Past Articles

Is AncestryDNA helpful for Jewish Genealogy?

Posted by Jasmine Vasquez on July 21, 2017 in ProGenealogists

Experts discuss common pitfalls and share their strategies for success Autosomal DNA testing has become a standard tool used by many genealogists, and it has helped people discover unknown Jewish ancestry. But using autosomal DNA in Jewish research is filled with challenges, due in large part to the Jewish Diaspora and a long history of Read More

Go Fishing with Cousin Bait

Posted by Denise May Levenick on July 20, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Are you making it easy for cousins and fellow genealogists to find your family photos in an Ancestry online photo gallery? Genealogy bloggers often use “cousin bait” to catch relatives searching the internet for family names, but did you know that Ancestry Public Member Trees can help catch cousins too? What is “cousin bait” and Read More

Enhancing Collaboration and Roles on DNA Results

Posted by Anna Swayne on July 13, 2017 in AncestryDNA

  As the AncestryDNA service has grown, we are increasingly hearing about families taking DNA tests together. Family members want easier and more powerful ways to collaborate with each other to make discoveries in their family story, all while still maintaining control and privacy of their own information. We recently made some changes that allow Read More

How Did Your Ancestors Shape Our Nation’s History?

Posted by Laura Renda on July 6, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

As we celebrate the founding of this great nation, many will wonder, “What role did my ancestors play in establishing the freedoms we enjoy today?” You may be surprised by what you discover. As a nation, we honor the founding fathers, who risked their lives and liberty to declare our independence, but many others contributed Read More

RootsMagic brings Ancestry Features to their Desktop Software

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 28, 2017 in Website

Last year, we announced we were working with RootsMagic™, a leading desktop genealogy application, to allow Ancestry® subscribers to connect their Ancestry accounts to the RootsMagic software. Since that time, Ancestry has developed a new technology to integrate Ancestry Hints® and Ancestry’s records and online trees with RootsMagic products. Today, RootsMagic launches a free update Read More

Make Misspellings Work For You

Posted by Linda Barnickel on June 27, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Often, beginning genealogists miss their ancestors by sticking too firmly to the idea that “that’s not how my family spelled their name, so it can’t be my ancestor.” This statement ignores these basic truths: 1) Ancestors who were illiterate would have no idea how to spell their own name, let alone how someone else should Read More

Three Ways to Take Aim at Southern Brick Walls

Posted by Erika Manternach on June 21, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Tracing ancestors in the American South in the 19th century produces some of the most frustrating genealogical challenges. The troublesome trademarks of these searches are all too common: ancestors who married before 1850, and therefore do not appear by name with their parents in earlier censuses; a female family member who married and changed her Read More

Reconnect with your Roots this Summer

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 20, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Traveling can bring any family closer together, but imagine an RV camping trip that connects your family to past generations and the places that populate your family’s history. The comfort and convenience of an RV can be a great motivator for families to take a trip to travel back in time. Here are our best Read More

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