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Who Do You Think You Are Returns to TLC on July 23rd

Posted by Kristie Wells on July 5, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Mark your calendars, Who Do You Think You Are? returns to TLC on July 23rd at 9/8c and will feature family history journeys with Cynthia Nixon, Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lauren Graham, Kelsey Grammer, Rachel McAdams and her sister, Kayleen McAdams. Ancestry is proud to be a research partner on the show again and we’ll have insights from each episode,… Read more

Welcome to the Volunteer State: Tennessee State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 4, 2014 in Research

On June 1, 1796, Tennessee became the 16th State admitted to the Union. Five things you might not have known about Tennessee: Before Tennessee became a state, in 1784, part of what would become the state became the State of Franklin; Franklin dissolved in 1788. Shelby County has more horses per capita than any other… Read more

Librarians in Las Vegas: An ALA Wrap-up

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 4, 2014 in Events, In The Community

The American Library Association (ALA) had its annual conference this past weekend in Las Vegas. More than 18,000 librarians from across the United States and several foreign countries gathered for learning, networking, and seeing the latest and greatest from all types of vendors. Here are some of the things that I learned while at the… Read more

Finding Revolutionary War Patriots

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 4, 2014 in Military Records, Research

John Trimble served his country while it was still fighting for its independence from England. His first enlistment was in February 1778 and was at Valley Forge. His job was “guarding the people from taking provision to the British in Philadelphia.” But when his two-month tour was over, his service was not. He enlisted again… Read more

Cousin Connection: AncestryDNA Connects Melyssa With Family Members in Pennsylvania

Posted by Anna Swayne on July 3, 2014 in AncestryDNA

July 24 is Cousins Day, and to celebrate we’re sharing some real-life cousin stories courtesy of AncestryDNA. These are folks who met cousins they never knew after contacting a match that appeared in their AncestryDNA results. An AncestryDNA match is determined by how much DNA you share with another individual. Names can change, but DNA… Read more

Throwback Thursday Theme: 4th of July

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 3, 2014 in Holidays, In The Community

  The 4th of July for many American families is a time for cookouts, parades, and fireworks. While I was growing up, the 4th for my family also meant vacation in northern Michigan. We rented a cabin at Carp Lake, just south of Mackinaw, and it was there that our 4th of July traditions were… Read more

Top 5 Reasons to Take a DNA Test

Posted by Anna Swayne on July 2, 2014 in AncestryDNA

There are many reasons to take an AncestryDNA test  - below are top five reasons, in no particular order: 1. Learning Your Ethnicity A question that each of us ask ourselves at least once in our life is, “Where did I come from?” Are you really Irish? Or are you Italian? Anyone can discover what their… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Why Can’t I Find My World War II Veterans Records?

A question we hear a lot is: “I’ve searched and searched, but I can’t find records of my grandfather’s service in WWII. Am I doing something wrong?” Same for WWI, Korean War and Vietnam War records. You probably aren’t doing anything wrong. There’s a good chance the records may still be private or they may… Read more

Upcoming Ancestry.com Events: July 2014

Posted by Crista Cowan on July 2, 2014 in Events

Summer is in full swing. Family reunions and vacations. Discovering old cemeteries. Getting photos taken for those family Christmas cards. There is a lot going on around here at Ancestry.com, too. We hope you’ll make some time in your schedule to join us for some of our upcoming webinars and events. Webinars: What’s New at… Read more

A Civil Rights Sit-In, a Mural Dedication, and a Family Historian’s Moving Story

Posted by Lou Szucs on June 30, 2014 in In The Community, Moments in Time

With his usual eloquence and the words coming straight from his heart, internationally known genealogist Tony Burroughs spoke to a crowd gathered for the dedication ceremony for a mosaic mural at the Burnside Scholastic Academy on June 15, 2014. The 300-square-foot mural commemorates the 1962 Burnside School parent and student sit-in, a spark that helped… Read more

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