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

5 Things You Might Not Know About Wyoming

Posted by Juliana Szucs on August 8, 2014 in Research

Here are five things you might not have known about Wyoming, the Equality State. 1. In 1869, Wyoming became the first territory to grant suffrage to women. 2. J.C. Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming in 1902. 3. Although Wyoming ranks 10th in the nation in size, it ranks 50th in population. 4.… Read more

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 Szucs 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