansas Collections: There’s No Place Like Home

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 18, 2011 in Content

If you have ties to the Sunflower State, count yourself lucky. We’ve had three Kansas collections go live on Ancestry.com recently: Kansas, Registration Affidavits of Alien Enemies, 1917–1918; Kansas, World War I Veteran Collection, 1917–1919; and Russell County, Kansas, Vitals and Newspaper Records, 1800-1937. Though they’re relatively specific, they contain some interesting records and are well… Read more

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