How to Test Your Family Legends with DNA

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 13, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Research, Research Helps

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Ross Curtis, Ph.D., Computational Biologist for AncestryDNA In family history, the myths are often more fun than the facts. Perhaps you have a few in your own family lore. Maybe it’s a story about your great-grandfather stowing away on a ship to come to America, or maybe it’s the… Read more

In Memory: Ancestry Launches Historic WWII Collection

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 6, 2015 in Canada, Collections, Research

As the world prepares to pay tribute to the men and women who have fought and died for their country this Remembrance weekend, we are proud to launch a key collection of detailed records pertaining to fallen soldiers from the Second World War. The WWII Service Files of War Dead (1939-1947) collection contains over 29,000… Read more

Building a WWII Timeline of Service

Posted by Jennifer Holik on October 22, 2015 in Family History Month, Military Records, Research

This is a guest post by Jennifer Holik. Researching an individual in our family tree often requires us to create a timeline of the individual’s life. On that timeline we place important events such as birth, marriage, education, residence, and death. We follow the same process for a World War II soldier, except we are specifically… Read more

Finding a Name: Why Probate Records Are a Gold Mine for African Americans

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 12, 2015 in Finding Your Roots, Research

  By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Juliana Szucs, Family Historian for Ancestry Family historians tracing black family ancestries love wills and probate records. Why? Because these seemingly dry and bloodless documents are full of priceless information about our enslaved African American ancestors. Probate records document what people owned, who they loved, and what was… Read more

Five Jobs That Transformed America

Posted by Sandie Angulo Chen on October 7, 2015 in Research

The jobs of our great-great-grandparents and their parents during this period reflect that transformation and expansion, providing insight into a nation undergoing a process of reinvention. Here, according to U.S. federal census records, are the five most common jobs during this time period, along with a couple of additional occupations that reflect the industrialization of… Read more

Drugster? Snobscat? Can you guess these old-time occupations?

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 6, 2015 in Family History Month, Research

Occupations come and go, and sometimes job names do, too. Here are a few classics you probably won’t be seeing on résumés for the class of 2015: ▶brewster or maltster — maker of ales, beers, and other alcoholic beverages ▶chandler — candle maker; also seller of provisions ▶cooper — barrel maker ▶crocker — pottery maker… Read more

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