What We Are Reading: August 15 Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on August 15, 2014 in In The Community

It’s hard to believe, but the schools in my area started classes this week. I remember when I was in school, it was unusual to start before Labor Day. (Now get off my lawn!) The kids shouldn’t be the only ones reading. We should all join in the fun! Here are some of the things… Read more

Ports Beyond New York: Galveston

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 15, 2014 in Research

Galveston has a rich and colorful history, with its roots in a pirate settlement that Jean Lafitte called home between 1817 and 1821. The Port of Galveston was established as a small trading post and customs house in 1825, when Texas was still part of Mexico. It was an important commercial center and by 1835… Read more

Postcards from the Past: Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Valerie Bertinelli

Posted by Ancestry.com on August 14, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Listen. And I will tell you a story. Sitting in a circle and listening to a storyteller recount a well-known and well-loved tale is one of the world’s oldest traditions. We’ve all sat at the feet of a storyteller—maybe even a grandmother or an eccentric uncle—who entertained, frightened, educated, and charmed us with their tales… Read more

Throwback Thursday Topic: Lessons I Took

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 14, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

As the eldest of four girls, I was a bit of a guinea pig when it came to taking lessons in various things. It started when I was pretty young. A next door neighbor, who we affectionately called Uncle Ronny, was to teach me how to play the accordion. That was a pretty lofty goal… Read more

The new season of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) continues with Brian Blessed

Posted by Brian Gallagher on August 13, 2014 in Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

  Actor and adventurer Brian Blessed is next up in the new season of  Who Do You Think You Are? tomorrow night. He is not looking for crowns or prizes in his past, but he is looking for humanity.   “The greatest dramas are about ordinary people, ordinary relationships. That is where you learn so much,… Read more

AncestryDNA Delivers Up A Few Ethnicity Surprises

Posted by Anna Swayne on August 12, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Didn’t know you had Spanish in your family? If your AncestryDNA results delivered up a few ethnicity regions you weren’t expecting, it’s alright. It happens. This portion of your DNA results can provide you insight into where in the world your ancestors came from 500-1000+ years ago. DNA is helping connect the dots. How is… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: August 11th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 11, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Family History Conferences Offer Unique Learning and Networking Opportunities by Juliana Szucs Smith AncestryDNA: You Can Now Share Your DNA Results by Anna Swayne The new season of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) opens with Julie Walters by Brian Gallagher The White Glove Debate Continued: What’s Up With the Purple Gloves? by Amy Johnson Crow… Read more