Past Articles

Turkey and All the Trimmings

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 21, 2016 in Guest Bloggers, In The Community

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, November-December 2007.  Since Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, Americans have enjoyed Thanksgiving celebrations on the last Thursday of November. That is until 1939. Because of the Great Depression, retailers and businesses pressured President Franklin D. Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving up one week, thus extending the holiday shopping season and, hopefully, Read More

Identifying Direct Sources to Prove Native American Ancestry

Posted by Brittany Begay on November 15, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

There are secrets to success when it comes to tracing Native American ancestry. While many useful resources are now available online, in order to correctly identify your Native American ancestors, you’ll need to combine what you can find online with other direct sources of information: U.S., Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940: Use these to identify which Read More

DNA Testing Your Holiday Table

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 14, 2016 in Website

Turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, pie. Every dish on your Thanksgiving table brings something different to the meal. Just like every member of your family brings something different to your genetic family tree. Scroll over the diners at our table to get an idea of what DNA testing other members of your family can add to Read More

5 Easy Ways to Fix Bad Family Photos

Posted by Denise May Levenick on November 13, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

We all have bad family photos. Headless uncles. Crooked skylines. Clashing colors and prints. Not to mention awkward poses and facial expressions. Using film didn’t make our ancestors great photographers, although the cost of film and developing probably made them more selective of the shots they took. Whether you’re digitizing a treasured family photo collection Read More

The devastating impact of WWI on UK towns

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 13, 2016 in Website

Each Remembrance Day, we pause to remember the signing of the armistice that ended the First World War. As we reflect on the sacrifices made by those in service, we also pause to remember the toll WWI had on families and communities throughout Britain. Across the UK, approximately 700,000 British soldiers died during the First Read More

WWI and the personal battle of Edgar Mellin

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 10, 2016 in Regional, United Kingdom

What was the sentiment among naturalised or second generation Germans living in Britain following the outbreak of World War I? AncestryProGenealogist, Simon Pearce, tells the story of one soldier who enlisted to serve against his homeland.  At the outbreak of the World War I in August 1914 there was a rush of enthusiasm across Great Read More

Preserving a World War II Service Member’s Lifestory on Ancestry Member Trees

Posted by Jennifer Holik on November 9, 2016 in In The Community

I attended the Ancestry.com breakfast at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference at the end of August this year. One of the speakers told attendees that Ancestry is passionate about saving the stories of an individual and family. The company continually looks for ways to preserve the stories for generations to come through their online Read More

Preserving A Town’s Military History

Posted by Jennifer Holik on November 8, 2016 in In The Community

This week I shared some tips on preserving your veteran’s military history on your Ancestry Member Tree. Today I’d like to share some ways to help you preserve your community’s military history. Many genealogists are involved in their local genealogy or historical organizations. These groups often work on projects to preserve local history, write books Read More