Americans Desire Explorers, Royalty, Mayflower Descendants and Military Heroes in Their Family Tree

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 14, 2015 in Celebrity, Cool Finds, Research

When researching their family history, Americans prefer to find ancestors who were explorers, royalty, Mayflower descendants, and veterans of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. However, despite such aspirational wishes, Americans more often descend from World War II veterans, immigrants, and entrepreneurs and businessmen. The new findings are part of the second chapter in its Global… Read more

Working Girls

Posted by Mary Penner on July 9, 2015 in Research

In 1886, a highly-skilled San Francisco stenographer, earning a hefty salary of $75 a month, offered her opinion about the low wages for most women workers. We work cheaper than the men; that’s the reason why we are working ourselves into the men’s places. … When a girl goes out to the theater or anywhere… Read more

10 Places You Didn’t Think To Look

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 7, 2015 in Research Helps

There are a dozen good places to find a date of birth, but did you know some of those same resources could be holding much more difficult-to-come-by information, too? We all have our go-to sources for certain facts: census records for ages, relationships, and whereabouts; draft registration cards for addresses and next-of-kin; naturalization documents for… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: How Do I Find Trees?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 2, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: Are there any plans to update searching for specific public trees? —Phyllis Answer: Last month I answered a question about using and trusting other trees you find on Ancestry, which led to a lively debate to say the least!   And I’d like to suggest another article that might shed some more light on the subject:… Read more

Two sisters kept and two brothers given away. Heart breaking stories on tonight’s Long Lost Family.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on July 1, 2015 in Long Lost Family, Research, Stories, United Kingdom

It’s the penultimate episode of Long Lost Family tonight and it promises to be an emotional one. The Long Lost Family team feature the stories of two sisters who were kept while their brothers were given up for adoption, a family split by the decision to give up a child fifty years ago, and a… Read more

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames Guide (A-Z)

Posted by Jessica Murray on June 29, 2015 in Research Helps

Over the last few months, we ran a series of blog posts that highlighted nicknames or alternate first names your ancestors may have used.  Whether you’re just beginning or a veteran in your family history research, we’ve all come across at least one ancestor referred to by a nickname in a public record. Before you… Read more