Past Articles

Second Cousins Are Magic

Posted by Dan Bodenheimer on July 22, 2016 in In The Community

“How in the world did you find those great old photos?” “I wish my family had photos like that.” “I’m so jealous, all our family photos were lost in the flood.” We all hear comments like this from time to time, and there really isn’t a good answer to them besides that well-practiced air of Read More

Fitzgerald Family Reunion Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Posted by Patricia Fitzgerald Adriance on July 21, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This is a guest post by Patricia (Patty) Fitzgerald Adriance. Fifty consecutive years of the Fitzgerald family reunion! We knew what an incredible achievement this was so we asked Patty to share some lessons learned about hosting the reunions, plus, tips on how she gets the younger generations of her family excited about their family history. My father, Read More

Family history and the search for identity

Posted by Bryony Partridge on July 19, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Jerome de Groot teaches and researches at the University of Manchester. He writes about genealogy, popular history and public history. He has published several books including Consuming History (Routledge, 2016). You can follow him on Twitter at @deggy21. How does the past affect you in the present? Questions about our identity, our personalities, and our Read More

Somerset to be bowled over by digitisation of millions of historical records

Posted by Bryony Partridge on July 14, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, United Kingdom

A cricket legend, foreign secretary and Christmas card pioneer are among those you can find in our new Somerset collection which includes over seven million historical records containing centuries of details of Somerset residents. Digitised from original records held by the South West Heritage Trust, the collections hold details of births, deaths, marriages and school Read More

Generation Next

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 12, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, March-April 2007. When I ask members of the local scout troop if anybody has his Genealogy Merit Badge, I get groans and complaints. “Dude, that took so long” seems to be the general consensus. But when I ask what they found out, the tone changes. Riley learned how Read More

How to Find the Collections for Your Area

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 6, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

There’s something about browsing that can help spark inspiration for our research. It’s like when you walk through the stacks at your favorite library when you have a general idea of what you want, but nothing specific comes to mind. Suddenly, you see it – the book that makes you stop and say, “I need Read More