Mexican Research: Not Just For “Dia de los Muertos” Anymore

In the not too distant past, “many people of Mexican descent only thought about researching their ancestry on the Day of the Dead,” according to Evan Christensen, a genealogist at AncestryProGenealogists. But that wasn’t due to a lack of interest in their rich family histories. In fact, AncestryProGenealogists research team manager Joseph Shumway believes that Read More

Mexican Research: Not Just For “Dia de los Muertos” Anymore

In the not too distant past, “many people of Mexican descent only thought about researching their ancestry on the Day of the Dead,” according to Evan Christensen, a genealogist at AncestryProGenealogists. But that wasn’t due to a lack of interest in their rich family histories. In fact, AncestryProGenealogists research team manager Joseph Shumway believes that Read More

Help Preserve the Legacy of our Nation’s Heroes, While We Still Can

The memories of our veterans paint a more vivid picture than any history book. But with each year, as veterans pass on, their stories are lost, too. Ancestry is working to preserve the stories of WWII, as told by the ones who were there. If you know any veterans who served in the war, add Read More

Flesh and Bones

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, Sept-Oct 2008.  A picture brings life to life, maybe more so in family history than anywhere else. What a relative looked like, his or her attitude, quirks, interests—looking at a photo changes someone from a name to flesh and bones. But what if you have no photo? You Read More

Stories Told in Stone

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, Sept-Oct 2009. Tombstones are another great source of posthumous information. The carvings on gravestones, called icons, were and still are used as a type of shorthand for stone carvers. Each icon conveys a greater idea, thereby saving time and expense (and space). Tombstone icons can give information about Read More

Family Foodways

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary perhaps says it best. Foodways are the “eating habits and culinary practices of a people, region, or historical time period.” Foodways include the growth and production of food, methods of cooking, spices, who cooked the food, social occasions, and special events. Even the intangibles such as aroma, food’s association with memories, folktales and Read More

October is American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month, and institutions throughout the country are celebrating! Here are seven ways you can get involved: 1) Attend an event Many archives will be having special events throughout the month. These might include open houses, lectures, tours, exhibits or other activities. Check the websites of nearby repositories, including college campuses, public Read More

Professional genealogist offers advice on tracing African-American roots

Genealogical research in America’s Deep South can be challenging under the best of circumstances, but the task can be even more daunting for an African American family looking to fill in gaps in their family tree. While some families have had remarkable success in tracing their ancestors through the period of slavery and its aftermath, Read More