It’s All in The Family – Thomas Mulclair Related to Justin Trudeau and Gilles Duceppe

Posted by Bryony Partridge on October 10, 2015 in Canada, Celebrity, Cool Finds

With less than three weeks until election day and recent polls showing a tight three-way race between the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP, new research reveals that some parties’ leaders may be more historically aligned than previously thought. NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is related to both Liberal leader Justin Trudeau – the two are 9th cousins… Read more

How the 19th Century’s 1 Percent Lived Large

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 9, 2015 in Family History Month

When it comes to luxurious living, the upper crust of the late 1800s make today’s “1 percent” seem modest by comparison. Even though modern necessities like indoor plumbing and flush toilets were just starting to make their appearances, the 19th century elite enjoyed luxuries that are still astounding (or confounding) more than a century later.… Read more

Mike Babcock’s Family Tie to Toronto’s Last Stanley Cup Winning Team

Posted by Bryony Partridge on October 7, 2015 in Canada

It has been 48 years since the Toronto Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup, but Leafs fans have another reason to believe their Original Six team can bring the Cup home this season. Our researchers have discovered Mike Babcock’s family ties to Toronto’s last Stanley Cup winning team – Babcock is a distant cousin of ice hockey legend, and 1967… Read more

Five Jobs That Transformed America

Posted by Sandie Angulo Chen on October 7, 2015 in Research

The jobs of our great-great-grandparents and their parents during this period reflect that transformation and expansion, providing insight into a nation undergoing a process of reinvention. Here, according to U.S. federal census records, are the five most common jobs during this time period, along with a couple of additional occupations that reflect the industrialization of… Read more

The New Ancestry: October 4th Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 4, 2015 in Site

This past week our efforts were focused on several “behind the scenes” items on the Ancestry website as well as prepping upcoming features on Media to bring you better and richer experiences. We expect to have an update on more member facing items in our next feature update next week. Top Issues Reported Below is a status on the… Read more

Welcome to October Family History Month 2015

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 1, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Contest, Events, Family History Month, Find A Grave, United Kingdom

Here at Ancestry, we’re celebrating the month of October in a BIG way as October is Family History Month! We have a series of educational posts focused on a day in the life of your ancestor that will be shared throughout the month, including great pieces from guest contributors. We will also be hosting several giveaways on our social… Read more

Fire and Devastation! Reconstructing World War II Service

Posted by Jennifer Holik on September 30, 2015 in Military Records, Research Helps

This is a guest post by Jennifer Holik. Myth and misunderstanding surround World War II records access and reconstruction due to the 1973 Fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri. Eighty percent of the Army, Air Corps, and National Guard Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) were lost in the fire. Do not worry though… Read more