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

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

10 Baby Boy Names That Used to Be Popular

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 22, 2015 in Family History

Names — they can be as timeless as some found in the Bible (John, David, James) or as trendy as a celebrity’s kid (North, Sparrow, Brooklyn). Every parent understands the complexity of choosing a name, because while some names never fall out of favor, others can stop being in vogue in just a few generations.… Read more

Why Your Great-Grandmother’s Life Was Totally Awesome

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 14, 2015 in Family History

When you think about someone born circa 1894, or right around the turn of the century, your mind probably jumps to the fact that they had no refrigerators to keep their leftover Chinese food in (and worse, no Chinese food delivery), which sounds pretty terrible. But while she probably faced plenty of hardships in her… Read more

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