Popular Toys in History: What Your Ancestors Played With

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

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 Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

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 Ancestry.com Site, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

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 Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Family History Month

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

Building a WWII Timeline of Service

Posted by Jennifer Holik on October 22, 2015 in Family History Month, Military Records, Research

This is a guest post by Jennifer Holik. Researching an individual in our family tree often requires us to create a timeline of the individual’s life. On that timeline we place important events such as birth, marriage, education, residence, and death. We follow the same process for a World War II soldier, except we are specifically… Read more

Make Your Family History Survive the Test of Time

Posted by Denise May Levenick on October 21, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

This is a guest post by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator If genealogists share one common research goal, it’s to insure that the ancestral relationships and stories they’ve learned are passed on to future generations. And with each passing birthday, dedicated researchers may become more worried about the future of their genealogical legacy. Not… Read more

4 Things to Know Before Visiting an Archives

Posted by Linda Barnickel on October 20, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

Guest post by Linda Barnickel. October is Archives Month, and archival institutions throughout the U.S. are celebrating! This is the perfect chance to take the plunge if you’ve always wanted to go to an archive, but have hesitated to do so. Many institutions plan special events including open houses, exhibits, programs, and a variety of… Read more

One If By Land — What Type of Transportation Did Your Ancestors Use?

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 19, 2015 in Family History Month

How did your ancestors get around? Go back far enough, and they primarily walked or rode horses (which were domesticated about 4,000-3,000 B.C.). But how about in more recent times? Not sure? Have a look at Ancestry’s helpful explanation of its collection of map, atlases and gazetteers from across the U.S. Looking at the lay of the… Read more

A Trip to the Past: America’s 8 Best Living History Farms & Museums

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 16, 2015 in Family History Month

If you’ve been researching your family tree on Ancestry, chances are you’ve stumbled on a relative or two who has worked in agriculture or experienced the challenges of pioneer life. If you are looking to get a feel for how they actually lived, living history farms and museums scattered all across the U.S. that use… Read more