Welcome to the Sooner State! Oklahoma State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 31, 2014 in Research

Oklahoma became the 46th state on November 16, 1907. Five things you may not have known about the Sooner State: Originally Indian Territory, the state of Oklahoma was opened to settlers in a “Land Rush” in 1889. Prospective settlers would be allowed to claim plots of land by grabbing the stakes marking each plot on… Read more

Six Things to Look for in City Directories

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, Juliana's Corner, Research

City directories are incredible sources. In many cities, they were published annually, which can give us a lot of detail about our ancestors. Here are six things to look for in city directories. 1. Your Ancestor and Other Family Members Sure, you’re going to look for your ancestor, but look for other family members, too.… Read more

The Beehive State: Utah State Research Guide

Posted by Crista Cowan on July 25, 2014 in Research

This week marks 167 years since the Mormon Pioneers entered the Great Salt Lake Valley. Here are five things you might not know about Utah: 1. The original inhabitants of Utah were Gosiute, Southern Paiute, Ute, Shoshone, and Navajo tribes. 2. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (more commonly called “Mormons”)… Read more

Dear Census Taker: Read the Instructions

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 21, 2014 in Research

Dear Census Taker: I would have addressed this as “Dear Enumerator,” but was concerned that you had not yet read the instructions that have been given to you and, thus, might be unfamiliar with that term. Those instructions are why I am writing to you today. Following these instructions will generate much joy for the… Read more

It’s Greek to Me: What We Can Learn From the Rosetta Stone

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

Ptolemy V had a problem. He was pharaoh, but was fighting opposition in parts of Egypt. Compounding the issue was the fact that he was only 13. On the first anniversary of his coronation, the priests issued a decree in support of young Ptolemy. To make sure everyone understood, they inscribed it in three languages:… Read more

Welcome to the Mountain State: West Virginia State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 18, 2014 in Research

The western counties of Virginia separated from that state when it seceded in 1861. Those counties combined as West Virginia and became the 35th state on June 20, 1863. Here are 5 things you might not know about West Virginia: In 1756, the first public spa opened in Berkeley Springs. Almost 3/4 of the state… Read more

5 Things About the Port of Boston

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 17, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

Boston’s history as a port is long. Here are 5 things you might not know about the port of Boston. 1. Not that Popular Early On Despite deep colonial roots, for most years Boston was not the port of choice for immigrants. Even the more distant port of New Orleans drew more immigration from Europe… Read more

New State Research Guide: New Hampshire

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 11, 2014 in Research

This week we pay tribute to the great state of New Hampshire. Here are five things you might not  know about New Hampshire: 1. New Hampshire was the first of the colonies to declare its independence from England. In January 1776, it established an independent government and constitution. 2. The first potatoes planted in the… Read more

Do You Have a Search Strategy?

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner, Research, Searching for Records, Site Features

As I write this, I’m getting ready for a trip to Utah. As a fairly frequent traveler, I know that to make the trip less stressful, I need lists. Lists are what keep me from wandering around the house searching for nothing in particular, grasping randomly for things I might need, and missing items I… Read more

Genealogy Roadtrip: Do You Brake For Cemeteries?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 9, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

  This summer, you may venture out from behind your computer and into the sun to travel to the places that your ancestors lived and where they were buried. Cemeteries are great places to find information about your ancestors. Standing in front of the grave of those that have come before you can be a… Read more