North Dakota State Research Guide Available Now

Posted by Jessica Murray on January 12, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

The great state of North Dakota is next on our list of free state research guides we’re making available. The first European settlers to North Dakota arrived in the 18th century and were fur traders employed by the Missouri Fur company. Not long after, the settlements of Selkirk Colony, on the Red and Assiniboine rivers, and the Pembina… Read more

Massachusetts State Research Guide Now Available

Posted by Jessica Murray on December 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

With the long-standing history of Massachusetts, you can expect interesting and rich collections to assist your family history research. Here are five things you may not have known about Massachusetts: 1. Massachusetts was the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and be granted statehood. 2. Four United States Presidents were born in Massachusetts: John Adams,… Read more

Was Your Grandma A Fashion Maverick?

Posted by Betty Shubert on December 23, 2014 in Guest Bloggers, Research

How much do you know about your grandmother’s fashion sense? Hollywood costume designer Betty Kreisel Shubert, author of Out of Style, is considered the go-to vintage fashion expert. Betty received three unidentified photos of Denise Levenick’s grandmother, Arline Allen Kinsel, and was tasked with trying to determine the time/date of the photographs.     The Bolero… Read more

How to Find a Woman: Tracing Mottie Winters Through 1800s Kentucky

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 22, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Juliana Szucs, Family Historian for Ancestry I am new to Ancestry.com and I am hoping you can help me. My great-great-grandmother is S. Mottie Winters. She was born 22 January 1866, possibly in Tennessee, and died 18 May 1891 in Murray, Kentucky. She is listed on Find A Grave,… Read more

Welcome to Big Sky Country! New Montana Research Guide

Posted by Juliana Szucs on December 19, 2014 in Research

We’ve launched our latest free research guide for the great state of Montana. Here are five things you might not know about Montana. 1. When settlers began arriving in Montana in earnest in the 1860s and 1870s, popular routes were by steamboat up the Missouri River or on the Bozeman Trail, a spur off of… Read more

It’s the Evergreen State: Our New Washington Research Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on December 12, 2014 in Research

When you think of the state of Washington, what comes to mind? Trees, apples, a certain brand of coffee? There’s a lot more to the Evergreen State. Here are five things you might not know: Both the United States and England controlled the region until 1846. The world’s first salmon cannery opened on the lower… Read more

Welcome to the Hawkeye State – Iowa! Our Latest State Research Guide

Posted by Juliana Szucs on December 9, 2014 in Research

As we wrap up our series of state research guides, we’d like to share five things about Iowa that you might not know. The Iowa State Capitol dome is covered in 23-karat gold leaf. The interior is among the most ornate in the country as well, with twenty-nine varieties of marble incorporated into the décor.… Read more

The House on Mulberry Street and Clues to Irish Roots

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 4, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Amy Johnson Crow, Family Historian for Ancestry I’ve located my maternal great-grandparents, John and Margaret Ellen (Cunningham) Haffey in Wayne County, Ohio in the 1880 census. I’m trying to locate their births in Ireland. I have their death records, but they didn’t list a specific Irish birthplace. I have… Read more

Welcome to the Cotton State! Alabama Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 22, 2014 in Research

Sometimes known as the Cotton State, Alabama actually has no official nickname. Five things you may not have known about Alabama: Huntsville is known as the rocket capital of the world. Workers in Alabama built the rocket that put the first man on the moon. Sequoyah, a Alabama resident, created the Cherokee phonetic, written alphabet.… Read more

How Old Family Photos Can Be Easily Time-Dated By Fashions

Posted by Betty Shubert on November 18, 2014 in Guest Bloggers, Research

Shortly after I began writing my now award winning book, Out-of-Style: A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved, I met the late Caroline Rober, past president of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Caroline sent me a family picture to date for her. It showed two women… Read more