Emigration to and Within the United States in the 1800s

Posted by Lou Szucs on October 22, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

Each of us has been touched in some way by the experiences, choices and attitudes of our ancestors.  The decisions they were often forced to make during the great migrations of the 1800s radically changed our ancestors’ world – and ours. 1800-1900 – Unprecedented population growth in Europe along with social, political and religious conflict… Read more

Five Tips to Discover Your Eastern European Roots

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 22, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Lisa A. Alzo You’ve just discovered you have Eastern European roots.  Perhaps it was the result of exploring your exotic sounding surname, locating a picture of your Polish great-grandmother, or viewing your Ancestry DNA test results.  Now what?  If you have no idea where or how to begin, or have… Read more

Portrait Studios of Detroit’s Polonia: The Face of Polish Immigration

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 21, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

By guest blogger Ceil Wendt Jensen The once thriving Polish communities of metro Detroit — on the Eastside, Westside, and in Hamtramck — have dissipated into the suburbs; and the schools and parishes around which life in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries revolved, have shut their doors. We feel a sense of urgency to… Read more

Family History 101: Tips for Interviewing Your Living Relatives

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 16, 2014 in Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com 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 Szucs on October 14, 2014 in Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com on October 14, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Mary M. Tedesco 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… 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 Szucs on October 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com 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