Strike it Rich with Freedman’s Bank Records

Posted by Linda Barnickel on February 24, 2017 in Collections, Guest Bloggers

By now, many researchers may be familiar with the massive collection of federal records produced by the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (BRFAL), more commonly known as the “Freedmen’s Bureau.” But a frequently overlooked source, with a very similar name, holds a wealth of detail as well. Records from the Freedman’s Savings and Read More

Jersey, Channel Islands: A brief history of immigration

Posted by Kristen Hyde on January 20, 2017 in Australia, Canada, Collections, United Kingdom

This blogpost about Jersey’s Worldwide Links and the Island’s Parish Church Records was written by Linda Romeril. Linda is Archives and Collections Director at Jersey Heritage and is responsible for the care and promotion of access to the Island’s archive and museum collections. Archive collections include records from the Government of Jersey, Public Institutions, the Read More

115th Congress’s Famous Faces — Back in Their High School Days

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 6, 2017 in Collections

Can you recognize our U.S. Congress members from their high school yearbook photos? Explore our U.S., School Yearbooks collection for throwback photos of your ancestors with over 372 million records spanning the years 1880 to 2012. The U.S. Yearbook Collection includes millions of images from thousands of U.S. high schools, junior highs, academies, colleges, and universities.  

Double bubble, toil and trouble: Names of Witches in Scotland, 1658 collection launches

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 31, 2016 in Collections, Regional, United Kingdom

The Names of Witches in Scotland, 1658 collection, digitised from original records held by the Wellcome Library, holds the names of both women and men who were accused of witchcraft during a period of Scottish history in which persecution of supposed witches was rife. The passing of the Scottish Witchcraft Act in 1563 made witchcraft, Read More

Doctor, doctor! Medical directories reveal the legacies of UK medicine

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 17, 2016 in Collections, Regional, United Kingdom, Website

Spanning more than 350 years, Ancestry’s new UK Medical Registers document the careers of some of the most notable names in British medical history, including the man who discovered Penicillin, Britain’s first recognised female doctor and even a pair of suspected serial killers from the world of medicine. The six new collections, digitised from original Read More

400 years of Oxfordshire History

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 4, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom, Website

Over four million historic parish records have been digitised for the first time, offering insight into the history and people of the county of Oxfordshire. Published in conjunction with Oxfordshire Family History Society and the Oxfordshire History Centre, the Oxfordshire Parish Registers, 1538-1965 detail generations of baptisms, marriages and burials that took place in the Read More

The value of searching Glasgow’s Electoral Registers (1857-1962)

Posted by Kristen Hyde on September 16, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom, Website

Susan Taylor, librarian in the Special Collections department of The Mitchell Library in Glasgow discusses the Glasgow Electoral Registers (1852 – 1962), now available on Ancestry.  Searching Glasgow’s Electoral Registers just got a whole lot easier. Over 100 years of electoral registers (or voters rolls) from the Mitchell Library’s extensive family history collection have been Read More