Workhouse records can lead to other avenues of research

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 26, 2016 in United Kingdom, Website

This blogpost about the Medway Poor Law Union Records was written by archivist, Alison Cable. Alison is the archivist and manager of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre and is responsible for taking care of all the archive collections deposited at Strood. These include the records of Medway Council, parish collections, private collections, public records such as Read More

How Science Solved a Romanian Mystery

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 11, 2016 in AncestryDNA, Research, United Kingdom

Senior Manager of Content at Ancestry, Miriam Silverman, shares her experience researching her family history in Romania and how a DNA match repaired a broken branch of her family tree.  When you come from immigrant stock, it can be very difficult to trace your ancestry back very far. My dad’s dad came over to London as Read More

Finding Canadian Lovebirds in Ontario Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 9, 2016 in Canada, Collections

Analysis of historic visitor records from Niagara Falls has revealed how one of Canada’s top tourist destinations earned its reputation as the honeymoon capital of the world. Recent research shows that August is Canada’s most popular month to wed – and to celebrate the 500-year-old tradition of taking a vacation after the big day, Ancestry Read More

New Collection: Alberta, Canada, Homestead Records (1870-1930)

Posted by Lesley Anderson on February 8, 2016 in Canada, Research

This valuable land record collection includes the names of approximately 200,000 people who applied for homesteads in Alberta under the Dominion Lands Act – an 1872 law aimed to encourage the settlement of the Canadian Prairies. Compiled during a time where the population was expanding to Western Canada, this collection is an incredible resource for those Read More

Ancestry LifeStory: The Life Lived in the Dash

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 2, 2015 in Site Features, Website

As a genealogist, I love putting the puzzle of the family tree together.  I love the process of reasonably exhaustive searches and analysis and correlation of evidence. I love how one genealogical question leads to another and those questions lead to records that lead to more questions.  It’s exciting to share that “thrill of the Read More

Genealogy Roadshow Heads to New Orleans, St. Louis, and Philadelphia

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 6, 2015 in Genealogy Roadshow

From descendants of the infamous pirate Blackbeard to heroes of the Holocaust, PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW uncovers family secrets in the series’ second season, which premieres Tuesday, January 13th at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs Tuesday through February 24th. Check your local listings or visit http://pbs.org/genealogyroadshow for more information about the series. Genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Read More

Immigration in the 1600s

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 7, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

We probably all remember the little school room ditty about how, in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Columbus was not the first and he would not be the last. Exploration of the New World had been happening for a while by then. It would continue for several more decades before the first permanent European Read More