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

Exploring Michigan Death Records

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on February 16, 2016 in Collections

If you’re researching Michigan ancestors, you should take a look at the new collection on Ancestry: Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950. This collection contains more than 8 million records from the Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Statistics and Health Statistics. There are two types of death records in the collection. The 1867-1897 records Read More

History of Crusheen (Inchicronan) Parish

Posted by Bryony Partridge on February 16, 2016 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Ireland

The below is a guest post from Irish family historian Gerry Kennedy, who lives in Crusheen, Ireland. This post gives some further context and background history on the parish of Crusheen, which may be particularly helpful for those searching the Crusheen Parish Registers 1860 – 2014 on Ancestry.  Origins of the name The name ‘Inchicronan’ is from the Gaelic Read More

Tracing American Deaths Abroad

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 25, 2016 in Collections

Arthur Amson of St. Louis, Missouri was a student of philology at the University of Leipsic in Germany. He died there on July 7, 1875. While we commonly think about “traditional” death records, there is a special group of records created for Americans who died abroad. United States consulates are to report the deaths of Read More

Guardianship: A Misunderstood Probate Term

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 14, 2016 in Collections, Research

If you’ve searched in the probate collections and skipped over a result for a guardianship because you know one of the parents was still alive, you should go back and look at that record. Guardianship is an often-misunderstood concept in probate. What Guardianship Is and Is Not Guardianship is when the court appoints someone to represent the Read More

Using the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Mennonite Vital Records

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 12, 2016 in Collections

The Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area is known for its Amish and Mennonite heritage. Over the course of many years, the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society has compiled more than 210,000 index cards with records of the Mennonite families in the region. Until recently, these cards were only available to researchers at the society’s library. Now, LMHS has partnered Read More

Exploring the Scottish Calendar of Confirmations

Posted by Chris Paton on November 30, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Scotland, United Kingdom

Ancestry’s new database, Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories), 1876-1936, is a fantastic resource that can help you to discover whether your Caledonian ancestors left estate behind after they passed away. If so, it will allow you to identify which court granted ‘confirmation’ (the Scottish equivalent of ‘probate’), the names of any Read More

Researching U.S. Merchant Marines

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 16, 2015 in Collections, Content, Military Records

People researching members of the U.S. Merchant Marine have to be creative with their searching, as the records aren’t as plentiful as they are for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard. Recently, that search became a little easier for those who are researching in the early 20th century. U.S., Merchant Marine Read More

Second World War Home Front Heroes

Posted by Rebecca Simpson on November 12, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Military Records, United Kingdom

Records of over 5,000 Second World War civilian gallantry awards have just been published online for the first time by Ancestry, in association with The National Archives. I wanted to share some of the amazing stories that caught my eye – including an 11 year old facing down a bomb. The UK WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940-1949 collection Read More