How To Capture and Preserve Family Recipes

Posted by Maggie Mora on May 2, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

Capturing family recipes can be tricky business. If your family is anything like mine, meals were often prepared without measurements; sauces tasted on the back of hands, spices eye-balled. The recipes I’d try to meticulously recreate often ended up tasting nothing like the original. My family also had very few recipes that were passed down;… Read more

Explore the history of The Royal Female Orphanage, Beddington

Posted by Bryony Partridge on April 5, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

The below is a guest post from Kath Shawcross, Borough Archivist & Local Studies Manager at the London Borough of Sutton about the Royal Female Orphanage List of Children, 1890-1913. To explore this collection, head to Ancestry.co.uk  The Royal Female Orphanage in Beddington, originally known as the ‘Asylum or House of Refuge for Orphans and other Deserted Girls of… Read more

History of Crusheen (Inchicronan) Parish

Posted by Bryony Partridge on February 16, 2016 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Ireland

The below is a guest post from Irish family historian Gerry Kennedy, who lives in Crusheen, Ireland. This post gives some further context and background history on the parish of Crusheen, which may be particularly helpful for those searching the Crusheen Parish Registers 1860 – 2014 on Ancestry.  Origins of the name The name ‘Inchicronan’ is from the Gaelic… Read more

How I Became Chinese: The Story of One Woman’s Search for her Chinese Roots

Posted by Paula Williams Madison on February 8, 2016 in Guest Bloggers, Research, Stories

Beijing, Summer 2008. Standing on a corner near the Silk Road, just a few blocks from my hotel, thousands of Chinese passed me by. They were all hurrying somewhere. Not me. That day, I had no destination; I just wanted to see if a Chinese metropolis like Beijing had the hustle and bustle of my… Read more

Conflicting Information and Your WWII Timeline of Service

Posted by Jennifer Holik on November 30, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Guest Bloggers, Military Records

Last month I discussed Building a WWII Timeline of Service. This month, I’d like to take that a step further. When clients come to me seeking help to trace their soldier’s service, they often have very little information. As long as I can obtain a name, service number, unit and point in time when the… Read more

Exploring the Scottish Calendar of Confirmations

Posted by Chris Paton on November 30, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Scotland, United Kingdom

Ancestry’s new database, Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories), 1876-1936, is a fantastic resource that can help you to discover whether your Caledonian ancestors left estate behind after they passed away. If so, it will allow you to identify which court granted ‘confirmation’ (the Scottish equivalent of ‘probate’), the names of any… Read more

Second World War Home Front Heroes

Posted by Rebecca Simpson on November 12, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Military Records, United Kingdom

Records of over 5,000 Second World War civilian gallantry awards have just been published online for the first time by Ancestry, in association with The National Archives. I wanted to share some of the amazing stories that caught my eye – including an 11 year old facing down a bomb. The UK WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940-1949 collection… Read more

Keeping Tabs On Suffragettes: The Official Watchlist

Posted by Rebecca Simpson on October 30, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

To coincide with the recent nationwide release of the film ‘Suffragette’, the official watch list containing details of over 1,300 suffragette arrests has been published online by Ancestry, in association with The National Archives. Digitised from the original record held at The National Archives in Kew, the online collection available on Ancestry – England, Suffragettes Arrested, 1906-1914 –… Read more

Archives Month: Searching by Context

Posted by Linda Barnickel on October 23, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Guest Bloggers, Mexico, United Kingdom

This is a guest post by Linda Barnickel. Hundreds of thousands of records and manuscripts in their original form are housed in archives throughout the country. Archives, as used in this post, refers to unique, unpublished records of government, organizations, businesses or other institutions. CONTEXT So, how do you go about identifying a collection of… Read more

Ruth Starr Rose Reveals Unique Stories of the Founding Families of Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Posted by Barbara Paca on October 21, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Guest Bloggers

Imagine your family rediscovering the beautiful talents of one ancestor after more than eighty years. That was the case for the family of artist Ruth Starr Rose. Rose was from a progressive family. She was a Vassar graduate as well as student at the New York Art Students League where she worked with other left-leaning… Read more