5-Minute Find: Adding a Quick Link to Your Ancestry Home Page

Posted by Jessica Murray on February 19, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Have five minutes? Amy Johnson Crow walks us through how to personalize the Ancestry homepage so you can easily link to your favorite collections or online resources. Want more helpful tips in five minutes or less? Visit our 5-Minute Finds playlist on YouTube here.

Journey to Freedom: A Genealogical Study of an African American Family

Posted by Jessica Murray on February 17, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

The unique stories discovered in researching our family trees is what continues to inspire us to dig deeper. This is no different for Lonnie Bunkley, veteran family historian and author of Journey to Freedom: A Genealogical Study of an African American Family who we had the pleasure of interviewing recently at a family history conference. Lonnie… Read more

Here Come the Brides

Posted by Kelly Burgess on February 10, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This post originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, November-December 2009. If you think searching for a marriage record can be frustrating, keep in mind that finding a husband or wife hasn’t always been a straightforward proposition, either. Social customs and financial restrictions could make finding someone to marry problematic. The ­tradition of the dowry, for example,… Read more

Love Stories

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 9, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, November-December 2009. Ever stop to think about how, what, why? How your grandparents met each other. What exactly attracted them to one another. Why they married, had children, and chose to either stay together or go their separate ways. Maybe it was kismet, maybe something larger — something… Read more

Check Out The Latest Offerings On Ancestry Academy

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 5, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Are you looking to update your skill set? Or for some inspiration to jumpstart your research? Check out these latest additions to Ancestry Academy:   Tesoro! Finding Your Italian Roots Your Italian ancestors came to America for many reasons. Suzanne Russo Adams will help you tell their stories by exploring U.S. records, locating their place… Read more

Ancestry Product Update: February 1st Issue

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 1, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Following the global transition that took place last month, we wanted to highlight features we recently released and others we are still working on. As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that will help answer your questions and provide more tips on the new site. Feature we introduced:… Read more

Conferences Leave You Hungry for More? Try An Institute!

Posted by Michelle Ercanbrack on February 1, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” Daniel J. Boorstin Whether brought on by frustration, desperation, or total lack of ideation, we all hit that point where we look in the mirror and wonder if we’ll ever really find Aunt Mary. If your brick wall begins to feel impossible to scale,… Read more

Ancestry Interviews Diahan Southard, Molecular Genealogist

Posted by Jessica Murray on January 29, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Many of us ask the question, “What next?” after seeing your ethnicity breakdown and the hundreds of cousin matches that came with your DNA results. Diahan Southard, molecular genealogist and founder of Your DNA Guide, emphasizes the importance of DNA research in combination with traditional records research to compile the most complete picture of your family history.… Read more

World War II Case Study: Minor L. Dickerson

Posted by Jennifer Holik on January 27, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Researching the service of World War II personnel can be time intensive, but with each step we add pieces of the puzzle that help us see the larger picture. Each researcher begins the process in a different place, depending on the information they have at the beginning of their journey. One place you can start research for… Read more

Ancestry Releases Transparency Report, Updated Privacy Statement and Guide for Law Enforcement

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 25, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Company News

Today we are releasing the first Ancestry Transparency Report, which covers law enforcement requests to Ancestry sites for member data in 2015. As we continue to make our members’ privacy a priority, our intent in issuing this report is to help explain to our members and the public the types of law enforcement requests Ancestry… Read more