The new season of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) opens with Julie Walters

Posted by Brian Gallagher on August 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Actress Julie Walters kicks off the new season of  Who Do You Think You Are  tonight. She is hoping to find some skeletons in her closet and the show does not disappoint. In researching her Irish ancestry she makes several discoveries. Her great grandfather Anthony Clarke was one of the early founders of The Land League. It was… Read more

AncestryDNA: You Can Now Share Your DNA Results

Posted by Anna Swayne on August 6, 2014 in AncestryDNA

You share DNA with your family and now you can SHARE your DNA results with them, thanks to the newest AncestryDNA feature. I bought a kit for my sister a few months ago, had her take the test, and I activated the test on my account. She has been interested in seeing those results and… Read more

Family History Conferences Offer Unique Learning and Networking Opportunities

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 6, 2014 in Events, Juliana's Corner

With so much relating to genealogy on the Internet, and most of our correspondence being done via email, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, it is easy to forget how much fun it is to actually go out and meet our fellow family historians face-to-face.  Genealogical conferences offer this unique opportunity, as well as the chance to learn… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: August 4th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 4, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Ancestry.com Two Searches, one family! Get Ready for another episode of Long Lost Family by Brian Gallagher Upcoming Ancestry.com Events: August 2014 by Crista Cowan AncestryDNA Matching Update Impacts Jewish Ancestry by Ken Chahine What We Are Reading: August 1 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow Who Do You Think You  Are? Recap: Jesse Tyler Ferguson… Read more

Two searches, one family! Get ready for another episode of Long Lost Family

Posted by Brian Gallagher on August 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community, Long Lost Family, Stories, United Kingdom

The inspiring stories on Long Lost Family have brought us to tears on more than one occasion, as Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell worked tirelessly to reunite long separated families. In episode four we will witness a first for the Long Lost Family team. Inge Dart Growing up in Kenya, Inge’s life was overshadowed by her domineering mother.… Read more

Upcoming Ancestry.com Events: August 2014

Posted by Crista Cowan on August 1, 2014 in Events

Summer is heating up!  Think it’s too hot to spend time outside?  Me, too.  So, join us for a month full of webinars and events that you can enjoy from the air conditioned comfort of your home.  And, don’t forget to tune in to Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC every Wednesday night.… Read more

AncestryDNA Matching Update Impacts Jewish Ancestry

Posted by Ken Chahine on August 1, 2014 in AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA customers with significant Jewish ancestry have witnessed the challenges that we and other genetic genealogy testing companies have faced when predicting genetic relatives. Most Jewish customers find that we predict them to be related to nearly every other Jewish customer in the database! So while we all know that the cousin matches for Jewish… Read more

Enter Our Branch Out Contest For Ultimate Family History Package

Posted by Jessica Murray on August 1, 2014 in Contest

It’s August 1st, which marks the next cycle of our Branch Out contest. We launched the Branch Out program as a way to give Ancestry fans the opportunity to work one-on-one with family history experts on our ProGenealogists team. Over the last year, we have had great success helping winners including Cheryle Warnberg, Heidi Hall, Stacey Woodley, and Cindy Hillman discover important family history… Read more

What We Are Reading: August 1 Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on August 1, 2014 in In The Community

What does a Civil War descendant, Coca Cola signs, and the Great Lakes have in common? It’s just some of what we’ve been reading this week.   “Bitter Sweet Memories, the History of a Family Home,” by Carol, on Reflections from the Fence. The selling of the family home brought back a lot of memories… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Fills in the Gaps in Multiple Acts

Posted by Jessica Murray on July 31, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  Screenwriters, playwrights, and storytellers have been using the three act structure to tell their stories for generations. Any story requires a setup, rising action, a climax and a resolution. When we’re researching the family histories of the celebrities for an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? we also look at how we… Read more