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  • How to Read a 1790 U.S. Census Form Sun, 09 Dec 2018 05:11:17 +0000
    A 1790 census record can give you a small snapshot into your 1790 ancestor’s family and lifestyle. Although the handwriting might seem hard to decipher at first, 1790 census forms are simple and can be very easy to navigate. Use this quick guide to help you find your early U.S. ancestors in the census and […]
  • How to Find Families in the 1790 United States Census Sun, 09 Dec 2018 04:54:16 +0000
    The 1790 census was the first census taken after the United States became an independent country. These census records may be some of the first records to give information about your early ancestors who lived in the United States. Locating an ancestor in a 1790 census entry has a few challenges to it, but you […]
  • The 1790 United States Census Sun, 09 Dec 2018 04:19:36 +0000
    The United States took its first census in 1790, just a year after George Washington was inaugurated as the first president. For such a young nation, the 1790 census was a staggering feat given the country’s lack of experience and limits in printing and transportation. Over the course of 18 months, census takers gathered and […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch from November 2018 Thu, 29 Nov 2018 22:51:57 +0000
    FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in November 2018 with almost 90 million new indexed family history records and almost 300,000 digital images from around the world. New historical records were added from Benin, Chile, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Honduras, Ireland, Lesotho, Liberia, Nicaragua, Peru, and the United States, which includes California, […]
  • Light the World 2018 with Family History Thu, 22 Nov 2018 01:15:51 +0000
    As the holiday season approaches, we look forward to the joy of family gatherings, shared meals, and celebrations. Whether you celebrate with presents under the tree, wooden shoes stuffed with straw, or a bonfire made from dried thorn branches, it is a season of joy and togetherness. The Christmas season is an opportune time for […]
  • 8 Holidays around the World Wed, 21 Nov 2018 18:54:09 +0000
    Written by Laurie Bradshaw and Maddy Stutz Holidays and celebrations are some of the best times to gather with family to create lifelong memories, and families around the world cherish many traditions together. Here are a few of these traditions from holidays around the world. 1. Christmas in Finland—A Time of Remembrance On Christmas Eve in […]
  • Connect with Your Family, Past and Present—Famicity and FamilySearch Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:55:52 +0000
    Famicity gives families a personal, secure place to share photos and memories, connect with each other, and collaborate on a family tree. Here is a taste of what Famicity can do for you, how it works with, and how to create your own free account with Famicity. Famicity: A Private Family Social Network A […]
  • FamilySearch Update for Tagging Photos and Editing Portraits Sun, 18 Nov 2018 05:22:59 +0000
    There’s something special about family photos. Recently, I came across a picture on FamilySearch of a Thanksgiving dinner at my great-grandparents’ home with family members seated around a long table. As I studied that photo taken sixty years ago, the past felt very close. Photos bring out our ancestors’ personalities, paint a vivid picture of […]
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  • Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Joshua Duhamel Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:53:05 +0000
    In Who Do You Think You Are?, Josh Duhamel discovered that his 12x great-grandfather, Thomas Norton, held prominent status in 16thcentury England, and was an influential figure in the war between Protestantism and Catholicism at the time. In this episode, Josh found answers to questions that many Americans ask about their own family tree: do Read More
  • 12 Days of Connections Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:27:54 +0000
    This holiday season, we are honored to share the reunions of 12 Ancestry customers who found long lost family members. We are inspired by the connections, love, and hope from these stories, and we hope you will be too! Check back as we add each story throughout the month. “My name is Nichole and I Read More
  • Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Mandy Moore Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:59:27 +0000
    A journey on the open seas can be grueling, isolating,and dangerous. Mandy Moore made the surprising discovery that her 3rd-great-grandmother, Ellen Flynn, boarded the ship Lady Peelin 1849 and traveled from Ireland to Australia. Astonishingly, she thenbraved the seas again to go from Australia to England, traveling over 14,000 miles in her lifetime. In a Read More
  • The Great Thanksgiving Listen with StoryCorps Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:31:55 +0000
    At Ancestry, we care deeply about keeping and preserving memories from our ancestors and loved ones. This year, we are honored to partner with StoryCorps, a wonderful non-profit organization that records and shares the stories of Americans from all different backgrounds. The stories are archived and select recordings are shared with the public through StoryCorps’ Read More
  • Gross, Nebraska, Population 2: The Home You Didn’t Know You Had Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:07:36 +0000
    It’s that time of year, once again, when thoughts of family and friends, and going home are more prevalent than ever. Having a home for the holidays provides great comfort, a sense of roots and belonging, no matter what home looks like – a leafy rural hideaway, a bustling city with gleaming skyscrapers – or Read More
  • Ancestry Launches a New Take on Genetic Traits Fri, 09 Nov 2018 23:22:34 +0000
    Ancestry’s long history of innovation has driven our leadership in family history and, more recently, the emerging field of consumer genomics. Today, we’re proud to introduce a fun and innovative way for you to further explore who you are and where you come from – AncestryDNA Traits. Using science and data to power ongoing journeys Read More
  • Descendants of Honor Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:00:20 +0000
    This Veterans Day, we are featuring the diverse descendants of Medal of Honor recipients to showcase the fact that our military heroes truly come from everywhere. Here are a few of their stories. Christopher Langlois – Descendant Christopher Flynn – Medal of Honor Recipient Ireland “I was named after him. I try to live up Read More
  • Researching the Genetics of Human Lifespan Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:06:25 +0000
    Today, I am proud to have the opportunity to highlight how the drive for discovery at Ancestry extends to our important research collaborations. Three years ago, we announced a collaboration with Calico, a research and development company focused on the biology of longevity. Today, our first joint research paper was published in GENETICS, a journal Read More
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  • More Enhancements to Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps added by Randy Majors Sat, 15 Dec 2018 03:29:46 +0000
    I have written before (at and at about Randy Majors’ work to make Google Maps more useful to genealogists. He obviously has not been resting on his laurels. He writes: Google Maps county line tools on now let you search using your current location You can now search using your current location […]
  • Making a Genealogical Journey to Québec City Sat, 15 Dec 2018 03:16:18 +0000
    Québec City is rich with history, artefacts and documents – all of which make the search for French Canadian ancestry relatively straightforward. Searching records online through the Monastère des Augustines and sites like PRDH are highly recommended, and, of course, so is a trip to Québec City. Jean-Pierre Gendreau-Hétu did exactly that. Luckily for the […]
  • David McElroy Elected to Fellowship of AGI Sat, 15 Dec 2018 02:58:43 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) : On Friday, 7th December, at AGI’s 31st Annual General Meeting in Dublin the election was announced of David McElroy as a Fellow of the Association, recognising his decades’ long contribution to the pursuit and study of Irish genealogy. (above) AGI FELLOW PAMELA BRADLEY […]
  • Over 2 Million Portsmouth Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday Sat, 15 Dec 2018 02:49:46 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast: Leading UK family history website Findmypast has today published over 2.4 million new records in partnership with the Portsmouth History Centre. The records are full of fascinating details of Portsmouth life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the […]
  • Fold3 WWII U.S. Draft Registration Card Collection Expanded Fri, 14 Dec 2018 03:29:55 +0000
    Fold3 has added four new states to the company’s collection of U.S. WWII Draft Registration Cards. The collection now contains cards from Montana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Oregon. The cards in this collection are registration cards for the draft and do not necessarily indicate that the individual ever served in the military. There were seven draft […]
  • Thousands of Ottoman-Era Photographs from Turkey are now Online Fri, 14 Dec 2018 03:20:15 +0000
    If you have ancestors from Turkey, you will be interested in a new online collection of photographs. The digitization project focused on photographs from the nineteenth century until World War I (Series I–VIII), resulting in 3,750 individual records of digital files. French collector Pierre de Gigord traveled to Turkey and collected thousands of Ottoman-era photographs […]
  • The Cousin Explainer Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:11:29 +0000
    Trying to determine all the relationships of all your relatives at a Christmas gathering? A tea towel can help. As described on the web site where you can order the towel: “Second cousin once removed, or first cousin twice removed? Calculating cousin-hood has never been easier with this brilliant tea towel. Finally you can establish […]
  • (+) How to Watch “Who Do You Think You Are?” on the TLC Network without Cable Thu, 13 Dec 2018 04:03:52 +0000
    The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.  The most popular television program amongst genealogists in the United States probably is Who Do You Think You Are? Admittedly, I don’t have statistics to prove its popularity, but my conversations and the email messages I receive from genealogists mention that […]
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