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  1. Uncovering a Free Black Man’s Past: Buying a Slave to Unite His Family
    By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Ancestry.com Genealogist “My ancestor, Lewis Freeman, was a free Negro who lived in Chatham, North Carolina from at least 1800 until his death in 1845. I would like to know when he was born.” – Harold F. Dear Harold, When searching for family roots in the… Read more
  2. Happy 350th New Jersey! New State Research Guide for the Garden State
    This year marks 350 years since New Jersey’s birth as an English colony. To celebrate, our gift to you is the latest in our series of state research guides on the Garden State. Here are five things you might not know about New Jersey. 1. Between 1674 and 1702, New Jersey was divided politically between… Read more
  3. What We Are Reading: October 24th Edition
    Genealogy happy dances can be brought on by breaking through a brick wall. They can also happen when we find a little nugget of information – an insight, a story – that we weren’t expecting. Many of the things we’ve been reading this week have been around those little stories, whether they were tales of… Read more
  4. Between The Leaves: Interviewing Family Members
    Most of our family history research starts with oral history, the stories passed down from generation to generation. It’s important to capture these moments – whether by recording them or writing them down, to piece together your family history puzzle. On this week’s “Between the Leaves” we asked our professional genealogists Amy Johnson Crow, Anne… Read more
  5. Titanic Captain among those listed as more than one million historic Liverpool crew lists are digitised by Ancestry
    We are all familiar with the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. On the night of the 14th of April 1912, 1,500 people lost their lives after the liner hit an iceberg and sank to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. The captain on that tragic voyage was Edward Smith. Smith joined the White Star… Read more