How Bad Photos Can Make Good Genealogy

Posted by Denise May Levenick on August 25, 2015 in Site

by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator Sometimes you don’t have a choice when it comes to finding your ancestor in old photographs. You are happy to take anything, even if it’s a tiny face in a crowd of college grads or a stern-faced soldier in the back row of long panorama. Group photos present… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Finding Ancestors Who Don’t Want to Be Found with Bryan Cranston

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 23, 2015 in Celebrity, Who Do You Think You Are?

A frustrating occurrence in many genealogical research projects is when an ancestor disappears entirely from the records. You have a great line of sources proving your conclusions back to the 1800s, but there’s one person who is holding you back. Maybe he ran away from his family to start a new life or find adventure.… Read more

Don’t Suffer From Library Anxiety: How to Best Research in Libraries

Posted by Linda Barnickel on August 19, 2015 in Site, Research Helps

Guest Post by Linda Barnickel There’s a name for it. “Library anxiety.” We learned about this in library school. Symptoms: anxiety, uncertainty, sudden shyness, fear, worry that one might seem woefully ignorant, embarrassment, bewilderment, lack of confidence, and perhaps even shame that one should “know better” or already know the answers before the questions are… Read more

The New Ancestry: August 14th Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 14, 2015 in Site, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we showed the progress we made on printing and FamilySearch integration. This week we are focusing on a challenge you may have seen with the place names (locations) in the LifeStory. Location, location, location: In the new Ancestry website, we automatically generate descriptions for certain events… Read more

On the Street Where They Lived: Exploring Your Ancestor’s Hometown in UK, City, Town and Village Photos, 1857-2005 Collection

Posted by Juliana Szucs on August 14, 2015 in Site

Have you ever wondered about the places where your ancestor lived? What did their street look like? The church they attended? What was the view as your ancestor went into town or to the market? Thanks to Francis Frith, many of us can now get a glimpse of ancestral towns and cities as they looked… Read more

Member Spotlight: AncestryDNA Connects Adoptee to Birth Family After Fifty Years

Posted by Jessica Murray on August 13, 2015 in AncestryDNA

The powerful stories of customers reconnecting with long-lost family with the help of AncestryDNA never cease to amaze us but today’s story is especially heartwarming. Earlier this year, with the support and encouragement of his wife and children, Tom L. submitted an AncestryDNA test as he describes as “a last resort” to find his birth family.… Read more

Discovering a One in a Million Story

Posted by Anna Swayne on August 10, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Recently we reached a very exciting milestone: one million people tested in the AncestryDNA database. (You can read the announcement here.) Aisha, our one millionth customer in the AncestryDNA database, isn’t just a number to us; she has a story. That story starts with her curiosity about her origins. As an African American, she always… Read more