Past Articles

5 Hidden Questions in the U.S. Federal Census

Posted by Linda Barnickel on August 24, 2016 in Research

It doesn’t take long for even a beginning genealogist to recognize the value of federal population census schedules. Tracing a family or individual back through censuses, taken every ten years, makes building a family tree or pedigree relatively easy. But within these schedules, even experienced researchers may forget or overlook these “hidden” questions from certain census years. Read More

Wanted! Criminals and reward systems revealed in new Irish Police Gazette records

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 22, 2016 in Collections, Ireland, Website

Our new Irish Police Gazette records from 1863-1893 give fascinating insight into the crimes, wanted criminals, reward systems and missing persons in Ireland during the Victorian era. The Ireland, Police Gazettes, 1861-1893 records are extracted from ‘Hue and Cry’, the official publication of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) which operated in Ireland from 1814-1922. ‘Hue Read More

Desperately Seeking a Place

Posted by Maureen Taylor on August 19, 2016 in In The Community

These pictures depict a timeless moment. Six people went on a sight seeing trip on a hazy summer day in the mid-1940s. One brought along a camera and they posed for candid photos. The photographer went home, had the pictures developed and placed them in an album. I bet your family did something like this Read More

Using WWI Registration Cards to trace your ancestors

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 19, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom

Ancestry Content Acquisition Manager, Rhona Murray talks about the value of WWI registration cards in tracing your ancestors movements during this period. Start exploring our new WWI Registration Cards for Bexley on Ancestry. The first National Registration exercise in the United Kingdom was taken during the First World War. The National Registration Act came in Read More

Actor Kills Wife in Love Triangle And Other Family Secrets in the Daily News

Posted by Marjorie Waterfield on August 17, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

This article was originally published in Ancestry Magazine, Nov-Dec 2007. The Players [James] Edward Forshay—Actor. Born 1867 in Tennessee: THE MURDERER Edna Mae Stokes—Wife of Edward Forshay: THE PHILANDERER Vernon Johns—Hotel owner in Chicago and Edna Mae’s love interest: THE LOVER Jesse Forshay & Margaret “Texas” Pittman— Parents of Edward Forshay: THE PARENTS Anna Forshay Read More

How Science Solved a Romanian Mystery

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 11, 2016 in AncestryDNA, Research, United Kingdom

Senior Manager of Content at Ancestry, Miriam Silverman, shares her experience researching her family history in Romania and how a DNA match repaired a broken branch of her family tree.  When you come from immigrant stock, it can be very difficult to trace your ancestry back very far. My dad’s dad came over to London as Read More

History of Nursing Captured in New Nursing Registers

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 11, 2016 in Website

Janet Davies, Royal College of Nursing Chief Executive and General Secretary, explores the new nursing register collection and shines a spotlight on the record of one of the RCN’s founders, Sarah Swift. The Nursing Registers are an incredibly significant collection – especially as they have been digitised during the Royal College of Nursing’s centenary year. Read More

Finding Canadian Lovebirds in Ontario Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 9, 2016 in Canada, Collections

Analysis of historic visitor records from Niagara Falls has revealed how one of Canada’s top tourist destinations earned its reputation as the honeymoon capital of the world. Recent research shows that August is Canada’s most popular month to wed – and to celebrate the 500-year-old tradition of taking a vacation after the big day, Ancestry Read More