Welcome to the Volunteer State: Tennessee State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 4, 2014 in Research

On June 1, 1796, Tennessee became the 16th State admitted to the Union. Five things you might not have known about Tennessee: Before Tennessee became a state, in 1784, part of what would become the state became the State of Franklin; Franklin dissolved in 1788. Shelby County has more horses per capita than any other… Read more

Finding Revolutionary War Patriots

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 4, 2014 in Military Records, Research

John Trimble served his country while it was still fighting for its independence from England. His first enlistment was in February 1778 and was at Valley Forge. His job was “guarding the people from taking provision to the British in Philadelphia.” But when his two-month tour was over, his service was not. He enlisted again… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Why Can’t I Find My World War II Veterans Records?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 2, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Military Records, Research

A question we hear a lot is: “I’ve searched and searched, but I can’t find records of my grandfather’s service in WWII. Am I doing something wrong?” Same for WWI, Korean War and Vietnam War records. You probably aren’t doing anything wrong. There’s a good chance the records may still be private or they may… Read more

Welcome to the Gem State: Idaho State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 27, 2014 in Research

Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890 as the 43rd state. Five things you might not have known about Idaho: State law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy weighing more than 50 pounds. Hell’s Canyon is the deepest gorge in America at around 1,500 feet. Idaho has… Read more

Five Things About the Port of San Francisco

Posted by Juliana Smith on June 21, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

This week, we take our series on ports beyond New York to the West Coast with five things about the Port of San Francisco. 1. Overland Immigration With the advantage of a natural harbor, it’s interesting that some of the most notable immigration to San Francisco came overland. In 1776, Juan Bautista de Anza led… Read more

Welcome to The Natural State: Arkansas State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 20, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

  Arkansas was admitted to the Union in 1836 as the 25th state. Here are five things you might not know about the Natural State: Diamonds were discovered in Murfreesboro in 1906; the diamond is the official state gem. Oil was discovered near the town of Smackover in 1920; the name Smackover is a variation of “Sumac… Read more

Quaker Migration: Why Do You Want To Leave Me?

Posted by Lisa Arnold on June 16, 2014 in Research

Moving from place to place created entries in Quaker minutes which can help you find your ancestors. Learn how to use this great resource in a few easy steps. First the ‘Why’ When a family or individual wished to move to a locality that was within the boundaries of another meeting, regardless of the distance,… Read more

Ports Beyond New York: 5 Things to Know About the Port of New Orleans

Posted by Juliana Smith on June 14, 2014 in Research

This week we continue our series on ports beyond New York with five facts about the Port of New Orleans. 1.  Return Trip Immigration The city of New Orleans quickly rose to prominence as a commercial center as exports like cotton and other agricultural products from the South left for trade centers in Europe. On… Read more

New Puerto Rico Records and Research Guides

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on June 9, 2014 in Collections, Research

We’ve just launched a new collection with more than 5 million vital records from Puerto Rico. Civil registration began in Puerto Rico in 1885, and the records can contain rich details, sometimes even mentioning several generations. For example, a birth record might list the names of the child, parents, and grandparents. Before you start researching… Read more

Sir Tony Robinson Reviews Life Before World War I

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 8, 2014 in Moments in Time, Research

In this presentation, Sir Tony Robinson uses the records available today to get a better understanding of what life and times were like before World War I.   This was filmed during the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show in London, UK.