’60s icon Twiggy is next to explore her roots on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

It’s the 100th episode of Who Do You Think You Are? tomorrow night at 9pm on BBC1. Next to explore her family history is 1960s icon Twiggy.     Twiggy, born Lesley Hornby, is a famous model, actor, and designer. Growing up in London, Twiggy had a happy childhood but knew very little about her… Read more

A 126-Year Mystery Solved with DNA: Who was Jack the Ripper?

Posted by Anna Swayne on October 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA

Who Was Jack the Ripper? We’re kicking off October with a murder mystery that has recently been covered in the news. A claim that DNA evidence points to a suspect in a 126-year old cold case from England is behind the recent discussions. DNA found on a shawl that was left on one of the victims of Jack the Ripper has… Read more

Finding a Long-Lost Ancestor on the Streets of Chicago

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Loretto Dennis Szucs, Ancestry.com Genealogist  I have an autograph book that belonged to my maternal grandmother. Written on the inside cover is “Anna Gustavason, 162 Townsend Street, Chicago, Ill.” I can’t find 162 Townsend on any map, nor can I find her on any census record. She was in… Read more

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Researching Your Family History

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Research, Searching for Records, United Kingdom

We all make mistakes! The key to success in family history research, as in life, is to learn from them. In an effort to guide you through your genealogical journey, we have created this list containing the top five mistakes to avoid when researching your family tree. 1. Assuming a family name is only spelled… Read more

World Famous Comedian Billy ‘The Big Yin’ Connolly is next on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

World famous comedian Billy Connolly is the next star to go on his family history journey on tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?       ‘The Big Yin’ is famous for his Scottish wit and has entertained audiences for many years with stories of his life in Scotland. Having endured a tough childhood… Read more

6 Tips to Get Your Family Tree Off to a Good Start

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 1, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Juliana's Corner

When you’re first getting started with your family tree, it’s tempting to just dive in and start adding names. If you do a little reconnaissance beforehand, you can give your tree in a firm foundation in which it will thrive.  1. Start with yourself. I know you may not find yourself as interesting as all… Read more

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