Researching the Battle of the Bulge

Posted by Jennifer Holik on January 19, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

This month marks the 72nd anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Bulge, which was fought during World War II from 16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945, in the Ardennes in Europe. It was in this battle, that my cousin James Privoznik of the 90th Infantry Division, lost his life on 11 Read More

An Intimate Look at Life During the Great Depression

Posted by Kelly Kautz on January 17, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

An Intimate Look at Life During the Great Depression For many Americans, Dorthea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” photo is the defining image of the Great Depression. But it’s just one of over 170,000 commissioned by the U.S. Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information during the 1930s and early 1940s. Meant to boost public support Read More

Writing Stories from the Heart

Posted by Jennifer Holik on December 21, 2016 in Guest Bloggers, Holidays

We have reached the final month of 2016. Most people are looking forward to the holidays and looking back at what they accomplished this year. We count our blessings and begin creating goals for the new year. For some, the goal of breaking down a brick wall or adding more people to their family tree Read More

Buttering Our Toast

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 16, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

This article by Beau Sharbrough originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, March-April 2007. I remember a story about a woman who always cut the end off the roast. Asked why, she said it was because her mother did. Someone asked her mother, and the mother said the same thing—because her mother did. Grandmother, tracked down and asked Read More

How Refrigeration Changed the United States

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 14, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

  This is a guest post by Jeremy Cook. Refrigeration and air conditioning are conveniences that we mostly take for granted in modern buildings and houses. At least I certainly do, after living on the Gulf Coast of Florida for the greater part of my life. Although my ancestors have lived in this sub-tropical environment Read More

From Day Laborer to Poet: The Struggles of an Italian Immigrant in the City of Dreams

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 8, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

This is a guest post by Tyler Anbinder, professor of history at George Washington University and author of “City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York.” When Pasquale D’Angelo arrived in New York in April 1910 from Introdacqua, a mountainous village eighty miles east of Rome in the Abruzzi region of central Italy, he Read More

World War II Research Guide

Posted by Jennifer Holik on December 5, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

If you have World War II veterans in your family, you can honor them by documenting their service in your family history. Unfortunately, due to privacy restrictions, many family historians have the misconception that it’s a lost cause trying to obtain the records of WWII veterans. Fortunately, there are ways to uncover details of your Read More

Turkey and All the Trimmings

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 21, 2016 in Guest Bloggers, In The Community

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, November-December 2007.  Since Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, Americans have enjoyed Thanksgiving celebrations on the last Thursday of November. That is until 1939. Because of the Great Depression, retailers and businesses pressured President Franklin D. Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving up one week, thus extending the holiday shopping season and, hopefully, Read More