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

Survey Says: Our Genealogists Share Their Favorite Cemeteries

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on August 19, 2014 in Research

Asking some genealogists to name their favorite cemetery is sort of like asking a parent to name their favorite child. Yet that’s exactly what I did to some of the people I work with. (No, I wasn’t trying to put them on the spot!) I’m fairly obsessed with cemeteries and was curious as to some… Read more

Ports Beyond New York: Galveston

Posted by Juliana Szucs on August 15, 2014 in Research

Galveston has a rich and colorful history, with its roots in a pirate settlement that Jean Lafitte called home between 1817 and 1821. The Port of Galveston was established as a small trading post and customs house in 1825, when Texas was still part of Mexico. It was an important commercial center and by 1835… Read more

Welcome to the Show Me State! The Missouri State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 15, 2014 in Research

Missouri became the 24th state on August 10, 1821. Five things you may not have known about the Show Me State: Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver is credited with the state’s nickname when he first said, “I’m from Missouri and you’ve got to show me.” Kansas City has more miles of boulevards than Paris and more… Read more