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

“Prologue” Magazine

Posted by Linda Barnickel on May 19, 2016 in Website

Guest post by Linda Barnickel Whether you are exploring National Archives records found on Ancestry, planning a research trip to our nation’s capital, or just want to know more about American history, Prologue, the quarterly publication from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is an outstanding resource. For decades, Prologue has guided researchers, authors, Read More

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