And The Winner of the December Branch Out Contest is…

Posted by Pam Velazquez on January 9, 2014 in Contest

  If you entered the December round of our Branch Out contest, we’d like to thank you for participating! We received more than 14,000 responses and so many great stories from our community – thank you! We have compiled all of the entries and randomly selected our second winner. And that lucky person is… Stacy Read More

What Did You Discover In 2013?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 31, 2013 in Holidays

Whether you have been doing research for a long time, or just started a few months ago, you know that every day can bring new possibilities and discoveries. Take a moment to think about where you started, and all that you’ve discovered about your ancestors. The New Year is upon us and that means another Read More

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 25, 2013 in Website

Merry Christmas from the team! We hope the holidays are a joyous occasion for you and your loved ones. For Christmas this year, we scoured our databases for images that show what Christmas might have been like for our ancestors. Here are a few of our favorites for you to enjoy:  

What Are You Asking Santa For?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 24, 2013 in Holidays

Many of us remember sitting on Santa’s lap, giving him the long list of toys and other items we wished he’d deliver to us on Christmas morning. We imagine your lists have changed as your wants and needs have over the years, and wondered … If Santa could bring you anything genealogy-related, what would you Read More

What You Might Have Missed: December 23rd Edition

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 23, 2013 in Website

You were probably busy getting ready for the holidays last week, so catch up with some of the things we’ve been doing in the world! Here’s the review: Blog Posts Share Your Family Recipe with Ancestry! Preserve your Photos and Documents Like an Expert! Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus… Recipes from Read More

Collection Spotlight: Griffith’s Valuation

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 20, 2013 in Collections, Website

If you have tracked your ancestors back to Ireland, Griffith’s Valuation is an amazing resource for finding family in the Emerald Isle in the mid-19th century. Let’s start with the basics – what is a valuation and who is Griffith? The official name of this collection is the “Primary Valuation of Ireland.” Griffith’s Valuation is one Read More

Recipes from Our Community

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 20, 2013 in In The Community

Over the past week you have been sending in your recipes and stories of your family’s culinary delights, and here are a few of our favorites: Martha M. and her Grandmother’s Czech Walnut Tarts “My Grandfather had a favorite black walnut tree grove.  He would gather all the walnuts in a gunnysack and bring them Read More

Share Your Family Recipe with Ancestry!

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 16, 2013 in Contest

Whether it’s green bean casserole, snickerdoodle cookies or something so unique only your family makes it – most families have a recipe that has been passed around – some for generations. Some recipes you’ll see at the dinner table often, others are favorites that only come out on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. Either Read More

Give Your Research As A Gift

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 10, 2013 in MyCanvas, Website

Give your family the gift of genealogy! The holidays are a perfect time for you to consider publishing your family history research. As most genealogists will tell you, your research is never really finished, so consider publishing what you already have. Using MyCanvas, it’s quick and easy to create amazing custom bound books filled with all Read More

Collection Spotlight: Lord Viscount Morpeth’s Testimonial Roll

Posted by Pam Velazquez on December 6, 2013 in Collections, Website

Today, we’re highlighting Lord Viscount Morpeth’s Testimonial Roll. Recently uncovered, the challenge was figuring out how to digitize this gigantic roll without damaging the paper or the precious signatures. It took 18-months but all 1,350 feet were finally digitized and made available online.   THE STORY George Howard, given the title Lord Viscount Morpeth, acted Read More