7 Genealogical Lessons for Researching Your Palatine Ancestors

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 27, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

By guest blogger Henry Z (“Hank”) Jones I started climbing the family tree at the age of eight when I discovered an old trunk in the basement of our home that had been brought to California in the gold rush. To an eight year old kid with an inquisitive mind, that ancient piece of history really… Read more

Uncovering a Free Black Man’s Past: Buying a Slave to Unite His Family

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 25, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Ancestry.com Genealogist “My ancestor, Lewis Freeman, was a free Negro who lived in Chatham, North Carolina from at least 1800 until his death in 1845. I would like to know when he was born.” – Harold F. Dear Harold, When searching for family roots in the… Read more

Emigration to and Within the United States in the 1800s

Posted by Lou Szucs on October 22, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

Each of us has been touched in some way by the experiences, choices and attitudes of our ancestors.  The decisions they were often forced to make during the great migrations of the 1800s radically changed our ancestors’ world – and ours. 1800-1900 – Unprecedented population growth in Europe along with social, political and religious conflict… Read more

Portrait Studios of Detroit’s Polonia: The Face of Polish Immigration

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 21, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

By guest blogger Ceil Wendt Jensen The once thriving Polish communities of metro Detroit — on the Eastside, Westside, and in Hamtramck — have dissipated into the suburbs; and the schools and parishes around which life in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries revolved, have shut their doors. We feel a sense of urgency to… Read more

CNN Roots with John Berman: What’s in a name?

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 20, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

John Berman remembers walking past a wall in the Boston Public Library that listed the names of famous philosophers throughout history. His father would point to Baruch Spinoza’s name and say, “We are related to him!” It was a strong statement given “Spinoza” is the middle name they both share, after John’s grandmother Grace Spinoza.… Read more

CNN Roots with Christine Romans: Bedstemor’s Tickets

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 19, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

We all have legends among our family stories. Some are linked to historical celebrities (my 3x great-grandfather rode with Teddy Roosevelt); some to historic events (my ancestors lived through the Great Chicago Fire); and some are inspiringly personal (my 4x great grandmother raised 12 kids on her own). Many family history adventures start when someone… Read more

CNN Roots with Fareed Zakaria: From Bombay, India to Bombings in London

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 19, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

Many decisions made by our ancestors have had a direct impact on what and where we are today. Sometimes these influential ancestors are not generations away from our memory, but have lived in our recent history, still leaving us a legacy of choices made and stories to share. Fareed Zakara, host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria… Read more

CNN Roots with Erin Burnett: Think of Ireland, and Think of Skye

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 17, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

Why do our ancestors move around so much or why do they stay put for generations? What was happening in the world around them where they lived and what kind of toils may they have faced? Understanding the historical context of the time in which your ancestors lived can shed light on these kinds of… Read more

Research in the Keystone State: New Pennsylvania Research Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

There is so much to explore in Pennsylvania, both in the state’s history and in our own family histories. I’ve been doing Pennsylvania research for a long, long time and I’m amazed at how there is always something new to discover. Did you know these five things: Pennsylvania was the first state to abolish slavery.… Read more

CNN Roots with Jake Tapper: Obituary Gold

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 16, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

For a family historian, finding a story-rich obituary can be like receiving long lost money from an unknown great-aunt!  We knew that with CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper’s tree, we needed to find some of that “bank roll” to fill in the blanks within his ancestors’ Colonial story. One of the first obituaries we… Read more