Life Underground

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 12, 2016 in Website

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 Website

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 Website

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

The Easter Rising – The importance of May 3, 1916

Posted by Mike Mulligan on May 3, 2016 in Collections, Ireland

The Easter Rising is a seminal event in Irish history when a small group of Irish Volunteers rebelled against the might of the British Empire in pursuit of an independent Ireland. It is an event which would have very personal consequences for many Irish families. Last month Ancestry released free forever the Easter Rising Courts Martial collection. Read More

4 Easy Ways to Label Family Photos

Posted by Denise May Levenick on April 28, 2016 in Website

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 Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, Site Features, Sweden, United Kingdom, Website

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 Website

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

Olyvia Green: Pursuit of Teaching During the Civil Rights Movement

Posted by Maggie Mora on April 11, 2016 in Website

Since starting our business three years ago, we’ve heard a lot of remarkable stories. Few stand out more than that of Olyvia Green, the first black teacher at Pease Elementary in Austin, Texas. In December of 2014, the Storyhouse team interviewed Ms. Green and turned the conversation into a short video. Olyvia’s contributions were honored Read More

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry Reached 1 Million Records of Holocaust Survivors’ and Victims’ Now Searchable Online

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 8, 2016 in Collections

Records made available to the public for free online through the World Memory Project Nearly five years after the launch of the World Memory Project, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry announce that the one millionth name of individuals persecuted by the Nazis are now searchable online for free, thanks to the efforts of Read More