The Genealogist’s Toolkit: Ethnic Research

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 17, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Research, Searching for Records

Once you have built your family tree a bit and have gotten into the “greats”, past your grandparents and farther back into other centuries, research methodologies and best practices start to evolve depending on your specific ethnicity. Research for each ethnicity is different and requires its own tailored approach for maximum success. Research Guides The… Read more

Starting African American Family History Research

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 16, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Research

There’s a common misconception that African Americans can’t trace their ancestry due to the obstacles posed by slavery.  Fortunately for African Americans today, that’s not really the case. Yes – African American research poses a unique set of challenges, but these obstacles can be overcome in many cases. Our expert team here at Ancestry.com has… Read more

Top Tips for Beginning Jewish Family History Research

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 15, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Family History Month, Research

In 1925 more than 3.5% of Americans identified as Jewish. Today it is less than 2%. Do you know all eight of your great-grandparents? Is it possible that one of them was Jewish? Jews have been in America since colonial times. Throughout the 1800s German Jews immigrated to the United States and spread throughout the… Read more

Our Ancestors Who Crossed The Pond

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 14, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

America is often referred to as a land of immigrants. More than 95 percent of Americans descend from people who did not live on this continent in the 18th century.  That means that sooner or later most of us will be looking for our ancestors who “crossed the pond.” However, before you try to search… Read more

Finding The One: The Search For Vital Records

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 11, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Research

If you could find a birth, death and marriage record for everyone in your tree, you might be the world’s luckiest genealogist! Unfortunately most of us aren’t that lucky. Finding vital records can be a tad difficult at times but don’t throw in the towel quite yet. Below you will find some pointers for dealing… Read more

Meet The ProGenealogists

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 11, 2013 in Expert Connect, Family History Month, Research

When you think of genealogists, do you think of The Jimmy Kimmel Show? As recognized experts in the field of genealogy, the professionals at ProGenealogists have authored books and articles, spoken at conferences in several countries, and made several TV appearances on Who Do You Think You Are?, CBS This Morning, CNN’s Starting Point and,… Read more

Creating Ancestral Histories and Life Stories

Posted by Earl Armstrong on October 10, 2013 in Family History Month

IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO? Billions of people have existed on this planet whose names, stories and existence were never recorded for posterity. They simply had no means to do it. Even what we know about extinct cultures consists of a few shreds of evidence by which we can only guess at what the details… Read more

Major Milestones in Family History

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 10, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, Family History Month, Research Helps

This month we are celebrating Family History Month. I hope you have enjoyed the tips, tricks and insider secrets we’ve been sharing here on the blog, on our Livestream broadcasts, and on our Facebook page. Look forward to even more genealogy goodness as the month continues. In the midst of all this celebrating, I thought… Read more

Ancestry Anne’s Top Ten Ways to Use Newspapers.com to Gain Historical Perspective

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 10, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Family History Month

We all know that newspapers can give us obits, marriage and birth announcements – but don’t stop there. Newspapers are the window into our ancestors lives. Have you ever read the newspaper they read? My great grandparents James and Sudie Turner lived in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1951. So I scanned the offerings over at… Read more

Ancestry Anne’s Top Ten Things You Need to Know about Fold3 Military Records

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 9, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Family History Month

Wars have created genealogy gold mines about our ancestors.  Registration records. Service records. Pensions. Photos. And More. There is no end to what you might find about your ancestors. Not only are there the usual family history facts such as who was related to who, when they were born and died, and where they lived,… Read more