12 Questionable Pieces of Retro Advice

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 31, 2015 in Family History

From Dorothy Dix to Ann Landers, advice columns have long filled American newspapers. The archives on Ancestry are rich with pointers on how to snag a man or behave in polite company. They’re a window into the social mores of different eras — many of which are thankfully long gone. If you’re looking for some… Read more

How to Find a Woman: Tracing Mottie Winters Through 1800s Kentucky

Posted by sdalton on March 3, 2015 in Family History

I am new to Ancestry.com and I am hoping you can help me. My great-great-grandmother is S. Mottie Winters. She was born 22 January 1866, possibly in Tennessee, and died 18 May 1891 in Murray, Kentucky. She is listed on Find A Grave, but that is the only mention I can find of her. She… Read more

Virtual Genealogy Gets an Update in The Sims

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 3, 2015 in Family History

Video games and genealogy are two of America’s favorite pastimes, separated by what might seem like a wide generational divide. Unless, of course, you’re talking about The Sims. Virtual Genealogy In this life simulation game, where no one wins or loses, family tracking is a way of keeping tabs on your progress, says senior producer… Read more

Finding Your Family History on the Printed Page

Posted by sdalton on February 28, 2015 in Family History

  I am stuck finding more information about my grandfather, Leland Wright. From a 1930 U.S. Census I know he lived in Florida and was born in Ohio about 1883. Can you help me? ~ Edmund ________________ It’s a safe bet that you should always start with the United States census when you’re beginning the search… Read more

Summer Scorchers: America’s 9 Worst Heat Waves Ever Recorded

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 26, 2015 in Family History

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a record of heat waves starting in 1895. Since that time there have been nine major heat waves to hit the U.S., and each has left damage and destruction in its wake. 1. Heat Wave of 1896 New York City experienced tragedy during the summer of 1896.… Read more

5 Amazing Facts You Never Knew About the American Cowboy

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 20, 2015 in Family History

Though there were cowboys both before and after, the golden age of the American cowboy, really started in 1866. The Civil War had just ended, the Union Army had exhausted the supply of beef in the North, and a steer that was worth $4 a head in Texas—where millions ran wild—could bring $40 in the… Read more

​7 Famous Sons of the American Revolution

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 17, 2015 in Family History

A person’s heritage can influence so much in their life, from the kinds of foods they prepare to the groups they associate with. The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is a lineage society made up of men who can prove their descent from a Patriot ancestor. The organization’s earliest iteration started in 1876 as… Read more

7 Perks From the Golden Age of Aviation We Wish We Still Had Today

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 5, 2015 in Family History

When commercial aviation got off the ground in the 1940s, air travel epitomized glamor. Passengers dressed to the nines, stretched out their legs, and waited for the well-stocked bar cart to make another round. As airfares have become cheaper, perks have steadily been reduced. (Peanuts and soda, anyone?) In that spirit, here are seven reasons we… Read more

Rosie Did More Than Rivets: How World War II Changed Cheerleading’s Gender Balance

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 1, 2015 in Family History

Often the word “cheerleading” evokes images of girls in short skirts, screaming and performing spine-bending gymnastics across a football field sideline or gym floor. However, the sport we see today didn’t start out as a female-dominated activity. In fact, organized cheerleading began with all-male squads. The first documented cheerleader (formally two words: cheer leader) was… Read more

8 People Who Were Supposed to Sail on the Titanic…But Didn’t

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 26, 2015 in Family History

On April 15, 1912, the Titanic slammed into an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank, sending 1,517 souls into the cold deep. Since that dark night, the legend of the Titanic has only grown, propelled by the glamour of the ship and its first-class passengers, complicated by the immigrant dreams of its steerage travelers,… Read more