Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past”

Posted by Juliana Smith on April 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, Juliana's Corner, Research, Social Media, Stories

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

Genealogy Education in 140 or Less

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 24, 2013 in Research Helps, Social Media

Every ten days or so I head on over to Tweetchat.com to host a genealogy conversation 140 characters at a time. I usually hang out there for an hour and a half or so, answering questions about a whole variety of topics – research methodologies, how to search effectively, where to find records for a… Read more

Six Ways to Jump Start Your Family History Research

Posted by Crista Cowan on May 24, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Research Helps, Searching for Records, Social Media

Are you brand new to genealogy and not quite sure where to start? Maybe you’ve been doing this for a while and need some inspiration to help you break through that long standing brick wall. As we head into the long weekend, I plan on spending a little time working on my own family history… Read more

The Great, Great, Great Grand Adventure: Lobster and Maple Syrup

Posted by Pam Velazquez on May 2, 2013 in Ancestry Great Adventure, Social Media

This post has been contributed by the Brown Family on their Great, Great, Great Grand Adventure -  Who knew that Lobster and Maple Syrup would be such a great combination? While camping in the mountains near Boston, we enjoyed a few day trips to Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. We stopped at a local crab shack… Read more

RootsTech 2013 with Ancestry.com

Posted by Pam Velazquez on April 2, 2013 in Events, Guest Bloggers, Social Media

I have been to comic-cons and paranormal cons, but I think I was most excited for this: my first genealogy conference. On Friday March 21 I found myself in Utah at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City — with Ancestry.com and 6,700 other people — for the third annual RootsTech conference.… Read more

The Great Hunger: Making America Home

Posted by Pam Velazquez on March 18, 2013 in Guest Bloggers, Social Media

Born and raised in New England, I grew up hearing about the celebrations that take place in Boston every year on St. Patrick’s Day. To say my boyfriend and I were excited to be experiencing it for ourselves for the first time was an understatement. Driving into the city to meet up with friends, we… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Live: Ancestry Academy Livestream

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on February 22, 2013 in Social Media, Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? Live is now upon us (22nd – 24thFebruary) and as always, there are lots of exciting and interesting things to see and do this year, so we wanted to let you know what we’ve got happening at the show then you can plan you day. So, grab your candy floss… Read more

Ancestry.com Launches Instagram Facebook Contest to Celebrate the Holidays

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on November 30, 2012 in Social Media

As family historians, we always wish our ancestors had documented and passed down more. Especially around the holidays as I spend time with family, I think of my ancestors more than ever. What was Christmas like for them? What were their holiday traditions? What kinds of gifts did they give each other and more. The… Read more

“Baby, Baby, Baby” – Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne Are Related

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 11, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Social Media, Stories

What do Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion have in common? According to Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, the four Canadian performers are all related, sharing a family connection with some of Quebec’s earliest settlers. Heartthrobs: It’s a family reunion of heartthrobs as Justin Bieber, who’s appeared on the… Read more

Using Facebook to Grow Your Family Tree

Posted by flarson on October 9, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Site Features, Social Media

We are excited to announce the release of a new feature that allows Ancestry members to use Facebook to add information and new people to family trees quickly and easily. When you attach Facebook information to someone in your tree you’ll get the following: Photos: We’ll pull the most recent profile photo from Facebook into… Read more