Researching City Dwelling Ancestors

Posted by Jessica Latinović on January 27, 2017 in In The Community, Research

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG℠, is the president Board for Certification of Genealogists and a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, forensic genealogy, problem-solving, and multi-generational family histories. Researching city-dwelling ancestors is different and perhaps more challenging than general family history research. Jeanne gave us some great tips for overcoming those challenges. Explore more than Read More

5 Tips for Getting the Most from City Directories

Posted by Linda Barnickel on February 26, 2016 in Collections, Website

City directories are useful for the year-by-year portrait they can paint of our ancestors. They document their moves, changes in occupation, and may note the widowed status of a wife who has recently lost her husband. All of this information can be obtained by simply looking up an ancestor’s name. But consider the other types of information Read More

Big Data from Historical Sources

Posted by Laryn Brown on March 19, 2013 in Operations

At Ancestry we have a specific team dedicated to working on new technologies to extract information from historical sources of “Big Data.” One example is the U.S. City Directory collection. A precursor to modern telephone books, city directories listed all of the inhabitants of a city, along with their address, occupation, and often their spouse’s Read More