Was Your Great-Great-Grandmother a Civil War Soldier?

Posted by Becky Hepinstall on March 10, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

It’s an old daguerreotype, faded now with time and passed down through many generations. A sweet-faced young woman looks back at you, her mouth upturned gently and eyes seeming to look into yours. It’s the face of your great-great-grandmother, who lived through the Civil War. Perhaps you’ve wondered how she coped when her husband, brother,… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Returns with Julie Chen: Sometimes You Just Have to Go and Walk up the Mountain

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 9, 2015 in Who Do You Think You Are?

We’ve been saying it for many years: the Internet has forever changed family history. We all like to talk about finding digitized records in the comfort of our homes, in the wee hours of the night, wearing our pajamas. Basically, we’ve been spoiled. But, amazing as all these digitized family history sources are, you can’t… Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Wilma Pearl Mankiller

Posted by Jessica Murray on March 8, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Wilma Pearl Mankiller has a unique story and background, unlike any other woman featured in our Leaving a Legacy series. Born  in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Wilma Pearl Mankiller descended from a long line of full-blooded Cherokee Indians on her paternal side, and had Dutch and Irish ancestry on her maternal side. Mankiller lived in Oklahoma through her… Read more

Origin of “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” Saying

Posted by Anna Swayne on March 6, 2015 in AncestryDNA

To get you ready for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, we wanted to share the story behind that famous phrase and discuss how the luck of the Irish might be in your DNA. And, this St. Patrick’s day might just be the right time for you to try AncestryDNA, if you haven’t already. Kissing someone… Read more

Leaving a Legacy – Cornelia Clark Fort

Posted by Jessica Murray on March 6, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Cornelia Clark Fort’s Life “I am grateful that my one talent, flying, was useful to my country.” – Cornelia Fort As the first American pilot to encounter the Japanese air fleet during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Cornelia Fort made history for women aviators across the globe. Cornelia was born into an affluent family in Nashville,… Read more

Using the Swedish Household Clerical Exams

Posted by Juliana Szucs on March 4, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Ancestry just updated the collection of Sweden, Selected Indexed Household Clerical Surveys, 1880-1893, adding records from  Jönköping, Malmöhus, Östergötlands and Skaraborgs. (Records for Älvsborg, Kalmar, and Värmland and a few from Göteborg och Bohus, Kronoberg, and Östergötland have been available since December 2014.) Household examination rolls make up the main church register in Sweden. In them, everyone… Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Madam C.J. Walker

Posted by Juliana Szucs on March 3, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Madam C. J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove to Owen and Minerva (née Anderson) Breedlove, former slaves on a plantation owned by Robert W. Burney. Sarah was the first child of the couple born after the Civil War in 1867. In 1863, the Union Army had occupied the area during the siege of Vicksburg.  On… Read more