What does our DNA tell us about being Irish?

Posted by Mike Mulligan on March 16, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Research, United Kingdom

Saint Patrick’s Day is a time of year when those with Irish heritage around the world celebrate being Irish. With the launch of AncestryDNA in the UK & Ireland we have an opportunity to show a different view of Irishness using genetics. Using DNA With AncestryDNA, all customers receive a unique estimate of their ‘genetic… Read more

Restoring Slave Families Using USCT Pension Records

Posted by Linda Barnickel on February 27, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

Today, we are going to look at how pension records created after the Civil War can help identify and reconnect slave-era families and relationships in the South. This article will assume that you have already identified someone in your family who may have served in the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), and that you already have… Read more

Finding Your Family History on the Printed Page

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

Finding Your Family History on the Printed Page By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lisa Elzey, Family Historian at Ancestry I am stuck finding more information about my grandfather, Leland Wright. From a 1930 U.S. Census I know he lived in Florida and was born in Ohio about 1883. Can you help me? – Edmund… Read more

Are You Looking For a Convict in Your Australian Family Tree?

Posted by Jeremy Palmer on February 21, 2015 in Australia, Collections, Guest Bloggers, Research

The founding of Australia as a penal colony for the transportation of convicts from Britain is of course well known. The First Fleet arrived in New South Wales on 26th January 1788 and over the following 80 years approximately 160,000 convicts were transported to various locations in the country to serve their sentence. In the… Read more

William Thomas Swift – Gloucestershire’s Answer to Samuel Pepys

Posted by Vicky Thorpe on February 18, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Research, United Kingdom

Village schoolmaster, William Thomas Swift, wrote an entry in his diary every single day from 31 December 1859 when he was 18 years old until 5 February 1915, just a few days before his death.  His zest for life and interest in his fellow men shine through every entry and offer us a unique insight… Read more

AncestryDNA Now Available in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Posted by Brian Gallagher on January 29, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Research, United Kingdom

  We are excited to announce that AncestryDNA is now available to purchase in the United Kingdom and Ireland! We sold our first DNA kit in the U.S. in 2012, and since then, more than 700,000 people have used AncestryDNA to discover more about their family history. Now you can too. Why choose AncestryDNA? AncestryDNA… Read more

What Historical Fashion Choices Say About Your Ancestors

Posted by Betty Shubert on January 29, 2015 in Guest Bloggers, Research

Earlier this month, we put the call out to our Facebook community to submit photos for which they needed assistance dating with the help of historical fashion expert and author Betty Shubert. We received hundreds of submissions and Betty selected a few of her favorites. John Hobart Judson   At first glance, we see the… Read more

The Great Migration: How to Find Your African-Americans Ancestors

Posted by Karin Berry on January 28, 2015 in Guest Bloggers, Research

This is a guest post by Karin Berry. During the Great Migration, 6 million African-Americans migrated to the North between 1910 to 1930. How can you trace their movement? It’s simple: Think like an immigrant. When the Great Migration, which occurred decades after slaves were freed, is approached as internal migration within the United States, it’s easy… Read more

Tracking the Service of a World War I Veteran for our UK Branch Out Winner

Posted by Brian Gallagher on January 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest, Guest Bloggers, Military Records, Research, Stories, United Kingdom

  By Neil Holden, AncestryProGenealogists Alan Small recently won our Branch Out Sweepstakes, and received 20 hours of research with AncestryProGenealogists. High on Alan’s list of interests were the experiences and movements of his grandfather, John James Collins, who served in the British military both before and during World War I. Our research provided detailed… Read more

The Obituary Is Just the Beginning of the Story

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 20, 2015 in Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Ancestry Genealogist Question: Can you provide me a copy of the obituary for Albert Allison Slingerland, who last lived in Sturgis, Michigan. He was the next-to-the-last Civil War veteran in that state. —Lyle There is a saying that there are no boring ancestors, just boring researchers. … Read more