Ancestry Day by the San Francisco Bay, June 17-18

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 27, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

We’re excited to announce our next Ancestry Day will be hosted in San Francisco, CA in partnership with Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. The history of Angel Island goes back thousands of years as a fishing site for Miwok Indians, but fast forward to the early 20th century when the island served as a main Read More

How 1970s “Roots” Inspired a Generation of Family History Researchers

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 27, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

The upcoming remake of Alex Haley’s Roots has many of our senior staff at ProGenealogists reminiscing the impact that the book and miniseries had on their decisions to become professional genealogists. Despite the later questions over Mr. Haley’s research and writing, there is no doubt the “Roots phenomenon” ignited a passion for finding one’s ancestral heritage Read More

“Prologue” Magazine

Posted by Linda Barnickel on May 19, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Guest post by Linda Barnickel Whether you are exploring National Archives records found on Ancestry, planning a research trip to our nation’s capital, or just want to know more about American history, Prologue, the quarterly publication from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is an outstanding resource. For decades, Prologue has guided researchers, authors, Read More

Life Underground

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 12, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This post originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, September-October 2007. The work was dangerous. The hours long. And the slim portion of the paycheck that made its way home at the end of the month? It never seemed enough. Mining. It seems that on any given family tree, at least a few branches are reserved for Read More

What’s New At Ancestry Academy?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 11, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Have you checked out the latest courses in Ancestry Academy? If not, you may have missed: Behind the Scenes: The Science Behind Ancestry DNA Results Dr. Catherine Ball walks you through what goes into to bringing you AncestryDNA results and other features. The Lure of the Train Whistle: Researching Railroad Workers Railroads were the backbone of Read More

Three Ways to Honor Your Mother Who Has Passed

Posted by Kathryn Gonzales on May 3, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for sons and daughters whose mothers have passed. This article offers three suggestions for ways you can honor your mother or grandmother’s memory during this, or any, season. Not only will you be paying tribute to her, but with each of these activities, you’ll be working to preserve Read More

4 Easy Ways to Label Family Photos

Posted by Denise May Levenick on April 28, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Most family historians are challenged by “Unknown Ancestors,” those unidentified yet familiar faces peering out of old cabinet cards and snapshots. They look like they belong in the family, but who are they? When you discover a name, date, or location for the photo, do you know the safest and best strategy for recording the Read More

Ancestry Product Update: Media Enhancements

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 21, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, Site Features, Sweden, United Kingdom

Last week we introduced adding facts and images to events directly from LifeStory, this week, we are introducing better Media experience. Media Upload We have overhauled the media upload experience to make it easier than ever to add photos and stories to your tree. With this update you can choose files from your local drive, Read More

Remembrance: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive

Posted by Allison Gilbert on April 12, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer convinced me a while ago that our relationship with food is important to understand because it represents so much more than sustenance. His grandmother’s chicken with carrots wasn’t delicious simply because she prepared it a certain way it was delicious because what the dish represented (continuity between generations). and what Read More