Past Articles

An Intimate Look at Life During the Great Depression

Posted by Kelly Kautz on January 17, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

An Intimate Look at Life During the Great Depression For many Americans, Dorthea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” photo is the defining image of the Great Depression. But it’s just one of over 170,000 commissioned by the U.S. Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information during the 1930s and early 1940s. Meant to boost public support Read More

DNA Solves a Family Mystery, but Not in the Way You’d Think

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 12, 2017 in AncestryDNA

For her entire life, Julie Martini had considered herself German-American, even though she had been born with an Italian family name. Looking to learn more about her family history, Julie joined Ancestry to find records that would uncover her Old World roots in Germany or, perhaps, Italy. Documents and family links Julie found on Ancestry Read More

AncestryDNA Surpasses 3 Million Customers in DNA Database

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 10, 2017 in AncestryDNA

We are the largest consumer genetic testing company! It took us 11 months to go from 1 million to 2 million customers and just seven months later, we’ve surpassed 3 million customers in our AncestryDNA database. Hear some of the powerful discoveries customers have made with the help of AncestryDNA, Get more of the story here.  With now more Read More

115th Congress’s Famous Faces — Back in Their High School Days

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 6, 2017 in Collections

Can you recognize our U.S. Congress members from their high school yearbook photos? Explore our U.S., School Yearbooks collection for throwback photos of your ancestors with over 372 million records spanning the years 1880 to 2012. The U.S. Yearbook Collection includes millions of images from thousands of U.S. high schools, junior highs, academies, colleges, and universities.  

Writing Stories from the Heart

Posted by Jennifer Holik on December 21, 2016 in Guest Bloggers, Holidays

We have reached the final month of 2016. Most people are looking forward to the holidays and looking back at what they accomplished this year. We count our blessings and begin creating goals for the new year. For some, the goal of breaking down a brick wall or adding more people to their family tree Read More

Buttering Our Toast

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 16, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

This article by Beau Sharbrough originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, March-April 2007. I remember a story about a woman who always cut the end off the roast. Asked why, she said it was because her mother did. Someone asked her mother, and the mother said the same thing—because her mother did. Grandmother, tracked down and asked Read More

How Refrigeration Changed the United States

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 14, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

  This is a guest post by Jeremy Cook. Refrigeration and air conditioning are conveniences that we mostly take for granted in modern buildings and houses. At least I certainly do, after living on the Gulf Coast of Florida for the greater part of my life. Although my ancestors have lived in this sub-tropical environment Read More

From Day Laborer to Poet: The Struggles of an Italian Immigrant in the City of Dreams

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 8, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

This is a guest post by Tyler Anbinder, professor of history at George Washington University and author of “City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York.” When Pasquale D’Angelo arrived in New York in April 1910 from Introdacqua, a mountainous village eighty miles east of Rome in the Abruzzi region of central Italy, he Read More