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Case Study: Census, Civil Registration, Parish Registers, and Wills

Posted by Abbie Lee Black on May 10, 2014 in Research

Now that I’ve shown you what civil registration, census records, parish registers, and wills are all about in the United Kingdom and specifically England, it’s time to put it all into practice with help of Ancestry.com’s collections. We will do a case study of a family in Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset. We started with just a… Read more

It’s International Worker’s Day: How Did Your Ancestors Make a Living?

Posted by Lou Szucs on May 1, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Research

May 1st is set aside in 80 countries as International Worker’s Day – a day to celebrate labor and working people. And this day serves as a reminder of how our ancestors toiled to put food on their tables and roofs over their families’ heads.  Whether your ancestor was a homemaker, a farmer, a factory… Read more

More Than Snow and Maple Syrup: Researching in Vermont

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 25, 2014 in Research

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Vermont? Snow? Maple syrup? How about land conflicts and boundary changes? Those last two might not show up in travel brochures, but they are definitely important parts of Vermont. The land that is now Vermont has been fought over by Native Americans, the British,… Read more

Probate in the United Kingdom: An Overview

Posted by Abbie Lee Black on April 18, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

After finding your ancestors in civil registration, census records, and parish registers, there are many different record types that are widely available for the UK. When I’m doing research, I usually look for probate records, and specifically wills, of my ancestors at this stage in the research process.   UK Wills and Probate Before 1858… Read more

Pennsylvania Death Certificates Now Available

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 18, 2014 in Collections, Research

Pennsylvania research just got easier, thanks to the release of Pennsylvania, Death Certificates 1906-1924. This collection contains more than 2.4 million records and has images of the actual death certificates. Statewide registration of births and deaths began on 1 January 1906. This collection of death certificates currently runs through the end of 1924 (later records… Read more

Who Dat? It’s The Bayou State: New Louisiana State Research Guide

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

When you think of Louisiana do you think of New Orleans? Mardi Gras? Hurricane Katrina? Or do you think of your ancestors? Louisiana has a rich and colorful past. The Spanish, French and British fought over it for more than 300 years until the United States obtained most of the state as part of the Louisiana… Read more

Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past”

Jack London is quoted as saying, “Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” My great-great-grandfather, Thomas Howley, was certainly no exception. In 1864, he joined the U.S. Navy under an assumed name so his wife wouldn’t find out. (She found out. She was not happy.)… Read more

Use England Parish Registers To Research Ancestors Pre-1837

Posted by Abbie Lee Black on April 11, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

Continuing on with my previous post, civil registration and census records are usually the place I turn first when starting my research in the UK. These records can be used together to create an accurate snapshot of a family group in the mid-19th century to late 20th century. Before 1837, parish registers are most commonly… Read more

Googling Your Family History [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on April 9, 2014 in Research

You can search the internet from within your family tree. Join Crista Cowan to learn about crafting internet searches that will help you uncover information about your ancestors around the internet. As a bonus tip, she will share the best practice for saving this information to your family tree.  

Well-To-Do or Poor as Church Mice? Figuring Out Your Ancestor’s Wealth

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

April 5 – 12 is Money Smart Week, designed to help people learn more about their personal finances. Did you know that you can also learn about your ancestors’ financial well-being? You probably don’t have access to their checkbooks (or the jars of cash buried in the back yard), but there are some common records… Read more

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