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 Szucs on October 1, 2014 in Ancestry.com 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

Upcoming Ancestry Events: October 2014

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 1, 2014 in Events, Family History Month, Webinars

Here in the U.S., it is officially National Family History Month.  Fall is in full swing.  Crisp air.  Crunchy leaves.  The perfect weather for taphophiles (also known as cemetery enthusiasts).  We hope you’ll join us this month for our FindAGrave Community Day on October 18th. We’ve also got some great webinars, tweetchats, and family history… Read more

Going Beyond The Shaky Leaf [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 6, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Research

  Just like a detective, genealogists love clues. Clues and hints can help lead you in the right direction to make more discoveries. Ancestry.com tries to give you as many clues as it can, in the form of those shaky leaves you see in your tree that we lovingly call ‘hints’. But how do you… Read more

Haunting the Dead: Death and Burial Records in Family History

Posted by Kathleen Cortez on October 31, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Research

  Searching for Death Historically, death was a constant companion. The grim reaper lurked in the shadows waiting to claim his next victim. Our ancestors dealt with the prospect of an early death from many conditions, which are now easily mended. Many women died in childbirth. Accidents, disease, and plague claimed millions. Death and burial… Read more

Advanced Research Tip: Five Things You Should Do With Every Record

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 29, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

So you find a record.  It could be through a hint or a search or something is sent to you in the mail.  You attach it to your tree.  Are you done?  No, of course not!  (This would be a very short post if you were done.) So what do you do before you move… Read more

Great and Grand Aunts

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 25, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

There are certain relationships that have specific names. The father of one of your parents is your grandfather. The mother of one of your parents is your grandmother. The sister of one of your parents is your aunt. And, you guessed it, the brother of one your parents is your uncle. But what about the… Read more

What’s Your Family History Story?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 25, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Stories

Everyone has a unique family history story to tell, and we want to hear it. Whether you’re just getting started or already a seasoned genealogist, we’ve all had an “Aha!” moment or made a discovery that made us stop and think. This might be finding out that your great grandparents were abolitionists, or that you… Read more

Advanced Research Tip: Always Cite Your Sources and What does that Mean Anyway?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 25, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Family History Month, Reference Desk

A source citation tells you where you found the information.  You remember those papers you wrote in college and high school and all the footnotes you wrote?  Yep.  Those things. I know what you are thinking…Really? Seriously?  You expect me to do that for my family tree? Yes. Two reasons: So you can find the… Read more