How Can I Improve the 1940 U.S. Census?

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on August 15, 2012 in Collections, Website

The 1940 U.S. Census Index is becoming even more accurate and easy to use, with your help. While you can currently search by name through all 134 million people in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census on, we’re still working behind the scenes to make this latest census even better. What are we doing? Adding Read More

1940 Census Update: Now Search 38 States & Territories, All Fully Indexed

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on July 27, 2012 in Collections, Mexico, Website

Looking for relatives in Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Utah? We’ve just released fully-searchable indexes for all 12 states. And 26 other states are ready to search. And remember, if the state you’re waiting for isn’t indexed yet, you can still look through 1940 Read More

War of 1812

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on June 13, 2012 in Website

On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain officially launching the War of 1812. In the 200 years since, it has become a forgotten war, perhaps best remembered by school children as when The Star-Spangled Bannerwas written. Yet, the War of 1812 was strategically important to the future of American diplomacy, a reinforced Read More

One Hundred Years of Social Media

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on May 30, 2012 in Campaigns, Research

An interesting thing has happened in the last few years: the explosion of social networking and social media. We have been able to be constantly updated about the activities of our friends and relatives like never before…but it’s only a 21st Century manifestation of our tendency to spy on each other. In historical newspapers, many Read More

Uncovering Family History in the New Film For Greater Glory

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on May 30, 2012 in Entertainment

For Greater Glory, opening in theaters June 1st, tells the never-before-told story of Mexico’s Cristero War. There’s been increasing excitement around the film here in the US among the Mexican-American community, many of whom have ties to the real historical characters featured in the film. Mexican actress Karyme Lozano, who plays the mother of the Read More

The Hunt for Michelle Obama’s Roots

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on May 7, 2012 in Entertainment

When I started planning my book about Michelle Obama’s family tree, I envisioned myself traipsing to far-flung cities on the hunt for historical records.  During two years of reporting and writing my book, American Tapestry, I did, in fact, crisscross the country, traveling to North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Illinois and other states. In archives, Read More

Announcing the new AncestryDNA!

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on May 3, 2012 in AncestryDNA

It’s an exciting day for DNA and family history fans alike here at You may have heard some of the hype about the new DNA test… well, it’s here! AncestryDNA™ has launched! From the overwhelming interest we’ve seen, it seems our members are as excited as we are about this new advancement in DNA Read More