Victorian Prisoners in Gloucester Gaol, 1815-1879

Posted by Bryony Partridge on June 17, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom, Website

Liz Jack, author of A Rogue’s Gallery: Victorian Prisoners in Gloucester Gaol, explores the youngest and oldest prisoners to be incarcerated at Gloucestershire Gaol. To explore the Gloucestershire Gaol Registers 1815-1879, head to In Victorian times, there was no distinction between children and adults when it came to custodial sentences. Some children as young Read More

The Missing Communist Uncle: Lies, Omissions, Concealments

Posted by Eunice Lipton on June 15, 2016 in Website

Kids know when they’re not being told the truth by their parents. And they know when double messages come their way that something has gone awry. Bewilderment unsteadies them creating disturbances that can, if hooked up to a live psychic wire, become part of the emotional bedrock of their lives. This happened to me when Read More

Civil Registrations: Search Nearly 3 Million Brand New German Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 3, 2016 in Website

Ancestry has published more than 2.9 million new records German civil registrations, which include birth, marriage and death records for the three cities of Frankenberg, Karlsruhe and Mönchengladbach. Births, marriages, and deaths were first kept by religious denominations, but a civil registry modeled on the French system was implemented on 1 October 1874 in Prussian provinces, Read More

Storytelling Inspiration: 4 Questions with Maira Kalman

Posted by Maggie Mora on June 2, 2016 in Website

I first came across illustrator Maira Kalman’s work two years ago when I was gifted Girls Standing on Lawns. The book, a collection of found photos and original illustrations and vignettes, served as an introduction to her witty, unfettered, and insatiably curious world. Over the course of her career, Maira has written/illustrated 18 children’s books Read More

100 years on: Admiral John Rushworth Jellicoe & the Battle of Jutland

Posted by Bryony Partridge on May 31, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom

To mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, ProGenealogist Joanna Cicely Fennell, M.A.G.I., explores the family roots of its commander, Admiral John Rushworth Jellicoe. John Rushworth Jellicoe was born in Southampton on 5 December 1859. He was the second son of Merchant Navy captain, John Henry Jellicoe, and his wife, Lucy Henrietta Keel. The Read More

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

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 27, 2016 in Website

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 Website

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