Past Articles

This Week in History – October 29

Posted by pplotkin on October 29, 2018 in News, This Week in History

This Week in History is Ancestry’s look back at notable events from the past. Featuring three moments from our Newspapers.com archives, this Week in History is our way of remembering what came before us. During the week of October 29, Hurricane Hattie struck Belize, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Read More

This Week in History – October 22

Posted by pplotkin on October 22, 2018 in News, This Week in History

This Week in History is Ancestry’s look back at notable events from the past. Every week, we feature three moments in history from our Newspapers.com archives – anything from important anniversaries, to tragic occurrences, interesting tidbits to entertaining factoids, This Week in History is our way of remembering what came before us. During the week Read More

This Week in History – October 15th

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 16, 2018 in News, This Week in History

This Week in History is Ancestry’s look back at notable events from the past. Every week, we will be featuring three moments in history from our Newspapers.com archives – anything from important anniversaries, to tragic occurrences, interesting tidbits to entertaining factoids, This Week in History is our way of remembering what came before us. During Read More

Ancestry Product Update: Get a Link to Share Your Tree

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 8, 2018 in Website

We’ve added a new feature to our Family Tree sharing options to make it even easier than ever to invite friends and family to collaborate. To share your family tree with others, navigate to the tree you would like to share, and select Sharing from the tree drop-down menu. Among the email and Ancestry messaging Read More

Powered by the World’s Largest Consumer DNA Network, Ancestry Unveils More Detailed and Precise Ethnicity Estimates Than Ever Before

Posted by Dr. Catherine Ball on September 12, 2018 in AncestryDNA

With more than 30 years of dedicated experience in family history and the world’s largest consumer DNA network, Ancestry gives people the best tools to discover their story. Since our inception, we have been transforming names into family and distant places into home. We unlock stories from the past and inspire people to find their Read More

Embracing Privacy Best Practices for the Industry

Posted by Eric Heath on July 31, 2018 in AncestryDNA

As the market leader in consumer genomics, Ancestry recognizes our responsibility to lead by example and set the bar for industry innovation. We empower our customers at every step of their self-discovery journey, and protecting our customers’ privacy is our highest priority. We understand the sensitive nature of the information we handle and our responsibility Read More

Jean Smart: After the Witch Trials

Posted by Jessica Taylor on June 29, 2018 in Who Do You Think You Are?

What do you do when the paper trail for your ancestor ends? Jean Smart discovered the answer was to not give up. Jean went on a road of discovery and found that her 8x great-grandmother, Dorcas Galley, was accused as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Shortly after her trial in 1692, Dorcas appeared to vanish Read More

Molly Shannon: Secrets in Irish Marriage Records

Posted by Jessica Taylor on June 27, 2018 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Sometimes a simple piece of paper can unlock a deep and tragic story about your ancestors. That’s what happened for Molly Shannon, who went on an emotional journey to trace her 2x great-grandparents, Hugh Cattigan and Bridget Farry. Molly’s adventure led her to Ireland, where she discovered their 1851 marriage certificate. That simple piece of Read More

Ancestry Product Update: Family Group Sheets are Back!

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 26, 2018 in Website

The Family Group Sheet has returned to aid in your research! If you are unfamiliar with a Family Group Sheet (or Family Group Record), it is a view of parents and children in a family, and is designed to show names, dates, and places of birth, marriages, and deaths in an easy-to-read format. It has Read More

Alternative WWI Army Service Detail Sources

Posted by Jennifer Holik on June 26, 2018 in Guest Bloggers

Searching for information on Army military service from World War I can be a bit difficult for some researchers due to the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). We tend to think we have to only look for World War I Army service information at the NPRC and if the records burned, Read More