Ancestry Blog http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry The official blog of Ancestry Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:29:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Resolutions: Organizing Your Genealogy Research in 2015http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/26/resolutions-organizing-your-genealogy-research-in-2015/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=resolutions-organizing-your-genealogy-research-in-2015 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/26/resolutions-organizing-your-genealogy-research-in-2015/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:51:45 +0000 Ancestry Team http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=23136 Read more]]> This is a guest post by Denise May Levenick.

Did you turn your calendar to a new year and vow to get your genealogy papers and files organized in 2015? January is National Organizing Month, and a great time to review, revamp, and reorganize so you can spend your time looking for ancestors instead of misplaced papers and files. Here is a week’s worth of strategies to help you move forward in conquering the information deluge.

1. Clear Your DesktopCalendar 2015 In The Retro Style, Vintage Background

It can be hard to focus on the task at hand when your computer desktop is cluttered with files and folders. Instead of saving downloads and working projects to the desktop, create a folder for your current research session or project and park working files inside. If you typically download image files of census records and other information found on Ancestry.com, save those files directly to the appropriate folder in your file system or to a Current Research folder on your desktop.

A Current Research folder can also act as a “holding zone” for files you need to enter in your genealogy database, transcribe, or analyze. Periodically, move files to their final location for easy access.

2. Rename Files with Meaningful Filenames

It’s easier to find and use image files when the filenames make sense. Rename files to a standard system, using whatever format and arrangement you prefer. Many researchers adopt a format of Who – When — What – Where. But within this style, there can be many variations. Your files will be easier to sort and use if you maintain a consistent style.

For instance, begin a filename with the surname followed by first name, followed by the date, event, and place:

  • marshburn-robert_1870_birthcert_ma-boston
  • orangewood-maryanne_1920_uscensus_co-denver

Decide if you will use spaces or hyphens and dashes to separate parts of the filename, such as name, date, event; and if you will use upper or lower case, or a combination of the two. My preferences include:

  • short filenames
  • only lower case letters
  • hyphens and dashes between parts of the filename
  • avoiding special characters such as <>/?:;,.{}!@#$%^&*().

You may prefer to use all upper case for surnames or more descriptive names, but aim for consistency in whatever style you use.

3. Create a Filenaming Cheat Sheet

If you work on your family history research sporadically, it can be hard to remember a specific filenaming system. Decide on a style you prefer, and create a custom Filenaming Cheat Sheet for easy reference. Type a few examples of typical filenames, print a few copies, and place one next to your computer and another with your travelling research materials. It’s a simple, yet helpful aid to keep your genealogy files and folders easy to find and use.

4. Organize the Paper Piles

Most genealogists aren’t quite ready to go completely paperless, yet we need a way to organize and access both paper and digital files. Manila file folders and three-ring-binders are traditional choices for storing paper files, organized by surname, family line, source type, locality, or another grouping. Files might also be arranged by ahnentafel number or an individual or family number assigned by a genealogy database program. Sometimes it’s helpful to use different organizing systems for different projects, such as binders for current work and file folders for loose papers yet to be analyzed and entered in a database.

One popular paper filing system adds color coding to help visually organize files. First developed by genealogist Mary E.V. Hill and known as The FamilyRoots Organizer Color-Coding System, this system has been widely copied and adopted by many family historians. Mary’s method uses colored file folders in a Family File Box to organize each family line. Each of your grandparents uses a different color so it’s easy to see where papers belong:

  • blue
  • green
  • red
  • yellow

The system is explained at Mary’s website, where you can also find information about her webinar and how to add matching color to your genealogy database.

If your current system isn’t working, try to determine where it’s broken and how to make it better. Maybe you need a paper Inbox on your desk to corral loose printouts and a timer at the end of the day as a reminder to file papers before you turn out the light. Try not to get distracted by the quest for the “perfect” genealogy filing system; instead, find a good fit for your workstyle and adapt the system to work for you.

5. Find an Organizing Buddy or Group

The Internet is a great place to find new ideas and connect with like-minded people. Whether you want to reorganize your paper files, de-clutter your hard drive, or master information overload, join other genealogists sharing ideas and successes. Discover family history groups on Pinterest, Google+, and Facebook, and become a regular reader of your favorite genealogy blogs.

Each December I meet up with a blogging buddy to review the past year and set new goals for the coming months. We talk about new ideas, commit our goals to paper, and check in periodically to cajole and encourage each other. So far it’s worked to push us toward more writing, researching, and organizing.

Social media sites like Facebook and Google+ boast active genealogy communities where it’s easy to interact with other family historians who might also struggle with getting, and staying, organized. If you’re new to these services, follow along (or “lurk”) for a while to learn the etiquette; then join in to share your thoughts and ask for ideas.

6. Commit Your Goals to Paper

You don’t have to share your organizing goals if you don’t want to, but you’re more likely to accomplish your objectives if you write them down. I’ve found it helps to keep my goals simple, do-able, and focused. For instance, the past few years I’ve set one goal in each of three areas:

  • writing
  • research
  • organizing

This gives me variety and options, without becoming overwhelming. Throughout the year, I try to set milestone goals toward completing the bigger objective. You may not think of yourself as a “writer,” but all researchers need to compile their work at some point – even if it’s making notes in a database program. Selecting two or three general subjects can help focus your thinking and clarify what you want to accomplish.

7. Make It a Habit

Becoming an organized genealogist takes time and repetition of routine tasks. Cheat sheets, reminders, and encouraging friends can help keep you on track until the day arrives when you don’t even have to think about your genealogy research workflow. The trick is to get started, and keep going.

Denise May Levenick is a family historian and writer with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds. She is the creator of the award-winning genealogy blog, TheFamilyCurator.com and author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes (Family Tree Books, 2012) available at Amazon.com.

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Tracking the Service of a World War I Veteran for our UK Branch Out Winnerhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/24/tracking-the-service-of-a-world-war-i-veteran-for-our-uk-branch-out-winner/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tracking-the-service-of-a-world-war-i-veteran-for-our-uk-branch-out-winner http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/24/tracking-the-service-of-a-world-war-i-veteran-for-our-uk-branch-out-winner/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:53:41 +0000 Brian Gallagher http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=23109 Read more]]>  

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Alan Small recently won our Branch Out Sweepstakes, and received 20 hours of research with AncestryProGenealogists. High on Alan’s list of interests were the experiences and movements of his grandfather, John James Collins, who served in the British military both before and during World War I. Our research provided detailed context for John’s service, and highlighted the value of a resource that is sometimes overlooked—military pension records.

John James Collins was born on 6 June 1876 in Walsall, Staffordshire, England, the son of Irish immigrants. He signed up for the British Army in 1895 and enlisted in the Royal Irish Regiment. He served through to 1908, and during that time was well-travelled. In 1898 John was stationed in Mhow, located in western India, then a part of the British Empire. He arrived shortly after Tirah Campaign, a military conflict against native tribes in northern India. However, John’s stay in Mhow was certainly not uneventful; in February 1900 a perilous fire broke out in the Commissariat stack-yard in Mhow, and the battalion took charge in putting it out. A regimental history states that the soldiers were commended for their “promptitude” and “zeal” in handling the danger.

 

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John’s battalion was reassigned to South Africa in 1902 to assist with the ongoing Second Boer War, but the war ended just before the battalion arrived, meaning that John had again, fortunately, just missed out on a conflict. He was later sent back to India, spending time in Rawalpindi, now a city in Pakistan. However, he saw more than his fair share of warfare during World War I. After finishing his original term of service, John James Collins signed up for the military reserve, and was consequently activated in the summer of 1914. He was sent to front lines in 1915 and saw the worst of the war’s horrors at the town of Ypres in May 1915. John was among the soldiers who were incapacitated by the use of poison gas and sent back to Great Britain to recover, later serving the remainder of his time stationed in Ireland. In addition to being a victim of a gas attack, John also suffered from deafness as a result of shell concussion.

 

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All of these details are outlined in the pension file that pertains to John’s service. Many of the men who survived World War I applied for a pension, although many such applications were rejected. These pension records are referred to as the “unburnt collection,” since they have largely survived and were not lost during World War II. Many of the “burnt collection,” the World War I service records, were lost, and so there is great value in learning whether or not a military ancestor applied for a pension. As Alan Small found out, they can provide a wealth of information about our ancestors’ lives.

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The Obituary Is Just the Beginning of the Storyhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/20/the-obituary-is-just-the-beginning-of-the-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-obituary-is-just-the-beginning-of-the-story http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/20/the-obituary-is-just-the-beginning-of-the-story/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:15:35 +0000 Ancestry Team http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=23086 Read more]]> By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Ancestry GenealogistThe Obituary Is Just the Beginning of the Story1

Question: Can you provide me a copy of the obituary for Albert Allison Slingerland, who last lived in Sturgis, Michigan. He was the next-to-the-last Civil War veteran in that state. —Lyle

There is a saying that there are no boring ancestors, just boring researchers.  But with an ancestor like Albert Allison Slingerland, you will have no trouble at all finding a wealth of interesting stories.

The obituary you are looking for was kindly posted by a Find A Grave member on your ancestor’s memorial page.

The obituary sheds light on Albert’s Civil War service in the 9th New York Infantry, Company K, telling us that he had two fingers shot off, and he was audacious enough to enlist in the Civil War at the age of 13! Also, according to the obituary, he reenlisted in 1872 and fought out west in the Indian Wars. These details made us want to learn more about Albert’s military service.

Enlistment in the Indian Wars

The information on his service out west is easy enough to find in the U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914, at Ancestry.com. There we learn he was born in Almond, New York, had hazel eyes and brown hair, and enlisted at the age of 22 in 1872 in Buffalo, New York.

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A detail from Albert’s entry in the U.S. Army Register of Enlistments at Ancestry.com.

But some of the details don’t quite match up with the obituary.  When he was out west, he enlisted in May of 1872 and he was discharged in January of 1873, meaning he served less than a year. But Albert’s obituary says 1875.  Given that it was more than 50 years after the fact and the obituary was not likely written by Albert, it is understandable that there are discrepancies in the dates. We also see that he was discharged “For Disability.”

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A detail from Albert’s entry in the U.S. Army Register of Enlistment at Ancestry.com.

Another bit of information from the obituary may have been confused as well.  Reading the obituary we are led to believe he served in the 9th New York Infantry, Company K, in the Civil War.  When he served out west, he served in the 9th Infantry, Company K.  Is this another piece of information that was confused, or did he serve in the same company in the Civil War?  Or should we be looking for him in a different company?

Civil War Record

Looking for Albert in Civil War records we come up with nothing.  There is no record of an Albert or Allison Slingerland in the 9th New York Infantry, much less in Company K.  In fact, searching on Fold3, Ancestry, and the Soldiers and Sailors Database from the National Park Service turned up nothing. There is an Alvin Slingerland listed, but he was born in 1846 and died in 1899. 

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Examining Possible Census Records

The 1855 New York Census has an Albertus living with his parents, David and Jane, in Almond, Alleghany County, New York. You will recall his enlistment record states that he was born in Almond, although it was in 1850. On the census, Albertus’ age is listed as 1, which suggests he was born around 1854, not 1850.

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The 1855 New York Census record for the Slingerland family.

A quick check of Albertus’ 1860 census record again shows him living with his parents, David and Jane Slingerland. His obituary says his parents’ names were David and Elizabeth. And this census tells us he was 6 in 1860.  If he enlisted at the age of 13 in 1862, he should be 11.  But we all know that ages in census records can be wrong.

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A detail from the 1860 record for the David Slingerland family.

The New York 1865 census also shows him as being born about 1854. In 1870, he is living with just his mother and his brothers and sisters. And again his age is given as 16, making his birth year about 1854.

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The Slingerland family in the 1865 New York census.

Examining the Pension Record

His pension record confirms that he did indeed serve in the wars out west from May of 1872 to January of 1873 in the 9th U.S. Infantry, Company K.

And it is out west where his fingers were shot off!

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From Albert Slingerland’s pension record.

Nowhere is there a record of Albert applying for a Civil War pension, and there is no mention of it in his Indian War pension records.  If he served 21 months in the Union Army, why didn’t he apply for a pension there as well?

So when was Albert born, 1850 or 1854? His pension record says 1850, but the three census records we found suggest 1854, if that is indeed our Albert.  But there is only one Albert Slingerland in the 1855 New York census in the Almond, New York, area where both the obituary and his enlistment record say he was born.

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Usually four years wouldn’t mean that much. But given that the Civil War was fought between 1861 and 1865, it means a lot in this case.  Was he 15 or 11 when the war ended?

So did he enlist?  Maybe he did at the end of the war when he would have been 11.  Maybe under a different name. Or maybe he didn’t.  He was most assuredly a veteran, given his pension, but in what war?

It is a mystery to be sure.  But Albert was nothing if not a colorful and interesting character in your family tree and worth further investigation.

Do you have a mystery in your own family tree?  Or have you wondered what family history discoveries you could make with a DNA test? Send Henry Louis Gates, Jr and his team of Ancestry experts your question at ask@ancestry.com.

 

 

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South Dakota State Research Guide: More Than Mount Rushmorehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/16/south-dakota-state-research-guide-more-than-mount-rushmore/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=south-dakota-state-research-guide-more-than-mount-rushmore http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/16/south-dakota-state-research-guide-more-than-mount-rushmore/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:03:00 +0000 Ancestry Team http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=23065 Read more]]> Map Of South Dakota

 

We are thrilled to announce with the publishing of this South Dakota guide we have completed a family history state research guide for each for the fifty U.S. states plus, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.

You can download each of these research guides for free in our Ancestry Learning Center.

 

South Dakota is also known as the Rushmore State and here are five other things you may not have known about it:

1. South Dakota first appears in the 1860 federal census as unorganized Dakota and in 1870 as the Dakota Territory.

2. 1878 brought on The Great Dakota Boom which attracted thousands of farmers anxious for land.

3.  South Dakota is the home of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes, which make up the Sioux Nation.

4. South Dakota is home to Black Hills National Cemetery, also known as “The Arlington of the West” which is a final resting place for many of our nation’s veterans.

5. The family of Charles Ingalls settled near De Smet, SD. Laura Ingalls Wilder would later write about her childhood there in the series of “Little House” books.

Want to learn more? Download our free research guide for South Dakota. If you’re looking for information on another U.S. location, check out our entire list of U.S. guides.

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Better Tools on Ancestry iOS App for Saving Recordshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/14/better-tools-on-ancestry-ios-app-for-saving-records/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=better-tools-on-ancestry-ios-app-for-saving-records http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/14/better-tools-on-ancestry-ios-app-for-saving-records/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:04:31 +0000 Ancestry Team http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=23070 Read more]]> Have you installed the latest 6.3 update for the Ancestry iOS app? At first glance after updating it may not look like much has changed, but try saving a record toAncestry Mobile Screen Shot your tree and you’ll discover that saving the record is a lot better now. Here’s what’s new…

Smart Matching

The app is a lot smarter about matching information and people from the record to that in your tree. It’s now using the same logic as the website—this means you can expect the same high quality handling of your information whether saving from your phone, tablet, or desktop. If a person in the record is already in your tree, the app will make the match so you can save the record to them without creating a duplicate person. If it can’t find a match, you’ll see a NEW badge next to their name.

It may be helpful to understand how/when facts are preselected for you—the app will preselect new facts from the record for people already in your tree, but will never edit facts already in your tree unless you select the fact. Additionally, it will never preselect new people to be added to your tree.

More Tools

Ever find yourself needing to edit the spelling of a name when saving a record? Or wanting to save the fact as an alternate to what’s already in your tree? Editing and alternate tools are now available in the app when saving a record. Select the information you’d like to save from the record, and then tap on the pencil icon to access the editing tools.

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Easier to Compare

We hope the visual updates help you more easily compare the information from your tree to the record. Information from the record is placed side-by-side next to information from your tree. The app will bold differences and flag new information or people. Plus, from any screen you can view the record image by tapping the record thumbnail or review information about the person and their family by tapping on their name (in blue).Ancestry Mobile Screen Shot_3

We hope these improvements make the app an even more powerful tool for your family history research. Your feedback has been a significant driver for this update, please continue to let us know where we can improve, and what not to change in the comments below.

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North Dakota State Research Guide Available Nowhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/12/north-dakota-state-research-guide-available-now/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=north-dakota-state-research-guide-available-now http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/12/north-dakota-state-research-guide-available-now/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:01:55 +0000 Jessica Murray http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=23049 Read more]]> North Dakota State Flag

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The great state of North Dakota is next on our list of free state research guides we’re making available.

The first European settlers to North Dakota arrived in the 18th century and were fur traders employed by the Missouri Fur company.

Not long after, the settlements of Selkirk Colony, on the Red and Assiniboine rivers, and the Pembina settlement were established.

 

Brush up on your North Dakota state history with these five things you might not have known about the Roughrider state.

1. With the treaties signed by the Sioux in 1867 and 1868, the population of North Dakota increased from 16,000 people to 191,000 during the Dakota Boom years from 1879 to 1886.

2. Land in North Dakota could be purchased from either the Northern Pacific Railroad or directly from the federal government land offices under the Homestead or Timber Culture acts.

3. North Dakota earned its statehood on November 2, 1889.

4. North Dakota first appears in the federal census in 1850 as Pembina County, Minnesota Territory.

5.  North Dakota passed a law in 1893 requiring the registration of birth and death records with township clerks. This law was repealed in 1895 and reenacted in 1899.

 

Want to learn more? Download our free research guide for the North Dakota. If you’re looking for information on another U.S. location, check out our entire list of U.S. guides.

 

 

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Welcome to U.S. Capital…and Our Latest Free Research Guide!http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/09/welcome-to-u-s-capitaland-our-latest-free-research-guide/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=welcome-to-u-s-capitaland-our-latest-free-research-guide http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/09/welcome-to-u-s-capitaland-our-latest-free-research-guide/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:42:30 +0000 Juliana Szucs http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=23040 Read more]]> WashingtonDCAs we wind down our series of free research guides for the U.S., we’ve just added the District of Columbia. To celebrate, here are five things you might not have known about our nation’s capital.

1. The 10-mile by 10-mile diamond-shaped tract that was initially ceded by the states of Maryland and Virginia for the new nation’s capital was selected by President George Washington. It initially included parts of Fairfax County, Virginia, and Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, Maryland.

2. In 1846, the portion of the District of Columbia that was ceded by Virginia was returned to Virginia. When the land was returned, so were the records created in that interim between the founding of the capital in 1801 and the retrocession of 1846.

3. During the War of 1812, the British burned the new Capitol building, the White House, the Treasury, and the building housing the Departments of State, Navy, and War. Americans began the burning of the Navy Yard prior to the arrival of the British, and the British burned what was left of it. While the British spared most of the private property in the city, a severe thunderstorm the following day wrought even more damage.

4. The Compromise of 1850 banned the sale of slaves in the District of Columbia, although slavery was still permitted. Despite the continuing institution of slavery, free African Americans were drawn to the area and by 1860 free persons of color outnumbered slaves by a margin of three to one.

5. Following the economic Panic of 1893, unemployed workers led by Ohio businessman and politician Jacob Coxey marched across the country on Washington, D.C. The goal of “Coxey’s Army” was to  pressure Washington to allocate funds to government projects that would create jobs. While it wasn’t entirely successful, it did open some eyes to the growing Populist movement.

Want to learn more? Or perhaps you’d like to see what family history resources are available for the nation’s capital? Download our free research guide for the District of Columbia. If you’re looking for information on another U.S. location, check out our entire list of U.S. guides.

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South African Record Collections Now on Ancestryhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/08/south-african-record-collections-now-on-ancestry/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=south-african-record-collections-now-on-ancestry http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/08/south-african-record-collections-now-on-ancestry/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:04:01 +0000 Ancestry Team http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=23023 Read more]]> No need to travel south of the equator to access our newest South African records collections, which include South Africa, Voter Indexes, 1719-1996.

South African Flag MapThis index of voters from South Africa won’t tell you whether your ancestors were a yea or a nay, but you might find the voter’s name, residence, occupation, birth date, and more. Additionally, the index may provide spouse’s name, maiden name, employer, gender, qualifications to vote, race, even weapons or numbers of pigs owned.

You can see what voter lists are included in this database by viewing the Record Source drop down menu in the search form. This will give you a feel for the places and years included. By selecting from the list and clicking exact, you can confine your search to a particular list.

Another new collection we’ve added is the South Africa, Birth and Baptism Records, 1700s-1900s. This index of birth and baptism details has been extracted from birth and baptismal records from institutions throughout South Africa, including more than one hundred churches. Most of the events in this collection took place in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, though there are a few earlier and later records as well.

Looking for more South African record collections? Visit our Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry page regularly to see the latest collections we’ve added and stay tuned for more!

 

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Genealogy Roadshow Heads to New Orleans, St. Louis, and Philadelphiahttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/06/genealogy-roadshow-heads-to-new-orleans-st-louis-and-philadelphia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=genealogy-roadshow-heads-to-new-orleans-st-louis-and-philadelphia http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/06/genealogy-roadshow-heads-to-new-orleans-st-louis-and-philadelphia/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 20:03:31 +0000 Ancestry Team http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=22992 Read more]]> From descendants of the infamous pirate Blackbeard to heroes of the Holocaust, PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW uncovers family secrets in the series’ second season, which premieres Tuesday, January 13th at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs Tuesday through February 24th. Check your local listings or visit http://pbs.org/genealogyroadshow for more information about the series.

Genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco combine history and science to uncover stories of diverse Americans in and around St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Orleans.  Each individual’s story links to a larger community (and in some cases, national) history, to become part of America’s rich cultural tapestry.

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW in New Orleans Credit: Pat Garin

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW in New Orleans
Credit: Pat Garin

Below are episode descriptions for each of seven episodes:

New Orleans – Cabildo (January 13th at 8:00 p.m.). A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the famous Cabildo, home of the Louisiana State Museum. A couple whose ancestors hail from the same small Italian town explore the chance they may be related; a woman is desperate to find out who committed a gruesome murder in her ancestor’s past; a home held by one family for more than a century renders a fascinating story; and a woman discovers the difficult journey her ancestor took on the path to freedom from slavery. 

St. Louis – Central Library (January 20th at 8:00 p.m.). At Saint Louis’ historic central library, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri’s famous gateway city. A mystery writer discovers her mother has hidden a life-changing secret; a woman finds out if she is descended from the infamous pirate Blackbeard; a mother and daughter seek connections to a famous author; and a young man seeks connection to the Mali tribe in Africa.

Philadelphia – Franklin Institute (January 27th at 8:00 p.m.). At Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories. A man learns that the event that drove his family to the City of Brotherly Love changed the course of history; a man may be a Viking descendant; another’s family could have part of one of history’s biggest scams; a young man hopes to confirm his relation to a signer of the Declaration of Independence; and two sisters learn their ancestors were part of the great Irish migration.

New Orleans – Board of Trade (February 3rd at 8:00 p.m.). A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the New Orleans Board of Trade. A local man seeks to recover essential history washed away in Hurricane Katrina; a woman discovers she has links to both sides of the Civil War; another unravels the mystery behind her grandfather’s adoption; and one man explores a link to the famous New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.

St. Louis – Union Station (February 10th at 8:00 p.m.). At St. Louis’ historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; and a schoolteacher who has all the answers for her students has very few about her own past.

Philadelphia – Historical Society of Pennsylvania (February 17th at 8:00 p.m.). A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. One woman’s ancestor may have sparked historic labor laws; a pastor may have an outlaw in her family tree; a woman learns about slave genealogy and, with the help of DNA testing, gets the answer she has waited for; and another woman learns her ancestor may have helped others escape the Holocaust.

Best of Genealogy Roadshow (February 24 at 8:00pm). Features an array of the most intriguing stories from both seasons of the series.  From immigrant voyages and famous ancestors to murder mysteries and family connections, the episode will revisit the journeys in cities across the country as people uncover their family histories.

 

 

Ancestry is happy to be a sponsor and we hope you will tune in on Tuesdays for this next exciting season of GENEALOGY ROADSHOW.

 

UPDATED: Added the ‘Best of Genealogy Roadshow’ episode.

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Ask Ancestry Anne: How Do You Get Kids Involved in Genealogy?http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/05/ask-ancestry-anne-how-do-you-get-kids-involved-in-genealogy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ask-ancestry-anne-how-do-you-get-kids-involved-in-genealogy http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/01/05/ask-ancestry-anne-how-do-you-get-kids-involved-in-genealogy/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:27:16 +0000 Anne Gillespie Mitchell http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=22970 Read more]]> Looking for new ways to get the children in your life involved in genealogy?  Are you a Civil War buff?  Or better yet, both?  If so, you might want to check out the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) program.

Over 600,000 thousand soldiers died during the Civil War and this inventive program is planting a tree for each and every one of them by working with schools and students.

jthg1Each tree in the this program will be geo-tagged, which will allow visitors to check the website and mobile app to learn exactly where a soldier’s tree is and learn about the soldier it commemorates. The website and mobile app links to the soldier’s memorial page on Fold3. These memorial pages have basic facts about the soldier and users can upload additional information, documents, and photographs.

You can find Fold3 Memorial Pages such as this one for William Nanney who died August 2, 1862 in Petersburg, Virginia. You can also look up the location of his tree on the Living Legacy Map.jthg2

JTHG, Ancestry, and Fold3 are working with teachers to help them incorporate researching the lives of the Civil War fallen into their curriculum. For more information about this program, visit the Journey Through Hallowed Ground website.  If you are interested in learning more about a grant for Ancestry and Fold3 in your favorite child’s classroom, visit our Ancestry K12 site.

 

 

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