New Sources for Black Sheep, Part 2: California Prison Records

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 11, 2014 in Collections

Richard Perkins was born in Kentucky around 1845. As a young man, he answered the call of the West and headed to California to seek his fortune. Things didn’t go as he had planned, so he decided to take the alias of “Dick Fellows” and supplement his income by robbing stagecoaches. In 1870, he was… Read more

Today is World Population Day. How Diverse Are You?

Posted by Anna Swayne on July 11, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Today is World Population Day. Did you know that there are more than 7.2 billion people living today? The five most-populous countries are: China, 1.39 billion India, 1.27 billion United States, 333 million Indonesia, 253 million Brazil, 202 million So how did all these people end up living where they live? Population geneticists are researching… Read more

Do You Have a Search Strategy?

As I write this, I’m getting ready for a trip to Utah. As a fairly frequent traveler, I know that to make the trip less stressful, I need lists. Lists are what keep me from wandering around the house searching for nothing in particular, grasping randomly for things I might need, and missing items I… Read more

Throwback Thursday Theme: Someone Special

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 10, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

A few weeks ago for our Throwback Thursday writing prompt, I talked about our family vacations and how every year we visited family. I discussed the road trip and prep for it, but didn’t really get into what we’re all about as family historians—the people. We spend a huge amount of time scanning old documents… Read more

Have Your Tissues at the Ready! The New Series of Long Lost Family is Here.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on July 10, 2014 in Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

Monday the 14th July sees the return of the BAFTA award winning show Long Lost Family. The show traces and reunites families who have been separated for most of their lives. In what is often an emotional and moving journey, Long Lost Family explores the background of each family’s separation and why it occurred. Many… Read more

Genealogy Roadtrip: Do You Brake For Cemeteries?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 9, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

  This summer, you may venture out from behind your computer and into the sun to travel to the places that your ancestors lived and where they were buried. Cemeteries are great places to find information about your ancestors. Standing in front of the grave of those that have come before you can be a… Read more

New Sources for Black Sheep, Part 1: New York Prison Records

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 8, 2014 in Collections

“If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.” Those words by George Bernard Shaw are a good reminder to those with black sheep in the family. (And who doesn’t have one or two of those?) Records created about the ne’er-do-wells of the family can be rich… Read more

There’s a Fire! Remain Calm!

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 8, 2014 in Research

  Sooner or later, you’re likely to hear that dreaded phrase, “Sorry, but the courthouse burned and the records you’re looking for don’t exist.” (Variations include “there was a flood,” “there was an earthquake,” and “the records were absconded by aliens.” Ok, maybe not that last one.) When you hear that the records have been… Read more

What You Might Have Missed, July 7 Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 7, 2014 in Site

Blog Posts Who Do You Think You Are Returns to TLC on July 23rd by Kristie Wells Welcome to the Volunteer State: Tennessee State Research Guide by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Librarians in Las Vegas: An ALA Wrap-up by Amy Johnson Crow Finding Revolutionary War Patriots by Amy Johnson Crow Cousin Connection: AncestryDNA Connects Melyssa… Read more

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

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