Posted by Jessica Latinović on September 30, 2016 in AncestryDNA, Family History Month

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To many October means the start of fall weather, turning of the leaves and anything pumpkin flavored but to us October means Family History Month!

Throughout the month of October, we will explore the theme of DNA and how it can strengthen and support your family history research. We will feature educational videos and posts from Ancestry’s own team, along with guest contributors. Perhaps the most exciting part, we’ll be hosting giveaways across our social media channels. So if you’re not already following us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, there’s no better time to start! We’re also thrilled to be hosting our third annual Find A Grave Day on Saturday, October 7-9th.

We hope you’ll end the month with deeper insights into the lives of your ancestors.

Family History Month Events (Online/Offline)

Take a look at the complete list of events below and mark your calendar so you won’t miss a thing. This is going to be the best Family History Month ever!

  • October 4th, 10AM PT / 1PM ET– What’s New at Ancestry: October 2016 Edition – Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the upcoming genealogy events she’ll be attending. You’ll learn about new features and tools available that can make your family history easier and more fun. She’ll also take a look at some of the great new content released in the past month and show you how best to search it to find the stories of your ancestors’ lives.

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  • October 7th-9th  – Find A Grave Community Weekend – Meet up with hundreds of volunteers across the globe who are joining forces to fulfill hundreds of thousands of photo requests on Find A Grave. You’re invited to join an existing event in your community or start your own event if there isn’t already one at your local cemetery. Learn how you can be a part of the fun here.
  • October 13th  – AAHGS Conference – Professional genealogist, Crista Cowan will be presenting at the National Conference of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) on “The Ancestors on My Mind: Discovering Our Ancestors, Our History, and Ourselves, TOGETHER.” For 37 years, AAHGS has held a national conference to assist African Americans in the search for their roots.
  • October 15th  – Allen County Public Library with Ancestry – Join professional genealogist, Juliana Szucs on October 15 at the Allen County Public Library to learn about the rich collections on Ancestry and how to improve your research on Ancestry.
  • October 15th  – “Genealogy Day” at San Diego History Center – From beginners to the experienced researcher, learn how to navigate your family tree at a this half-day event lead by local genealogy experts and keynote speaker: Ancestry’s Anne Gillespie Mitchell will tackle the question all researchers experience, “How Do I Know I’m Right?”
  • October 29th  – Fairfax Genealogical Society – Join Ancestry’s Anne Gillespie Mitchell at the Fairfax Genealogical Society on October 29th in Annandale, Virginia from 9A to 4P to learn about “Finding Forgotten Stories” and southern family history research.

To stay on top of our most current events calendar for other Ancestry sponsored activities both online and offline, visit our Facebook events page.

Social Media Giveaways

Stay tuned for giveaways throughout the month of October on our Facebook page here. There will be free products including Ancestry memberships, AncestryDNA kits, and more!

Jessica Latinović

Jessica serves as U.S. Social Media Manager for Ancestry.

14 Comments

  1. Denise

    October Family History Month 2016 Would love to win one of your social media giveaways but, not on Facebook and etc. I’m an ancestry.com member for several years so how about thinking of giveaways directly on ancestry.com for us that use your site daily – just an idea to think about.

  2. sara danison

    Announcement above unclear , re: which events are “on-line” and how to access,and, also, how to receive the information presented “on-site” only. Please expand details, which are needed several days before event. Thank you.

  3. sara danison

    Re: Facebook Events Page. Informative. I am particularly interested in construction of the eventful lives of the ancestors. Reading the subjects of the Fairfax Genealogy Society I realized I am blessed with a strongly retentive memory of 81 years of listening,observing,and much reading regarding history. Idesire to add bibliorgraphy for the benefit of descendents and other readers. I have found the genealogy society and historical society,combined with the city or town and their cemetary and historical markers websites to be a rich resource. Add to this the Google of national historical sites, battlefields and the military regiments and ship names. Everyone knows something and have shared! So many names from so many places.

  4. Dana Sparks

    Why Facebook? How random? Not everyone has or wants to be a member of that website. Also, has anyone else noticed completely random member trees popping up on their homepage today? Eververy time I refresh, it’s a new one. People I have never spoken to before, or have any connection with. WTF?

  5. Emily Warnecke

    In 1964 I was adopted in South Korea abandoned at orphanage called star of sea at 3 months old. I was adopted by US citizens that flew to South Korea. I would like to do the DNA testing but I’m on a fixed income. I don’t have a birth certificate only adoption papers but I would like to know if I’m full Korean or am I mixed with something else and how to find my real parents
    Sincerely,
    Emily Warnecke
    contact number is 818-616-0161

  6. Steven Farago

    I was adopted in 1956, so the family tree starts with me. The question I have is, can I start a family tree in hopes of finding someone linked to my DNA?

  7. Patsy Ellen Glass Duncan

    I lost my DNA papers and cannot find them anywhere. (I move two blocks away) I have my genealogy but not my psper help!!!

  8. Denise

    Find A Grave Community Weekend October 7-9, 2016
    Not a member of Find A Grave put I went to my local cemetery and took over 30+ grave pictures and had a member post all of them today. Enjoy helping ..

  9. Ani

    Something that would be incredibly helpful on New Ancestry would be the old ability to to toggle photos from one’s gallant with other users gallery photos. I used to find it remarkable helpful to open ancestry on two pages and line photos up to each other to look for physical resemblance. One can’t really do that anymore due to the large framing boarders surrounding photos. The closest one can now get them is several inches apart. Believe it or not it makes a difference. Via old Ancestry I used to be able to make both pictures the exact same size and line them up exactly so I could compare physical features like eyebrows, eyes, noses, lips, chins, cheek bones and facial shape. It was oh so helpful in trying to figure out what line a DNA match might be occurring in. I loved that one could enlarge and reduce other’s gallery photos so one could really examine features and things like jewlery and hand shape. Under New Ancestry.com one can no longer do that. Please consider tweaking the graphic design so that one could slide photos over some how to get them to the ear left or right so they could be placed directly next to each other without a thick border frame between them. Additionally, it would be great if you would make it possible to size them however one wanted when viewing them as it was great to be able to enlarge other users Gallery photos so one could more closely examine aspects in certain photos like being able to see a ring more closely to see if it might be the same ring Obie’s grandmother was wearing in a portrait.

  10. Ann Forster

    Something that would be helpful would be the old ability to line up photos from one’s gallary photos with other users gallery photos. I found it very helpful to open Ancestry on two screens and line photos up to look for physical resemblances. One can’t really do that anymore due to the large framing surrounding photos. The closest one can now get them is several inches apart. it makes a difference. I used to be able to make both pictures Alike in sizing and line them up so I could compare physical features like eyebrows, eyes, noses, lips, chins, cheek bones and facial shape. It was so helpful in trying to figure out what line a DNA match might be falling in. I loved that one could enlarge and reduce other’s gallery photos so one could really examine features like jewlery and hand shape. Please consider tweaking the graphic design so that one could slide photos over some how to get them to be on the left or right so they could be placed directly next to each other without framing between them. Additionally, it would be great if you would make it possible to size them however nowrge one wanted them to be.

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