6 Facts That Prove Canada Dominated in World War I

Posted by Paul Rawlins on January 21, 2015 in Military Records

With superpowers like Britain, Germany, and France as the star players in the First World War, the role of Canada—then still a part of the British Commonwealth—is often overlooked. However, Canadians were critical players in the Allied victory in the Great War. Here are 6 facts that prove Canada was one of the great, underrated… Read more

10 Big Facts You Didn’t Know About WWI

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 6, 2015 in Military Records

  It’s been a hundred years since Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914. That, of course, set off the chain of reactions and events that led to “the Great War,” as people called World War I at the time. By now, you’d think we know everything there is to know about “the… Read more

4 British WWII Heroes You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted by Paul Rawlins on December 31, 2014 in Military Records

Anyone can spout off Winston Churchill and King George VI as prominent Englishmen in the Second World War, but they certainly weren’t the only Brits of wartime significance. Here’s a look at four, fascinating English men and women whose stories of heroism in WWII went relatively untold for decades. Eileen Nearne Topping the list is… Read more

The Civil War’s Biggest Killer? Lack of Good Medical Care

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 21, 2014 in Military Records

When the U.S. Civil War started in 1861, medical knowledge was still primitive. Battlefield doctors didn’t understand infection or the importance of sterile conditions during surgery. In fact, the country was just coming out of a period when doctors used bloodletting, purging, and blistering to cure ailments. So it’s no wonder Civil War soldiers were… Read more

10 Strange But True Facts About the Revolutionary War

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 13, 2014 in Military Records

For a war about taxes, the American Revolution sure wasn’t boring. Tales of the scrappy Colonists’ rebellion against King George III made many of us history buffs back in elementary school. (Even as adults, some of us still geek out over Revolutionary War records on Ancestry.) But those textbooks didn’t teach us everything there is… Read more

Using People as Pixels: How World War I Took Supporting Our Troops to New Heights

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 4, 2014 in Military Records

When you watch a heartwarming YouTube video of a soldier’s surprise homecoming, you likely don’t think of World War I. But if it weren’t for the way the government and military rallied the country around the troops during the “war to end all wars,” those viral videos may not exist today. The patriotism programs during… Read more

Philadelphia News Anchor Dawn Timmeney Discovers Civil War Past

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 29, 2014 in Military Records

Philadelphia newscaster Dawn Timmeney discovered that celebrities who appear on the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? aren’t the only people with surprises in their past. Timmeney got her own dose of “wow” when Ancestry experts uncovered some astonishing facts about her great-great-grandfather Vincent Hess and his rather unexpected combination of professions:… Read more

Patriotism Is a Beautiful Thing: How Art Helped Win World War II

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 29, 2014 in Military Records

Created in 1935 during the depths of the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration became the most famous of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, in part because of its size: the WPA spent more than $11 billion to employ 8.5 million people from 1935 until it was cancelled in 1943. The WPA also… Read more