To Be or Not to Be… a Descendant of William Shakespeare

Posted by Michael Tormey on May 25, 2016 in In The Community

One recent evening, I was browsing my online family tree at Ancestry. I had just days earlier confirmed a connection that led me to being able to identify a tenth-great-grandfather on my mother’s side: John Hill, born in 1572, in Somerset County, England. Having identified John Hill, my next mission was to see what other… Read more

Snapshots from the Past: A Modern Take on Ancestry Exploration

Posted by Carly Perera on February 19, 2016 in In The Community

  My obsession with my grandmother’s past started with this photo. Who was this woman? Skin browned from the California summer, head turned towards the sky, smiling in the sun with a German Shepherd at her side in the middle of a strawberry field. She looked carefree, playful, and confident in her men’s work trousers,… Read more

Professional Genealogist Shares How She Succeeded at Pre-1850 Census Research

Posted by Jessica Murray on January 11, 2016 in In The Community

We had the privilege of interviewing Peggy Lynn Clemens Lauritzen, AG, about how she works past the 1850 census. Tune in below to hear what she recommends in terms of getting past those tick marks in the earliest census records. ` Looking for helpful blank forms and charts? Ancestry has them available for free here. Learn more about… Read more

Ancestry Visits Margravine Cemetery

Posted by Bryony Partridge on October 14, 2015 in Find A Grave, In The Community, United Kingdom

To support the Find A Grave Global Community weekend taking place on Friday, 16th October – Sunday, 18th of October, the team from the Ancestry UK office recently visited our local cemetery in Hammersmith, London to help respond to some of the open photo requests listed. On a rainy October Monday (perfect mise en scène for… Read more

Join Us For Find A Grave’s Community Day on October 17th!

Posted by Jessica Murray on September 21, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Find A Grave, In The Community, United Kingdom

We’re bringing Find A Grave Community Day back! Last year was an amazing success thanks to you, our incredible volunteers, who visited over 100 cemeteries and contributed more than 250,000 photos on the days leading up to, and on, Find A Grave Community Day 2014. In hopes of beating the 2014 record, we are hosting… Read more

An Artist Finds Her Roots with Ancestry

Posted by Amy Stewart on September 11, 2015 in In The Community

I’ve known artist Joan Gold for ten years. One day, she happened to mention to me that she’d always wondered about her family history. I’d only recently become addicted to Ancestry as part of researching my novel Girl Waits with Gun, so I jumped at the chance to look into her family tree. I pulled… Read more

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