How Mary Tedesco of “Genealogy Roadshow” Discovered Family History

Posted by Jessica Murray on March 27, 2015 in Genealogy Road Show, In The Community

We have loved tuning in to Mary Tedesco, researcher on the latest season of “Genealogy Roadshow” on PBS, so we were thrilled to have had the opportunity to interview her. Mary, founder of Origins Italy shares how she was first introduced to family history, and it starts with a shared Ancestry.com login. And while we recognize… Read more

Save Family Photos: Inspiring Budding Family Historians Through Photographs

Posted by Jessica Murray on March 17, 2015 in In The Community

Following her grandfather’s passing, Rachel LaCour-Niesen was given photographs that spanned several generations of her family. As she started to uncover the emotional and beautiful stories of her relatives, she quickly discovered a new found passion for family history. Anxious to share those stories with extended family and friends, she established Save Family Photos, with… Read more

Ancestry Takes on the 2015 Epic Ski Challenge

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 13, 2015 in In The Community

The Ancestry family is heating things up this winter and combining our passion for charitable work with some friendly competition. Our Chief Technology Officer, Scott Sorensen, challenged a few people within the Ancestry family to participate in the 2015 Epic Ski Challenge, a multi-round competition presented by Vail Resorts to raise awareness and resources for… Read more

Member Spotlight: Newly Discovered Connection to the Boleyn Family

Posted by Jessica Murray on February 6, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community

We always love hearing of member success stories, and in 2015 we’ve made it a priority to share more of them. We look forward to bringing you member stories that we hope will inspire you and give you ideas that you can implement in your research. Ty Francis is one of our biggest fans, so… Read more

What We Are Reading: December 19th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on December 19, 2014 in In The Community

Much like the mixed bag of gifts that Santa carries, we’ve been reading a mix of topics this week. One thing that they have in common is that each of them makes us think about the sources we’re using and the stories we’re telling (or not telling). Denise Hibsch Richmond shows how newspapers can tell… Read more

What We Are Reading: December 12th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on December 12, 2014 in In The Community

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer. Judging from what we’ve been reading this week, it’s also the season for writing about the wrong-doings of our ancestors! Bill West tells us about an incident involving his ancestor and wayward horse. Let’s just say that he forgot to tie it up one night and things escalated from… Read more

What We Are Reading: December 5th Edition

Posted by Jessica Murray on December 5, 2014 in In The Community

If you’re like us, the fast approaching year-end has us reviewing the research goals we set out in early 2014. Below are some victories celebrated by community members who have solved a family mystery or discovered a new treasure in their family history. We’re using these posts as inspiration to finish 2014 strong with our… Read more

What We Are Reading: November 21st Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 21, 2014 in In The Community

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching here in the U.S. I had to travel for business yesterday and the airports were filled with families flying home for the holiday. I hope none of them were trying to get to Buffalo, where they just had 6 feet of snow! I also hope that everyone takes some time this… Read more

The Big Reveal: Century Chest Opened at Oklahoma Historical Society

Posted by Jessica Murray on November 20, 2014 in In The Community

Every family historian dreams of the day we discover a perfectly cared for time capsule which holds treasures and artifacts from the past. In 2013, the Oklahoma Historical Society revealed a Century Chest, a throwback to what life was like in Oklahoma City in 1913. The chest was put together by volunteers as a creative… Read more

What Native Culture and Storytelling Means to Former Chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

Posted by Jessica Murray on November 17, 2014 in In The Community

We sat down with Enoch “Kelly” Haney, a full blooded Seminole Creek Indian and former chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma as well as a former Oklahoma State Senator. Kelly has dedicated his life to advocating on behalf of Seminole Nation and expanding awareness of Native American culture through art. Kelly shares the importance… Read more