Past Articles

How 1970s “Roots” Inspired a Generation of Family History Researchers

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 27, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

The upcoming remake of Alex Haley’s Roots has many of our senior staff at ProGenealogists reminiscing the impact that the book and miniseries had on their decisions to become professional genealogists. Despite the later questions over Mr. Haley’s research and writing, there is no doubt the “Roots phenomenon” ignited a passion for finding one’s ancestral heritage Read More

How Kilts Were Built

Posted by Betty Shubert on May 24, 2016 in Research

This story began when Janice Moerschel sent a photo of a handsome, fun loving group of people in a wedding party in Scotland. I dated it as approximately 1933-1935 based on the hairstyles, long soft dresses on the women and well-tailored, formal suits on the men. Within the photograph, there is an adorable little boy who was wearing Read More

The 1916 Easter Rising – The Aftermath

Posted by Mike Mulligan on May 19, 2016 in Ireland

20th May 1916, exactly 100 years ago today, my great grandparents Edward Mulligan and Bridget Merrins were married in Dublin. It was a typical Irish wedding for the time.  There was one aspect of the wedding that was not typical however. Edward and Bridget were married just weeks after the 1916 Easter Rising. Dublin was in Read More

“Prologue” Magazine

Posted by Linda Barnickel on May 19, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Guest post by Linda Barnickel Whether you are exploring National Archives records found on Ancestry, planning a research trip to our nation’s capital, or just want to know more about American history, Prologue, the quarterly publication from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is an outstanding resource. For decades, Prologue has guided researchers, authors, Read More

Eastern European Expert Lisa Alzo Shares Tips on Researching Eastern European Ancestry

Posted by Jessica Murray on May 18, 2016 in Expert Connect

Eastern European expert Lisa Alzo dispels a few common myths surrounding Eastern European family history research and discusses her new projects which include a new book and her website, Immersion Genealogy. Here are some of the online resources Lisa shared: Ancestry Databases Czech Republic Bulgaria Russia Hungary Poland Romania Yugoslavia Czech National Archives Polish National Archives Google Translate Read More

PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” Season Three Visits Six New Cities to Uncover Family Secrets

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 13, 2016 in Genealogy Road Show

From possible descendants of Salem Witch Trial victims to heroes of the Wild West, PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow uncovers more family secrets in the series’ third season, which premieres Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs Tuesdays through June 28. (Check local listings.) Part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow combines history and science to Read More

Life Underground

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 12, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This post originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, September-October 2007. The work was dangerous. The hours long. And the slim portion of the paycheck that made its way home at the end of the month? It never seemed enough. Mining. It seems that on any given family tree, at least a few branches are reserved for Read More

What’s New At Ancestry Academy?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 11, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Have you checked out the latest courses in Ancestry Academy? If not, you may have missed: Behind the Scenes: The Science Behind Ancestry DNA Results Dr. Catherine Ball walks you through what goes into to bringing you AncestryDNA results and other features. The Lure of the Train Whistle: Researching Railroad Workers Railroads were the backbone of Read More