CNN Roots with John Berman: What’s in a name?

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 20, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

John Berman remembers walking past a wall in the Boston Public Library that listed the names of famous philosophers throughout history. His father would point to Baruch Spinoza’s name and say, “We are related to him!” It was a strong statement given “Spinoza” is the middle name they both share, after John’s grandmother Grace Spinoza.… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: October 20th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 20, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry New Find A Grave Upload and Transcribe Beta Available by Kristie Wells Research in the Keystone State: New Pennsylvania Research Guide  by Amy Johnson Crow Throwback Thursday: Music by Juliana Szucs Smith Family History 101: Tips for Interviewing Your Living Relatives by Jessica Murray Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About… Read more

CNN Roots with Christine Romans: Bedstemor’s Tickets

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 19, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

We all have legends among our family stories. Some are linked to historical celebrities (my 3x great-grandfather rode with Teddy Roosevelt); some to historic events (my ancestors lived through the Great Chicago Fire); and some are inspiringly personal (my 4x great grandmother raised 12 kids on her own). Many family history adventures start when someone… Read more

New Find A Grave Upload and Transcribe Beta Available

Posted by Kristie Wells on October 17, 2014 in Find A Grave

We just launched a new Upload and Transcribe beta at Find A Grave. With this new feature, you can upload a whole trips worth of cemetery headstone photos and transcribe them in either new memorials, or attach the photos easily to existing memorials. Upload Multiple Photos At Once Add a group of headstone photos to… Read more

CNN Roots with Jake Tapper: Obituary Gold

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 16, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

For a family historian, finding a story-rich obituary can be like receiving long lost money from an unknown great-aunt!  We knew that with CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper’s tree, we needed to find some of that “bank roll” to fill in the blanks within his ancestors’ Colonial story. One of the first obituaries we… Read more

CNN Roots with Don Lemon: An Étouffée of Stories

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 16, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

Don’s roots are not unlike the hot plate of étouffée carefully prepared for his return by his mother, Katherine: both Cajun and Creole, a spicy, savory blend of seafood and rice that is decidedly Louisianan. The instigator of the entire Roots series, Don wanted to better understand his deep Louisiana roots and wanted his mom… Read more