Remembering and Researching Vietnam-era Veterans

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 10, 2014 in Military Records, Research

This is a post by guest blogger Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CGSM. As researchers of Vietnam-era veterans, we are fortunate. We can often capture the first-person experiences and stories of the veteran. As researchers, we also face challenges. Many records for Vietnam-era veterans are closed to the general public. Here is some background and resources to… Read more

The Korean War, 1950—1953

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 8, 2014 in Military Records, Research

This is a post by guest blogger Debbie Mieszala, CGSM. Is it the Korean War? Or is it the Korean Conflict? Both names are seen in the United States. Some believe that conflict is appropriate because the U. S. never declared war. It has been called “The Forgotten War.” Ray Royce Deilke It was mid-October… Read more

World War I: The War to End All Wars

Posted by Juliana Szucs on November 7, 2014 in Military Records, Research

They called it the “Great War.” “The war to end all wars.” If only. The costs were great, both in terms of lives and in property. An estimated 9 million lives were lost on the battlefield and more than double that were wounded. As we entered the World War I centennial this year, it’s a… Read more

Is That Your Civil War Ancestor or Someone With the Same Name?

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 6, 2014 in Military Records, Research

Whether you call it the Civil War, the War Between the States, the War of Secession, the War of Northern Aggression, or even “the Late Unpleasantness,” if you have ancestors who lived in the United States between 1861 and 1865, they were probably impacted in some way by the Civil War. Finding the Right Service… Read more

Researching Native American Ancestors: Context Is Key

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 6, 2014 in Research

Taking clues from our ancestors – exploring where they lived, looking at when they lived there, pulling every bit of information from their records – is key to family history research. Nowhere is this more true than with Native American research. Often when someone hears from family members, “We have Native American ancestry,” they’ll take… Read more

Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 5, 2014 in Military Records, Research

The War of 1812 is sometimes referred to as the “Second War for Independence.” Although the Americans had won the Revolutionary War, Britain had not relinquished control of all of the lands it was supposed to per the Treaty of Paris of 1783. By winning the War of 1812, the United States secured its position as… Read more

The 1896 and 1898 Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes

Posted by Juliana Szucs on November 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Research

In 1893, the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, under the leadership of Henry Dawes, was established to convince the leaders of the Five Civilized Tribes – Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole – to accept individual land allotments in exchange for tribal lands. The challenge was determining who was eligible; the Dawes Commission was… Read more

Do You Have Revolutionary War Patriots in Your Tree?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 4, 2014 in Military Records, Research

With Veteran’s Day approaching, it is a good time to take a look at your tree and identify those who served. Our infographic from Fold3 gives you a handy guide to for possible birth years of veterans and what wars they might have served in. Do you think some of your ancestors fought in the… Read more

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