Past Articles

4 Easy Ways to Label Family Photos

Posted by Denise May Levenick on April 28, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Most family historians are challenged by “Unknown Ancestors,” those unidentified yet familiar faces peering out of old cabinet cards and snapshots. They look like they belong in the family, but who are they? When you discover a name, date, or location for the photo, do you know the safest and best strategy for recording the Read More

Why U.S. Military Pension Records May Unlock Clues with Loretta Evans

Posted by Jessica Murray on April 26, 2016 in Expert Connect

Loretta Evans, AG ® specializes in researching the Midwestern United States. We had the pleasure of interviewing her recently about U.S. military pension records. Tune in below to see why pensions are among the richest family history records and learn about some of the often-overlooked details that can be found in military pension files. Search Ancestry’s Read More

Happy DNA Day: Time to Learn More about Matching

Posted by Anna Swayne on April 25, 2016 in AncestryDNA

Today is DNA Day. Every year it gives us the opportunity to reflect on the advancements in genetics and celebrate science. This year we want to honor this day by sharing a video with you about how AncestryDNA is using the scientific method to advance DNA matching. We asked Dr. Catherine Ball, VP Genomics & Bioinformatics at Read More

Earth Day: The AncestryDNA Kit Deconstructed

Posted by Nathania Lozada on April 22, 2016 in AncestryDNA

It’s Earth Day, which means it’s a great time to think about how we can reduce our impact on the planet. Ancestry has already brought genealogy into our homes which we’d like to think has reduced the carbon footprint of traveling around to archives around the world. Although, we don’t think anyone has measured the Read More

Ancestry Product Update: Media Enhancements

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 21, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, Site Features, Sweden, United Kingdom

Last week we introduced adding facts and images to events directly from LifeStory, this week, we are introducing better Media experience. Media Upload We have overhauled the media upload experience to make it easier than ever to add photos and stories to your tree. With this update you can choose files from your local drive, Read More

New Advances in DNA Science Coming Your Way

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 20, 2016 in AncestryDNA

We’ve been refining and expanding the science behind DNA matching to find your relatives. And we’ve got some exciting improvements coming your way soon. These advancements are expected to deliver more-precise predictions of whom you are related to, and how closely, among the million-plus others in the AncestryDNA database. And we will be making this Read More

Finding Children When There Isn’t a Will

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 18, 2016 in Research

The U.S. Wills and Probates collections hold the answer to countless questions about our family trees. As you’re going through, don’t be disappointed if your ancestor didn’t leave a will. His (or sometimes her) death could still have generated records that answer who the children are. Guardianship Records Guardians become involved when the minor heirs have a Read More