Branch Out Contest Winner: Robin Martin

Posted by Ancestry.com on September 23, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

By Paul Schmidt Robin Martin, our most recent Branch Out contest winner, asked us at ProGenealogists to research one of her German immigrant families. She knew the names of her grandfather, Peter Joseph Lear, his sister Agnes, and had a possible name of Gertrude for his mother. She also knew he married three times, all… Read more

What We Are Reading: September 19th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 19, 2014 in In The Community

Migrating ancestors, deciphering legalese, and an usual death involving a cow. It’s just some of what we were reading this week. “Ancestors on the Move,” by B. Rogers, on When I Was 69. B. considers the reasons that our ancestors moved. “Extracting Data From a Biographical Sketch – Part 1,” by Wendy Littrell, on All… Read more

Talk Like a Pirate and Improve Your Research

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 19, 2014 in Holidays, Research

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day – that day when people get in touch with their inner pirate and pepper their sentences with words like “Arrrrrr,” “avast,” and “bilge rat.” (It’s a good day when you can work “bilge rat” into friendly conversation.) Facebook even has a language setting for “English (Pirate).” Don’t want to… Read more

Star of stage and screen Martin Shaw is next on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Actor Martin Shaw is the next celebrity to explore his family history on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?   Born and raised in Birmingham, the eldest of two children, Martin now lives in Norfolk. The star of over 100 films, plays and television shows, Martin is curious to discover the truth about… Read more