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What You Might Have Missed: March 17th, 2014

Did you catch everything last week?  We talked of the Spanish Flu, Irish DNA and a whole variety of genealogy topics.  Make sure you didn’t miss anything! Blog Posts Ancestry.com Kiss Me: I’m Irish Too! by Juliana Smith What Do Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Have in Common? by Julie Granka Women of the West by… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne Search Tip #5: Start Small, Go Big — Using Sliders in Search

Ancestry.com has over 12 billion records and finding the ones you care about is easier when you have a few tricks at your disposal. One of the best? Filters.  Name, Location and Date. And to make those filters just a bit easier to use, we’ve added the new Sliders feature. Do you have 5 minutes?… Read more

Ancestry Anne Visits The Peacock Gals

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 12, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

I had the pleasure of traveling to Dallas, Texas this past week and presenting to about 400 members of the Texas Daughters of the American Revolution  who identify themselves with the peacock, hence the name The Peacock Gals! And because it was the Daughters of the American Revolution, we talked genealogy. On Thursday, I walked… Read more

What You Might Have Missed — March 10th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 10, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Find a Grave Mobile App for iOS Now Available by Michael Lawless Ask Ancestry Anne: Tracing Native American Ancestry Through DNA and Good Old Fashioned Research by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Understanding Patterns of Inheritance: Where Did My DNA Come From? (And Why It Matters) by Anna Swayne Got Five Minutes? Let Us Teach… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne Search Tip #3 : Spelling Didn’t Matter To Our Ancestors — Wild Cards to the Rescue

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 9, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

Our ancestors often used a variety of spellings for their first names and surnames. You can use wildcards with the Exact filter selected to find unusual spellings of names. There are two wildcard characters: ? (question mark) : matches one character which can be anything * (asterisk) : matches 0 to N characters So if you enter… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne Search Tip #4 — Want to See Records Just from the US? The UK? Canada?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 8, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

We have records from many countries, but sometimes you just want one.  Here is a quick fix for that. Collection Priority At the bottom of the advanced search form, you will see a box labeled Collection Priority: Change “All Collections” to the country or record type you are after. Then check the “Show only records… Read more

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

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

Ask Ancestry Anne: Search Tip #1 : Controlling location in your searches

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 6, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

It seems like now is a good time to update some of my favorite search tips. Let’s start with my favorite search filter. Sure it may never have occurred to you to have a favorite, but I find this one incredibly useful. When you are in search form and you start typing in a location,… Read more

Got Five Minutes? Let Us Teach You Something New

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 6, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

If you want to break down your brick walls you need to do more than search.  You have to learn new tricks and methodologies so you can vary your approach. And if you want to understand your ancestors’ lives and be able to tell their stories, you have to find new ways to look at… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Tracing Native American Ancestry Through DNA and Good Old Fashioned Research

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 4, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Dear Anne, I recently had my DNA done by Ancestry.com. Most of it seems correct, but there is no trace of Native American ancestry. I have always been told that my great-grandmother was Native American and the family pictures seem to corroborate this. She had very distinct Indian features. Also I can find no information… Read more

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