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

Archives Month: Celebrating and Capturing Oral History

Posted by Linda Barnickel on October 28, 2015 in Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom, Website

Her voice is raspy, at times, nearly impossible to understand. At 105 years-old, Alice Mikel Duffield had seen her share of living. Though her hearing and eyesight was failing, her memories remained strong. She could tell me with pride about the new outfit she got when she left the service in 1918, when she had Read More

Archives Month: Anatomy of Finding Aid

Posted by Linda Barnickel on October 26, 2015 in Australia, Family History Month, Website

This is a guest post by Linda Barnickel What are Finding Aids? Finding aids are documents which are created by archives staff to assist researchers in learning about, navigating, and using individual archival collections. Many are available online from the institutions’ websites; others may be only available in hard-copy format for on-site use at the Read More

Archives Month: Searching by Context

Posted by Linda Barnickel on October 23, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Guest Bloggers, Mexico, United Kingdom

This is a guest post by Linda Barnickel. Hundreds of thousands of records and manuscripts in their original form are housed in archives throughout the country. Archives, as used in this post, refers to unique, unpublished records of government, organizations, businesses or other institutions. CONTEXT So, how do you go about identifying a collection of Read More