Massachusetts State Research Guide Now Available

Posted by Jessica Murray on December 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

With the long-standing history of Massachusetts, you can expect interesting and rich collections to assist your family history research. Here are five things you may not have known about Massachusetts: 1. Massachusetts was the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and be granted statehood. 2. Four United States Presidents were born in Massachusetts: John Adams,… Read more

Discovering U.S. Passenger Lists on Ancestry

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

If you’re kicking off the new year with a commitment to research your family history, we suggest you check out the United States passenger list collection currently available on Ancestry. There are 132 collections that represent over 140 million records. Hopefully, one or more contains information on your immigrant ancestor that helps to build the story… Read more

Mary Christmas, Belle Ringer & Miss L. Toe – Festive names found on Ancestry.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on December 27, 2014 in Cool Finds, Stories, United Kingdom

  We have all discovered interesting names and stories in the course of our family history research. Some more unusual than others. Researchers here at Ancestry took a look through our collections to see if they could find some festive names. Mary Christmas from South Carolina and Mrs. Belle Ringer of West Virginia are just… Read more

Was Your Grandma A Fashion Maverick?

Posted by Betty Shubert on December 23, 2014 in Guest Bloggers, Research

How much do you know about your grandmother’s fashion sense? Hollywood costume designer Betty Kreisel Shubert, author of Out of Style, is considered the go-to vintage fashion expert. Betty received three unidentified photos of Denise Levenick’s grandmother, Arline Allen Kinsel, and was tasked with trying to determine the time/date of the photographs.     The Bolero… Read more

What We Are Reading: December 19th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on December 19, 2014 in In The Community

Much like the mixed bag of gifts that Santa carries, we’ve been reading a mix of topics this week. One thing that they have in common is that each of them makes us think about the sources we’re using and the stories we’re telling (or not telling). Denise Hibsch Richmond shows how newspapers can tell… Read more

Welcome to Big Sky Country! New Montana Research Guide

Posted by Juliana Szucs on December 19, 2014 in Research

We’ve launched our latest free research guide for the great state of Montana. Here are five things you might not know about Montana. 1. When settlers began arriving in Montana in earnest in the 1860s and 1870s, popular routes were by steamboat up the Missouri River or on the Bozeman Trail, a spur off of… Read more

Throwback Thursday: Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by Jessica Murray on December 18, 2014 in Holidays

It seems like every year there’s a long list of the season’s hottest toys and most desirable gifts to give your loved ones. That got us thinking, what were the most sought-after gifts in the late 19th century-early 20th century? Since Santa hasn’t brought us that time machine we asked for, we need to be… Read more

Find A Grave Android Mobile App Release

Posted by Michael Lawless on December 17, 2014 in Find A Grave, Mobile

We’re in the holiday spirit today so what better way to celebrate that spirit than to announce our official release of the 1.0 version of Find A Grave for Android, free in the Google Play store.  With nearly half of our users having a preference for Android devices, we hope this release will unleash your inner graver.… Read more