Welcome to the Gem State: Idaho State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 27, 2014 in Research

Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890 as the 43rd state. Five things you might not have known about Idaho: State law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy weighing more than 50 pounds. Hell’s Canyon is the deepest gorge in America at around 1,500 feet. Idaho has… Read more

Francis B. Griffin Imparts The Secret To a Long Life: “You Need To Relax”

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 27, 2014 in In The Community, Stories

When it comes to family, we all reserve a special place in our hearts for our grandparents. The bond between grandparent and grandchild is unique – in us they see the future and in them we can learn about the past.  How can we share the wisdom and experience they have to impart? What can… Read more

Throwback Thursday Theme: At the Movies

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on June 26, 2014 in Site

I distinctly remember the first movie that I saw in a theater. My sister and one of her girl friends took me to the Town & Country Cinema, not far from our house. It was a matinee and the movie was Bambi. (No, it wasn’t during its original release in 1942. It was during one… Read more

Welcome to the Islands—Connecting to a Culture with AncestryDNA

Posted by Anna Swayne on June 25, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Deep inside each of us is the story of our past. Lexi from California found out how her past and present connect through the AncestryDNA test. Lexi fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands years ago and visits annually. “When I go to Hawaii, it feels like home.” She didn’t understand how deep that connection… Read more

Genealogy Roadtrip: 10 Tips for Researching at a Library or Archive

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 24, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

So where do genealogists go on vacations? The mountains? The beach?  Not a chance.  If we have our way, we go to archives, libraries, courthouses and cemeteries. Now if your family is with you and they’re not quite as obsessive about genealogy as you are (yes, oddly enough that happens), you might want to plan… Read more

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

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