The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: A Fight for Survival

Posted by Jessica Taylor on April 18, 2018 in Collections

Underground markets. Escapes through sewers. Friends and neighbors defending their streets from tanks. On the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, we look back on a WWII story rarely told, but just as heroic as the Landing at Normandy or the Battle of Britain. On 19 April 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto, a starving Jewish Read More

ICYMI: New Record Collection Arrivals

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 16, 2018 in Collections

Just in case you might have missed them during the harried hustle of the holidays or the long winter’s night, we asked three of our favorite family historians to dish on some of their favorite new records on Ancestry. Ten years between U.S. federal censuses is just long enough for families to move, people to Read More

New! New York Death Index, 1880-1956

Posted by Juliana Szucs on September 6, 2017 in Collections

If you’re researching in New York State, we have some good news for you. Ancestry has just launched a collection of New York State death indexes covering 1880 to 1956. The collection includes more than 5 million names of people who died in New York State. Prior to this release, this index was only on Read More

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