Exploring the Scottish Calendar of Confirmations

Posted by Chris Paton on November 30, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Scotland, United Kingdom

Ancestry’s new database, Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories), 1876-1936, is a fantastic resource that can help you to discover whether your Caledonian ancestors left estate behind after they passed away. If so, it will allow you to identify which court granted ‘confirmation’ (the Scottish equivalent of ‘probate’), the names of any… Read more

The New Ancestry: November 23rd Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 23, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Sweden

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that covered Member Connect and Military Pages, and in the upcoming weeks, we will re-introduce more options under the “Find Person in this tree” menu on the person page. More importantly, as of December 15th, 2015, the old website will be… Read more

Members Fulfill 10,000 Photo Requests During Find a Grave Community Weekend

Posted by Kristie Wells on November 20, 2015 in Find A Grave

The second annual Find a Grave Community Weekend took place on October 16th through October 20th. Hundreds of volunteers from around the world gathered in 71* cemeteries and:  Added 320,935 new photos Fulfilled 10,899 photos requests Added 242,793 new memorials Community grew with 3,308 new members signing up Here are just a couple of photos from the weekend activities:   We love… Read more

New at Ancestry Academy: African American Research and Timelines

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 19, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Ancestry Academy brings you new classes every month and the latest classes are must sees! Timelines: Put Your Ancestors Into Historical Perspective from Laura G Prescott will help you organize your research to gain new insights. What events shaped the lives of our ancestors? Match historical events to an ancestor’s life, or synchronize one ancestor’s… Read more

Researching U.S. Merchant Marines

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 16, 2015 in Collections, Content, Military Records

People researching members of the U.S. Merchant Marine have to be creative with their searching, as the records aren’t as plentiful as they are for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard. Recently, that search became a little easier for those who are researching in the early 20th century. U.S., Merchant Marine… Read more

The New Ancestry: November 13th Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 13, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that covered media improvements and this week we are happy to announce that Member Connect and Military Pages have been introduced into the site. As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this… Read more

Second World War Home Front Heroes

Posted by Rebecca Simpson on November 12, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Military Records, United Kingdom

Records of over 5,000 Second World War civilian gallantry awards have just been published online for the first time by Ancestry, in association with The National Archives. I wanted to share some of the amazing stories that caught my eye – including an 11 year old facing down a bomb. The UK WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940-1949 collection… Read more