Caring.com: Make a Challenging Visit Great With Storytelling

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on December 21, 2012 in Stories

Contributed by Paula Spencer Scott, Caring.com senior editor Worried about how to keep a conversation moving along when visiting an older adult in a nursing home or assisted living? Sometimes it’s helpful to focus not on what you should say but on *how to encourage stories* instead. Storytelling can be a wonderful, no-pressure way to… Read more

Dinosaurs and Descendants: 200-Year-Old Museum Seeks Family

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on December 12, 2012 in Stories

Throughout 2012, America’s oldest natural history museum celebrated its 200th birthday.  Sitting proudly in center city Philadelphia, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University was founded in 1812 and stands today as a museum and center of scientific research. Through its two centuries of existence, many of the men and women who have walked… Read more

Ancestry.com Featured on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on December 10, 2012 in Content, Stories

Attention CSI fans, on Wednesday, December 12, tune in to the CBS hit, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. The episode features the CSI team using genealogy to figure out why an airplane crashed, killing five people. Read more about the episode here and don’t forget to tune in!  

Never Mind ‘Elizabeth’ – Royal Baby Could be a ‘Lancelot’, ‘Boniface’ or ‘Grissel’

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on December 6, 2012 in Stories

If Prince William and Kate Middleton decide to take baby-name inspiration from their forebears, the royal baby could be born a ‘Grissel’, ‘Boniface’ or even ‘Lancelot’. New research from Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, reveals that while ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘John’ are the most common boys and girls names in both family trees,… Read more

The Great, Great, Great Grand Adventure: Nauvoo Blacksmith Shop – George Brown

Posted by Rob Brown on December 3, 2012 in Ancestry Great Adventure, Stories, The Grand Adventure

We had a great experience in Nauvoo, Illinois. Not only did we make some amazing family history discoveries on Kathy’s side of the family, but we were able to experience so many different trades relevant to the life of a frontier pioneer in the mid 1800’s. One in particular was of most interest to us… Read more

From Our Families To Yours – Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Crista Cowan on November 22, 2012 in Stories

Here at Ancestry.com we spend a lot of time looking at the past through genealogy records and family history research.  We spend a lot of time looking to the future, developing new technology and making plans for the business.  As we take a few days off to spend time with family and other loved ones… Read more

How Our Ancestral Recipes and Food Shape our Thanksgiving

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on November 21, 2012 in Stories

Have you ever reflected on who you really are? Not from a psychological perspective, but from an ethnic and ancestral one. I believe that food is among the first elements that connect us to our past and defines who we are. I can relate to this firsthand. I grew up in a three-generation household with… 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

Family History All Done? What’s Your Number?

Posted by Crista Cowan on August 16, 2012 in Research Helps, Stories

I cringe every time someone says their genealogy is “all done.”  I’m a professional genealogist.  I’ve been doing this for decades, building on family history research passed down to me from a great-uncle and parents who knew what they were doing.  And I am not even close to finished.  There are still hundreds of people… Read more

Ernest Borgnine: Do They Make ’em Like That Anymore?

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 9, 2012 in Stories

Do they make ’em like that anymore? That’s what I found myself asking as I read Ernest Borgnine’s biography last year while digging into a batch of U.S. Navy muster rolls. Ernest Borgnine—still Ermes Effron Borgnino—wasn’t famous when he came to the United States from Italy with his mother in 1923 aboard the Dante Alighieri.… Read more