Join Us at The Angel Island Immigration Station Family History Day (2015)

Posted by Kristie Wells on July 2, 2015 in Events, In The Community

From 1910 to 1940, Angel Island (in the San Francisco Bay) was the site of an Immigration Station that functioned as the West Coast equivalent of Ellis Island. Records note about one million people went through the Angel Island Immigration Station (AIISF) and a majority of the immigrants were from Asian countries, such as China, Japan,… Read more

Expert Series: J. Mark Lowe on How The “Mull and Ponder” Approach Helps His Genealogy Research

Posted by Jessica Murray on May 9, 2015 in In The Community

We caught up with professional genealogist J. Mark Lowe earlier this year at RootsTech and asked him to share his research advice for family historians just starting out. Tune in below to learn some tips – plus hear about his newest genealogical discovery unlocked by the power of DNA. Learn about Mark’s background here and connect… Read more

Celebrities Face the Reality of Victorian Life. 24 Hours in The Past Continues Tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 5, 2015 in 24 Hours In The Past, Celebrity, In The Community, United Kingdom

24 Hours in The Past continues tonight as six celebrities travel back in time to experience the hard graft of Victorian Britain, spending four days in four different 19th-century workplaces. Their second 24 hours finds them facing some tough tasks in a rural coaching inn. With no break since leaving the toil and grime of… Read more

Facebook Chat Recap: Q&A with AncestryDNA Team

Posted by Jessica Murray on May 3, 2015 in In The Community

We hope you were able to join us last week for the Facebook chat we had on AncestryDNA. It was an action packed hour as our product team answered your questions and offered advice for those who have taken, or are considering taking, the AncestryDNA test. The participating AncestryDNA team members included Product Manager, Anna Swayne;… Read more

Expert Series: Donna Moughty Discusses Resources for Irish Family History Research

Posted by Jessica Murray on May 2, 2015 in In The Community

Irish family history expert and author of Donna’s Irish Genealogy Resources, Donna Moughty, met up with our own Juliana Szucs to discuss Irish genealogy research. Donna shares tips to get started, Griffith’s Valuation and her favorite places for research trips here:

The Greatest Funeral in the History of the United States

Posted by Crista Cowan on April 21, 2015 in In The Community, Moments in Time

In the early morning hours of April 15th, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died due to a fatal gunshot wound received the night before at Ford’s Theater. Later that morning, an honor guard arrived at the Petersen Boarding House, where Lincoln was taken to be treated. There, six young men picked up the body of the… Read more

Member Spotlight UK & Ireland: Mysteries solved and relatives discovered using Ancestry

Posted by Brian Gallagher on April 17, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community, Stories, United Kingdom

Many of us have been fortunate to know our grandparents. For those of us that did not, we often learn about their lives from our own parents. What if you never knew your grandparents and your parents had never known them either? With his first child on the way, Danny McClure wanted to learn more… Read more

“Cyndi’s List” Founder, Cyndi Ingle Shares Her Favorite Resources

Posted by Jessica Murray on April 7, 2015 in In The Community

One of the greatest resources that has been available to family historians for nearly two decades is Cyndi’s List, a comprehensive and categorized list of genealogical resources from across the web. More than 300,000 of them to be exact. As a veteran researcher, Cyndi shares what she thinks are the most overlooked but often the most… Read more

Member Spotlight: Family Folklore Proven True with AncestryDNA

Posted by Jessica Murray on April 3, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA, In The Community

Most families have interesting stories handed down over the generations. Ancestry member Heidi had heard stories of a baby given up for adoption at birth because the child’s father, her cousin, and the mother were young. She learned her aunt, the baby’s grandmother, had been searching for the child for years, but had little to… Read more

Ode to Lou Szucs: Ancestry’s Employee Number One Retires

Posted by Kristie Wells on March 31, 2015 in Company News, In The Community

We knew this day would come. In fact, we even knew the date it would happen. But this morning it finally sunk in … Loretto Dennis (“Lou”) Szucs is officially retiring today. I am filled with mixed emotions as while I am thrilled for her to be able to spend more time with her family, her… Read more