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Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past”

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

A Love Story Proved: The Life and Family of Laura Lavinia (Kelly) Combs

Posted by Paul Graham on March 31, 2014 in Research, Stories

There’s a story, familiar to and told by people around Atlanta, of a free African American woman who owned a small plot of land and was married to an enslaved man. Not only was she the first African American to own land in Atlanta, but she traded that property for her husband’s freedom. That woman… Read more

The Mitchelville Preservation Project

Posted by Juliana Smith on February 27, 2014 in Moments in Time, Stories

I love hearing about interesting projects that incorporate family history into history on a larger scale. Last fall when I was in Utah, my friend Kim Harrison, who is the product manager for our institutional accounts, told me about a unique project that is commemorating the first self-governed town of freed slaves in America. During… Read more

AncestryDNA: How a Photograph Led to a Cousin Connection

Posted by Juliana Smith on February 3, 2014 in Stories

One of the great things about our Facebook community is seeing the stories being shared of people making connections through Ancestry.com. While it may take a little courage to reach out to someone you don’t know, even if they do seem to be related, the rewards typically outweigh any initial misgivings. Last week I found… Read more

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted by Pam Velazquez on January 20, 2014 in Stories

Today, we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. for the impact he had on the Civil Rights Movement and his relentless fight for equal rights for all, while maintaining a peaceful non-violent approach. Dr. King’s message is as powerful today as it was 50 years ago, and we wanted to share a few pieces of his… Read more

The 52 Ancestors Challenge

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 10, 2014 in In The Community, Stories

I write about genealogy as part of my job. So what’s something I do in my off hours? Write about genealogy. Last fall, I decided to take a look at how I was doing my personal blogging and launched No Story Too Small. As the name implies, all of the stories that we find about… Read more

What Did You Discover In 2013?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 31, 2013 in Stories

Whether you have been doing research for a long time, or just started a few months ago, you know that every day can bring new possibilities and discoveries. Take a moment to think about where you started, and all that you’ve discovered about your ancestors. The New Year is upon us and that means another… Read more

Share Your Family Recipe with Ancestry!

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 16, 2013 in Stories

Whether it’s green bean casserole, snickerdoodle cookies or something so unique only your family makes it – most families have a recipe that has been passed around – some for generations. Some recipes you’ll see at the dinner table often, others are favorites that only come out on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. Either… Read more

Every Picture Contains a Story

Posted by Earl Armstrong on November 27, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Stories

How many times have you heard that a “picture is worth a thousand words”? Finding old family photographs is every genealogist’s dream. Ancestry users understand the priceless value of a picture from the past, even a faded or damaged one. With the tools we have today, they can be repaired right on the computer screen… Read more

Interview Questions for the Thanksgiving Table

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 26, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Stories

  Thanksgiving and the holiday season is a time to catch up with your relatives and talk with those who you might not see very often. Surround yourself with good food, great people and create long lasting memories. This holiday season, take advantage of having all of your loved ones together in one place and… Read more

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