Show Dad What He’s Really Made Of: Give AncestryDNA for Father’s Day

Posted by Anna Swayne on June 16, 2015 in Site

  In honor of Father’s Day coming up on June 21, we want to highlight four reasons AncestryDNA is the perfect gift for Dad. Dad’s love discovering their ethnic origins. Whether it’s just fodder for your next dinner party or solving how Irish the family is, AncestryDNA’s detailed ethnicity results are enlightening for just about… Read more

The Wonders of DNA

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 12, 2015 in Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Ross Curtis, Ph.D., Computational Biologist for AncestryDNA My family has been doing family history for 150 years. Do I really need a DNA test? — LoAnne Dear LoAnne, If you are blessed to have a well-researched, extensive family tree, constructed on a solid foundation of detailed documentation, you may… Read more

The New Facts View: Make Sure You Are Climbing YOUR Family Tree and Not Someone Else’s

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 8, 2015 in Site, Site Features

Have you seen the new Facts View on your Ancestry online tree?  If you haven’t let me tell you what you are missing.  Just like before, you will find the facts you’ve discovered and entered about the life of a person in your tree running down the page like a timeline.  You will also find… Read more

New Ancestry: Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 5, 2015 in Site

We’d like to thank all of you who have tried the New Ancestry website so far. We are hearing from many of you who are enjoying the enhanced storytelling features, streamlined Facts view, Historical Insights, and other elements of the new site. We also sincerely thank you for all your feedback. As we transition from… Read more

Over 11,000 Historic Surrey Mental Hospital Admission Records Published on Ancestry

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 4, 2015 in Collections, Content, United Kingdom

   Records detail thousands of people placed in Surrey mental health institutions over a 33-year period Children as young as four and adults up to age 93 are listed in the collection Collection is key for people looking to find out more about the circumstances surrounding ancestors with mental health diagnoses     Over 11,000 historic… Read more

Want To Really Understand Your Civil War Ancestors? Think like a Novelist.

Posted by Becky Hepinstall on June 3, 2015 in Site

My sister calls me a history freak…I prefer history enthusiast. But I suppose that’s just semantics. I am passionate about history and have been as long as I can remember. And I have always been equally fascinated by my family’s history. I spent many hours of my childhood perched on our family antiques, trying to… Read more

Ancestry LifeStory: The Life Lived in the Dash

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 2, 2015 in Site, Site Features

As a genealogist, I love putting the puzzle of the family tree together.  I love the process of reasonably exhaustive searches and analysis and correlation of evidence. I love how one genealogical question leads to another and those questions lead to records that lead to more questions.  It’s exciting to share that “thrill of the… Read more

Virginia Vital Records Are Here!

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 2, 2015 in Site

Do you have Virginia ancestors?  Wouldn’t it be great if you could have access to Birth, Marriage, Death and Divorce certificates? Can you imagine the goodies that you might find in there? Parents names and birth places, birth, marriage, and death dates and places, possible other relatives, burial places.  Sounds like a recipe to break… Read more

Announcing the New Ancestry Website

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 1, 2015 in Site, Site Features

We are excited to announce that the new Ancestry website is now available to all U.S.-based members*. As some of you know, the new site has been in beta since mid-February, and thousands of Ancestry members have been actively using the new site and providing feedback (thank you!). As of today, the new Ancestry site… Read more

Agents of Change: Recruiting for Industrial America in 1800s

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 28, 2015 in Site

By Ceil Wendt Jensen, CG Ever wonder why your ancestors left the comforts of home to come to America? Maybe they were recruited. That’s what I discovered about mine. But finding out more about the recruiter and recruiting process was a journey in itself. How It Worked Just like sports teams do today, back in… Read more