Past Articles

Storytelling Inspiration: 4 Questions with Maira Kalman

Posted by Maggie Mora on June 2, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

I first came across illustrator Maira Kalman’s work two years ago when I was gifted Girls Standing on Lawns. The book, a collection of found photos and original illustrations and vignettes, served as an introduction to her witty, unfettered, and insatiably curious world. Over the course of her career, Maira has written/illustrated 18 children’s books Read More

100 years on: Admiral John Rushworth Jellicoe & the Battle of Jutland

Posted by Bryony Partridge on May 31, 2016 in Family Trees, Military Records, United Kingdom

To mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, ProGenealogist Joanna Cicely Fennell, M.A.G.I., explores the family roots of its commander, Admiral John Rushworth Jellicoe. John Rushworth Jellicoe was born in Southampton on 5 December 1859. He was the second son of Merchant Navy captain, John Henry Jellicoe, and his wife, Lucy Henrietta Keel. The Read More

Ancestry Day by the San Francisco Bay, June 17-18

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 27, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

We’re excited to announce our next Ancestry Day will be hosted in San Francisco, CA in partnership with Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. The history of Angel Island goes back thousands of years as a fishing site for Miwok Indians, but fast forward to the early 20th century when the island served as a main Read More

How 1970s “Roots” Inspired a Generation of Family History Researchers

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 27, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

The upcoming remake of Alex Haley’s Roots has many of our senior staff at ProGenealogists reminiscing the impact that the book and miniseries had on their decisions to become professional genealogists. Despite the later questions over Mr. Haley’s research and writing, there is no doubt the “Roots phenomenon” ignited a passion for finding one’s ancestral heritage Read More

How Kilts Were Built

Posted by Betty Shubert on May 24, 2016 in Research

This story began when Janice Moerschel sent a photo of a handsome, fun loving group of people in a wedding party in Scotland. I dated it as approximately 1933-1935 based on the hairstyles, long soft dresses on the women and well-tailored, formal suits on the men. Within the photograph, there is an adorable little boy who was wearing Read More

The 1916 Easter Rising – The Aftermath

Posted by Mike Mulligan on May 19, 2016 in Ireland

20th May 1916, exactly 100 years ago today, my great grandparents Edward Mulligan and Bridget Merrins were married in Dublin. It was a typical Irish wedding for the time.  There was one aspect of the wedding that was not typical however. Edward and Bridget were married just weeks after the 1916 Easter Rising. Dublin was in Read More