What We Are Reading: October 24th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 24, 2014 in In The Community

Genealogy happy dances can be brought on by breaking through a brick wall. They can also happen when we find a little nugget of information – an insight, a story – that we weren’t expecting. Many of the things we’ve been reading this week have been around those little stories, whether they were tales of… Read more

Beyond Records. Adding Colour to Your Tree.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 12, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Finding Your Roots, In The Community, Stories, United Kingdom

I was visiting an old friend recently who I had not seen in some years. We talked about our lives and our jobs and all that had happened since we had last met. She was very interested to hear about Ancestry and immediately began to tell me about her father. Her father passed away in… Read more

What We Are Reading: October 10th Edition

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 10, 2014 in In The Community, Research

Becoming an expert in geography goes hand in hand with studying family history, especially if you had ancestors that never seemed to stay in one place. Learning where county lines were drawn and what the agricultural makeup was like in the regions our ancestors lived helps give color to their stories and understand why they… Read more

What We Are Reading: October 3rd Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 3, 2014 in In The Community

In many ways, family history is about finding what has been lost. The relationships, the stories, the struggles – the people who lived it knew those things, but that knowledge got lost somewhere between them and us. What we try to do now is to rediscover what they knew. We dig into the records and… Read more

What We Are Reading: September 26th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 26, 2014 in In The Community

Fall is officially here! (For those of you in the southern hemisphere: Spring is officially here!) Cooler temperatures and shorter days make it a great time to curl up with some good reading. Oh, who am I kidding – it’s always a great time for reading! Here’s some of what we’ve been reading this week:… Read more

What We Are Reading: September 19th Edition

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

Migrating ancestors, deciphering legalese, and an usual death involving a cow. It’s just some of what we were reading this week. “Ancestors on the Move,” by B. Rogers, on When I Was 69. B. considers the reasons that our ancestors moved. “Extracting Data From a Biographical Sketch – Part 1,” by Wendy Littrell, on All… Read more

What We Are Reading: September 12th Edition

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

Sometimes what we read in a week follows a theme. There are those weeks when everyone seems to be writing about the same thing — or maybe subconsciously we’re just noticing the same subjects. That definitely wasn’t the case this week! In the past few days, everything from ancestors who were former slaves to non-paternity… Read more

The Soldiers’ Charity Frontline Walk

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 9, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community, Military Records, United Kingdom

The Ancestry.co.uk Frontline Walk Mark the 100th anniversary of World War One Cover 100kms through France and Belgium See the battlefields of the Western Front Here at Ancestry we take great pride in our work. It is our mission to help people discover, preserve, and share their family history. As the world’s largest online family… Read more

What We Are Reading: September 5 Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 5, 2014 in In The Community

There were several lessons to be learned at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference last week. Among them: Write it down! Whether it’s writing about why you think that particular person is your third-great-grandfather or writing a timeline to organize your research, writing is crucial to everything we do in family history. It helps us… Read more

Preserve the Pensions: An Update from FGS 2014

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 4, 2014 in In The Community, Military Records

Imagine the paperwork that your ancestor had to submit in order to receive a War of 1812 pension. That paperwork is filled with all sorts of information – things like names, dates, relationships, residences, and military service. Now imagine all of that valuable paperwork deteriorating, without being digitized. That’s what has been happening with the… Read more