Musical Leap Year Babies

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on February 29, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

“Musical leaplings” isn’t the name of a new television show for kids (though it sounds like it should be!) Leapling is a term given to people born on that rarest of dates, February 29. Coincidentally, not one but two of the biggest names in American music in the mid-20th century were both leaplings: Dinah Shore… Read more

5 Tips for Getting the Most from City Directories

Posted by Linda Barnickel on February 26, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content

City directories are useful for the year-by-year portrait they can paint of our ancestors. They document their moves, changes in occupation, and may note the widowed status of a wife who has recently lost her husband. All of this information can be obtained by simply looking up an ancestor’s name. But consider the other types of information… Read more

Needles and Threads: Piecing Together African American Families

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 26, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Are you getting stuck researching your African American ancestors?  Ancestry Academy might have the answer: Needles and Threads: Piecing Together African American Families.  Explore African American research with one of genealogy’s foremost experts in African American genealogy, Deborah A. Abbott. She’ll show you how to uncover resources, documents, and archives you never imagined existed and help… Read more

Looking for African American Ancestors?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 22, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

To get started looking for your African American ancestors in the large number of relevant collections on Ancestry an easy place to start is on the African American Homepage. You can find a link at the bottom right corner of the search page or by typing into your browser http://www.ancestry.com/africanamerican. Scroll down the page to… Read more

Ancestry Product Update: February 19th Issue

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 19, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

We recently released several changes to Hints and wanted to make sure you were aware: Navigational Change on All Hints Page: As part of making navigational changes that allow you to get to endpoints more quickly across the site, we introduced the ability to access a list of all people on your trees in the… Read more

5-Minute Find: Adding a Quick Link to Your Ancestry Home Page

Posted by Jessica Murray on February 19, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Have five minutes? Amy Johnson Crow walks us through how to personalize the Ancestry homepage so you can easily link to your favorite collections or online resources. Want more helpful tips in five minutes or less? Visit our 5-Minute Finds playlist on YouTube here.

Journey to Freedom: A Genealogical Study of an African American Family

Posted by Jessica Murray on February 17, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

The unique stories discovered in researching our family trees is what continues to inspire us to dig deeper. This is no different for Lonnie Bunkley, veteran family historian and author of Journey to Freedom: A Genealogical Study of an African American Family who we had the pleasure of interviewing recently at a family history conference. Lonnie… Read more

Here Come the Brides

Posted by Kelly Burgess on February 10, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This post originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, November-December 2009. If you think searching for a marriage record can be frustrating, keep in mind that finding a husband or wife hasn’t always been a straightforward proposition, either. Social customs and financial restrictions could make finding someone to marry problematic. The ­tradition of the dowry, for example,… Read more

Love Stories

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 9, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, November-December 2009. Ever stop to think about how, what, why? How your grandparents met each other. What exactly attracted them to one another. Why they married, had children, and chose to either stay together or go their separate ways. Maybe it was kismet, maybe something larger — something… Read more

Check Out The Latest Offerings On Ancestry Academy

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 5, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Are you looking to update your skill set? Or for some inspiration to jumpstart your research? Check out these latest additions to Ancestry Academy:   Tesoro! Finding Your Italian Roots Your Italian ancestors came to America for many reasons. Suzanne Russo Adams will help you tell their stories by exploring U.S. records, locating their place… Read more