Upcoming Ancestry Events: October 2014

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 1, 2014 in Events, Family History Month, Webinars

Here in the U.S., it is officially National Family History Month.  Fall is in full swing.  Crisp air.  Crunchy leaves.  The perfect weather for taphophiles (also known as cemetery enthusiasts).  We hope you’ll join us this month for our FindAGrave Community Day on October 18th. We’ve also got some great webinars, tweetchats, and family history… Read more

Piecing Together US Marine’s WWII History

Posted by Ancestry.com on September 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lisa Elzey, Ancestry.com Family Historian  “My uncle, Walter Rybicki, was a US Marine during World War II who died on 6 Feb 1944. How do I find out the details of how and where he died? Where can I obtain the records?“ – Norm Growing up in the late… Read more

The Dreaded Brick Wall. What to do next?

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 28, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Research Helps, Searching for Records, United Kingdom

The Dreaded Brick Wall   How can I get past a brick wall? When you run across a brick wall in your research, what do you do? You may be tempted to send your laptop on an expedition out of the first floor window, and who could blame you? A brick wall can be incredibly frustrating.… Read more

From London to Ghana with Reggie Yates on the next episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Presenter and DJ Reggie Yates is the next celebrity to share their family history journey with us on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?     Growing up in London Reggie was conscious of the bustling nature of a city with a diverse immigrant population. Both of Reggie’s parents are from Ghana… Read more

Branch Out Contest Winner: Robin Martin

Posted by Ancestry.com on September 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

By Paul Schmidt Robin Martin, our most recent Branch Out contest winner, asked us at ProGenealogists to research one of her German immigrant families. She knew the names of her grandfather, Peter Joseph Lear, his sister Agnes, and had a possible name of Gertrude for his mother. She also knew he married three times, all… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: September 22nd Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on September 22, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry.com What We Are Reading: September 19th Edition by Amy Johnson Crow Talk Like a Pirate and Improve Your Research by Amy Johnson Crow Behind-the-Scenes with Who Do You Think You Are? Production Crew by Kristie Wells Throwback Thursday: Dolls and Other Toys  by Juliana Szucs Smith Utah’s ABC 4 Takes a Deeper… Read more

Throwback Thursday: Dolls and Other Toys

Posted by Juliana Szucs on September 18, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner

Now that my daughter is off to college, I’ve been doing some heavy duty house cleaning and going through some of her old toys that for some reason I’ve hung onto. I guess I figured if we hung on to them, we could hang on to some of her fleeting childhood. But it’s time to go… Read more

Utah’s ABC 4 Takes a Deeper Look at One Anchor’s Family History

Posted by Anna Swayne on September 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Learning from others helps to inspire us to do more for our own story. In this three piece segment, Utah’s ABC 4 news anchor Nadia Crow discovered her story using the tools on Ancestry. Each video follows a different step in her journey and includes some behind-the-scenes footage of Ancestry’s scanning technology. Click on the… Read more

Star of stage and screen Martin Shaw is next on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Actor Martin Shaw is the next celebrity to explore his family history on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?   Born and raised in Birmingham, the eldest of two children, Martin now lives in Norfolk. The star of over 100 films, plays and television shows, Martin is curious to discover the truth about… Read more

Mary Berry of the “Great British Bake Off” discovers her family story on the next “Who Do You Think You Are?” (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Star of the Great British Bake Off, Mary Berry is next to delve into her ancestry on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?     It turns out that baking is in Mary’s genes as she discovers that her ancestor Robert Houghton ran a bakery in Norwich. He ran the bakery for… Read more