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

Actor Kills Wife in Love Triangle And Other Family Secrets in the Daily News

Posted by Marjorie Waterfield on August 17, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

This article was originally published in Ancestry Magazine, Nov-Dec 2007. The Players [James] Edward Forshay—Actor. Born 1867 in Tennessee: THE MURDERER Edna Mae Stokes—Wife of Edward Forshay: THE PHILANDERER Vernon Johns—Hotel owner in Chicago and Edna Mae’s love interest: THE LOVER Jesse Forshay & Margaret “Texas” Pittman— Parents of Edward Forshay: THE PARENTS Anna Forshay Read More

How To Capture and Preserve Family Recipes

Posted by Maggie Mora on May 2, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

Capturing family recipes can be tricky business. If your family is anything like mine, meals were often prepared without measurements; sauces tasted on the back of hands, spices eye-balled. The recipes I’d try to meticulously recreate often ended up tasting nothing like the original. My family also had very few recipes that were passed down; Read More

Explore the history of The Royal Female Orphanage, Beddington

Posted by Bryony Partridge on April 5, 2016 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom, Website

The below is a guest post from Kath Shawcross, Borough Archivist & Local Studies Manager at the London Borough of Sutton about the Royal Female Orphanage List of Children, 1890-1913. To explore this collection, head to Ancestry.co.uk  The Royal Female Orphanage in Beddington, originally known as the ‘Asylum or House of Refuge for Orphans and other Deserted Girls of Read More

History of Crusheen (Inchicronan) Parish

Posted by Bryony Partridge on February 16, 2016 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Ireland

The below is a guest post from Irish family historian Gerry Kennedy, who lives in Crusheen, Ireland. This post gives some further context and background history on the parish of Crusheen, which may be particularly helpful for those searching the Crusheen Parish Registers 1860 – 2014 on Ancestry.  Origins of the name The name ‘Inchicronan’ is from the Gaelic Read More