Yes, That’s Grandpa in a Dress

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 31, 2014 in Family History

Blue is for boys. Pink is for girls. Right? It wasn’t always that way. Tastes in children’s fashions have changed with every generation. Believe it or not, pink used to be the color of choice for dressing little boys. Not only that, but Grandpa (or Great-grandpa) probably wore a dress until he was about 6.… Read more

Eight Celebs With Royal Ancestry

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 30, 2014 in Family History

After years entrancing audiences and thrilling moviegoers, a few talented actors reach such heights of fame that we consider them Hollywood royalty: George Clooney. Leonardo DiCaprio. Julia Roberts. Before them, Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant. But some actors are lucky enough to rank as royalty the first time they ever stepped onto a set.… Read more

Scandal! What Grandma Gossiped About

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 23, 2014 in Family History

Our ancestors lived through many important events that made it into history books. But their lives were also touched by smaller stories more suited to gossip pages — the petty affairs and crimes that people talk about at kitchen tables. These events textured the lives of our grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents. Though they may never… Read more

Did Your Great-Great-Grandparents Date Through the Newspaper?

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 22, 2014 in Family History

Online dating is a popular way of meeting a significant other these days, but it’s possible that your own ancestors courted in a similar way — through newspaper ads! It’s surprising how long people have been advertising to find a significant other. Modern newspapers began in the late 17th century, and in the early 18th… Read more

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