Tired of the Snow? Welcome to the Sunshine State and the Florida Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 28, 2014 in Research

It’s time for some sunshine, Florida Style! Check out our Florida State Research Guide to catch up on everything has to offer on our 27th state. Florida has been a popular destination for many in it’s colorful history. The Spanish, French and English explored its lands starting in the early 1500′s, passing control of… Read more

Updating Your Profile Page and Other Account Settings [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on March 27, 2014 in Site, Research

It is wise to do a little housekeeping in your online accounts. In this video, Crista Cowan shares best practices for keeping your profile fresh and interesting. She’ll also show you how to update your account settings so you see what you want to see from

Think About Going Right in Your Tree, Not Left: Women’s History Month

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 27, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Take a look at your tree.  Men to the left, women to the right. Look some more; do you spend more time on your male branches than your female branches? Women are harder to research. Maiden names can be tricky to find. And when you are bridging the 1880-1900 gap and the pre 1850 gap… Read more

The Faces Behind AncestryDNA’s Ethnicity Regions

Posted by Anna Swayne on March 26, 2014 in AncestryDNA

One of the great features of the AncestryDNA test is that it details your ethnic origins across 26 geographic regions around the world. How do we do it? We’ve assembled one the of most comprehensive DNA datasets in the world, with thousands of DNA samples from people with deep roots in each of the 26… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: March 24th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 24, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts State Research Guides and Places Pages by Pam Velazquez Correcting Mistakes in Your Own Family Tree by Pam Velazquez Branching Out to Find  Three Soldiers, Three Wards, All Family by Paul Schmidt Calling All Cornhuskers! It’s the Nebraska State Research Guide by Amy Johnson Crow Something New To Try When Using… Read more

State Research Guides and Place Pages [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on March 23, 2014 in Site, Research

Have you ever been researching your family history and realized that you don’t know much about the state they lived in? In this video Crista Cowan will show you how to locate state research guides and place pages that give you detailed information about when each state was settled, what records are available for that… Read more

Correcting Mistakes in Your Own Family Tree [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on March 22, 2014 in Research

We all make mistakes – especially when we are brand new to family history. In this video Crista Cowan shares some best practices for identifying and correcting common mistakes in your family tree. She’ll also share a few bonus tips for correcting mistakes in the trees of others.  

Branching Out to Find Three Soldiers, Three Wars, All Family

Posted by Paul Schmidt on March 21, 2014 in Contest, Research

When Heidi Hall won our first-ever Branch Out Contest, she had already been working on a broad and well-sourced family tree. She had many lines and mysteries to choose from to have our team at ProGenealogists add to her research. Ultimately, Heidi asked us to center our research on the ancestry of her great grandmother,… Read more

Calling All Cornhuskers! It’s the Nebraska State Research Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 21, 2014 in Research

If Indiana is the “Crossroads of America,” Nebraska could be “America’s Main Thoroughfare.” The Platte River and its tributaries have been a natural east-west trail for ages. As the United States pushed westward, railroads began to look at Nebraska as a desirable route for a transcontinental railroad. If your ancestors ended up in the West,… Read more

Something New To Try When Using in the Library

Did you know that is available for free in thousands of libraries in the U.S? You can’t create a tree, or post messages on message boards. You can’t sit in your jammies and work on your family (please don’t sit in your jammies in the library!). You can’t work until 3am in the morning.… Read more

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