Why Did They End Up Here: Ethnic Clusters

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 31, 2014 in Research

The scene plays out in cities and towns across America each weekend. German Heritage Festival. Italian Heritage Days. Irish Fest. Why is it that some areas have enough people of a given ethnicity to have events like this? Why are there so many Scandinavians living in Minnesota? The answer lies in migration patterns. They say… Read more

Welcome to the Silver State! Nevada State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 31, 2014 in Research

Happy 150th Birthday, Nevada! Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31st, 1864. Five things you may not have known about the Silver State: Bugsy Siegel gave the Flamingo hotel its name in honor of the long legs of his girlfriend Virginia Hill. Nevada is also known as the “Battle Born State” because of… Read more

How Current Roads Can Show Your Ancestor’s Migration

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 30, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

There are a lot of questions that we ask as we’re climbing our family trees. The most common one is “Who are the parents?” A close second might be “Where did this person come from?” It’s that search for origins that drives much of our research. So what do you do when the census and… Read more

Immigration to and Migration Within the U.S. in the 1900s

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 29, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

The wave of immigration that started in the 1880s continued into the 20th century. Immigration peaked in the first decade of the 20th century with more than 9.2 million immigrants coming into the U.S. in those ten years. With many of the immigrants coming from southern and eastern Europe, there was a push to control… Read more

7 Genealogical Lessons for Researching Your Palatine Ancestors

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 27, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

By guest blogger Henry Z (“Hank”) Jones I started climbing the family tree at the age of eight when I discovered an old trunk in the basement of our home that had been brought to California in the gold rush. To an eight year old kid with an inquisitive mind, that ancient piece of history really… Read more

Uncovering a Free Black Man’s Past: Buying a Slave to Unite His Family

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 25, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Ancestry.com Genealogist “My ancestor, Lewis Freeman, was a free Negro who lived in Chatham, North Carolina from at least 1800 until his death in 1845. I would like to know when he was born.” – Harold F. Dear Harold, When searching for family roots in the… Read more

Emigration to and Within the United States in the 1800s

Posted by Lou Szucs on October 22, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

Each of us has been touched in some way by the experiences, choices and attitudes of our ancestors.  The decisions they were often forced to make during the great migrations of the 1800s radically changed our ancestors’ world – and ours. 1800-1900 – Unprecedented population growth in Europe along with social, political and religious conflict… Read more

Portrait Studios of Detroit’s Polonia: The Face of Polish Immigration

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 21, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

By guest blogger Ceil Wendt Jensen The once thriving Polish communities of metro Detroit — on the Eastside, Westside, and in Hamtramck — have dissipated into the suburbs; and the schools and parishes around which life in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries revolved, have shut their doors. We feel a sense of urgency to… Read more

CNN Roots with John Berman: What’s in a name?

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 20, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

John Berman remembers walking past a wall in the Boston Public Library that listed the names of famous philosophers throughout history. His father would point to Baruch Spinoza’s name and say, “We are related to him!” It was a strong statement given “Spinoza” is the middle name they both share, after John’s grandmother Grace Spinoza.… Read more

CNN Roots with Christine Romans: Bedstemor’s Tickets

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 19, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

We all have legends among our family stories. Some are linked to historical celebrities (my 3x great-grandfather rode with Teddy Roosevelt); some to historic events (my ancestors lived through the Great Chicago Fire); and some are inspiringly personal (my 4x great grandmother raised 12 kids on her own). Many family history adventures start when someone… Read more