Getting the Most from Your Offline Research Dollars

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

Unless you were the winner of the recent $1.5 billion lottery, you probably don’t have unlimited money to spend on your genealogy. Although Ancestry provides access to billions of records, there are times when you have to obtain a copy directly from a record office. Here are some tips for making the most of your offline genealogy… Read more

Guardianship: A Misunderstood Probate Term

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 14, 2016 in Collections, Research

If you’ve searched in the probate collections and skipped over a result for a guardianship because you know one of the parents was still alive, you should go back and look at that record. Guardianship is an often-misunderstood concept in probate. What Guardianship Is and Is Not Guardianship is when the court appoints someone to represent the… Read more

Planning a Research Trip to Ireland

Posted by Lesley Anderson on December 21, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Research, United Kingdom

When I first started researching my family genealogy, I wanted to fly over to the UK and visit where my people lived, look in cemeteries for tombstones and go to the churches to look in the registers. All normal things to want to do, but boy was I wrong! Before you jump on a plane, you… Read more

How to Estimate a Date of Death With a Will

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on December 1, 2015 in Research

Death records are one of the things that we want to find for each ancestor. However, there are times when that record doesn’t exist.  (Don’t you hate it when an ancestor dies before that state started keeping death records?!) If you can’t find a death record and his or her tombstone hasn’t been found or… Read more

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