Finding a Long-Lost Ancestor on the Streets of Chicago

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Loretto Dennis Szucs, Ancestry.com Genealogist  I have an autograph book that belonged to my maternal grandmother. Written on the inside cover is “Anna Gustavason, 162 Townsend Street, Chicago, Ill.” I can’t find 162 Townsend on any map, nor can I find her on any census record. She was in… Read more

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Researching Your Family History

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Research, Searching for Records, United Kingdom

We all make mistakes! The key to success in family history research, as in life, is to learn from them. In an effort to guide you through your genealogical journey, we have created this list containing the top five mistakes to avoid when researching your family tree. 1. Assuming a family name is only spelled… Read more

World Famous Comedian Billy ‘The Big Yin’ Connolly is next on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

World famous comedian Billy Connolly is the next star to go on his family history journey on tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?       ‘The Big Yin’ is famous for his Scottish wit and has entertained audiences for many years with stories of his life in Scotland. Having endured a tough childhood… Read more

6 Tips to Get Your Family Tree Off to a Good Start

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 1, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Juliana's Corner

When you’re first getting started with your family tree, it’s tempting to just dive in and start adding names. If you do a little reconnaissance beforehand, you can give your tree in a firm foundation in which it will thrive.  1. Start with yourself. I know you may not find yourself as interesting as all… Read more

Upcoming Ancestry Events: October 2014

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 1, 2014 in Events, Family History Month, Webinars

Here in the U.S., it is officially National Family History Month.  Fall is in full swing.  Crisp air.  Crunchy leaves.  The perfect weather for taphophiles (also known as cemetery enthusiasts).  We hope you’ll join us this month for our FindAGrave Community Day on October 18th. We’ve also got some great webinars, tweetchats, and family history… Read more

Piecing Together US Marine’s WWII History

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lisa Elzey, Ancestry.com Family Historian  “My uncle, Walter Rybicki, was a US Marine during World War II who died on 6 Feb 1944. How do I find out the details of how and where he died? Where can I obtain the records?“ – Norm Growing up in the late… Read more

The Dreaded Brick Wall. What to do next?

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 28, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Research Helps, Searching for Records, United Kingdom

The Dreaded Brick Wall   How can I get past a brick wall? When you run across a brick wall in your research, what do you do? You may be tempted to send your laptop on an expedition out of the first floor window, and who could blame you? A brick wall can be incredibly frustrating.… Read more

From London to Ghana with Reggie Yates on the next episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Presenter and DJ Reggie Yates is the next celebrity to share their family history journey with us on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?     Growing up in London Reggie was conscious of the bustling nature of a city with a diverse immigrant population. Both of Reggie’s parents are from Ghana… Read more

Branch Out Contest Winner: Robin Martin

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

By Paul Schmidt Robin Martin, our most recent Branch Out contest winner, asked us at ProGenealogists to research one of her German immigrant families. She knew the names of her grandfather, Peter Joseph Lear, his sister Agnes, and had a possible name of Gertrude for his mother. She also knew he married three times, all… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: September 22nd Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on September 22, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry.com What We Are Reading: September 19th Edition by Amy Johnson Crow Talk Like a Pirate and Improve Your Research by Amy Johnson Crow Behind-the-Scenes with Who Do You Think You Are? Production Crew by Kristie Wells Throwback Thursday: Dolls and Other Toys  by Juliana Szucs Smith Utah’s ABC 4 Takes a Deeper… Read more