Finding a Name: Why Probate Records Are a Gold Mine for African Americans

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 12, 2015 in Finding Your Roots, Research

  By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Juliana Szucs, Family Historian for Ancestry Family historians tracing black family ancestries love wills and probate records. Why? Because these seemingly dry and bloodless documents are full of priceless information about our enslaved African American ancestors. Probate records document what people owned, who they loved, and what was Read More

Five Jobs That Transformed America

Posted by Sandie Angulo Chen on October 7, 2015 in Research

The jobs of our great-great-grandparents and their parents during this period reflect that transformation and expansion, providing insight into a nation undergoing a process of reinvention. Here, according to U.S. federal census records, are the five most common jobs during this time period, along with a couple of additional occupations that reflect the industrialization of Read More

Fire and Devastation! Reconstructing World War II Service

Posted by Jennifer Holik on September 30, 2015 in Collections, Research

This is a guest post by Jennifer Holik. Myth and misunderstanding surround World War II records access and reconstruction due to the 1973 Fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri. Eighty percent of the Army, Air Corps, and National Guard Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) were lost in the fire. Do not worry though Read More

From Rags to Khaki Britches

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 21, 2015 in Research

This article was originally published in Ancestry Magazine. From khaki to camo, we look for visual clues to recognize members of America’s military today. But historically, to what extent did the clothes make the military man and woman? Dressed for Success? Every upstart needs a good defense—America included. So when the fledgling colonies were struggling to Read More

Top Five Queen Elizabeth II Facts and Top Tips for Tracing Your Royal Ancestry

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 9, 2015 in Research, United Kingdom

Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain’s longest reigning monarch today – having been on the throne for 63 years, seven months and two days, equalling the record held by her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria.      Top Five Queen Elizabeth II Facts   The Queen will have plenty of people to celebrate the milestone with; Our Read More

Murder and the Family Story

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 3, 2015 in Research

This is a guest post by Jennie Kaufman which originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine.  When seven-year-old Annie Lemberger was murdered in 1911, the mystery surrounding the crime reverberated throughout the community. Ninety years later, a distant relative discovered exactly what happened to Annie—and how it affected his own family’s history. Magdeline Lemberger rose before dawn on Read More

The Kopp Sisters: A Crime-Fighting Trio Uncovered on Ancestry

Posted by Amy Stewart on September 1, 2015 in Research

This is a guest blog post by Amy Stewart, the award-winning author of six books, including the bestsellers The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants. She and her husband live in Eureka, California, where they own a bookstore called Eureka Books. Most people come to Ancestry in search of their family. I went looking for three complete Read More