Genealogy Goals: 3rd Quarter Report

Posted by Crista Cowan on September 7, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Tree Maker, Family Trees, Member Connect, Social Media

We are headed into the last few months of 2012.  Kids are headed back to school.  Fall is in the air.  And I thought it was a good time to revisit our goals for the year.  If you remember, I shared mine at the beginning of the year.  Some of you shared yours in the… Read more

Labor Day Celebration: Jump In the 1940 Time Machine, Search All U.S. Censuses Free

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on August 31, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Social Media

Summer is winding down, but things are still pretty hot around here. With the completion of the 1940 census index we now have more than 713 million U.S. Federal Census records online and fully searchable from 1790 through 1940. To celebrate this unprecedented access to all publicly available censuses, Ancestry.com has cooked up some pretty… Read more

Infographics: What Was Life Like in 1940?

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on August 23, 2012 in Content, Social Media

As you know, earlier this month, we completed the 1940 U.S. Census index on Ancestry.com. You can now look for a parent, grandparent—maybe even yourself—in every state and territory. In addition, we also created different infographics that creatively display each state and what life was like in 1940. See all the images below, and feel… Read more

Andy Griffith’s Legacy

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 3, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Social Media, Stories

My heart fell this morning when I heard the news that the beloved actor, Andy Griffith, had passed. Through the cold Chicago winters, and hot summers as well, my sisters and I would park in front of the TV when the The Andy Griffith Show would come on.  Decades later, I remember telling my daughter… Read more

Seven Reasons To Share Your Family History

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 21, 2012 in MyCanvas, Social Media

In the Barefoot Genealogist broadcast this morning, I shared a few ideas for publishing your family history. The two most important things I shared had nothing at all to do with the actual process of creating the chart or book. Don’t wait until you are finished! If you wait until you are “finished” with your… Read more

One Hundred Years of Social Media

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

An interesting thing has happened in the last few years: the explosion of social networking and social media. We have been able to be constantly updated about the activities of our friends and relatives like never before…but it’s only a 21st Century manifestation of our tendency to spy on each other. In historical newspapers, many… Read more

Uncovering Family History in the New Film For Greater Glory

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on May 30, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

For Greater Glory, opening in theaters June 1st, tells the never-before-told story of Mexico’s Cristero War. There’s been increasing excitement around the film here in the US among the Mexican-American community, many of whom have ties to the real historical characters featured in the film. Mexican actress Karyme Lozano, who plays the mother of the… Read more

The Hunt for Michelle Obama’s Roots

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on May 7, 2012 in Social Media

When I started planning my book about Michelle Obama’s family tree, I envisioned myself traipsing to far-flung cities on the hunt for historical records.  During two years of reporting and writing my book, American Tapestry, I did, in fact, crisscross the country, traveling to North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Illinois and other states. In archives,… Read more

Israel Arbeiter: Ready to Return to the United States

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 30, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

After 8 days that took him from Warsaw, Poland to his native city of Plock in Poland, to Krakow and finally into Germany, where he gained his freedom in 1945, Izzy is tired. At 87 years old he has the right to be. After seeing his parents and brother shipped off and murdered at Treblinka,… Read more

Museum About Making of American People Is Proposed for Washington, DC

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 28, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Sam Eskenazi, Director, Coalition for the National Museum of the American People While genealogy focuses on our individual family ancestors, in the United States we are also part of larger ethnic and cultural groups: Irish Americans, German Americans, African Americans, Scottish Americans and on and on. And some of our family lines might… Read more