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 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 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

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 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 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