What We Are Reading: November 14th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 14, 2014 in In The Community

Cold weather and even snow (no!) has hit much of the U.S. this week. It’s another reminder that the year is coming to close. With that, we are drawing ever closer to the holiday season and more opportunities for sharing our family history. Many of us (myself included) will be taking a ton of photos… Read more

Researching Outside of the Five Civilized Tribes

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 13, 2014 in Research

Some of the largest collections of Native American records are for the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole). The reason is that these five tribes had the most regulated interaction with the federal government. That interaction created a lot of records. But what if your ancestor wasn’t a member of one of… Read more

The Indian Removal Act of 1830

Posted by Crista Cowan on November 12, 2014 in Research

Humanity has often wept over the fate of the aborigines of this country and philanthropy has long been busily employed in devising means to avert it, but its progress has never for a moment been arrested, and one by one have many powerful tribes disappeared from the earth. … But true philanthropy reconciles the mind… Read more

Honoring Those Who Have Served

Posted by Juliana Szucs on November 11, 2014 in Military Records

In the days leading up to Veterans Day today, we’ve run a series of articles on various conflicts in American history. In case you missed any of them, here’s the complete list of posts. Do You Have Revolutionary War Patriots in Your Tree?  Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor  Is That Your Civil War Ancestor… Read more

WWII Veterans Share Their Story with Ancestry

Posted by Jessica Murray on November 11, 2014 in In The Community

We recently met with a few WWII veterans from the 370th, 371st, 372nd and 424th bomb squadrons known as the “Long Rangers.” They shared their experiences of being away from home, the war, and gave advice for the next generation. These veterans have first-hand experience that we’ll soon have to read about in history books.… Read more

Drumroll, Please…The Winner of the October Branch Out Contest Is…

Posted by Jessica Murray on November 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest

If you submitted an entry in the October round of our Branch Out contest, thank you! We received some truly amazing stories in thousands of entries from community members throughout the United States. We have randomly selected our October winner and that lucky person is…  Alison Marcoff of Boynton Beach, FL Alison has successfully traced her ancestors back… Read more

American Indian Research in the 1800s

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 10, 2014 in Collections

In 19th-century America, the eyes of the country were looking west. The Louisiana Purchase, annexation of Texas, Mexican-American War, resolving of the Oregon boundary dispute, California gold rush, Homestead Act, and transcontinental railroad all contributed to opening more of the American continent to white settlement. This westward expansion also spelled the end of the life… Read more

Remembering and Researching Vietnam-era Veterans

Posted by Ancestry.com on November 10, 2014 in Military Records, Research

This is a post by guest blogger Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CGSM. As researchers of Vietnam-era veterans, we are fortunate. We can often capture the first-person experiences and stories of the veteran. As researchers, we also face challenges. Many records for Vietnam-era veterans are closed to the general public. Here is some background and resources to… Read more