New Wisconsin State Research Guide

Posted by Juliana Smith on May 31, 2014 in Site

Happy belated 166th birthday, Wisconsin! You don’t look a day over 160. But you do have a rich and storied past. Home to a vibrant fur trade in the 1600s and 1700s, you drew the French, the British, and Native American tribes seeking an escape from the Iroquois Wars of the 17th century. Later waves… Read more

5 Things About the Port of Baltimore

Posted by Juliana Smith on May 29, 2014 in Site, Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time, Research

We hear a lot about the Port of New York because of the sheer volume of immigrants who passed through it. There’s so much focus on New York that it can be easy to forget about other important ports. In my own family, my grandfather proudly told me how his father passed through Ellis Island. True… Read more

Read the Description and Improve Your Research

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on May 16, 2014 in Site

You know how they say you should always read the introduction to a book? The same is true for the databases you use. The more you know about a record that you’re looking at, the better your research will be. The more you know about a collection, the better your searches will be. (Sounds like… Read more

150 Years of Arlington National Cemetery

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on May 13, 2014 in Site

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery, one of the most revered places in the United States. When we think of Arlington, we often think of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and rows upon rows of the graves of our nation’s honored dead. Nestled in Section 27 is the grave of Pvt.… Read more

Henry P. Kirk: Turn of the Century Action Hero

Posted by Juliana Smith on May 13, 2014 in Site

Last week announced its partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library to complete a full digital archive of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle by digitizing negative microfilm of the paper provided by the Library of Congress. There is now a full run of the newspaper online covering the years 1841-1955. I thought with the new newspapers that were… Read more

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 Lakes, and Perhaps Your Ancestors?

Posted by Juliana Smith on May 10, 2014 in Site, Research

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” actually has closer to 12,000 lakes that are more than 10 acres in size (11, 842 to be exact). There are also 6,564 natural rivers and streams that flow through 69,200 miles, and more than 10 million acres of wetlands. With all that water, it’s not surprising that there’s even… Read more

Attaching Images to Your Tree, Even Without an Index

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on May 9, 2014 in Site

Attaching records and images to people in your tree is a great way to keep track of what you have found. Until recently, if you were looking in a collection that was image-only or if you had browsed to a different image, you could only save that image to your computer or to your shoebox.… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: How Do I Share All The Great Finds I’ve Made?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 7, 2014 in Site, Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: We’ve found a couple of potential cousins and would like to share our family tree.  We’d like to know how to do this. Many thanks, Allan Davidson Answer:  Great question!  Sharing your tree, either private or public, with relatives who are not on allows you to share your finds and maybe it will… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: May 5th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 5, 2014 in Site

Blog Posts New Quaker Records Tell the Stories of Our Nation’s “Friends” This Week and Always, We Remember by Juliana Smith Tattoos, Pigeon Theft and Financial Fraud: Introducing The West Yorkshire Collection AncestryDNA Database Exceeds 400,000 Genotyped Members by Anna Swayne Let Me Call Thee Sweetheart by Lisa Arnold It’s International Worker’s Day: How… Read more

With Polish Pride: Celebrating Constitution Day

Posted by Juliana Smith on May 3, 2014 in Site, Juliana's Corner

The other day marked my paternal grandmother’s 108th birthday and although she’s been gone nearly 18 years, I still miss her dearly. I can remember sitting and listening to her tell me about the trips she’d gone on and the days of her youth when she and Grandpa won dance contests in Cleveland. I especially… Read more