The Pros Share Their #GenealogyGoals for 2018

Posted by Jasmine Vasquez on January 2, 2018 in ProGenealogists

The year’s end is a time to take stock of the past year and make plans for the new one ahead. In addition to resolutions about food and exercise, it’s the perfect time to set some goals related to family history. Not sure where to start? Two of Ancestry’s professional genealogists recently shared the pet Read More

4 Reasons to Join a Genealogical Society

Posted by Linda Barnickel on December 15, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Given the immense quantity of material available through Ancestry and elsewhere online, you may not have considered the many benefits of joining a genealogical society. Societies range in size from a few dozen to thousands of members, and typically have a focus. That focus could be based in geography, surname, nationality, or ethnic group. Automatically, Read More

5 Tips for Discovering Biological Family with AncestryDNA

Posted by Jake Fletcher on December 7, 2017 in AncestryDNA, ProGenealogists

Few journeys in the world of genealogy are as poignant and challenging as an individual searching for his or her biological family. While all people who pursue genealogy experience some sense of self-discovery and emotion, researchers solving “unknown parentage” questions produce even more passion. With the world of genetic genealogy exploding in popularity over the Read More

Locating World War I Photographs

Posted by Jennifer Holik on December 1, 2017 in Guest Bloggers, Research

I talk to a lot of European World War I and World War II researchers who have adopted the graves of our American service members who are buried in American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) Cemeteries. The number one thing each seeks is a photograph of their adopted soldier, sailor, or Marine. So, just where might Read More

Mexican Research: Not Just For “Dia de los Muertos” Anymore

Posted by Sandy Olney on November 14, 2017 in ProGenealogists, Website

In the not too distant past, “many people of Mexican descent only thought about researching their ancestry on the Day of the Dead,” according to Evan Christensen, a genealogist at AncestryProGenealogists. But that wasn’t due to a lack of interest in their rich family histories. In fact, AncestryProGenealogists research team manager Joseph Shumway believes that Read More

The Report of My Death Was an Exaggeration

Posted by Ellen Notbohm on November 2, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, Sept-Oct 2009. James Ross Clemens, a cousin of mine, was seriously ill two or three weeks ago in London but is well now. The report of my illness grew out of his illness. The report of my death was an exaggeration. — Mark Twain Obituaries. Like heirlooms, they Read More

Flesh and Bones

Posted by Mary Gorman on October 26, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, Sept-Oct 2008.  A picture brings life to life, maybe more so in family history than anywhere else. What a relative looked like, his or her attitude, quirks, interests—looking at a photo changes someone from a name to flesh and bones. But what if you have no photo? You Read More