U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry Reached 1 Million Records of Holocaust Survivors’ and Victims’ Now Searchable Online

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 8, 2016 in Collections

Records made available to the public for free online through the World Memory Project Nearly five years after the launch of the World Memory Project, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry announce that the one millionth name of individuals persecuted by the Nazis are now searchable online for free, thanks to the efforts of… Read more

Explore the history of The Royal Female Orphanage, Beddington

Posted by Bryony Partridge on April 5, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

The below is a guest post from Kath Shawcross, Borough Archivist & Local Studies Manager at the London Borough of Sutton about the Royal Female Orphanage List of Children, 1890-1913. To explore this collection, head to Ancestry.co.uk  The Royal Female Orphanage in Beddington, originally known as the ‘Asylum or House of Refuge for Orphans and other Deserted Girls of… Read more

History of the Cornwall County Gaol records

Posted by Bryony Partridge on April 1, 2016 in Collections

 The below is a guest post from Sally Pocock, who together with Patricia Fawcett, created and provided the indexes for our new Cornwall Collections. This post gives some further context and background history on the Cornwall County Gaol, which may be particularly helpful for those searching the newly released Cornwall collections. One of the most enjoyable aspects… Read more

The 1916 Easter Rising – The Courts Martial Files

Posted by Mike Mulligan on March 22, 2016 in Collections, Ireland

There are times when working on a new record collection at Ancestry is very personal. But there are times when it can go beyond that. This is one of those times. This week Ancestry released the Ireland Courts Martial Files (1916-1922). I find it hard as an Irish person to describe my feelings regarding these… Read more

Exploring the Probate Records County by County

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 14, 2016 in Collections

In genealogy, it’s always a good idea to review what records are available for the specific locations we are researching. Probate records are no exception. Probate records vary not only from state to state, but also from county to county. How one county arranged its records might not be exactly the same as a neighboring… Read more

5-Minute Find: Using the Sons of American Revolution Applications

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 2, 2016 in Collections

The Sons of the American Revolution is a lineage society for men who descend from a patriot of the Revolutionary War. Ancestry is home to a rich collection of applications to the organization that detail lineage to Revolutionary War patriots. In this video, Amy Johnson Crow shares helpful tips for effectively using this collection. Tune in below: Armed with Amy’s… Read more

Introducing the Irish Catholic Parish Registers collection

Posted by Mike Mulligan on March 2, 2016 in Collections, Ireland

Ancestry has just launched the Irish Catholic Parish Registers collection containing over 10 million baptism, marriage and death records, covering every diocese in Ireland. For anyone with Irish ancestry, this is an incredibly exciting collection. The parish registers along with the Irish Census (1901/1911), Irish Civil Registers (birth, marriage, death) and land records (Griffith, Tithe… Read more

Largest Collection of Irish Catholic Parish Records Launched Online

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 1, 2016 in Australia, Canada, Collections, Ireland, United Kingdom

We are pleased to announce 10 million historic Catholic Parish records from Ireland have been indexed and are now available online. This is the largest collection of its kind available digitally, and means that Ancestry now offers access to more than 55 million Irish records – making it a significant resource for people around the world… Read more

5 Tips for Getting the Most from City Directories

Posted by Linda Barnickel on February 26, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content

City directories are useful for the year-by-year portrait they can paint of our ancestors. They document their moves, changes in occupation, and may note the widowed status of a wife who has recently lost her husband. All of this information can be obtained by simply looking up an ancestor’s name. But consider the other types of information… Read more

Tips to Finding Unindexed Probate Records

Posted by Jessica Murray on February 18, 2016 in Collections

Last year, Ancestry put more than 170 million U.S. Wills and Probate Records online for all 50 states. If you haven’t already discovered these records, you really need to check them out. Probate records offer unique insights into who and what was important to our ancestors and can often establish relationships not found in other records.… Read more