Family History 101: Tips for Interviewing Your Living Relatives

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 16, 2014 in Site, Family History Month

Sharing your family’s legacy is so important for strengthening family bonds and reliving traditions that will make memories for every generation. This Family History Month, take the time to sit down with your living relatives to record important family history and maybe you’ll make some new family history research discoveries. To start, download our handy… Read more

Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History Month – Part Two

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 16, 2014 in Site, Family History Month

If you didn’t catch our blog last week, we’re hosting a weekly series in October in honor of Family History Month with creative ideas on getting the kids and young adults in your family excited about family history. Today we continue with three new activities you can do with little ones. 1. Little Detectives Before… Read more

Migration in the South: Textile Mills

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 15, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

One thing I’ve noticed about my southern ancestors is that many of them in early 1900s started moving. But why? A look at their occupations gives us a clue. They stopped being farmers and began working in mills. Cotton mills, mostly. Why the change? Before and right after the Civil War, most of the textile… Read more

Do You Have a Search Strategy?

Posted by Juliana Smith on October 14, 2014 in Site, Family History Month

While global searches on Ancestry—whether in a search form, from your tree, or from Family Tree Maker—are great for capturing some censuses, and many other records where lots of detail has been indexed, sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to uncover new records. It’s important to remember that a global search on Ancestry… Read more

Genealogical Research in Your Italian Ancestral Town

Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Site, Family History Month

The catalyst for my pursuit of genealogy as a profession was the influence of my Italian immigrant grandparents. Because they have always been so wonderful and kind to me, I wanted to learn more about them. I wanted to know why being with them made me feel so special and warm, made me feel so… Read more

Migration to America in the 1700s

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 13, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

As you work backwards in your tree, do you find that the trail seems to go cold in the 1700s? Lack of census records and passenger lists can leave you scratching your head and wondering how exactly they suddenly appeared in Pennsylvania, New England, and Virginia. The answer may be in some of the major… Read more

Free Genealogist’s Toolkit to Power Your Family History Research

Posted by Juliana Smith on October 10, 2014 in Site, Family History Month

At Ancestry, we know that researching and telling your family story is a craft. And every craftsperson needs a good set of tools. We’re committed to bringing you the best educational resources and research tools possible. Whether it’s a blank census form, research guides, how-to videos, or a community where you can ask questions and share your successes, we’ve… Read more

Taking Clues From Your Ancestor’s Ethnicity

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 8, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

Discovering the origins of our immigrant ancestors is the reason many of us pursue genealogy. There is a desire to pinpoint that ancestral home. When it comes to immigrants, we often think of naturalization records and passenger lists, but it could be that the ethnicity itself holds keys to further our research. Language and Ethnicity… Read more

Immigration in the 1600s

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 7, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

We probably all remember the little school room ditty about how, in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Columbus was not the first and he would not be the last. Exploration of the New World had been happening for a while by then. It would continue for several more decades before the first permanent European… Read more

6 Tips to Get Your Family Tree Off to a Good Start

Posted by Juliana Smith on October 1, 2014 in Site, Family History Month, Juliana's Corner

When you’re first getting started with your family tree, it’s tempting to just dive in and start adding names. If you do a little reconnaissance beforehand, you can give your tree in a firm foundation in which it will thrive.  1. Start with yourself. I know you may not find yourself as interesting as all… Read more