Holiday Traditions: How to Prepare the Best Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted by Jessica Murray on November 22, 2016 in Holidays

In the early 20th century, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) created the Bureau of Home Economics to educate homemakers on the best ways to sew, clean and prepare food. As part of the USDA initiative, expert cooks worked tirelessly testing various Thanksgiving turkey recipes to determine which made for the most flavorful turkey. Read More

How Well Do You Know Your Grandparents’ Story?

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 9, 2016 in Holidays, Website

It’s often difficult for us to imagine our grandparents’ lives before we, or even our parents, were born. What were they like as kids? What did they like studying in school, when did they first fall in love, how did they spend their free time? 68% of the people we recently surveyed admitted they don’t know Read More

Father’s Day Gifts: Past and…Presents!

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 16, 2016 in Holidays

Just as fatherhood has changed since our own fathers’ and grandfathers’ generations, so too has the way we shop for Father’s Day. Gone are the days of flipping through catalogues for just the right gift to express our love; instead, we’re scrolling through our favorite sites to find the perfect token of our appreciation. In Read More

Throwback Thursday: Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by Jessica Murray on December 18, 2014 in Holidays

It seems like every year there’s a long list of the season’s hottest toys and most desirable gifts to give your loved ones. That got us thinking, what were the most sought-after gifts in the late 19th century-early 20th century? Since Santa hasn’t brought us that time machine we asked for, we need to be Read More

13 Spooky Family History Finds

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 30, 2014 in Entertainment, Holidays, Website

Witches, ghosts, murder—researchers from Ancestry found them all and more when they started combing the headlines for spooky facts in some current, and former, celebrities’ pasts.   Real Witch Found in Emma Watson’sFamily Tree: Muggle actress Emma Watson, famous for playing Hermione Granger, the preternaturally talented witch and ally of Harry Potter, has a real-life Read More

Talk Like a Pirate and Improve Your Research

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 19, 2014 in Holidays, Research

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day – that day when people get in touch with their inner pirate and pepper their sentences with words like “Arrrrrr,” “avast,” and “bilge rat.” (It’s a good day when you can work “bilge rat” into friendly conversation.) Facebook even has a language setting for “English (Pirate).” Don’t want to Read More