Timeless: A Trip That Took JFK 115 Years to Make

Posted by Crista Cowan on April 15, 2018 in Entertainment, Research

Right this minute, I’m in Ireland on an Ancestry ProGenealogists Heritage Tour, sitting in the Harbor Hotel overlooking Galway Bay.  I’ve spent the last week and a half making a clockwise tour of the island.  And, it seems that every time we come around another corner someone reminds us about the time in June 1963 Read More

Post-WWI and Post-WWII Immigration to the United States

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 21, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

This year, 100 years have passed since the U.S. entered World War I, and 75 years have passed since the U.S. entered World War II with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Each day, more people begin investigating their family’s role in these wars by researching their American soldier. One area of American military research that Read More

Ancestry Day by the San Francisco Bay, June 17-18

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 27, 2016 in Website

We’re excited to announce our next Ancestry Day will be hosted in San Francisco, CA in partnership with Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. The history of Angel Island goes back thousands of years as a fishing site for Miwok Indians, but fast forward to the early 20th century when the island served as a main Read More

A Dozen Places to Find Immigrant Origins

Posted by Juliana Szucs on January 5, 2016 in Website

There’s a unique thrill that comes when we identify an immigrant ancestor in our family tree. That ancestor’s decision had a huge impact on who we are today. Finding a connection to your immigrant’s place of origin in the old country can fuel our passion for family history. Here are ten places to look to Read More

Fathers Paving the Way: Birds of Passage

Posted by Juliana Szucs on June 18, 2015 in Website

You could hear the emotion in her voice as Lillian Galletta told Janet Levine of the National Park Service about her arrival at Ellis Island in 1928. We were in this big room, very large room, and they called your name out. And when they called Galletta, my father came running through the turnstile, and Read More

Ask Ancestry Anne: Where Did My People Come From?

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 5, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

For many of us, knowing where our ancestors came from is a primary goal.  Here are some tips on where you might start looking. 1850 – 1940 U.S. Census records. Census records list the person’s birthplace; 1880 – 1930 also list parents’ birthplace.  This is obvious place to start looking!  Make sure to check every Read More