Leaving a Legacy: Madam C.J. Walker

Posted by Juliana Szucs on March 3, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Madam C. J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove to Owen and Minerva (née Anderson) Breedlove, former slaves on a plantation owned by Robert W. Burney. Sarah was the first child of the couple born after the Civil War in 1867. In 1863, the Union Army had occupied the area during the siege of Vicksburg.  On… Read more

Rich Finds in Freedman’s Bank Records, 1865-1874

Posted by Juliana Szucs on March 2, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

The year 1865 found many African American Civil War veterans and ex- slaves with money in their pockets and there was a need for an institution where they could save that money. The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company (often referred to as the Freedman’s Bank) was incorporated 150 years ago on 03 March 1865 to… Read more

Restoring Slave Families Using USCT Pension Records

Posted by Linda Barnickel on February 27, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

Today, we are going to look at how pension records created after the Civil War can help identify and reconnect slave-era families and relationships in the South. This article will assume that you have already identified someone in your family who may have served in the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), and that you already have… Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Ada Lovelace

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 25, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

You may have recently watched the Imitation Game and learned about Alan Turing’s efforts to defeat the Nazis with his ingenious computer work.  But do you know who is credited with creating the first computer program?  Would you have guessed an English Countess? Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born 1815 and died 1852 in… Read more

Finding Your Family History on the Printed Page

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

Finding Your Family History on the Printed Page By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lisa Elzey, Family Historian at Ancestry I am stuck finding more information about my grandfather, Leland Wright. From a 1930 U.S. Census I know he lived in Florida and was born in Ohio about 1883. Can you help me? – Edmund… Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Sojourner Truth

Posted by Crista Cowan on February 23, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

When learning about the lives of extraordinary individuals – whether it’s famous women in history or someone from my own family tree – I’m always curious about their childhood.  What experiences did they have that formed them into the human being they became.  What things did they see, what choices did they make in their… Read more

How Historical Fashions Influence Today’s Red Carpet

Posted by Betty Shubert on February 20, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

The beautiful gowns shown here were worn on the red carpets of the 2013 and 2014 Academy Awards shows. They are perfect examples of gowns that are truly timeless but with subtle historical influences. As a historical fashion expert and costume designer, I wanted share some of my favorite gowns that walked the red carpet in… Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Elizabeth Blackwell

Posted by Juliana Szucs on February 20, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are launching a series entitled “Leaving a Legacy: Important Women in History,” which will feature notable women who influenced the world through their life’s work, immense courage or commitment to a cause. Over the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing the compelling stories of well-known… Read more

Sneak Peek of The New Ancestry Website Coming!

Posted by Dan Lawyer on February 19, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Company News

If you happened to be at RootsTech in Salt Lake City last week, you may have heard the buzz as we unveiled the beta version of a new and improved Ancestry website. If you weren’t at the conference, it’s not too late to learn about what’s coming and be a part of the Ancestry beta… Read more

How AncestryDNA has added new life to my family history research

Posted by Brian Gallagher on February 17, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA, Finding Your Roots, Stories, United Kingdom

I am privileged to work for a company that genuinely makes a difference to the lives of many thousands of people around the world. I have seen first-hand the breakthroughs, connections and family reunions that have been made possible by the records and trees available on Ancestry. Obviously, like many of you, I have used… Read more