How Kilts Were Built

Posted by Betty Shubert on May 24, 2016 in Research

This story began when Janice Moerschel sent a photo of a handsome, fun loving group of people in a wedding party in Scotland. I dated it as approximately 1933-1935 based on the hairstyles, long soft dresses on the women and well-tailored, formal suits on the men. Within the photograph, there is an adorable little boy who was wearing… Read more

Combining World War II Research on Fold3 with Your Ancestry Family Tree

Posted by Jennifer Holik on April 27, 2016 in Research

Ancestry family trees provide researchers with a wealth of resources to help locate names, dates, and places within records, that can help us build a story about an individual and his or her family. Genealogical research should be more than a collection of names, dates, and places. Luckily, Ancestry family trees help us move beyond collecting… Read more

3 Things to Periodically Do in Your Genealogy Research

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 21, 2016 in Research

Genealogy is far from a routine pursuit. There is always something new to learn, whether it is a new resource or a new method to try out. For me, that’s part of what makes genealogy so enjoyable! But for as much fun as it is to learn about new things and add more people to… Read more

Finding Children When There Isn’t a Will

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 18, 2016 in Research

The U.S. Wills and Probates collections hold the answer to countless questions about our family trees. As you’re going through, don’t be disappointed if your ancestor didn’t leave a will. His (or sometimes her) death could still have generated records that answer who the children are. Guardianship Records Guardians become involved when the minor heirs have a… Read more

Teasing the Truth From a Family Legend

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 8, 2016 in Research

“You know we’re related to Brigham Young.” That’s what my Grandma Johnson told me way back when I was first starting to show an interest in our family history. I was fairly impressed. When it came to matters of our ancestry, Grandma was always right. Except when she wasn’t. Working With the Family Legends Family… Read more

Using Death Records to Find Hidden Children and Married Daughters

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 28, 2016 in Research

Birth records are wonderful, but they don’t always give us the complete picture of the family. There could be children listed without first names (which can make it harder to find them in a search). There’s also the sad reality that some infants who were stillborn or who died shortly after birth weren’t recorded in… Read more

5 Tipps für einen soliden Familienstammbaum

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 21, 2016 in Germany, Research

In unsere Familienstammbäume investieren wir einiges an Zeit und Geld und natürlich auch viel Herzblut. Und da wir so viel Liebe in diese Arbeit legen, wollen wir sichergehen, dass die Verknüpfungen zwischen den Generationen und zwischen unseren Vorfahren und den dazugehörigen Belegen solide und belastbar sind. Deswegen haben wir ein paar Punkte zusammengestellt, die sehr… Read more

How I Became Chinese: The Story of One Woman’s Search for her Chinese Roots

Posted by Paula Williams Madison on February 8, 2016 in Guest Bloggers, Research, Stories

Beijing, Summer 2008. Standing on a corner near the Silk Road, just a few blocks from my hotel, thousands of Chinese passed me by. They were all hurrying somewhere. Not me. That day, I had no destination; I just wanted to see if a Chinese metropolis like Beijing had the hustle and bustle of my… Read more

New Collection: Alberta, Canada, Homestead Records (1870-1930)

Posted by Lesley Anderson on February 8, 2016 in Canada, Research

This valuable land record collection includes the names of approximately 200,000 people who applied for homesteads in Alberta under the Dominion Lands Act – an 1872 law aimed to encourage the settlement of the Canadian Prairies. Compiled during a time where the population was expanding to Western Canada, this collection is an incredible resource for those… Read more

6 Tipps für den erfolgreichen Einstieg in die Familienforschung

Posted by Juliana Szucs on February 5, 2016 in Germany, Research

Wenn man ganz neu mit der Arbeit an einem Familienstammbaum beginnt, möchte man am liebsten sofort loslegen und einfach nur neue Namen hinzufügen. Ihr Stammbaum erhält jedoch festere Wurzeln, wenn Sie die folgenden Tipps beherzigen. Beginnen Sie bei sich selber. Vermutlich finden Sie sich selber längst nicht so spannend wie ferne Vorfahren aus längst vergangenen Zeiten,… Read more