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Long-Lost Sisters United After 60 Years Apart

Posted by Jessica Murray on July 30, 2014 in Stories

Long-lost sisters Carol and Amy went most of their lives never knowing of one another until their passion for genealogy brought them together in 2013. Veteran genealogist Carol Moss was adopted 60 years ago and only last year decided to research her birth mother’s history. In doing so, Carol discovered an abundance of photos attached to… Read more

Short Film ‘Nan’ Explores the Beautiful Lifelong Friendship Between Grandma and Grandson

Posted by Brian Gallagher on July 22, 2014 in In The Community, Stories, United Kingdom

We all have roles to play in our lives. We all start as children. Some of us go on to become parents, and later hope to become grandparents. How often do grandchildren stop to ponder the meaning of their bond with their grandmother or grandfather? Writer and director Luke Taylor recognized the unique relationship between… Read more

Long Lost Family continues to change lives and move us to tears

  Last Monday saw the return of the BAFTA award winning show Long Lost Family. Davina McCall & Nicky Campbell reunited families who had been separated for most of their lives, in what was a very emotional first episode of the new season.     Episode two features more emotional stories of heartbreak, separation and… Read more

Francis B. Griffin Imparts The Secret To a Long Life: “You Need To Relax”

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 27, 2014 in In The Community, Stories

When it comes to family, we all reserve a special place in our hearts for our grandparents. The bond between grandparent and grandchild is unique – in us they see the future and in them we can learn about the past.  How can we share the wisdom and experience they have to impart? What can… Read more

Remembering Cemetery Day

Posted by Paul Rawlins on May 26, 2014 in Stories

I was only two when my grandfather died, so I never knew him. But I know his grave. I’ve visited it probably every year since he died. I know I’ve been there practically every year I can remember, even the year my brothers had to stay home with chicken pox. Memorial Day in Lewiston is… Read more

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

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