Past Articles

World War II Research Guide

Posted by Jennifer Holik on December 5, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

If you have World War II veterans in your family, you can honor them by documenting their service in your family history. Unfortunately, due to privacy restrictions, many family historians have the misconception that it’s a lost cause trying to obtain the records of WWII veterans. Fortunately, there are ways to uncover details of your Read More

Exploring Your DNA Results Further

Posted by Linda Barnickel on December 1, 2016 in AncestryDNA

This is a guest post by Linda Barnickel. Although I had my DNA tested with Ancestry over a year ago, I only recently discovered the wealth of information accessible through two unobtrusive links to be found on each individual match page. Predicted Relationships Choose one of your individual matches and go to that page. Click Read More

Ancestry Cultural Legacy Project: A Journey Exploring Cultural Legacy and Cultural Identity

Posted by Dr. Timothy Seigler on November 30, 2016 in AncestryDNA, In The Community

This is a guest post by Dr. Timothy Seigler, Associate Professor in the School of Education at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina who teaches courses on Culturally Responsive Leadership and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Dr. Seigler is introducing the first of its kind research project known as the Ancestry Cultural Legacy Project.  Students from two Read More

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