What You Might Have Missed: June 23rd Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 23, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Five Things About the Port of San Francisco  by Juliana Smith Welcome to the Natural State: Arkansas State Research Guide  by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Throw Thursday Theme: Family Vacations by Juliana Smith Distributed Denial of Service Attack Neutralized Quaker Migration: Why Do You Want To Leave Me by Lisa Arnold Ports Beyond… Read more

Five Things About the Port of San Francisco

Posted by Juliana Smith on June 21, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

This week, we take our series on ports beyond New York to the West Coast with five things about the Port of San Francisco. 1. Overland Immigration With the advantage of a natural harbor, it’s interesting that some of the most notable immigration to San Francisco came overland. In 1776, Juan Bautista de Anza led… Read more

Welcome to The Natural State: Arkansas State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 20, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

  Arkansas was admitted to the Union in 1836 as the 25th state. Here are five things you might not know about the Natural State: Diamonds were discovered in Murfreesboro in 1906; the diamond is the official state gem. Oil was discovered near the town of Smackover in 1920; the name Smackover is a variation of “Sumac… Read more

Historic Victorian Atlas Published Online

Posted by on June 20, 2014 in Collections

  Newly digitised, navigable atlas collection details 500 years of British history:    Victorian atlas reveals the shifting shape of Britain’s landscape over the last 500 years Collection of 57 maps shows England’s lost counties such as Westmorland and Huntingdonshire  Parish borders reminiscent of time when people associated more with their church than town hall… Read more

Throwback Thursday Theme: Family Vacations

Posted by Juliana Smith on June 19, 2014 in Site, Juliana's Corner

Summer is officially underway and across the country, families are packing up for vacation destinations. And that is the theme of this week’s Throwback Thursday writing prompt. My family took a summer vacation every year, but rather than destinations like Disneyland or national parks, we visited family. My mom had two families. Her east coast… Read more

Distributed Denial of Service Attack Neutralized

Posted by Scott Sorensen on June 17, 2014 in Site, Site Status

Around 1:30 p.m. MT on Monday, June 16, 2014, attackers targeted Ancestry with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). During the attack, Ancestry websites along with the Find A Grave website were clogged with massive amounts of bogus traffic that took the sites down. We want to apologize for the inconvenience this has caused… Read more

Quaker Migration: Why Do You Want To Leave Me?

Posted by Lisa Arnold on June 16, 2014 in Research

Moving from place to place created entries in Quaker minutes which can help you find your ancestors. Learn how to use this great resource in a few easy steps. First the ‘Why’ When a family or individual wished to move to a locality that was within the boundaries of another meeting, regardless of the distance,… Read more

Ports Beyond New York: 5 Things to Know About the Port of New Orleans

Posted by Juliana Smith on June 14, 2014 in Research

This week we continue our series on ports beyond New York with five facts about the Port of New Orleans. 1.  Return Trip Immigration The city of New Orleans quickly rose to prominence as a commercial center as exports like cotton and other agricultural products from the South left for trade centers in Europe. On… Read more

Jack, James and Daniel to be most popular names – if England wins World Cup

Posted by on June 13, 2014 in Site, Celebrity

‘1966 naming trend’ reveals how the names of England’s World Cup squad members will soar if they win the tournament.   Names of England’s 1966 World Cup winners doubled in popularity after Wembley win Trend would mean nearly 30,000 extra boys with same name as 2014 Lions Jack Wilshere can expect to see his name… Read more

Comments on Y-DNA and mtDNA Tests

Posted by Ken Chahine on June 12, 2014 in AncestryDNA

  As many of you know, we announced last week that we’re retiring our Y-DNA and mtDNA tests. Unfortunately, we didn’t explain clearly our rationale for our decision, which has led to confusion. We’d like to take this opportunity to share the thinking that went into our decision making process.   First, we’d like to… Read more

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