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?

Posted by Crista Cowan on January 26, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Ancestry.com Wiki, Content, Research Helps, Social Media

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

Births, Marriages and Deaths. Oh My!

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 21, 2011 in Content, Searching for Records

Did you notice what happened this week here at Ancestry.com? We released over 50 databases containing indexes to millions of vital records from all over the United States. Some of these records date all the way back the 1600s and the most recent of them are from last year. (You can find the complete list… Read more

The 1930 Mexico Census and the Mexican Melting Pot

Posted by Paul Rawlins on September 16, 2011 in Content

One thing I learned as we launched the 1930 Mexico Census online is that Mexico is much more of a melting pot than I realized. Mexico’s 1930 national census (“El Quinto Censo General de Población y Vivienda 1930, México”) is called the Fifth General Census of Housing and Population based on the first formally recognized… Read more

Take a Free Ride with Immigration Records

Posted by Paul Rawlins on August 30, 2011 in Content

If you haven’t noticed the banners, just in time for the end of the summer vacation season, Ancestry.com is offering free access to our Immigration and Travel databases for a week. To give you an idea of what’s included, here are a few numbers. We divide our travel and immigration databases into six categories: Category… Read more

The Ballots Are in on California Voter Registers

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 25, 2011 in Content

Anybody know whether Jack London had gray eyes? The California Voter Registers, 1866-1898, database just released on Ancestry.com takes you back to a time before you presented a picture ID at the voting booth, which may explain some of the unexpected details you may find in these records. Preventing Voter Fraud Statewide voter registration in… Read more

Finding Your Star in Motion Picture Studio Directories

Posted by Paul Rawlins on June 22, 2011 in Content

Does your family lore include the story of an ancestor who ran off to make it big in the movies? The Motion Picture Studio Directories, 1919 and 1921, database that went live last week could be a fun place to take a look if you’re trying to vet that story about Grandma’s brush with Rudolph… Read more

Found at Sea with Navy Muster Rolls and Cruise Books

Posted by Paul Rawlins on June 6, 2011 in Content

Odds are, if you had an ancestor who served as enlisted personnel aboard a U.S. Navy vessel in WWII, you’ll most likely find him—or her—in the U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938–1949, database that recently went live on Ancestry.com. You’ll also find some civilian passengers and a few officers here and there among the… Read more