Past Articles

Mexican Research: Not Just For “Dia de los Muertos” Anymore

Posted by Sandy Olney on November 14, 2017 in ProGenealogists, Website

In the not too distant past, “many people of Mexican descent only thought about researching their ancestry on the Day of the Dead,” according to Evan Christensen, a genealogist at AncestryProGenealogists. But that wasn’t due to a lack of interest in their rich family histories. In fact, AncestryProGenealogists research team manager Joseph Shumway believes that Read More

Ancestry Product Update: Person Page Changes

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 9, 2017 in Products and Services

We recently released a couple changes to the Fact and Lifestory pages and wanted to share how you can benefit from this update:  Quick Edit Hover Quickly edit via the Quick Edit without having to navigate to that family member’s page, edit, and return to your previously spot. Hover over the family members’ card and Read More

Continued Commitment to Customer Privacy and Control

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 2, 2017 in AncestryDNA

One of the powerful benefits of using AncestryDNA is discovering DNA Matches, potential relatives who share DNA with you. Thanks to more than 6 million people providing a little saliva, we are helping customers around the world discover new relatives and reunite with family every day. As more people take the AncestryDNA test, there are new Read More

The Report of My Death Was an Exaggeration

Posted by Ellen Notbohm on November 2, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, Sept-Oct 2009. James Ross Clemens, a cousin of mine, was seriously ill two or three weeks ago in London but is well now. The report of my illness grew out of his illness. The report of my death was an exaggeration. — Mark Twain Obituaries. Like heirlooms, they Read More

Flesh and Bones

Posted by Mary Gorman on October 26, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, Sept-Oct 2008.  A picture brings life to life, maybe more so in family history than anywhere else. What a relative looked like, his or her attitude, quirks, interests—looking at a photo changes someone from a name to flesh and bones. But what if you have no photo? You Read More

Stories Told in Stone

Posted by Gaylord Cooper on October 23, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, Sept-Oct 2009. Tombstones are another great source of posthumous information. The carvings on gravestones, called icons, were and still are used as a type of shorthand for stone carvers. Each icon conveys a greater idea, thereby saving time and expense (and space). Tombstone icons can give information about Read More

Family Foodways

Posted by Linda Barnickel on October 18, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary perhaps says it best. Foodways are the “eating habits and culinary practices of a people, region, or historical time period.” Foodways include the growth and production of food, methods of cooking, spices, who cooked the food, social occasions, and special events. Even the intangibles such as aroma, food’s association with memories, folktales and Read More