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Don’t Let Mold Destroy Your Family History

Posted by Nancy Kraft on May 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Mold is a four-letter word. It can destroy your documents and it can make you sick. What do you do when you discover that great-grandpa’s Civil War letters or the family Bible has mold on it? Here are some tips to help you when you discover mold. First, Protect Yourself You can’t tell who will… Read more

It’s International Worker’s Day: How Did Your Ancestors Make a Living?

Posted by Lou Szucs on May 1, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Research

May 1st is set aside in 80 countries as International Worker’s Day – a day to celebrate labor and working people. And this day serves as a reminder of how our ancestors toiled to put food on their tables and roofs over their families’ heads.  Whether your ancestor was a homemaker, a farmer, a factory… Read more

Probate in the United Kingdom: An Overview

Posted by Abbie Lee Black on April 18, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

After finding your ancestors in civil registration, census records, and parish registers, there are many different record types that are widely available for the UK. When I’m doing research, I usually look for probate records, and specifically wills, of my ancestors at this stage in the research process.   UK Wills and Probate Before 1858… Read more

Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past”

Jack London is quoted as saying, “Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” My great-great-grandfather, Thomas Howley, was certainly no exception. In 1864, he joined the U.S. Navy under an assumed name so his wife wouldn’t find out. (She found out. She was not happy.)… Read more

Paying Taxes… Or Not

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 15, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

They say that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. Genealogists are used to dealing with records surrounding an ancestor’s death, but what about taxes? Tax Basics Tax records in many locations date back earlier than vital records. They’re great for our research because they tend to be kept on a regular… Read more

Research in the Old Line State: Maryland State Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 11, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Many of us (myself included) can trace our roots back to Maryland. The history we can find there is fascinating, both in terms of our families’ and the state’s. Maryland can be described as a land of contradictions. It was founded in part to be a safe haven for Catholics from England who wanted to… Read more

Use England Parish Registers To Research Ancestors Pre-1837

Posted by Abbie Lee Black on April 11, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

Continuing on with my previous post, civil registration and census records are usually the place I turn first when starting my research in the UK. These records can be used together to create an accurate snapshot of a family group in the mid-19th century to late 20th century. Before 1837, parish registers are most commonly… Read more

Family History Toolkit: Creating Timelines

Posted by Pam Velazquez on April 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Timelines are great tools for deciphering all of your family history discoveries. They can help place your ancestor at a given time and help you understand your ancestor’s life and what records, events, etc. you might be missing. Use timelines to analyze the different records you have found and understand where you should be setting… Read more

Well-To-Do or Poor as Church Mice? Figuring Out Your Ancestor’s Wealth

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

April 5 – 12 is Money Smart Week, designed to help people learn more about their personal finances. Did you know that you can also learn about your ancestors’ financial well-being? You probably don’t have access to their checkbooks (or the jars of cash buried in the back yard), but there are some common records… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: April 7th Edition

Posted by Pam Velazquez on April 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry.com A Love Story Proved: The Life and Family of Laura Lavinia (Kelly) Combs by Paul Graham On This April Fool’s Day, Tell Us Which Ancestor Made A Fool Out of You by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Enter For a Chance To Win Professional Family History Research Assistance! by Kristie Wells Ask Ancestry Anne: Who Are James… Read more

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