Do One Simple Thing To Save Your Favorite Heirloom

Posted by Denise May Levenick on March 16, 2016 in Site

Whatever the age, condition, or value of your favorite family heirlooms, without a record of its past, your grand-dad’s pocket watch is just another family trinket. It’s a sad truth genealogists see far too often when it comes to family photos, documents, and memorabilia — without some documented history, our precious keepsakes are just “stuff.”… Read more

Ancestry Produkt-Update: Neue Stammbaumfarben

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 16, 2016 in Site

As we expand globally, Ancestry is committed to offering our educational content in multiple languages so we’re beginning to offer several of our most popular blog posts in German. This post below is available in English and can be found here. Wir haben die Rückmeldungen unserer Kunden in den letzten Monaten sorgfältig aufgenommen und die… Read more

Finding Your Irish Roots in Irish Catholic Parish Registers

Posted by Juliana Szucs on March 11, 2016 in Site

I feel like the doors to my Irish ancestry have suddenly been opened wide with the recent addition of more than 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers on Ancestry. For many of us, this collection represents the best chance of discovering a written record of our ancestors and their families online. The National Library of… Read more

Stories From a Sunny Clime: West Indian Tales of Unity and Strength

Posted by Barbara Paca on March 10, 2016 in Site

When traveling from frostbitten North America to warmer climates, we tend to thaw out, and marvel at the apparent simplicity of pastoral life in various island destinations. This was not the case for former MIT professor, Perry Miles, who, in 1963, visited Antigua with his wife in search of his family roots, only to make… Read more

Jan Meisels Allen Shares the Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights

Posted by Jessica Murray on March 9, 2016 in Site

Imagine a world where access to genealogically important records is cut off. That is becoming a reality in some states across the country and the legislation is spreading. Thankfully, a very vocal group of genealogists is rallying support and advocating on behalf of family historians to prevent laws from cutting off access to valuable records.… Read more

Ancestry Product Update: Tree Color Preferences

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 1, 2016 in Site

Over the past couple of months we have been listening to member feedback and running usability testing around the color options available on our site. Some members have shared it was difficult to read light text on a darker background. Others actually preferred it. We have come up with several color options so you can… Read more

Researching the U.S. Naval Armed Guard in World War II

Posted by Jennifer Holik on March 1, 2016 in Site

I never knew my grandpa, Joseph Holik. He died when my dad was 16, in 1964. What I did know, was grandpa served in the U.S. Naval Armed Guard during World War II. I also knew he returned from the war a very different man than the one who left to serve his country. These… Read more

Musical Leap Year Babies

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on February 29, 2016 in 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 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 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