Tracing American Deaths Abroad

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 25, 2016 in Collections

Arthur Amson of St. Louis, Missouri was a student of philology at the University of Leipsic in Germany. He died there on July 7, 1875. While we commonly think about “traditional” death records, there is a special group of records created for Americans who died abroad. United States consulates are to report the deaths of… Read more

Ancestry Releases Transparency Report, Updated Privacy Statement and Guide for Law Enforcement

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 25, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Company News

Today we are releasing the first Ancestry Transparency Report, which covers law enforcement requests to Ancestry sites for member data in 2015. As we continue to make our members’ privacy a priority, our intent in issuing this report is to help explain to our members and the public the types of law enforcement requests Ancestry… Read more

Cathy Romero Shares What Ignited Her Passion for Family History

Posted by Jessica Murray on January 22, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Tracing your family history is a very personal journey for some including Cathy Romero of Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA). Cathy shares what prompted her New Mexican family research, and the exciting discovery she quickly made on her paternal side. Want to learn more about GSHA? Visit their site, here for more information.

A Date Is a Date Is a Date Is a Date

Posted by Esther Yu Sumner on January 19, 2016 in Research Helps

This post originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, March-April 2007 issue.   What, you say, that can’t be right. Ancestors’ birthdays don’t just change, do they? They might, if you’re looking at the wrong calendar. Most of us are familiar with a single calendar—the Gregorian calendar, the one we use today. But, depending on the country,… Read more

Guardianship: A Misunderstood Probate Term

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 14, 2016 in Collections, Research

If you’ve searched in the probate collections and skipped over a result for a guardianship because you know one of the parents was still alive, you should go back and look at that record. Guardianship is an often-misunderstood concept in probate. What Guardianship Is and Is Not Guardianship is when the court appoints someone to represent the… Read more

Using the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Mennonite Vital Records

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 12, 2016 in Collections

The Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area is known for its Amish and Mennonite heritage. Over the course of many years, the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society has compiled more than 210,000 index cards with records of the Mennonite families in the region. Until recently, these cards were only available to researchers at the society’s library. Now, LMHS has partnered… Read more

Celebrating 2015 and Welcoming 2016

Posted by Tim Sullivan on January 11, 2016 in Company News

2015 has been a great year for Ancestry. We’ve seen incredible successes and momentum, including double digit revenue growth, a net new subscriber base of 150,000 that continues to thrive both in the U.S. and internationally and in just three short years, we’ve become the largest consumer DNA database. As we embrace a new year… Read more

AncestryDNA Results Surprise Two Professional Genealogists

Posted by Jessica Murray on January 8, 2016 in AncestryDNA

What research dreams are made of … discovering you’re distant cousins with a professional genealogist. Even more exciting when two professional genealogists find out they are connected with one another. Prominent researcher Nicka Smith, and Ancestry’s own, Crista Cowan made this very discovery with the help of AncestryDNA. Tune in below to learn how they made… Read more

Joining Your Family’s Native American Tribe

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 8, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lisa Arnold, Senior Content Strategist at Ancestry Is it possible to become accepted into the Native American tribe of my ancestor? —David C. Many Americans believe they have at least one Native American ancestor. More than 900 nations, peoples, tribes, and bands (the terms are interchangeable) once lived on… Read more