Welcome to the Magnolia State: Mississippi State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 6, 2014 in Research

Mississippi was the 20th state admitted to the Union in 1817. Here are 5 things you might not have known about the Magnolia State: At various times throughout history Mississippi has been under the jurisdiction of France, Spain, Britain, and the United States; don’t assume your ancestors records are stored in the state. Biloxi is… Read more

Branching Out: Genealogy Success, Indirectly

Posted by Paul Schmidt on June 4, 2014 in Contest, Research

Our latest Branch Out winner, Cheryle Warnberg, already had a fantastic online family tree, but she wanted our team at ProGenealogists to find out more about the Kloskowski and Czayka families, including exactly where in Eastern Europe they originated. Start With What You Know Cheryle knew the names of her maternal grandparents, even though both… Read more

Ports Beyond New York: 5 Things About the Port of Philadelphia

Posted by Juliana Smith on June 3, 2014 in Research

We hear a lot about the Port of New York because of the sheer volume of immigrants who passed through it, sometimes to the exclusion of other important ports. Last week we began a series of articles on ports beyond New York, with a look at the Port of Baltimore. This week we continue our… Read more

Honoring the Dead: What Military Headstones Can Tell Us

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on May 30, 2014 in Research

Memorial Day is now observed in the United States on the last Monday in May. However, today (May 30) is the “traditional” holiday. In 1868, Maj. General John Logan declared that May 30 should be set aside as a day to decorate the graves of those who had died in the Civil War. Various observances… Read more

5 Things About the Port of Baltimore

Posted by Juliana Smith on May 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time, Research

We hear a lot about the Port of New York because of the sheer volume of immigrants who passed through it. There’s so much focus on New York that it can be easy to forget about other important ports. In my own family, my grandfather proudly told me how his father passed through Ellis Island. True… Read more

Finding Ocean State Ancestors: Rhode Island Research Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on May 23, 2014 in Research

  The history of Rhode Island is tied to religion and trade. Settlement began with Roger Williams, who in 1636 went to present-day Rhode Island after being banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his religious views. Later, Anne Hutchinson and her followers also went to Rhode Island because of religious persecution in Massachusetts. Rhode… Read more

Welcome to the Bluegrass State: Kentucky State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 16, 2014 in Research

European settlers first started moving into Kentucky in 1748, and established the first settlement, Harrodsburg, in 1774. Daniel Boone helped to open up the path for more settlers in 1775 by blazing a trail on what would become the Wilderness Road, which was the primary route through the Cumberland which led settlers into central Kentucky.… Read more

How to Get Kids Interested in Family History

Posted by Juliana Smith on May 14, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

Last year there was an article in the New York Times citing a connection between children who knew something of their family’s history and their self-esteem and control over their own lives. Those who knew something of their ancestry responded better to difficult times, had a sense of self-worth and they also felt better about… Read more

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 Lakes, and Perhaps Your Ancestors?

Posted by Juliana Smith on May 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” actually has closer to 12,000 lakes that are more than 10 acres in size (11, 842 to be exact). There are also 6,564 natural rivers and streams that flow through 69,200 miles, and more than 10 million acres of wetlands. With all that water, it’s not surprising that there’s even… Read more

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