Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Finding Ancestors Who Don’t Want to Be Found with Bryan Cranston

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 23, 2015 in Celebrity, Who Do You Think You Are?

A frustrating occurrence in many genealogical research projects is when an ancestor disappears entirely from the records. You have a great line of sources proving your conclusions back to the 1800s, but there’s one person who is holding you back. Maybe he ran away from his family to start a new life or find adventure.… Read more

Who Do You Think Are You? Recap: This Is How It’s Done with Alfre Woodard

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 9, 2015 in Who Do You Think You Are?

One of the exciting opportunities in our work as genealogists is showing how one person’s life reflects the experiences of hundreds, thousands, or even millions of others during a particular time. The way we document that person’s life can also instruct us in how to research others who shared similar life events. In the case… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Following the Clues with Ginnifer Goodwin

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

You see it all the time in movie mysteries: the genius detective trying to solve a case that seems to have no answer. As the story progresses, however, we are transported into the detective’s mind. Random clues appear to glow in the detective’s vision, flashbacks to telling circumstances pop on the screen, and the audience… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Melissa Etheridge: Putting Time and Location in Their Place

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

In family history research, when and where your ancestors lived say just as much about them as their name. Understanding not just the geography but also the community your ancestors were a part of provides crucial insight into what their lives were like, as well as the types of records you should be looking for.… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Bill Paxton: Shaping a Nation

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 19, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

There is something emotionally significant about discovering a Revolutionary War patriot in your family tree. The idea that your own ancestor somehow contributed to the birth of a new nation may set off an explosion of patriotic anthems in your mind and unearth a desire to know how they helped secure American independence. Once you… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with America Ferrera: Good News About Newspapers

Posted by Jessica Murray on April 14, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

America Ferrera grew up hearing stories about her great-grandfather Gregorio Ferrera, who was supposed to be some kind of a general. Armies love paperwork, and military service usually generates plenty of records. But in this case, we ended up turning to a completely different source to uncover Gregorio Ferrera’s dynamic life. During her journey on… Read more

WDYTYA Recap with Tony Goldwyn: In Their Own Words

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 6, 2015 in Who Do You Think You Are?

We love census records. And vital records. And passenger lists. We could go on. Each of these documents does so much to pinpoint our relatives in a certain place at a certain time. Then we flesh out their stories not only by reading what is on each record but also by reading between the lines.… Read more

WDYTYA Recap: Sean Hayes Finds Order in Petty Session Court Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 30, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

Trouble seemed to follow Sean Hayes’ ancestors down generations and even over an ocean. But trouble, especially when it led to clashes with the law, became a lynchpin in uncovering Sean’s story. Researching ancestors in Ireland has always required some creativity due to the loss of 19th-century census returns. Censuses are a staple in U.S.… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points, Sometimes Isn’t

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 16, 2015 in Who Do You Think You Are?

It’s a frustrating fact that most historical records were never designed to tell us what we want to know nowadays. When created, their purpose was not to appease curiosities in the 21st century. Instead, genealogists are constantly using their education and experience to coax out answers about people, places and time periods. We also rely… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Returns with Julie Chen: Sometimes You Just Have to Go and Walk up the Mountain

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 9, 2015 in Who Do You Think You Are?

We’ve been saying it for many years: the Internet has forever changed family history. We all like to talk about finding digitized records in the comfort of our homes, in the wee hours of the night, wearing our pajamas. Basically, we’ve been spoiled. But, amazing as all these digitized family history sources are, you can’t… Read more