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

Mother’s Day is coming – Celebrate like a Genealogist

Posted by Jasmine Vasquez on May 4, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Gifts inspired by family history are guaranteed to make the moms in your life feel special. That’s why one researcher at AncestryProGenealogists has turned family history-themed gifts into a tradition. “My parents can buy anything they want, but when I take the time to do something that’s personal to them, that’s what means the most,” Read More

Finding Roots Close to Home

Posted by Kelly Kautz on April 19, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Lancaster, Pennsylvania has a long and storied past. It served as the United States capitol for a single day during the American Revolutionary War. Thaddeus Stevens and former United States president James Buchanan both called it home. I call Lancaster home, too. But for years, I considered myself a transplant. My mom hailed from the Read More

How to Save Grandma’s Love Letters

Posted by Denise May Levenick on March 1, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

“Dearest Anne,” the letter began. “Hi honey! I’ll start this one off with ‘I miss you more than I could ever imagine.’” A small bundle of handwritten letters exchanged between a homesick young soldier and his sweetheart are a family treasure to be cherished. Letters give a personal glimpse into the everyday lives of our Read More

Strike it Rich with Freedman’s Bank Records

Posted by Linda Barnickel on February 24, 2017 in Collections, Guest Bloggers

By now, many researchers may be familiar with the massive collection of federal records produced by the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (BRFAL), more commonly known as the “Freedmen’s Bureau.” But a frequently overlooked source, with a very similar name, holds a wealth of detail as well. Records from the Freedman’s Savings and Read More

The Family Tree: Author Karen Branan’s Search for Truth

Posted by Kelly Kautz on February 23, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Investigative reporter Karen Branan has spent her entire career solving mysteries. She never expected to find the mystery of a lifetime in her own family tree. But while recording her ninety-year-old grandmother’s oral history, Branan learned about a lynching that her great-grandfather sanctioned in 1912. Further research showed that one of the victims, a black Read More