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

Working Girls

Posted by Mary Penner on July 9, 2015 in Research

In 1886, a highly-skilled San Francisco stenographer, earning a hefty salary of $75 a month, offered her opinion about the low wages for most women workers. We work cheaper than the men; that’s the reason why we are working ourselves into the men’s places. … When a girl goes out to the theater or anywhere… Read more

Two sisters kept and two brothers given away. Heart breaking stories on tonight’s Long Lost Family.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on July 1, 2015 in Long Lost Family, Research, Stories, United Kingdom

It’s the penultimate episode of Long Lost Family tonight and it promises to be an emotional one. The Long Lost Family team feature the stories of two sisters who were kept while their brothers were given up for adoption, a family split by the decision to give up a child fifty years ago, and a… Read more

True Tennis Royalty! Eugenie Bouchard’s Real-Life Regal Connections Revealed

Posted by Lesley Anderson on June 26, 2015 in Canada, Research

Canada’s tennis sweetheart Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard, who is looking to match her incredible run from Wimbledon 2014 at this year’s tournament, is named after Britain’s Princess Eugenie and – as we have found – has real life royal family connections. Genie’s  Bouchard – whose mother is known to be a royal fan who named each… Read more

Searching for Native American Ancestry? Take These Steps to Learn More.

Posted by Paula Stuart-Warren on June 9, 2015 in Research

This is a guest post by Paula Stuart Warren, CG℠, FMGS, FUGA Whether it’s a tradition handed down, a known close connection, or even if you are currently enrolled in a tribe, there are many rich resources for researching your Native American family history. The starting point No matter our background, we all need to… Read more