The New Ancestry: October 31st Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 31, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. This week we completed some of the features we discussed in last week’s update. 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.… Read more

Popular Toys in History: What Your Ancestors Played With

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 30, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Toys haven’t always been a part of childhood. It was only during the Victorian era that families began viewing play time as central to a child’s development. Paired with industrialization, that meant the invention of many new and exciting toys, with some more enduringly popular than others. The Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogs archived on Ancestry can… Read more

Ancestral Traditions That Are Hard to Believe

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 29, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Need an excuse for a party? Celebrate like your ancestors did! You might want to ask guests to sign a waiver, though–these holidays could get way out of hand. Largely an excuse for binge drinking and gluttony, traditional festivals around the world include everything from fistfights to bonfires to jumping over babies. Here are some of… Read more

Archives Month: Celebrating and Capturing Oral History

Posted by Linda Barnickel on October 28, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Her voice is raspy, at times, nearly impossible to understand. At 105 years-old, Alice Mikel Duffield had seen her share of living. Though her hearing and eyesight was failing, her memories remained strong. She could tell me with pride about the new outfit she got when she left the service in 1918, when she had… Read more

Sweet Sounds: How Our Ancestors Listened to Music

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 27, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

You know how in those period dramas made from Jane Austen books and the like, everyone repairs to the drawing room after dinner, where one of the women plays the piano and sings while everyone else sits politely in their chairs and listens? There was a good reason for that. Back then, the only music… Read more

Archives Month: Anatomy of Finding Aid

Posted by Linda Barnickel on October 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Linda Barnickel What are Finding Aids? Finding aids are documents which are created by archives staff to assist researchers in learning about, navigating, and using individual archival collections. Many are available online from the institutions’ websites; others may be only available in hard-copy format for on-site use at the… Read more

The New Ancestry: October 23rd Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 23, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that highlighted some of your favorite features that will be coming into the new Ancestry in the coming weeks. These include Member Connect and Military Pages. We are also close to having thumbnail images available in the timeline on the FACTS… Read more

Ruth Starr Rose Reveals Unique Stories of the Founding Families of Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Posted by Barbara Paca on October 21, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Guest Bloggers

Imagine your family rediscovering the beautiful talents of one ancestor after more than eighty years. That was the case for the family of artist Ruth Starr Rose. Rose was from a progressive family. She was a Vassar graduate as well as student at the New York Art Students League where she worked with other left-leaning… Read more

4 Things to Know Before Visiting an Archives

Posted by Linda Barnickel on October 20, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

Guest post by Linda Barnickel. October is Archives Month, and archival institutions throughout the U.S. are celebrating! This is the perfect chance to take the plunge if you’ve always wanted to go to an archive, but have hesitated to do so. Many institutions plan special events including open houses, exhibits, programs, and a variety of… Read more

The New Ancestry: October 16th Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 16, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that covered the square profile images and photo-cropping tools and we are working behind the scenes this week to introduce more of your favorite features to the new Ancestry in the coming weeks. As always, we have also included links… Read more