Seeing Pre- and Post-WWI Britain via Ordnance Survey Maps

Posted by Juliana Szucs on May 6, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

One of the best things about family history is that it is constantly taking you to new places and times. Even if your ancestors stayed put for generations, the places where they lived changed and evolved through the years. Knowing your ancestor’s surroundings can be critical to your research in terms of locating new records. Where… Read more

Latest News from MyCanvas by Alexander’s

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 4, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, MyCanvas

MyCanvas, formerly a branch of Ancestry, is alive and well under the ownership of Alexander’s. MyCanvas allows users to easily create family history books, genealogy charts, photo collages, and more. Once the book has been designed and ordered, Alexander’s will professionally print, bind, and ship your customized creation to your door. Check out this video to see the… Read more

Celebrate Moms and See How They Can Help With Our Research

Posted by Anna Swayne on May 1, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

DNA Tip: More is better when it comes to autosomal DNA testing. See how one of our customers put this to the test and what happened when he had his mother and grandmother tested. If you are familiar with genetic inheritance, you know that you inherited 50 percent of your DNA from each of your… Read more

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (G-K)

Posted by Jessica Murray on April 30, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Your ancestor may not always be listed in records with the first name he or she was given at birth. Over the last few months, we introduced a series of blog posts featuring commonly-used nicknames that you may run across in your research. If you’re not finding your ancestors in the records, try searching for… Read more

5 Tips to Control Family Photo Chaos

Posted by Denise May Levenick on April 28, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

From the new book How to Archive Family Photos by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator How many photos are stuck on your smartphone? The tremendous growth of digital photography is a mixed blessing for family memories. Instead of one roll of film that might last through an entire vacation, with today’s digital photos there’s… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Melissa Etheridge: Putting Time and Location in Their Place

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

In family history research, when and where your ancestors lived say just as much about them as their name. Understanding not just the geography but also the community your ancestors were a part of provides crucial insight into what their lives were like, as well as the types of records you should be looking for.… Read more

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