Ancestry Mexico Launches with More than 220 Million Searchable Mexican Historical Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 28, 2015 in Collections, Mexico

We are pleased to announce the launch of new online services that will help Mexicans and the estimated 34 million Mexican Americans* research their family history. More than 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico, including new birth, marriage, and death records dating back to the 1500s are now available on the Ancestry site, many of… Read more

New Collection: UK Apprentices Indentured in Merchant Navy (1824-1910)

Posted by Bryony Partridge on September 14, 2015 in Collections, United Kingdom

More than 340,000 historic Merchant Navy apprentice records have been published online for the first time – shedding light on life at sea during the 19th and 20th centuries. Historic records detail apprentices and their masters in the Merchant Navy  Collection features famous ships such as the RMS Britannia and the Cutty Sark, which can… Read more

5 Things to Help You Get the Most from U.S. Probates on Ancestry

Posted by Juliana Szucs on September 4, 2015 in Collections

  With the launch earlier this week of our U.S. Probates and Wills collection, we have been fielding many questions about how best to navigate the more than 30 million records and 170 million images. Because there is such a wide variety of documents included in an estate file, sometimes it’s tough to know exactly… Read more

SSDI’s New Companion: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

Posted by Juliana Szucs on July 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) was among the first collections posted on Ancestry when the website first began adding content back in 1996. Since then, it has been a boon to researchers looking for 20th-century ancestors and those doing descendancy, heirship, and other types of forensic genealogical research. Once you locate an ancestor in the… Read more

Over 11,000 Historic Surrey Mental Hospital Admission Records Published on Ancestry

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 4, 2015 in Collections, Content, United Kingdom

   Records detail thousands of people placed in Surrey mental health institutions over a 33-year period Children as young as four and adults up to age 93 are listed in the collection Collection is key for people looking to find out more about the circumstances surrounding ancestors with mental health diagnoses     Over 11,000 historic… Read more

Records from the Jersey Archive in the Channel Islands go online for the first time.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 22, 2015 in Collections, Content, United Kingdom

  We are very excited to bring you two new collections as part of our web search initiative. The Jersey, Channel Islands, Wills and Testaments collection covering the years 1663-1948 and The Jersey, Channel Islands, Occupation Registration Cards from World War Two covering the years 1940-1945. Both these collections will be of enormous benefit to… Read more

Newly digitised collection details the haunted drinking-holes of West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 14, 2015 in Collections, Content, Research, United Kingdom

The West Yorkshire Alehouse Licences Collection have been digitised for the first time and are exclusive to Ancestry   More than 75,000 historic alehouse records included in this newly digitised collection  Haunted boozers include The Fleece Inn in Elland – home to a headless horseman named Old Leathery Coit Other weird and wonderful pub names… Read more

Seeing Pre- and Post-WWI Britain via Ordnance Survey Maps

Posted by Juliana Szucs on May 6, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

One of the best things about family history is that it is constantly taking you to new places and times. Even if your ancestors stayed put for generations, the places where they lived changed and evolved through the years. Knowing your ancestor’s surroundings can be critical to your research in terms of locating new records. Where… Read more

Reports from Gallipoli, The Dardanelles and The Western Front: WWI Military Diaries go Online

Posted by Brian Gallagher on April 22, 2015 in Australia, Collections, Content, United Kingdom

More than 1.5 million pages of first-hand diary accounts of WWI military operations are now available to read online. Published today, from records held at The National Archives in Kew, the UK, WWI War Diaries 1914-1920 document operations by British and colonial units serving in France, Belgium, Germany, Gallipoli and the Dardanelles over a six… Read more

North Carolina County Marriage Records

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 1, 2015 in Collections

Do you have North Carolina ancestors?  Well you may need to take a day off from work or tell your family you simply aren’t available. Ancestry has launched North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011 and this data collection includes images of marriage bonds, licenses, certificates, and registers from 87 different counties. On the data collection page,… Read more