Uncovering a Free Black Man’s Past: Buying a Slave to Unite His Family

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 25, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Ancestry.com Genealogist “My ancestor, Lewis Freeman, was a free Negro who lived in Chatham, North Carolina from at least 1800 until his death in 1845. I would like to know when he was born.” – Harold F. Dear Harold, When searching for family roots in the… Read more

Happy 350th New Jersey! New State Research Guide for the Garden State

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

This year marks 350 years since New Jersey’s birth as an English colony. To celebrate, our gift to you is the latest in our series of state research guides on the Garden State. Here are five things you might not know about New Jersey. 1. Between 1674 and 1702, New Jersey was divided politically between… Read more

Titanic Captain among those listed as more than one million historic Liverpool crew lists are digitised by Ancestry

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, United Kingdom

We are all familiar with the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. On the night of the 14th of April 1912, 1,500 people lost their lives after the liner hit an iceberg and sank to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. The captain on that tragic voyage was Edward Smith. Smith joined the White Star… Read more

Quaker Migrations Across the Centuries

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Diane VanSkiver Gagel, M.A.  The Society of Friends (Quakers) was founded in the 1640s in the east midlands of England by George Fox. The Quakers quickly expanded in numbers and geography in England. By 1655, Quakers were immigrating to the English colonies in America, partly through religious zeal to… Read more

Throwback Thursday: Fun in the Water

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner

This past weekend was pool closing weekend. When we bought this house 12 years ago, it came with the pool and while my daughter enjoyed it, I think I’ve been the one who has spent the most time in it. I’ve loved the water since I was little and although we never had a large pool growing up,… Read more

Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History Month – Part Three

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

Want to get the little ones in your family interested in genealogy? We’re introducing part three of our weekly series for the month of October in honor of Family History Month with creative ideas to engage the little ones in your family about family history. 1. Family Journalist  If you have a future journalist on your hands or an older… Read more

Five Tips to Discover Your Eastern European Roots

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 22, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Lisa A. Alzo You’ve just discovered you have Eastern European roots.  Perhaps it was the result of exploring your exotic sounding surname, locating a picture of your Polish great-grandmother, or viewing your Ancestry DNA test results.  Now what?  If you have no idea where or how to begin, or have… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: October 20th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 20, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry New Find A Grave Upload and Transcribe Beta Available by Kristie Wells Research in the Keystone State: New Pennsylvania Research Guide  by Amy Johnson Crow Throwback Thursday: Music by Juliana Szucs Smith Family History 101: Tips for Interviewing Your Living Relatives by Jessica Murray Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About… Read more

Research in the Keystone State: New Pennsylvania Research Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

There is so much to explore in Pennsylvania, both in the state’s history and in our own family histories. I’ve been doing Pennsylvania research for a long, long time and I’m amazed at how there is always something new to discover. Did you know these five things: Pennsylvania was the first state to abolish slavery.… Read more

Family History 101: Tips for Interviewing Your Living Relatives

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 16, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

Sharing your family’s legacy is so important for strengthening family bonds and reliving traditions that will make memories for every generation. This Family History Month, take the time to sit down with your living relatives to record important family history and maybe you’ll make some new family history research discoveries. To start, download our handy… Read more