Past Articles

Eastern European Expert Lisa Alzo Shares Tips on Researching Eastern European Ancestry

Posted by Jessica Murray on May 18, 2016 in Expert Connect

Eastern European expert Lisa Alzo dispels a few common myths surrounding Eastern European family history research and discusses her new projects which include a new book and her website, Immersion Genealogy. Here are some of the online resources Lisa shared: Ancestry Databases Czech Republic Bulgaria Russia Hungary Poland Romania Yugoslavia Czech National Archives Polish National Archives Google Translate Read More

PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” Season Three Visits Six New Cities to Uncover Family Secrets

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 13, 2016 in Genealogy Road Show

From possible descendants of Salem Witch Trial victims to heroes of the Wild West, PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow uncovers more family secrets in the series’ third season, which premieres Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs Tuesdays through June 28. (Check local listings.) Part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow combines history and science to Read More

Life Underground

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 12, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This post originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, September-October 2007. The work was dangerous. The hours long. And the slim portion of the paycheck that made its way home at the end of the month? It never seemed enough. Mining. It seems that on any given family tree, at least a few branches are reserved for Read More

What’s New At Ancestry Academy?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 11, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Have you checked out the latest courses in Ancestry Academy? If not, you may have missed: Behind the Scenes: The Science Behind Ancestry DNA Results Dr. Catherine Ball walks you through what goes into to bringing you AncestryDNA results and other features. The Lure of the Train Whistle: Researching Railroad Workers Railroads were the backbone of Read More

Maps Can Reveal More Than Meets the Eye

Posted by Jessica Murray on May 9, 2016 in Expert Connect

As family historians, maps are among the most visually interesting records we can use in our day-to-day research. Maps can help us discover a pattern in movements across county or state boundaries, and help us better understand the geography of a particular area. Certified Genealogists, Pamela Boyer Sayre and Rick Sayre share why maps can reveal Read More

Three Ways to Honor Your Mother Who Has Passed

Posted by Kathryn Gonzales on May 3, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for sons and daughters whose mothers have passed. This article offers three suggestions for ways you can honor your mother or grandmother’s memory during this, or any, season. Not only will you be paying tribute to her, but with each of these activities, you’ll be working to preserve Read More

The Easter Rising – The importance of May 3, 1916

Posted by Mike Mulligan on May 3, 2016 in Collections, Ireland

The Easter Rising is a seminal event in Irish history when a small group of Irish Volunteers rebelled against the might of the British Empire in pursuit of an independent Ireland. It is an event which would have very personal consequences for many Irish families. Last month Ancestry released free forever the Easter Rising Courts Martial collection. Read More

AncestryDNA’s Cutting-Edge Science Gets Even Sharper

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 2, 2016 in AncestryDNA

We’re excited to share some of the advances we’ve made to the science of finding your relatives through DNA, commonly referred to as DNA matching. Today, we’re rolling out an update to AncestryDNA that improves the precision of our DNA matching. And good news for our AncestryDNA customers: this update is free and has already Read More