13 Spooky Family History Finds

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Cool Finds, Holidays

Witches, ghosts, murder—researchers from Ancestry found them all and more when they started combing the headlines for spooky facts in some current, and former, celebrities’ pasts.   Real Witch Found in Emma Watson’sFamily Tree: Muggle actress Emma Watson, famous for playing Hermione Granger, the preternaturally talented witch and ally of Harry Potter, has a real-life… Read more

Happy Birthday to Lots of You!

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 16, 2014 in Cool Finds

Happy birthday! If your birthday is September 16, chances are you know someone else with the same birthday as you. It is the most common birthday in the United States for those born between 1973 and 1999. (If you’re a visual data/infographic geek like I am, check out the heat map that Andy Kriebel put… Read more

Profile: Private Sarah “Lyons” Wakeman

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 18, 2014 in Cool Finds, Military Records

“I am as independent as a hog on the ice. If it is God’s will for me to fall in the field of battle, it is my will to go and never return home.” That quote comes from a letter Private Lyons Wakeman of the 153rd New York Infantry wrote to family back home in… Read more

Local Histories: Let it Snow

Posted by Lou Szucs on February 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, Cool Finds, Moments in Time, Searching for Records

Being a history lover, I subscribe to a whole lot of paper and online newsletters and magazines. A few weeks back, an item in the Wisconsin Historical Society weekly email caught my eye – reservations were being taken for old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh rides. How fun would it be to feel, hear, and see what our… Read more

What Would You Put in a Time Capsule?

Posted by Kristie Wells on January 14, 2014 in Cool Finds

In 1913, Virginia Sohlberg, President of the Ladies Aid Society, led a fundraiser where space was auctioned off inside a 100-year ‘time capsule’ in an effort to raise enough funds so her local church could purchase a new Mueller pipe organ. This project was dubbed the ‘Century Chest.’ More than 20 boxes were filled, then buried under a 12-inch slab… Read more

Cool Collection Finds

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 3, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Cool Finds

  Ancestry.com digitizes millions of records to make them available online, and we find some really amazing records in the process. The Ancestry team goes through thousands of pieces of paper – turning pages, flipping and scanning, and sometimes, one of our team members will spot someone famous, a historical figure or an important historical… Read more

What Kind of Beard Did Your Ancestor Sport?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 29, 2013 in Cool Finds, Holidays

We hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving yesterday! Now as the smell of turkey disappears and the food coma fades, we wanted to share a fun photo we found in our Library of Congress Database and a good cause. Movember is a global organization dedicated to generating awareness and raising funds for men’s health issues. Movember… Read more

Window To The Past: Vintage Photos Blended With Modern Day Scenes

Posted by Kristie Wells on November 27, 2013 in Cool Finds

Have you ever wondered how an area might have changed over a 10, 25 or even 75 year period of time? We came across this project from Kerényi Zoltán, an architect and a photographer from Hungary, who has blended old Hungarian photography with modern day scenes to show how people and places in his country have changed… Read more

Hunger Games Hometown Favorites – Katniss? Haymitch? Coriolanus Snow?

Posted by Kristie Wells on November 23, 2013 in Cool Finds

We could not wait for the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy, and thought it would be fun to map out the Districts in the movie, as if Panem actually existed. Our beloved Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson) both come from District 12, which covers areas in South Carolina… Read more

Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1960

Posted by Kristie Wells on October 26, 2013 in Cool Finds

  Ever wondered why your mom picked the name Lisa for you? Or Michelle? Or why everyone you know born in the 1970′s is seemingly named Jennifer? Was it due to some historical event taking place during that time? Were you named after a movie star or a character in a popular TV show? Or… Read more