If Walls Could Talk: Your Home Might Be Hiding Historical Clues

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 11, 2014 in Family History

Whether you live in a sprawling mansion, a quaint cottage or a modern split-level, your home is historic — it has a story to tell, no matter its age. The story of the people who owned the home or its land before you can be an interesting one to uncover. Upstairs, Downstairs. Before you delve… Read more

Fox 13 Tampa’s John Wilson Finds a Grandfather on Both Sides of the Civil War

Posted by Paul Rawlins on December 11, 2014 in Family History

John Wilson of Fox 13 News, Tampa, knew next to nothing about his great-grandfather Alfred Wilson. Even his 96-year-old aunt, Opal Mullins, knew only that Alfred had served in the Civil War. So neither was prepared for the shock when Ancestry.com genealogy experts uncovered exactly what Albert was up to during this turbulent period of… Read more

Popular Toys in History: What Your Ancestors Played With

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 10, 2014 in Family History

Toys haven’t always been a part of childhood. It was only during the Victorian era that families began viewing play time as central to a child’s development. Paired with industrialization, that meant the invention of many new and exciting toys, with some more enduringly popular than others. The Sears-Roebuck catalogs archived on Ancestry.com offer a… Read more

The House on Mulberry Street and Clues to Irish Roots

Posted by wexon on December 2, 2014 in Family History

I’ve located my maternal great-grandparents, John and Margaret Ellen (Cunningham) Haffey in Wayne County, Ohio in the 1880 census. I’m trying to locate their births in Ireland. I have their death records, but they didn’t list a specific Irish birthplace. I have found a record in the New York Emigrant Savings Bank for a John… Read more

Go West, Young Man — No, Go South: Great American Migrations

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 20, 2014 in Family History

As a country founded by immigrants, the desire to seek out new lands of opportunity is a quintessentially American trait. It’s no surprise, then, that expanding into 50 states required not only immigrants from other countries but also migration on the part of the nation’s citizens. Understanding when, how, and why people migrated from one… Read more

You Look Marvelous: Sears & Roebuck and the High Cost of (Historical) Beauty

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 20, 2014 in Family History

One hundred years from now, will our great-great-grandchildren be laughing at our wrinkle creams, hair dryers, and Botox? Probably. But that’s not going to stop us from enjoying a laugh or two at the expense of our own ancestors’ attempts to achieve their contemporary standards of beauty. Ancestry has a collection of Sears and Roebuck… Read more

13 Spooky Family History Finds

Posted by wexon on October 30, 2014 in Family History

Witches, ghosts, murder—researchers from Ancestry found them all and more when they started combing the headlines for spooky facts in some current, and former, celebrities’ pasts. Real Witch Found in Emma Watson’s Family Tree: Muggle actress Emma Watson, famous for playing Hermione Granger, the preternaturally talented witch and ally of Harry Potter, has a real-life… Read more

Who Are the Most Likely Homeowners in the U.S.?

Posted by Paul Rawlins on October 29, 2014 in Family History

Members of the armed services are among those least likely to own a home in the United States, according to a new analysis from the research team at Ancestry. We analyzed 112 years of U.S. Federal Census data to better understand the connection between occupation and home ownership across the nation over the last century.… Read more

How Does Your Family Stack Up to the Average Life Expectancy?

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 28, 2014 in Family History

We’ve all heard about that one older relative who lived until 100, but where does your family fall when it comes to the national average of lifespan? Do you have a particularly strong gene pool? If not, don’t fret. No matter your genetics, people are definitely living longer these days; over the past century, there’s… Read more

Five Jobs That Transformed America

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 28, 2014 in Family History

From 1860 to 1910, the population of the United States nearly tripled, from 31.4 million (including 3.9 million enslaved individuals) to 92.2 million. During that period, of course, the United States endured the Civil War. But the country also underwent the Second Industrial Revolution, transforming itself from a largely agrarian society into the greatest industrial… Read more