Six Unbelievable, But True, Facts About Colonial Life

Posted by Sandie Angulo Chen on October 15, 2015 in Family History Month

For Americans living today, the Colonial era is a time of myth and legend. Because the days when the Founding Fathers lived are so central to our country’s history, we sometimes forget what life was like for ordinary colonists. Today we might find it hard to believe that like modern generations, the colonists dealt with… Read more

Did Your Great-Great Grandparents Date Through the Newspaper

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 14, 2015 in Family History Month

Online dating is a popular way of meeting a significant other these days, but it’s possible that your own ancestors courted in a similar way — through newspaper ads! It’s surprising how long people have been advertising to find a significant other. Modern newspapers began in the late 17th century, and in the early 18th… Read more

All We Need Is Love: How Your Ancestors Courted Back in the Day

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 13, 2015 in Family History Month

Courtship: A period when a couple gets to know one another exclusively in order to determine whether they might become engaged or otherwise commit to each other. How did your grandparents and great-grandparents court and fall in love? These days, couples in Western countries usually date casually — though online matchmaking has recently changed the… Read more

How the 19th Century’s 1 Percent Lived Large

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 9, 2015 in Family History Month

When it comes to luxurious living, the upper crust of the late 1800s make today’s “1 percent” seem modest by comparison. Even though modern necessities like indoor plumbing and flush toilets were just starting to make their appearances, the 19th century elite enjoyed luxuries that are still astounding (or confounding) more than a century later.… Read more

Drugster? Snobscat? Can you guess these old-time occupations?

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 6, 2015 in Family History Month, Research

Occupations come and go, and sometimes job names do, too. Here are a few classics you probably won’t be seeing on résumés for the class of 2015: ▶brewster or maltster — maker of ales, beers, and other alcoholic beverages ▶chandler — candle maker; also seller of provisions ▶cooper — barrel maker ▶crocker — pottery maker… Read more

Welcome to October Family History Month 2015

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 1, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Contest, Events, Family History Month, Find A Grave, United Kingdom

Here at Ancestry, we’re celebrating the month of October in a BIG way as October is Family History Month! We have a series of educational posts focused on a day in the life of your ancestor that will be shared throughout the month, including great pieces from guest contributors. We will also be hosting several giveaways on our social… Read more

Join Us For Find A Grave’s Community Day on October 17th!

Posted by Jessica Murray on September 21, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Find A Grave, In The Community, United Kingdom

We’re bringing Find A Grave Community Day back! Last year was an amazing success thanks to you, our incredible volunteers, who visited over 100 cemeteries and contributed more than 250,000 photos on the days leading up to, and on, Find A Grave Community Day 2014. In hopes of beating the 2014 record, we are hosting… Read more

Bring Your Ancestors to Life: Adding Context with Unique Ancestry Collections

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 30, 2014 in Site, Collections, Family History Month

Looking at a pedigree chart can be somewhat uninspiring to family members who haven’t yet been bitten with the genealogy bug. We know that those names and dates carry stories, but to really do them justice we need to add context. There are some fantastic resources available on Ancestry that can help us do just… Read more

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

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 30, 2014 in Family History Month

Can you believe Family History Month is nearly over? We hope you’ve had a great month of researching your family even further and sharing in new family memories!This is the last in our four-part series which highlights creative ways to get children interested in family history research. Here are three fun activities to do with… Read more

How Current Roads Can Show Your Ancestor’s Migration

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 30, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

There are a lot of questions that we ask as we’re climbing our family trees. The most common one is “Who are the parents?” A close second might be “Where did this person come from?” It’s that search for origins that drives much of our research. So what do you do when the census and… Read more