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 Team 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

CNN Roots with Don Lemon: An Étouffée of Stories

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 16, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

Don’s roots are not unlike the hot plate of étouffée carefully prepared for his return by his mother, Katherine: both Cajun and Creole, a spicy, savory blend of seafood and rice that is decidedly Louisianan. The instigator of the entire Roots series, Don wanted to better understand his deep Louisiana roots and wanted his mom… Read more

CNN Roots with Chris Cuomo: Discovering a New Branch on the Old Family Tree

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 15, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

Sometimes the smallest details can add up to the greatest helping of new information in a family tree. “Connecting the dots” within multiple documents was one way we were able to add a new branch to the Cuomo family tree. CNN’s Chris Cuomo already knew a lot about his proud Italian heritage. Our challenge was… Read more

Surprising Connections Between Occupation and Home Ownership From 1900 Through 2012

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 15, 2014 in Research

Members of the armed services are among those least likely to own a home in the United States, according to a new analysis from our research team. We analyzed 112 years of U.S. Federal Census data to better understand the connection between occupation and home ownership across the nation over the last century. As of… Read more

Migration in the South: Textile Mills

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 15, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

One thing I’ve noticed about my southern ancestors is that many of them in early 1900s started moving. But why? A look at their occupations gives us a clue. They stopped being farmers and began working in mills. Cotton mills, mostly. Why the change? Before and right after the Civil War, most of the textile… Read more

CNN Roots with Anderson Cooper: Seeing Both Sides

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 13, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

At Ancestry, we truly believe that there is a story in every family tree—you just have to find it. Anderson Cooper is one of the rare individuals whose storied ancestors aren’t just known by him, they are known by everyone. As the son of Gloria Vanderbilt, her history is just a Wikipedia article away, so… Read more

CNN Roots with Michaela Pereira: Hold on to a Brother

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 13, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

“You have your mother’s eyes,” or “Like father like son,” are phrases we commonly compliment or tease family with, yet we take for granted that we know those details—not everyone does. In February of this year in an interview with Essence magazine, Michaela Pereira said, “Like many adopted kids I wondered about my birth parents.… Read more

Migration to America in the 1700s

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 13, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

As you work backwards in your tree, do you find that the trail seems to go cold in the 1700s? Lack of census records and passenger lists can leave you scratching your head and wondering how exactly they suddenly appeared in Pennsylvania, New England, and Virginia. The answer may be in some of the major… Read more

What We Are Reading: October 10th Edition

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 10, 2014 in In The Community, Research

Becoming an expert in geography goes hand in hand with studying family history, especially if you had ancestors that never seemed to stay in one place. Learning where county lines were drawn and what the agricultural makeup was like in the regions our ancestors lived helps give color to their stories and understand why they… Read more