About Jeanie Croasmun

Jeanie Croasmun has been working at Ancestry.com while futilely attempting to prove the horse thief story in her family history for over seven years. During that time, she learned enough about her family to determine that the story is likely a great work of fiction. But the search continues ...

Past Articles

Wanted: U.S. President. Leather Merchants, Refrigerator Engineers, Please Apply

Posted on November 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Everybody knows lawyers, businessmen, and generals become presidents. But what sort of blue-collar, working-class cred have our commanders in chief brought to the Oval Office? The U.S. Federal Census offers come clues—at least after 1850. The 1850 census was the first to list occupation. That year, Pierce, Lincoln, and Hayes are all practicing law. Zachary… Read more

What do Lincoln, Custer, a Well-Disguised Jilted Lover, and an Olympic Gold Medal winner have in common?

Posted on November 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Going beyond name, rank and regiment, a new collection of military burial registers on Ancestry provides insight into some of America’s greatest historical figures – including Abraham Lincoln, General Custer and others dating to the Civil War. The online, searchable collection launched recently courtesy of a partnership between Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history… Read more

Will Sandy Lead to Marriage Spike?

Posted on November 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Calamity makes the heart grow fonder. Want proof? Take a look at SFgenealogy.com’s San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Marriage Project. In the month following the catastrophic earthquake and fire, the Alameda County Clerk’s office set records for issuing marriage licenses. According to Ancestry’s databases, the Oakland Tribune for 7 May 1906 explained that Miss Helen McGregor… Read more