It’s Not Too Early for Holiday Family History Projects

Posted by Denise May Levenick on September 28, 2015 in Research

This is a guest post by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator Cooler weather and shorter days are a reminder that the holidays are not far away and that’s it’s never too early to start planning family history gifts for relatives and friends. Online photo services make it easy to create custom family tree charts,… Read more

From Rags to Khaki Britches

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 21, 2015 in Research

This article was originally published in Ancestry Magazine. From khaki to camo, we look for visual clues to recognize members of America’s military today. But historically, to what extent did the clothes make the military man and woman? Dressed for Success? Every upstart needs a good defense—America included. So when the fledgling colonies were struggling to… Read more

The Great Migration: How to Find Your African-American Ancestors, Part 3

Posted by Karin Berry on September 17, 2015 in Research

During the Great Migration, 1.6 million African Americans migrated from the U.S. South to the North from 1910 to 1930. How can you trace them? It’s simple: Think like an immigrant. This post is the final installment in a series of three and will describe how to use Ancestry to research African Americans during the Great… Read more

Top Five Queen Elizabeth II Facts and Top Tips for Tracing Your Royal Ancestry

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 9, 2015 in Research, United Kingdom

Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain’s longest reigning monarch today – having been on the throne for 63 years, seven months and two days, equalling the record held by her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria.      Top Five Queen Elizabeth II Facts   The Queen will have plenty of people to celebrate the milestone with; Our… Read more

The Kopp Sisters: A Crime-Fighting Trio Uncovered on Ancestry

Posted by Amy Stewart on September 1, 2015 in Research

This is a guest blog post by Amy Stewart, the award-winning author of six books, including the bestsellers The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants. She and her husband live in Eureka, California, where they own a bookstore called Eureka Books. Most people come to Ancestry in search of their family. I went looking for three complete… Read more

Shaking the Trees: Finding Family with a Little Help from Friends

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 31, 2015 in Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Paul Rawlins, Editorial Manager at Ancestry My grandfather David Beatty Stewart, my mother’s father, died in a 1924 car crash along with Mom’s mother and little brother; Mom (age 13) was the only survivor. So far, I have been unable to trace Mom’s father’s father, probably also named David… Read more

Dating Family Photographs Using Historical Fashion Clues

Posted by Betty Shubert on July 27, 2015 in Research

The women in this photo are wearing soft, formal gowns of the early 1930s. Their short hairstyles and coronet-shaped headpieces are of the era except for the bridesmaid on the right who is somewhat fashion forward, her hair is longer as worn in 1935. The men are so classic and well tailored it is hard to specifically date… Read more

Over 100 Years of Canadian Yearbook Records are Now Online

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 21, 2015 in Canada, Content, Research

As kids across the country enjoy their break from the books this summer, we just released a collection of more than one million historical yearbook records (featuring more than 100,000 pages), helping shed light on Canadian high school and university attendees from years past. The Canada, Selected School Yearbooks, 1908-2010 collection contains 1,355,141 Canadian middle school,… Read more

Organizing and Preserving a Family Photo Collection

Posted by Denise May Levenick on July 17, 2015 in Research

This is a guest post by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator Photographs are the treasures of any family history collection. Documents can verify kinship and share the details of everyday life, but photos allow us to see firsthand the same eyes or broad smile we inherited from our forebears. Organizing all those photos may… Read more

Americans Desire Explorers, Royalty, Mayflower Descendants and Military Heroes in Their Family Tree

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 14, 2015 in Celebrity, Cool Finds, Research

When researching their family history, Americans prefer to find ancestors who were explorers, royalty, Mayflower descendants, and veterans of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. However, despite such aspirational wishes, Americans more often descend from World War II veterans, immigrants, and entrepreneurs and businessmen. The new findings are part of the second chapter in its Global… Read more