Ancestry.com

The official blog of Ancestry.com
  1. What War Did My Ancestor Serve In?
    You know you should look for military records for your ancestor, but what war did he serve in? Our friends over at Fold3 created this handy little infographic to use as a rule of thumb. There are exceptions to every rule, but this will get you started!   If you want to dig a little… Read more
  2. It’s Earth Day! How Did the Earth Determine Where Your Ancestor Lived?
    I’m willing to bet at least some of your ancestors were farmers. Their livelihood, their ability to feed their children, to clothe themselves — it all depended on the earth. And it depended on the type of earth.  All soil is not created equal, and not all soil is used to grow the same things.… Read more
  3. Virtual Cemeteries, Rotating Photos, User Profiles, and More in the Updated Find A Grave iOS App
    Last month we released the iOS App for Find A Grave, and the feedback has been fantastic. It’s motivating to hear how Find A Grave affects people’s lives, and our team has been happy with the response. Today we’re releasing the first new features update for the app. We have a lot more we’re going… Read more
  4. What You Might Have Missed: April 21st Edition
    Blog Posts Ancestry.com Probate in the United Kingdom: An Overview by Abbie Lee Black Pennsylvania Death Certificates Now Available by Amy Johnson Crow Who Dat? It’s the Bayou State: New Louisiana State Research Guide  by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past” by Juliana Smith DNA Hints — Providing More Clarity To My… Read more
  5. Probate in the United Kingdom: An Overview
    After finding your ancestors in civil registration, census records, and parish registers, there are many different record types that are widely available for the UK. When I’m doing research, I usually look for probate records, and specifically wills, of my ancestors at this stage in the research process.   UK Wills and Probate Before 1858… Read more