Getting High Tech for Holiday Storytelling

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 13, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Stories

  In about two weeks, many of us will be gathering either in our homes or those of family members and friends to enjoy another wonderful Thanksgiving. The holidays and Thanksgiving in particular bring people together under no other motive than to have great food and enjoy each other’s company and spend time with relatives… Read more

Your Ancestors Are Waiting, They Have Stories To Tell

Posted by Earl Armstrong on November 8, 2013 in Guest Bloggers, Stories

  Best-selling author, Frank McCourt, at age 66, penned Angela’s Ashes, which he dubbed the “third act” in the ongoing story of his life. It also led to a Pulitzer Prize. In a 2008 Parade Magazine article, after commenting about writing personal histories, he shared this advice, “No matter how long you live, you have… Read more

What’s Your Family History Story?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 25, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Stories

Everyone has a unique family history story to tell, and we want to hear it. Whether you’re just getting started or already a seasoned genealogist, we’ve all had an “Aha!” moment or made a discovery that made us stop and think. This might be finding out that your great grandparents were abolitionists, or that you… Read more

The Love of Hockey Runs In The Family

Posted by Kristie Wells on September 27, 2013 in In The Community, Stories

It is great when you can find a shared passion with one of your ancestors – like when the 1940 census shows your grandfather owned a bakery and it makes sense as you love to eat cookies, or your 3x great-grandmother working as a seamstress and you happen to be handy sewing a rogue button… Read more

Leaving Your Legacy

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 30, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Stories

Have you ever wished some of the younger members of your family had more interest in family history? A great way to get that interest started is with stories about people they know—like you! Just in time for Grandparents Day, September 8, we teamed up with Grandparents.com to come up with some ideas for engaging… Read more

Using Big Data To Drive Story Telling – Our SxSW Session Needs Your VOTE

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 19, 2013 in Events, Speaking, Stories

When we think about Big Data we often envision charts, graphs and spreadsheets, but what if we could use that same data to produce detailed stories about interesting subjects or people? Increased pressure to find meaning in mounds of data—in real-time and at scale—has given rise to technology that analyzes and turns individual data points… Read more

Unmasking The Lone Ranger’s Leading Men: Real Life Heroes in Hammer and Depp’s Family Trees

Posted by Ancestry.com on June 26, 2013 in Family Trees, Stories

Before there was the Lone Ranger and Tonto, there was… Elizabeth Key and Chief Kanagatucko? New research from Ancestry.com reveals both Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp – the leading actors of Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lone Ranger” – are direct descendants of two real American freedom fighters. Armie Hammer Is Descended from Cherokee Chief Kanagatucko and… Read more

AncestryDNA and Katie Couric bring birth mother and son together – 41 years later

Posted by Stephen Baloglu on April 19, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA, Stories

Chris Burton was simply hoping to discover his ancestors’ homelands when he took his AncestryDNA test. But when his test results came in, Chris, who was adopted at birth, learned he had a close family connection, possibly a first cousin. Would that link him to his birth family? Watch the whole story unfold as Chris… Read more

An AncestryDNA customer journey: Confirming stories and discovering new ones.

Posted by Stephen Baloglu on February 27, 2013 in AncestryDNA, Stories

Renee was relatively new to Ancestry.com and decided to try the new AncestryDNA test to see just what it could uncover about her family history. Specifically, she wanted to learn more about where her family was from, despite the fact that there were little or no records to be found. Renee was confident her genetic… Read more

Discovering True Love

Posted by Juliana Smith on February 4, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner, Research Helps, Searching for Records, Stories

There’s a story behind that marriage date. But unless the tale has been passed down through family lore or you’re the proud owner of a collection of torrid love letters, you’re never going to get it, right? Don’t give up so easily. Turns out that story of true love could be hiding in a yearbook… Read more