Jeanie Croasmun

Jeanie Croasmun has been working at while futilely attempting to prove the horse thief story in her family history for over seven years. During that time, she learned enough about her family to determine that the story is likely a great work of fiction. But the search continues ...

Why This Truly is the Land of Lincoln

  George Washington fathered the country, but Abe Lincoln may have done more than any other president to populate it. The Homestead Act that Abraham Lincoln signed into law 150 years ago offered 160 acres of undeveloped public land in 30 states to qualified—and gutsy—men or women willing to try and tame the country’s vast Read More

Wanted: U.S. President. Leather Merchants, Refrigerator Engineers, Please Apply

Everybody knows lawyers, businessmen, and generals become presidents. But what sort of blue-collar, working-class cred have our commanders in chief brought to the Oval Office? The U.S. Federal Census offers come clues—at least after 1850. The 1850 census was the first to list occupation. That year, Pierce, Lincoln, and Hayes are all practicing law. Zachary Read More

What do Lincoln, Custer, a Well-Disguised Jilted Lover, and an Olympic Gold Medal winner have in common?

Going beyond name, rank and regiment, a new collection of military burial registers on Ancestry provides insight into some of America’s greatest historical figures – including Abraham Lincoln, General Custer and others dating to the Civil War. The online, searchable collection launched recently courtesy of a partnership between Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history Read More

Will Sandy Lead to Marriage Spike?

Calamity makes the heart grow fonder. Want proof? Take a look at’s San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Marriage Project. In the month following the catastrophic earthquake and fire, the Alameda County Clerk’s office set records for issuing marriage licenses. According to Ancestry’s databases, the Oakland Tribune for 7 May 1906 explained that Miss Helen McGregor Read More