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

Identifying Direct Sources to Prove Native American Ancestry

Posted by Brittany Begay on November 15, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

There are secrets to success when it comes to tracing Native American ancestry. While many useful resources are now available online, in order to correctly identify your Native American ancestors, you’ll need to combine what you can find online with other direct sources of information: U.S., Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940: Use these to identify which Read More

5 Easy Ways to Fix Bad Family Photos

Posted by Denise May Levenick on November 13, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

We all have bad family photos. Headless uncles. Crooked skylines. Clashing colors and prints. Not to mention awkward poses and facial expressions. Using film didn’t make our ancestors great photographers, although the cost of film and developing probably made them more selective of the shots they took. Whether you’re digitizing a treasured family photo collection Read More