Taking Clues From Your Ancestor’s Ethnicity

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 8, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

Discovering the origins of our immigrant ancestors is the reason many of us pursue genealogy. There is a desire to pinpoint that ancestral home. When it comes to immigrants, we often think of naturalization records and passenger lists, but it could be that the ethnicity itself holds keys to further our research. Language and Ethnicity… Read more

Immigration in the 1600s

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 7, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

We probably all remember the little school room ditty about how, in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Columbus was not the first and he would not be the last. Exploration of the New World had been happening for a while by then. It would continue for several more decades before the first permanent European… Read more

Finding a Long-Lost Ancestor on the Streets of Chicago

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Loretto Dennis Szucs, Ancestry.com Genealogist  I have an autograph book that belonged to my maternal grandmother. Written on the inside cover is “Anna Gustavason, 162 Townsend Street, Chicago, Ill.” I can’t find 162 Townsend on any map, nor can I find her on any census record. She was in… Read more

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Researching Your Family History

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Research, Searching for Records, United Kingdom

We all make mistakes! The key to success in family history research, as in life, is to learn from them. In an effort to guide you through your genealogical journey, we have created this list containing the top five mistakes to avoid when researching your family tree. 1. Assuming a family name is only spelled… Read more

Piecing Together US Marine’s WWII History

Posted by Ancestry.com on September 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lisa Elzey, Ancestry.com Family Historian  “My uncle, Walter Rybicki, was a US Marine during World War II who died on 6 Feb 1944. How do I find out the details of how and where he died? Where can I obtain the records?“ – Norm Growing up in the late… Read more

Talk Like a Pirate and Improve Your Research

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 19, 2014 in Holidays, Research

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day – that day when people get in touch with their inner pirate and pepper their sentences with words like “Arrrrrr,” “avast,” and “bilge rat.” (It’s a good day when you can work “bilge rat” into friendly conversation.) Facebook even has a language setting for “English (Pirate).” Don’t want to… Read more

5 Things You Might Not Know About Colorado

Posted by Juliana Szucs on September 13, 2014 in Research

Colorado joined the U.S. in the country’s centennial year and has had a colorful history, before and after being admitted as the 38th state. Here are five things you might not know about the “Centennial State.” 1. In 1860, during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, the greatest number of immigrants to Colorado came from Ohio,… Read more

Welcome to the Tar Heel State! The North Carolina State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on September 5, 2014 in Research

North Carolina, known as The Old North State or The Tar Heel State, was 12th of the original colonies. Five things you may not have known about the Tar Heel State: North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the United States. Have you checked the agriculture schedules for your North Carolina ancestors?… Read more

Branch Out Contest Winner: Cindy Hillman

Posted by Ancestry.com on September 2, 2014 in Contest, Research

By Cheryl Coats and Lindsay Jackson Cindy Hillman recently won our Branch Out sweepstakes, and received 20 hours of ProGenealogists research time. Initially, she wanted to see if her McKinley line connected to President William McKinley (who wouldn’t!) Unfortunately, we discovered that the only chance of those lines connecting would have occurred in Ireland in… Read more

Aloha! It’s the Hawaii State Research Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on August 22, 2014 in Research

This week, Hawaii celebrated its 55th statehood anniversary. It seems like a good time to take a look beyond the beautiful beaches, ocean waves, and palm trees and learn more about this beautiful state. Here are five things you might not know about the Aloha State: The word Hawaii is from the Proto-Polynesian hawaiki, meaning… Read more