Celebrate DNA Day with Your Own Discoveries

Posted by Anna Swayne on April 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA

DNA Day comes every year, April 25th and it’s a great time to celebrate the amazing discoveries we’ve made about the human race. It’s also a great time to make a few new discoveries of your own. In honor of DNA Day, now through Monday, we have a limited time offer to get 20% off… Read more

Reports from Gallipoli, The Dardanelles and The Western Front: WWI Military Diaries go Online

Posted by Brian Gallagher on April 22, 2015 in Australia, Collections, Content, United Kingdom

More than 1.5 million pages of first-hand diary accounts of WWI military operations are now available to read online. Published today, from records held at The National Archives in Kew, the UK, WWI War Diaries 1914-1920 document operations by British and colonial units serving in France, Belgium, Germany, Gallipoli and the Dardanelles over a six… Read more

Family History on Your Wrist: Introducing Ancestry’s Apple Watch App

Posted by Aaron Orr on April 20, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Mobile

Ancestry is now available on Apple Watch—bet you never thought you’d see the day you could do family history from your wrist! Okay, you might not do full family history activities, but you can learn about a new photo hint or reply to a comment about a story you attached to your tree.   Get notified about important… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Bill Paxton: Shaping a Nation

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 19, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

There is something emotionally significant about discovering a Revolutionary War patriot in your family tree. The idea that your own ancestor somehow contributed to the birth of a new nation may set off an explosion of patriotic anthems in your mind and unearth a desire to know how they helped secure American independence. Once you… Read more

Member Spotlight UK & Ireland: Mysteries solved and relatives discovered using Ancestry

Posted by Brian Gallagher on April 17, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community, Stories, United Kingdom

Many of us have been fortunate to know our grandparents. For those of us that did not, we often learn about their lives from our own parents. What if you never knew your grandparents and your parents had never known them either? With his first child on the way, Danny McClure wanted to learn more… Read more

Beyond “The Wet Dog Effect”: Telling Your Story with the New Ancestry

Posted by Dan Lawyer on April 17, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

Have you ever had one of those days when you made a major breakthrough in your family history? What do you do? You corner one of your kids, a spouse, or even a stranger walking down the street and tell them all about how cool it was that you finally realized there was a transcription… Read more

Introducing Ancestry Academy, a New Way to Learn About Family History

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 16, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

We are excited to announce the launch of Ancestry Academy, a new educational website that offers exclusive, high-quality video courses taught by genealogy and family history experts. Ancestry Academy courses cover a wide range of relevant family history topics and offer something for genealogists of all levels.  Here are a few things we think you’ll… Read more

Debunking the American Dream: Immigrants Did Better in 1900 Than in 2000

Posted by Matthew Deighton on April 16, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

It’s a familiar story. An immigrant family makes their way to America. They start out with little money in their pockets, but with determination and hard work, they climb their way up the economic ladder. That’s the cliché, but it may not be accurate according to new research. “Conventional wisdom about immigrants and the American… Read more

The Great Migration: How to Find Your African-American Ancestors, Part 2

Posted by Karin Berry on April 14, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

This is the second in the series of three guest posts by Karin Berry that describe how to use Ancestry to research African-Americans during the Great Migration. The first blog post explained how to find your family and trace them in northern states using U.S. federal census records. This second blog post will reveal how to incorporate military… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with America Ferrera: Good News About Newspapers

Posted by Jessica Murray on April 14, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

America Ferrera grew up hearing stories about her great-grandfather Gregorio Ferrera, who was supposed to be some kind of a general. Armies love paperwork, and military service usually generates plenty of records. But in this case, we ended up turning to a completely different source to uncover Gregorio Ferrera’s dynamic life. During her journey on… Read more