Migration in the South: Textile Mills

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 15, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

One thing I’ve noticed about my southern ancestors is that many of them in early 1900s started moving. But why? A look at their occupations gives us a clue. They stopped being farmers and began working in mills. Cotton mills, mostly. Why the change? Before and right after the Civil War, most of the textile… Read more

CNN Roots with Anderson Cooper: Seeing Both Sides

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 13, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

At Ancestry, we truly believe that there is a story in every family tree—you just have to find it. Anderson Cooper is one of the rare individuals whose storied ancestors aren’t just known by him, they are known by everyone. As the son of Gloria Vanderbilt, her history is just a Wikipedia article away, so… Read more

CNN Roots with Michaela Pereira: Hold on to a Brother

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 13, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

“You have your mother’s eyes,” or “Like father like son,” are phrases we commonly compliment or tease family with, yet we take for granted that we know those details—not everyone does. In February of this year in an interview with Essence magazine, Michaela Pereira said, “Like many adopted kids I wondered about my birth parents.… Read more

Migration to America in the 1700s

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 13, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

As you work backwards in your tree, do you find that the trail seems to go cold in the 1700s? Lack of census records and passenger lists can leave you scratching your head and wondering how exactly they suddenly appeared in Pennsylvania, New England, and Virginia. The answer may be in some of the major… Read more

What We Are Reading: October 10th Edition

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 10, 2014 in In The Community, Research

Becoming an expert in geography goes hand in hand with studying family history, especially if you had ancestors that never seemed to stay in one place. Learning where county lines were drawn and what the agricultural makeup was like in the regions our ancestors lived helps give color to their stories and understand why they… Read more

The Great Chicago Fire and Our Latest Free State Research Guide – Illinois!

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 8, 2014 in Research

Following a Midwest summer drought and a September in which less than an inch of rain fell, dry southwest winds blew into the Chicago area with temperatures for the first week in October of 1871 ranging for the most part in the 70s and 80s. These dry conditions made the city of Chicago, a city… Read more

Taking Clues From Your Ancestor’s Ethnicity

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 8, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

Discovering the origins of our immigrant ancestors is the reason many of us pursue genealogy. There is a desire to pinpoint that ancestral home. When it comes to immigrants, we often think of naturalization records and passenger lists, but it could be that the ethnicity itself holds keys to further our research. Language and Ethnicity… Read more

Immigration in the 1600s

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 7, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

We probably all remember the little school room ditty about how, in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Columbus was not the first and he would not be the last. Exploration of the New World had been happening for a while by then. It would continue for several more decades before the first permanent European… Read more

Finding a Long-Lost Ancestor on the Streets of Chicago

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Loretto Dennis Szucs, Ancestry.com Genealogist  I have an autograph book that belonged to my maternal grandmother. Written on the inside cover is “Anna Gustavason, 162 Townsend Street, Chicago, Ill.” I can’t find 162 Townsend on any map, nor can I find her on any census record. She was in… Read more

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Researching Your Family History

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Research, Searching for Records, United Kingdom

We all make mistakes! The key to success in family history research, as in life, is to learn from them. In an effort to guide you through your genealogical journey, we have created this list containing the top five mistakes to avoid when researching your family tree. 1. Assuming a family name is only spelled… Read more