Second World War Home Front Heroes

Posted by Rebecca Simpson on November 12, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Military Records, United Kingdom

Records of over 5,000 Second World War civilian gallantry awards have just been published online for the first time by Ancestry, in association with The National Archives. I wanted to share some of the amazing stories that caught my eye – including an 11 year old facing down a bomb. The UK WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940-1949 collection… Read more

Getting to Know Pennsylvania WWI Veterans Service and Compensation Files

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 11, 2015 in Content, Military Records

Although the United States was involved in World War I for a relatively short period of time (1917-1918), the records generated by and about those who served should not be overlooked. The records go beyond the well-known World War I Draft Registration Cards. Pennsylvania WWI Veterans Service and Compensation Files A new collection on Ancestry… Read more

Kit de Herramientas de Genealogía de Ancestry

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 4, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Mexico

As we expand globally, Ancestry is committed to offering our educational content in multiple languages so we’re beginning to offer several of our most popular blog posts in Spanish. You can access the English version of the Genealogist’s Toolkit here. En Ancestry sabemos que la investigación y elaboración de tu historia familiar requiere del uso… Read more

Think You Can’t Research Your African American Family History? Think Again.

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 3, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Paul Rawlins, Editorial Manager at Ancestry The Ancestry team recently returned from the Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando, Florida, where they had a fantastic time watching people’s excitement as they saw family names they recognized—or maybe had never seen—appear on U.S. census and other records. Some African Americans… Read more

Popular Toys in History: What Your Ancestors Played With

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 30, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Toys haven’t always been a part of childhood. It was only during the Victorian era that families began viewing play time as central to a child’s development. Paired with industrialization, that meant the invention of many new and exciting toys, with some more enduringly popular than others. The Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogs archived on Ancestry can… Read more

Keeping Tabs On Suffragettes: The Official Watchlist

Posted by Rebecca Simpson on October 30, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

To coincide with the recent nationwide release of the film ‘Suffragette’, the official watch list containing details of over 1,300 suffragette arrests has been published online by Ancestry, in association with The National Archives. Digitised from the original record held at The National Archives in Kew, the online collection available on Ancestry – England, Suffragettes Arrested, 1906-1914 –… Read more