Immigration to and Migration Within the U.S. in the 1900s

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 29, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

The wave of immigration that started in the 1880s continued into the 20th century. Immigration peaked in the first decade of the 20th century with more than 9.2 million immigrants coming into the U.S. in those ten years. With many of the immigrants coming from southern and eastern Europe, there was a push to control… Read more

Ten Free Data Collections to Get You Started With Your Family History

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Family History Month

Money a little tight?  Are you looking for a free way to get a relative hooked on family history? (Aren’t we all?) Creating trees on Ancestry is always free — you just need to register. Check out these free data collections to help fill in some branches: 1940 US Census: Find one ancestor in here and… Read more

History of Jewish Migration to the United States

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 28, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Gary Mokotoff Jews have been coming to the Americas literally since Columbus discovered America. Luis De Torres, a Jew, was Columbus’ interpreter on his maiden trip. Migration of Jews through the centuries, for the most part, came in waves primarily because of persecution, but also for economic or political… Read more

7 Genealogical Lessons for Researching Your Palatine Ancestors

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 27, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

By guest blogger Henry Z (“Hank”) Jones I started climbing the family tree at the age of eight when I discovered an old trunk in the basement of our home that had been brought to California in the gold rush. To an eight year old kid with an inquisitive mind, that ancient piece of history really… Read more

Between The Leaves: Interviewing Family Members

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 24, 2014 in Between the Leaves, Family History Month

Most of our family history research starts with oral history, the stories passed down from generation to generation. It’s important to capture these moments – whether by recording them or writing them down, to piece together your family history puzzle. On this week’s “Between the Leaves” we asked our professional genealogists Amy Johnson Crow, Anne… Read more

Quaker Migrations Across the Centuries

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Diane VanSkiver Gagel, M.A.  The Society of Friends (Quakers) was founded in the 1640s in the east midlands of England by George Fox. The Quakers quickly expanded in numbers and geography in England. By 1655, Quakers were immigrating to the English colonies in America, partly through religious zeal to… Read more

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

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

Want to get the little ones in your family interested in genealogy? We’re introducing part three of our weekly series for the month of October in honor of Family History Month with creative ideas to engage the little ones in your family about family history. 1. Family Journalist  If you have a future journalist on your hands or an older… Read more

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 Team 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 Team 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