Timeless, Marie Curie, and WWI

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 10, 2018 in Entertainment, Women in History

Here at Ancestry, the Research and Editorial Team (of which I am a part) loves the TV show, Timeless.  It makes sense.  The show centers around a group of time travelers.  And, what family historian do you know that doesn’t wish they could travel back in time to the places their ancestors lived? (If you Read More

Searching for Women in World War II

Posted by Jennifer Holik on March 27, 2017 in Website, Women in History

Prior to World War II, the primary roles of women were homemakers, mothers, wives, and daughters. Their main job was to stay home, take care of the family, and run the household. The man’s role was to go into the workforce and bring home the paycheck. This isn’t to say women did not hold jobs Read More

Leaving a Legacy: Wilma Pearl Mankiller

Posted by Jessica Latinović on March 8, 2015 in Website, Women in History

Wilma Pearl Mankiller has a unique story and background, unlike any other woman featured in our Leaving a Legacy series. Born  in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Wilma Pearl Mankiller descended from a long line of full-blooded Cherokee Indians on her paternal side, and had Dutch and Irish ancestry on her maternal side. Mankiller lived in Oklahoma through her Read More

Leaving a Legacy – Cornelia Clark Fort

Posted by Jessica Latinović on March 6, 2015 in Website, Women in History

Cornelia Clark Fort’s Life “I am grateful that my one talent, flying, was useful to my country.” – Cornelia Fort As the first American pilot to encounter the Japanese air fleet during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Cornelia Fort made history for women aviators across the globe. Cornelia was born into an affluent family in Nashville, Read More

Leaving a Legacy: Madam C.J. Walker

Posted by Juliana Szucs on March 3, 2015 in Website, Women in History

Madam C. J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove to Owen and Minerva (née Anderson) Breedlove, former slaves on a plantation owned by Robert W. Burney. Sarah was the first child of the couple born after the Civil War in 1867. In 1863, the Union Army had occupied the area during the siege of Vicksburg.  On Read More

Leaving a Legacy: Ada Lovelace

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 25, 2015 in Website, Women in History

You may have recently watched the Imitation Game and learned about Alan Turing’s efforts to defeat the Nazis with his ingenious computer work.  But do you know who is credited with creating the first computer program?  Would you have guessed an English Countess? Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born 1815 and died 1852 in Read More

Leaving a Legacy: Sojourner Truth

Posted by Crista Cowan on February 23, 2015 in Website, Women in History

When learning about the lives of extraordinary individuals – whether it’s famous women in history or someone from my own family tree – I’m always curious about their childhood.  What experiences did they have that formed them into the human being they became.  What things did they see, what choices did they make in their Read More

Leaving a Legacy: Elizabeth Blackwell

Posted by Juliana Szucs on February 20, 2015 in Website, Women in History

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are launching a series entitled “Leaving a Legacy: Important Women in History,” which will feature notable women who influenced the world through their life’s work, immense courage or commitment to a cause. Over the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing the compelling stories of well-known Read More