Tamzin Outhwaite Discovers a Rags to Riches Tale on “Who Do You Think You Are?” (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on August 20, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

New Tricks actress Tamzin Outhwaite will be the next celebrity to discover her family history on  Who Do You Think You Are? tomorrow night. Tamzin has gained fame for playing London characters and her parents are from London’s East End. However, she is also aware that she has Italian roots.   “I do know that there is definitely an… Read more

MyCanvas Finds a New Home in Alexander’s

Posted by Eric Shoup on August 19, 2014 in MyCanvas

This past June, we announced that we were retiring the MyCanvas website and service in September 2014. We’ve heard from many people who love MyCanvas and hate the idea of it going away. Well, we have some good news for you: It’s not going away after all! We were successful in finding a new home for… Read more

Painful Memories and Warm Embraces in Episode Five of Long Lost Family.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on August 9, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community, Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

Last week’s episode of Long Lost Family was probably the most emotional yet. But it doesn’t stop there. This week Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell worked tirelessly to reunite more long-separated families. In episode five we’ll witness two reunions that are healing the pain of the past. Sheila Thomas and Jacqui Denton Growing up in London, Sheila was… Read more

The new season of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) opens with Julie Walters

Posted by Brian Gallagher on August 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Actress Julie Walters kicks off the new season of  Who Do You Think You Are  tonight. She is hoping to find some skeletons in her closet and the show does not disappoint. In researching her Irish ancestry she makes several discoveries. Her great grandfather Anthony Clarke was one of the early founders of The Land League. It was… Read more

Two searches, one family! Get ready for another episode of Long Lost Family

Posted by Brian Gallagher on August 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community, Long Lost Family, Stories, United Kingdom

The inspiring stories on Long Lost Family have brought us to tears on more than one occasion, as Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell worked tirelessly to reunite long separated families. In episode four we will witness a first for the Long Lost Family team. Inge Dart Growing up in Kenya, Inge’s life was overshadowed by her domineering mother.… Read more

Be The Star of Your Own Who Do You Think You Are? Show

Posted by Jessica Murray on July 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Have you watched Who Do You Think You Are? and wished you could travel the world to discover more about your own ancestors’ past? Then we have a giveaway for you! We are picking one lucky winner for the ultimate Who Do You Think You Are? experience, which includes a trip to your family’s homeland… Read more

Six Things to Look for in City Directories

Posted by Juliana Szucs on July 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, Juliana's Corner, Research

City directories are incredible sources. In many cities, they were published annually, which can give us a lot of detail about our ancestors. Here are six things to look for in city directories. 1. Your Ancestor and Other Family Members Sure, you’re going to look for your ancestor, but look for other family members, too.… Read more

And The Winner of the June Branch Out Contest is…

Posted by Kristie Wells on July 16, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

If you entered the June round of our Branch Out contest, we’d like to thank you for participating! We received thousands of responses that included some incredibly inspiring stories from our community! We have compiled all of the entries and randomly selected our next winner. That lucky person is… Robin Martin from Montana!! Robin is… Read more

Do You Have a Search Strategy?

Posted by Juliana Szucs on July 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner, Research, Searching for Records, Site Features

As I write this, I’m getting ready for a trip to Utah. As a fairly frequent traveler, I know that to make the trip less stressful, I need lists. Lists are what keep me from wandering around the house searching for nothing in particular, grasping randomly for things I might need, and missing items I… Read more

What You Might Have Missed, July 7 Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Who Do You Think You Are Returns to TLC on July 23rd by Kristie Wells Welcome to the Volunteer State: Tennessee State Research Guide by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Librarians in Las Vegas: An ALA Wrap-up by Amy Johnson Crow Finding Revolutionary War Patriots by Amy Johnson Crow Cousin Connection: AncestryDNA Connects Melyssa… Read more