Why U.S. Military Pension Records May Unlock Clues with Loretta Evans

Posted by Jessica Latinović on April 26, 2016 in Research

Loretta Evans, AG ® specializes in researching the Midwestern United States. We had the pleasure of interviewing her recently about U.S. military pension records. Tune in below to see why pensions are among the richest family history records and learn about some of the often-overlooked details that can be found in military pension files. Search Ancestry’s Read More

Finding Children When There Isn’t a Will

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 18, 2016 in Research

The U.S. Wills and Probates collections hold the answer to countless questions about our family trees. As you’re going through, don’t be disappointed if your ancestor didn’t leave a will. His (or sometimes her) death could still have generated records that answer who the children are. Guardianship Records Guardians become involved when the minor heirs have a Read More

Teasing the Truth From a Family Legend

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 8, 2016 in Research

“You know we’re related to Brigham Young.” That’s what my Grandma Johnson told me way back when I was first starting to show an interest in our family history. I was fairly impressed. When it came to matters of our ancestry, Grandma was always right. Except when she wasn’t. Working With the Family Legends Family Read More

5 Tipps für einen soliden Familienstammbaum

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 21, 2016 in Germany, Research

In unsere Familienstammbäume investieren wir einiges an Zeit und Geld und natürlich auch viel Herzblut. Und da wir so viel Liebe in diese Arbeit legen, wollen wir sichergehen, dass die Verknüpfungen zwischen den Generationen und zwischen unseren Vorfahren und den dazugehörigen Belegen solide und belastbar sind. Deswegen haben wir ein paar Punkte zusammengestellt, die sehr Read More

New Collection: Alberta, Canada, Homestead Records (1870-1930)

Posted by Lesley Anderson on February 8, 2016 in Canada, Research

This valuable land record collection includes the names of approximately 200,000 people who applied for homesteads in Alberta under the Dominion Lands Act – an 1872 law aimed to encourage the settlement of the Canadian Prairies. Compiled during a time where the population was expanding to Western Canada, this collection is an incredible resource for those Read More