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Tired of the Snow? Welcome to the Sunshine State and the Florida Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 28, 2014 in Research

It’s time for some sunshine, Florida Style! Check out our Florida State Research Guide to catch up on everything has to offer on our 27th state. Florida has been a popular destination for many in it’s colorful history. The Spanish, French and English explored its lands starting in the early 1500′s, passing control of… Read more

Updating Your Profile Page and Other Account Settings [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on March 27, 2014 in Site, Research

It is wise to do a little housekeeping in your online accounts. In this video, Crista Cowan shares best practices for keeping your profile fresh and interesting. She’ll also show you how to update your account settings so you see what you want to see from

State Research Guides and Place Pages [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on March 23, 2014 in Site, Research

Have you ever been researching your family history and realized that you don’t know much about the state they lived in? In this video Crista Cowan will show you how to locate state research guides and place pages that give you detailed information about when each state was settled, what records are available for that… Read more

Correcting Mistakes in Your Own Family Tree [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on March 22, 2014 in Research

We all make mistakes – especially when we are brand new to family history. In this video Crista Cowan shares some best practices for identifying and correcting common mistakes in your family tree. She’ll also share a few bonus tips for correcting mistakes in the trees of others.  

Branching Out to Find Three Soldiers, Three Wars, All Family

Posted by Paul Schmidt on March 21, 2014 in Contest, Research

When Heidi Hall won our first-ever Branch Out Contest, she had already been working on a broad and well-sourced family tree. She had many lines and mysteries to choose from to have our team at ProGenealogists add to her research. Ultimately, Heidi asked us to center our research on the ancestry of her great grandmother,… Read more

Calling All Cornhuskers! It’s the Nebraska State Research Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 21, 2014 in Research

If Indiana is the “Crossroads of America,” Nebraska could be “America’s Main Thoroughfare.” The Platte River and its tributaries have been a natural east-west trail for ages. As the United States pushed westward, railroads began to look at Nebraska as a desirable route for a transcontinental railroad. If your ancestors ended up in the West,… Read more

Finding Maiden Names

Posted by Juliana Smith on March 18, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

March is Women’s History Month and while you see plenty of coverage of high-profile women in the news and online, I think it’s equally important to honor the women in our own families. Their day-to-day struggles may not surface in history books, but their legacy lives on in the generations that followed them. Finding the… Read more

Ancestors in The Buckeye State: Ohio Research Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 13, 2014 in Research

Ohio has a place in many of our family trees. Whether they were just passing through or they put down roots, many of our ancestors (mine included) called Ohio “home.” As an original gateway to the west, Ohio drew in people from across the east and south. Connecticut claimed much of the northeastern part of… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne Search Tip #5: Start Small, Go Big — Using Sliders in Search has over 12 billion records and finding the ones you care about is easier when you have a few tricks at your disposal. One of the best? Filters.  Name, Location and Date. And to make those filters just a bit easier to use, we’ve added the new Sliders feature. Do you have 5 minutes?… Read more

Ancestry Anne Visits The Peacock Gals

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 12, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

I had the pleasure of traveling to Dallas, Texas this past week and presenting to about 400 members of the Texas Daughters of the American Revolution  who identify themselves with the peacock, hence the name The Peacock Gals! And because it was the Daughters of the American Revolution, we talked genealogy. On Thursday, I walked… Read more

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