Find A Grave Community Weekend Adds 211,655 New Photos

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 14, 2016 in Events, Find A Grave

The third annual Find a Grave Community Weekend took place on October 7th through October 9th across the globe.  Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers across 175 cemeteries who: added 211,655 new photos fulfilled 8,232 photos requests added 203,448 new memorials Here are just a couple of photos and tweets from the weekend of activities:     Read More

Find A Grave Community Weekend on October 7-9

Posted by Jessica Murray on September 16, 2016 in Events, Find A Grave, In The Community, Website

Announcing our 3rd Annual Find A Grave Community Meetup! We are hosting this global meetup starting on Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9th to fulfill hundreds of thousands of photo requests still outstanding on Find A Grave, and to document those cemeteries and gravesites that are not currently on our site. Cemeteries are incredibly valuable Read More

How Well Do You Know Your Grandparents’ Story?

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 9, 2016 in Holidays, Website

It’s often difficult for us to imagine our grandparents’ lives before we, or even our parents, were born. What were they like as kids? What did they like studying in school, when did they first fall in love, how did they spend their free time? 68% of the people we recently surveyed admitted they don’t know Read More

Father’s Day Gifts: Past and…Presents!

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 16, 2016 in Holidays

Just as fatherhood has changed since our own fathers’ and grandfathers’ generations, so too has the way we shop for Father’s Day. Gone are the days of flipping through catalogues for just the right gift to express our love; instead, we’re scrolling through our favorite sites to find the perfect token of our appreciation. In Read More

Attending a Conference “Virtually”

Posted by Linda Barnickel on April 29, 2016 in Events

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) annual conference  is just around the corner (May 4-7) in Fort Lauderdale, and if you aren’t able to attend in person, there are still ways you can learn from this outstanding gathering of genealogical speakers. Sign Up for Streaming Sessions Hurry! The deadline is May 3. NGS is live streaming Read More

Popular Toys in History: What Your Ancestors Played With

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 30, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom, Website

Toys haven’t always been a part of childhood. It was only during the Victorian era that families began viewing play time as central to a child’s development. Paired with industrialization, that meant the invention of many new and exciting toys, with some more enduringly popular than others. The Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogs archived on Ancestry can Read More

Ancestral Traditions That Are Hard to Believe

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 29, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom, Website

Need an excuse for a party? Celebrate like your ancestors did! You might want to ask guests to sign a waiver, though–these holidays could get way out of hand. Largely an excuse for binge drinking and gluttony, traditional festivals around the world include everything from fistfights to bonfires to jumping over babies. Here are some of Read More