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

Leaving a Legacy: Hedy Lamarr

Posted by Lou Szucs on February 26, 2015 in Cool Finds, Moments in Time

If you were asked who the most beautiful woman in the world is today, the names of Angelina Jolie, Kate Upton or Monica Bellucci might come to mind. In the 1940s, the person deemed to be “the” most beautiful woman in the world was Hedy Lamarr. The glamorous pin-up girl, who starred in dozens of American… Read more

50 Years of Maple Leaf History

Posted by Kristie Wells on February 15, 2015 in Cool Finds, Moments in Time

Today, February 15, Canada celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag. To mark this significant historic anniversary Ancestry researchers surveyed 1,000 Canadians to see how much they really know about their history. They also dug into the family histories of the key figures responsible for the Canadian flag we know today. THE SURVEY FOUND: 70% of… Read more

A Civil Rights Sit-In, a Mural Dedication, and a Family Historian’s Moving Story

Posted by Lou Szucs on June 30, 2014 in In The Community, Moments in Time

With his usual eloquence and the words coming straight from his heart, internationally known genealogist Tony Burroughs spoke to a crowd gathered for the dedication ceremony for a mosaic mural at the Burnside Scholastic Academy on June 15, 2014. The 300-square-foot mural commemorates the 1962 Burnside School parent and student sit-in, a spark that helped… Read more

Sir Tony Robinson Reviews Life Before World War I

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 8, 2014 in Moments in Time, Research

In this presentation, Sir Tony Robinson uses the records available today to get a better understanding of what life and times were like before World War I.   This was filmed during the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show in London, UK.

5 Things About the Port of Baltimore

Posted by Juliana Szucs on May 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time, Research

We hear a lot about the Port of New York because of the sheer volume of immigrants who passed through it. There’s so much focus on New York that it can be easy to forget about other important ports. In my own family, my grandfather proudly told me how his father passed through Ellis Island. True… Read more

Today Marks The 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Empress of Ireland

Posted by Kristie Wells on May 29, 2014 in Moments in Time

On this day in 1914, the ocean liner sank in Saint Lawrence River and took 1,012 lives with it, making it Canada’s worst ever maritime disaster during peacetime.   One of those lost was Adjutant Nettie Beckstead. Born on October 5, 1871, she dedicated her life to helping others, working with the Salvation Army for… Read more

Turn on AMC: A Couple Family History Takeaways

Posted by Juliana Szucs on May 25, 2014 in Moments in Time

Growing up I was a bookworm. (See yesterday’s blog post for Throwback Thursdays. That’s me on the right, nose in a book.) Even then I loved to read about history. There was a series of biographies at our school library that I worked my way through from start to finish. Between those and the Nancy… Read more

Nation’s Working Mothers Increase 800% Over Last 150 Years

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 8, 2014 in Moments in Time

One hundred and fifty years of federal census data and one thing is clear: the growing trend of working mothers in the United States is as old as Lincoln’s presidency. We recently examined 150 years of U.S. Federal Census records to understand the role of mothers in the workforce and found the national average has grown… Read more

The Year Was 1941

Posted by Juliana Szucs on April 2, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time

With the upcoming release of Captain America, I thought it would be timely to take a look at what was going on in the real world during the year the original comic was released, 1941.   The year opened with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous Four Freedoms Speech. In this State of the Union address, the… Read more