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

WWI Honour Roll – Guest post by Archivist Karyn Stuckey from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Posted by Brian Gallagher on November 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Guest Bloggers, In The Community, Military Records, Research, United Kingdom

Authored by Karyn Stuckey, Archivist at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers   After the guns had fallen silent, thoughts turned to how to honour the dead. Faced with the dilemma of how to commemorate the dead, many organisations created Honour Rolls or memorials. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers created an ornate board, recording the names… Read more

Why do we wear the poppy?

Posted by Brian Gallagher on November 15, 2014 in In The Community, Military Records, Stories, United Kingdom

 The Ancestry team at the Tower of London Remembrance Day has passed and many of you observed a moment of silence to honour the memory of those that sacrificed so much so that we would know peace. Memorials and monuments were attended in vast numbers. The crowds that gathered to remember were bonded in collective appreciation… Read more

What We Are Reading: November 14th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 14, 2014 in In The Community

Cold weather and even snow (no!) has hit much of the U.S. this week. It’s another reminder that the year is coming to close. With that, we are drawing ever closer to the holiday season and more opportunities for sharing our family history. Many of us (myself included) will be taking a ton of photos… Read more

WWII Veterans Share Their Story with Ancestry

Posted by Jessica Murray on November 11, 2014 in In The Community

We recently met with a few WWII veterans from the 370th, 371st, 372nd and 424th bomb squadrons known as the “Long Rangers.” They shared their experiences of being away from home, the war, and gave advice for the next generation. These veterans have first-hand experience that we’ll soon have to read about in history books.… Read more