Researching Native American Ancestors: Context Is Key

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 6, 2014 in Research

Taking clues from our ancestors – exploring where they lived, looking at when they lived there, pulling every bit of information from their records – is key to family history research. Nowhere is this more true than with Native American research. Often when someone hears from family members, “We have Native American ancestry,” they’ll take… Read more

Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 5, 2014 in Military Records, Research

The War of 1812 is sometimes referred to as the “Second War for Independence.” Although the Americans had won the Revolutionary War, Britain had not relinquished control of all of the lands it was supposed to per the Treaty of Paris of 1783. By winning the War of 1812, the United States secured its position as… Read more

The 1896 and 1898 Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes

Posted by Juliana Szucs on November 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Research

In 1893, the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, under the leadership of Henry Dawes, was established to convince the leaders of the Five Civilized Tribes – Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole – to accept individual land allotments in exchange for tribal lands. The challenge was determining who was eligible; the Dawes Commission was… Read more

Upcoming Ancestry Events: November 2014

Posted by Crista Cowan on November 4, 2014 in Events, Webinars

There is snow on the mountains here in Utah.  Hard to believe that fall is already winding down and winter is on its way.  The good news is that many of us will now be spending more time indoors.  And what better indoor activity than curling up with your laptop and doing a little family… Read more

Coming Soon: Improved DNA Matching

Posted by Anna Swayne on November 3, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA

Over the past year or so, we’ve been in the AncestryDNA lab working to create new and improved ways to find distant family members with DNA. In the process, we’ve rewritten the book on AncestryDNA matching and made some significant breakthroughs we’re looking forward to sharing soon. These advancements will make AncestryDNA matching far more… Read more

What We Are Reading: October 31st Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 31, 2014 in In The Community

Happy Halloween! Don’t be scared — this week’s What We Are Reading is all “treats” and no “tricks.” (And we won’t even make you dress up in costume.) “Do We Have the Genealogy Reflexes We Need,” by Harold Henderson, on Midwestern Microhistory. Good reflexes aren’t just important in exercise. They’re essential for growing as a… Read more

Why Did They End Up Here: Ethnic Clusters

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 31, 2014 in Research

The scene plays out in cities and towns across America each weekend. German Heritage Festival. Italian Heritage Days. Irish Fest. Why is it that some areas have enough people of a given ethnicity to have events like this? Why are there so many Scandinavians living in Minnesota? The answer lies in migration patterns. They say… Read more