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

The Ripple Effect of People’s Lives

Posted by Earl Armstrong on October 23, 2013 in Family History Month, Guest Bloggers

  Nadine Gordimer, a 1991 Nobel Prize recipient for Literature once wrote, “Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.” I love this quote because it clarifies what every life story is about; “making sense of life.” We go about life with a… Read more

Top Tips for Italian Family History Research [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 21, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Research, Webinars

In case you missed last week’s episode of “The Barefoot Genealogist with Crista Cowan” discussing Top Tips for Italian Family History Research, here is the video and a run down of what was covered.   Roughly four million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1860 and 1920.  With economic problems in Italy, many Italians… Read more

Getting Started With Italian Genealogy

Posted by Mary Tedesco on October 17, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Guest Bloggers, Research

The process of finding your Italian roots can be one of the most rewarding endeavors of your life.  You will learn something about yourself each time you connect with your native birthright. You will see how each Italian-American embodies a piece of the Italian past that is particularly their own. That is why the journey… Read more

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