Do You Have a Search Strategy?

Posted by Juliana Smith 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

Ask Ancestry Anne: Search Tip #2: A Rose By Any Other Name Might be Rosey — Name Filters Will Catch That

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 7, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Searching for Records

If you find you are getting too many results when you do a search, its time to try out name filters when you do a search. We have over 13 Billion records and making sure you narrow your search results down to a reasonable amount, is probably a good idea. First you will need to… Read more

Local Histories: Let it Snow

Posted by Lou Szucs on February 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, Cool Finds, Moments in Time, Searching for Records

Being a history lover, I subscribe to a whole lot of paper and online newsletters and magazines. A few weeks back, an item in the Wisconsin Historical Society weekly email caught my eye – reservations were being taken for old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh rides. How fun would it be to feel, hear, and see what our… Read more

The Genealogist’s Toolkit: Ethnic Research

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 17, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Research, Searching for Records

Once you have built your family tree a bit and have gotten into the “greats”, past your grandparents and farther back into other centuries, research methodologies and best practices start to evolve depending on your specific ethnicity. Research for each ethnicity is different and requires its own tailored approach for maximum success. Research Guides The… Read more

What’s New: CT Work Stubs, NV Deaths, More JewishGen

Posted by Paul Rawlins on August 26, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

  New records released ranged from New England to the Nevada desert. By 1882 child labor advocates were gaining ground, and in Connecticut, working children between 8 and 14 had to attend at least 12 weeks of school. In 1895, children under 14 were prohibited from working at “gainful employment” at all. In 1903, the… Read more

Begin with what you know: Christina Applegate

Posted by Kristie Wells on July 31, 2013 in Searching for Records, Who Do You Think You Are?

Stage and screen star Christina Applegate’s father, Robert, has lived with a troubling mystery his entire life — just who was his mother? Raised by his paternal grandparents, Robert has only fleeting memories of his mother. Christina sets out to find her story. She starts with one valuable piece of information: Robert’s birth certificate. She learns… Read more

Browsing Records on Ancestry.com [Video]

Posted by Crista Cowan on July 25, 2013 in Searching for Records

Did you know that not all records on Ancestry.com are indexed? Even when there is an index available, sometimes it is useful to view an entire set of passenger lists or a whole neighborhood in the census to find the information you need. In this video, we share how to use the “browse” features for… Read more

Six Ways to Jump Start Your Family History Research

Posted by Crista Cowan on May 24, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Research Helps, Searching for Records, Social Media

Are you brand new to genealogy and not quite sure where to start? Maybe you’ve been doing this for a while and need some inspiration to help you break through that long standing brick wall. As we head into the long weekend, I plan on spending a little time working on my own family history… Read more

New Search Results Page On Ancestry.com

Posted by Crista Cowan on May 16, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records, Site Features

Have you logged on to Ancestry.com today and done any record searching? Then you probably noticed that we made some changes overnight to the search results page. This is part of our continued effort to improve performance on the site and the load time required for key pages. This also allows us to work towards… Read more

Discovering True Love

Posted by Juliana Smith on February 4, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner, Research Helps, Searching for Records, Stories

There’s a story behind that marriage date. But unless the tale has been passed down through family lore or you’re the proud owner of a collection of torrid love letters, you’re never going to get it, right? Don’t give up so easily. Turns out that story of true love could be hiding in a yearbook… Read more