New Collection: Alberta, Canada, Homestead Records (1870-1930)

Posted by Lesley Anderson on February 8, 2016 in Canada, Research

This valuable land record collection includes the names of approximately 200,000 people who applied for homesteads in Alberta under the Dominion Lands Act – an 1872 law aimed to encourage the settlement of the Canadian Prairies. Compiled during a time where the population was expanding to Western Canada, this collection is an incredible resource for those Read More

6 Tipps für den erfolgreichen Einstieg in die Familienforschung

Posted by Juliana Szucs on February 5, 2016 in Germany, Research

Wenn man ganz neu mit der Arbeit an einem Familienstammbaum beginnt, möchte man am liebsten sofort loslegen und einfach nur neue Namen hinzufügen. Ihr Stammbaum erhält jedoch festere Wurzeln, wenn Sie die folgenden Tipps beherzigen. Beginnen Sie bei sich selber. Vermutlich finden Sie sich selber längst nicht so spannend wie ferne Vorfahren aus längst vergangenen Zeiten, Read More

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

A Date Is a Date Is a Date Is a Date

Posted by Esther Yu Sumner on January 19, 2016 in Research

This post originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, March-April 2007 issue.   What, you say, that can’t be right. Ancestors’ birthdays don’t just change, do they? They might, if you’re looking at the wrong calendar. Most of us are familiar with a single calendar—the Gregorian calendar, the one we use today. But, depending on the country, 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

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

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