Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? – Part I

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 13, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Jake Byrnes, Ph.D., Population Genomics Technical Manager for AncestryDNA   “I am adopted and have NO clues about my birth except a sort of ‘fake’ birth certificate from when I was born in Texas. No family name. No known blood relatives. Would the DNA test be a good option… Read more

Drumroll, Please…The Winner of the October Branch Out Contest Is…

Posted by Jessica Murray on November 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest

If you submitted an entry in the October round of our Branch Out contest, thank you! We received some truly amazing stories in thousands of entries from community members throughout the United States. We have randomly selected our October winner and that lucky person is…  Alison Marcoff of Boynton Beach, FL Alison has successfully traced her ancestors back… Read more

Adding 400 Years of Family to the Family Tree

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest

By Katie Ledbetter, ProGenealogist Tina Davis recently won our Branch Out Sweepstakes, and received 25 hours of AncestryProGenealogists research time. Tina wanted to learn more about her mother’s side of the family tree, specifically her Rickwood line. She was hoping to verify some information she had been given and to extend that part of her… Read more

Using the Updated Search Forms

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Over the next few weeks, Ancestry will be rolling out an updated search form. Some of you may already have seen it and used it. Let’s take a look at what’s new. First, you might notice that the search form doesn’t have a link for “Advanced Search.” Instead, there is a link to “Show more… Read more

The 1896 and 1898 Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes

Posted by Juliana Szucs on November 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Research

In 1893, the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, under the leadership of Henry Dawes, was established to convince the leaders of the Five Civilized Tribes – Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole – to accept individual land allotments in exchange for tribal lands. The challenge was determining who was eligible; the Dawes Commission was… Read more

Upcoming Ancestry Events: November 2014

Posted by Crista Cowan on November 4, 2014 in Events, Webinars

There is snow on the mountains here in Utah.  Hard to believe that fall is already winding down and winter is on its way.  The good news is that many of us will now be spending more time indoors.  And what better indoor activity than curling up with your laptop and doing a little family… Read more

Coming Soon: Improved DNA Matching

Posted by Anna Swayne on November 3, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA

Over the past year or so, we’ve been in the AncestryDNA lab working to create new and improved ways to find distant family members with DNA. In the process, we’ve rewritten the book on AncestryDNA matching and made some significant breakthroughs we’re looking forward to sharing soon. These advancements will make AncestryDNA matching far more… Read more

A brief history of Halloween. Click if you dare!

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 31, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, United Kingdom

Halloween is here! Time to dress up and trick or treat, attend bonfires, parties and firework displays, and generally enjoy yourself. Have you ever wondered where these traditions come from? Halloween is a mixed bag of different traditions and customs influenced by diverse religions and cultures. It all began in Ireland’s Celtic past. It was at… Read more

Bring Your Ancestors to Life: Adding Context with Unique Ancestry Collections

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Family History Month

Looking at a pedigree chart can be somewhat uninspiring to family members who haven’t yet been bitten with the genealogy bug. We know that those names and dates carry stories, but to really do them justice we need to add context. There are some fantastic resources available on Ancestry that can help us do just… Read more

13 Spooky Family History Finds

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Cool Finds, Holidays

Witches, ghosts, murder—researchers from Ancestry found them all and more when they started combing the headlines for spooky facts in some current, and former, celebrities’ pasts.   Real Witch Found in Emma Watson’sFamily Tree: Muggle actress Emma Watson, famous for playing Hermione Granger, the preternaturally talented witch and ally of Harry Potter, has a real-life… Read more