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

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