Go Fishing with Cousin Bait

Posted by Denise May Levenick on July 20, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Are you making it easy for cousins and fellow genealogists to find your family photos in an Ancestry online photo gallery? Genealogy bloggers often use “cousin bait” to catch relatives searching the internet for family names, but did you know that Ancestry Public Member Trees can help catch cousins too? What is “cousin bait” and Read More

How Did Your Ancestors Shape Our Nation’s History?

Posted by Laura Renda on July 6, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

As we celebrate the founding of this great nation, many will wonder, “What role did my ancestors play in establishing the freedoms we enjoy today?” You may be surprised by what you discover. As a nation, we honor the founding fathers, who risked their lives and liberty to declare our independence, but many others contributed Read More

Make Misspellings Work For You

Posted by Linda Barnickel on June 27, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Often, beginning genealogists miss their ancestors by sticking too firmly to the idea that “that’s not how my family spelled their name, so it can’t be my ancestor.” This statement ignores these basic truths: 1) Ancestors who were illiterate would have no idea how to spell their own name, let alone how someone else should Read More

Three Ways to Take Aim at Southern Brick Walls

Posted by Erika Manternach on June 21, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Tracing ancestors in the American South in the 19th century produces some of the most frustrating genealogical challenges. The troublesome trademarks of these searches are all too common: ancestors who married before 1850, and therefore do not appear by name with their parents in earlier censuses; a female family member who married and changed her Read More

Reconnect with your Roots this Summer

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 20, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Traveling can bring any family closer together, but imagine an RV camping trip that connects your family to past generations and the places that populate your family’s history. The comfort and convenience of an RV can be a great motivator for families to take a trip to travel back in time. Here are our best Read More

Family History Goes to School

Posted by Erika Manternach on June 7, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

The final weeks of the school year can trigger anxiety, especially if project deadlines are involved. If younger students are stumped about how to complete an assigned project, consider whether family history could be the key to their success. Crystal Farish, a researcher at AncestryProGenealogists, helped her own children connect with their past through school Read More

World War II Book Resources on Fold3

Posted by Jennifer Holik on June 6, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

I was thinking about what to write for this month’s article and chose to look for D-Day resources on Ancestry and Fold3. I started with Fold3 with the idea there would be some reports that mention D-Day, and I found some in the WWII War Diaries, a collection with a large number of Naval reports. Read More

U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939

Posted by Jennifer Holik on May 26, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Have you checked out the U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939? The description tells us about the records. About This Collection The U.S. Army Transport Service (ATS) was established in 1899 as part of the Army Quartermaster Department. It was originally created to manage the transport of troops and cargo on Army ships that Read More