Beyond “The Wet Dog Effect”: Telling Your Story with the New Ancestry

Posted by Dan Lawyer on April 17, 2015 in Site, Site Features

Have you ever had one of those days when you made a major breakthrough in your family history? What do you do? You corner one of your kids, a spouse, or even a stranger walking down the street and tell them all about how cool it was that you finally realized there was a transcription… Read more

Introducing Ancestry Academy, a New Way to Learn About Family History

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 16, 2015 in Site

We are excited to announce the launch of Ancestry Academy, a new educational website that offers exclusive, high-quality video courses taught by genealogy and family history experts. Ancestry Academy courses cover a wide range of relevant family history topics and offer something for genealogists of all levels.  Here are a few things we think you’ll… Read more

Debunking the American Dream: Immigrants Did Better in 1900 Than in 2000

Posted by Matthew Deighton on April 16, 2015 in Site

It’s a familiar story. An immigrant family makes their way to America. They start out with little money in their pockets, but with determination and hard work, they climb their way up the economic ladder. That’s the cliché, but it may not be accurate according to new research. “Conventional wisdom about immigrants and the American… Read more

The Great Migration: How to Find Your African-American Ancestors, Part 2

Posted by Karin Berry on April 14, 2015 in Site

This is the second in the series of three guest posts by Karin Berry that describe how to use Ancestry to research African-Americans during the Great Migration. The first blog post explained how to find your family and trace them in northern states using U.S. federal census records. This second blog post will reveal how to incorporate military… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with America Ferrera: Good News About Newspapers

Posted by Jessica Murray on April 14, 2015 in Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

America Ferrera grew up hearing stories about her great-grandfather Gregorio Ferrera, who was supposed to be some kind of a general. Armies love paperwork, and military service usually generates plenty of records. But in this case, we ended up turning to a completely different source to uncover Gregorio Ferrera’s dynamic life. During her journey on… Read more

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (D-F)

Posted by Jessica Murray on April 10, 2015 in Site

Savvy family historians know that an ancestor’s first name may not always appear consistently the same way in records. Nicknames, diminutive names, or even middle names may have been used in the documents we use in our family history. These alternate names can cause us to mistake an already documented ancestor for a new individual, perhaps… Read more

Historical Fashion Expert Helps Time Date Your Old Family Photos

Posted by Betty Shubert on April 9, 2015 in Site

Earlier this year, we introduced a series on our blog featuring the expertise of Betty Shubert, historical fashion expert and author of Out of Style to help time date old family photographs based on our ancestor’s fashion choices and clothing trends of their time.  You can see Betty’s first post which gives an overview of fashion trends in… Read more

Destination America: Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival in U.S. Ports

Posted by Juliana Szucs on April 6, 2015 in Site

Our immigrant ancestors’ journey to America is an important part of the family story. Your ancestor probably entered through any of the more than 70 federal immigrant stations located along the country’s shores, the most famous of which was New York. In our latest free research guide, we’ve gathered interesting details you might not know… Read more

Member Spotlight: Family Folklore Proven True with AncestryDNA

Posted by Jessica Murray on April 3, 2015 in Site, AncestryDNA, In The Community

Most families have interesting stories handed down over the generations. Ancestry member Heidi had heard stories of a baby given up for adoption at birth because the child’s father, her cousin, and the mother were young. She learned her aunt, the baby’s grandmother, had been searching for the child for years, but had little to… Read more

An Exclusive Tour of AncestryDNA New Ancestor Discoveries

Posted by Anna Swayne on April 2, 2015 in Site

Today, we announced a new AncestryDNA experience called “New Ancestor Discoveries” based on years of research and development by our science team that is revolutionizing the way people discover, preserve, and share their family history. New Ancestor Discoveries combines DNA testing with the power of 65 million trees to help you discover your story in a… Read more