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What You Might Have Missed: January 21st Edition

It’s been another busy week around the world.  Make sure you didn’t miss anything! Blog Posts Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. by Pam Velazquez A Slice of History: Moving Day by Juliana Smith Now Available on New York City Vital Records by Paul Rawlins New Content: Pennsylvania Card Index by Paul Rawlins… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: My Ancestors Changed Their Names. What Now?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on January 14, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: What happens when you have relatives that came to America in the early 1900s, but through immigration their names were changed to sound/appear more “American?” Records become hard to find, before and after. Now I’m stuck in my tree?!? Thanks, Amy Olson Answer:  Oh those delightful name changes. And sometimes it wasn’t a name… Read more

Your Ancestor’s Name Was What?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on January 14, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

I suspect most of us have plenty of names like John Smith or Bob Jones in our trees. But some of the names stand out just because they are a little bit different. Or maybe just fun to say. Take my 4th Great Grandfather. On his tombstone, we see the rather boring old R.M. Cash… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: January 10th Edition

Blog Posts Too cold to do anything this week?  Here is what you might have missed around the world. The 52 Ancestors Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow And The Winner of the December Branch Out Contest is… by Pam Velazquez Favorite Features in Family Tree Maker from Crista Cowan Eureka! It’s The Golden… Read more

Eureka! It’s the Golden State!

Did you know that 1 out of every 8 Americans is a Californian?  Since its admission to the Union on September 9, 1850, it has been one of the fastest growing states in population. California’s population grew from an estimated 26,000 before the Gold Rush in 1848 to just under 380,000 in the 1860 U.S. Census,… Read more

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus…

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on December 19, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Reference Desk

I bet you’ve said the phrase before, or at least heard it: “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.” In 1897,  a little girl named Virginia wrote to the New York Sun asking if there was indeed a Santa Claus.  Her father told her that if the Sun says there is one, then there is… Read more

Preserve your Photos and Documents Like an Expert!

You’ve found that image or document that reveals a great story or confirms that missing clue you needed, and you want to make sure it is saved for generations to come. What is the best way to save and preserve your images? I asked Sabrina Petersen, Director of Global Imaging here at, and she… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: December 16th Edition

The holidays are upon us.  With all that going on, you very well may have missed something good in the world. Let’s review! Blog Posts Happy 195th (or 142nd?) Birthday, Mary Todd Lincoln! Just Released: Family Tree Maker Mac 3! Hunger Games Author’s Ties to Indiana Give Your Research As A Gift Do… Read more

Do you have Virginia ancestors like the stars of Hunger Games?

I love maps. Real.  Make-believe.  I was looking at the Panem map from The Hunger Games and noticed that not only are both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson’s characters from what might have been the Mid-Atlantic states, but the actors have deep roots into those areas as well. If you are doing Mid Atlantic research… Read more

December 7, 1941 Through Your Ancestors’ Eyes

Some mornings you wake up and by the time you go to bed, you know you’ve lived through a day that will be written about in the history books.  When those days happen, I start collecting newspapers, and throw them in a box.  When the event has passed, I put the box in storage, so… Read more

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