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

Throwback Thursday: Music

Posted by Juliana Smith on October 16, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

Growing up in the 60s and 70s, we were exposed to many different kinds of music – some good, some not-so-much. I can remember listening to my transistor radio at night trying to get the antenna in that perfect spot to get good reception. When I bought my first album and spent $7 on it… Read more

Family History 101: Tips for Interviewing Your Living Relatives

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 16, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

Sharing your family’s legacy is so important for strengthening family bonds and reliving traditions that will make memories for every generation. This Family History Month, take the time to sit down with your living relatives to record important family history and maybe you’ll make some new family history research discoveries. To start, download our handy… Read more

Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History Month – Part Two

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 16, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

If you didn’t catch our blog last week, we’re hosting a weekly series in October in honor of Family History Month with creative ideas on getting the kids and young adults in your family excited about family history. Today we continue with three new activities you can do with little ones. 1. Little Detectives Before… Read more

Do You Have a Search Strategy?

Posted by Juliana Smith on October 14, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

While global searches on Ancestry—whether in a search form, from your tree, or from Family Tree Maker—are great for capturing some censuses, and many other records where lots of detail has been indexed, sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to uncover new records. It’s important to remember that a global search on Ancestry… Read more