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I recently read an Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for a Jewish soldier in WWII named Harvey P. Robitshek. This IDPF was unlike other I have read in that it is 361 pages long. Now I’ve read hundreds of IDPFs across all branches of the military for WWII, but this one really stood out. Why? Read More
Underground markets. Escapes through sewers. Friends and neighbors defending their streets from tanks. On the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, we look back on a WWII story rarely told, but just as heroic as the Landing at Normandy or the Battle of Britain. On 19 April 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto, a starving Jewish Read More
Right this minute, I’m in Ireland on an Ancestry ProGenealogists Heritage Tour, sitting in the Harbor Hotel overlooking Galway Bay.  I’ve spent the last week and a half making a clockwise tour of the island.  And, it seems that every time we come around another corner someone reminds us about the time in June 1963 Read More
As we move through 2018, we get closer to the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I, a war in which some of our ancestors fought and died. Have you started your research? Are you attending any commemorations or unveiling of new war memorials? Are you adding your new information to your family Read More
When I think about Benjamin Franklin I think about bifocals, kites and lightening, his ambassadorship to France, and the fact that signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  I most certainly don’t think about the Salem Witch Trials.  After all the witchcraft frenzy that gripped Salem Village happened almost 85 years before the American Revolution. Read More
Janette Silverman grew up believing she might never uncover the stories of her Jewish ancestors. Due to the diaspora and the horrific events of World War II, finding Jewish families who had lived in Europe before the 20th century was nearly impossible. At least, that’s what she had been told. It was common knowledge, a Read More
One of my favorite things about family history is uncovering the stories of ordinary people.  People who lived their lives in unassuming ways but still managed to do pretty incredible things.  All too often, though, those stories get lost to time in the face of bigger and brighter personalities.  Family history is a way to Read More
Isn’t It Time You Were Irish? Has Saint Patrick’s Day left you wondering about your Irish ancestors? Who they were? Where they came from? How they got here? Whether you really have some? Ancestry—and AncestryDNA—can help. You’ll find more than 200 million Irish records on Ancestry.com, and AncestryDNA can help you track your Irish roots Read More
Just in case you might have missed them during the harried hustle of the holidays or the long winter’s night, we asked three of our favorite family historians to dish on some of their favorite new records on Ancestry. Ten years between U.S. federal censuses is just long enough for families to move, people to Read More
Here at Ancestry, the Research and Editorial Team (of which I am a part) loves the TV show, Timeless.  It makes sense.  The show centers around a group of time travelers.  And, what family historian do you know that doesn’t wish they could travel back in time to the places their ancestors lived? (If you Read More
What if knowing your history could give you a greater sense of confidence and inspire your direction in life? “The project was made to be liberating, eye-opening, and informative…an effort to spark interest in individuals to discover their heritage and to learn more about the history of their origins.”
— Thomas Evans Following the success of Read More
Genealogists wear many hats — researcher, writer, preservationist, archivist. We always want more time to track down our elusive ancestors, but if you inherited family photos, documents, or keepsakes, there’s no time like the present to safely preserve your treasures for the next generation. Here is a list of family history tips to help you Read More
A hike to an old stone barn on a sheep farm in the country. A walk through a graveyard. An 11-day bus ride with 22 complete strangers.   This may not immediately sound like the description of a dream vacation. But talk to California resident Vicki Stuber for two minutes, and you’ll be convinced that Read More
The year’s end is a time to take stock of the past year and make plans for the new one ahead. In addition to resolutions about food and exercise, it’s the perfect time to set some goals related to family history. Not sure where to start? Two of Ancestry’s professional genealogists recently shared the pet Read More
We want to share an important security update with you. Last Wednesday, December 20, Ancestry’s Information Security Team received a message from a security researcher indicating that he had found a file containing email addresses/username and password combinations as well as user names from a RootsWeb.com server. Our Information Security Team reviewed the details of Read More
Maybe you have thought about hiring a professional genealogist to help tackle a nagging research question or build out your family tree, but the cost has kept you from moving forward. You’re not alone. Just like hiring an expert in any field, accessing the experience and knowledge of a trained genealogist can be expensive. If Read More
Understanding Machine Learning: XGBoost As the use of machine learning continues to grow in industry, the need to understand, explain and define what machine learning models do seems to be a growing trend. For machine learning classification problems that are not of the deep learning type, it’s hard to find a more popular library than Read More
Given the immense quantity of material available through Ancestry and elsewhere online, you may not have considered the many benefits of joining a genealogical society. Societies range in size from a few dozen to thousands of members, and typically have a focus. That focus could be based in geography, surname, nationality, or ethnic group. Automatically, Read More
Maintaining our customers’ trust is a non-stop, 24/7 job for everyone at Ancestry. That approach is baked into how we build and market our products, how we make decisions as a business and, of course, how we think about, protect and respect the data you share with us. In that spirit, today I am happy Read More
Few journeys in the world of genealogy are as poignant and challenging as an individual searching for his or her biological family. While all people who pursue genealogy experience some sense of self-discovery and emotion, researchers solving “unknown parentage” questions produce even more passion. With the world of genetic genealogy exploding in popularity over the Read More