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

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

Ray Bradbury: A Legacy Remembered

Posted by Paul Rawlins on June 7, 2012 in Stories

While I was glancing at headlines yesterday, I saw that Ray Bradbury passed away. I read “All of Summer in a Day” back in elementary school and have never forgotten it. I re-read Fahrenheit 451 a year or so ago and was startled by some of the details Bradbury included in his future world that… 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

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