Here’s When You Can Watch Season 5 of “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.”

Here’s When You Can Watch Season 5 of “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.”

PBS has announced the premiere date for season five of the genealogy series “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” It’ll be Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. In “Finding Your Roots,” historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr., presents well-known Americans with their family histories in all their fascinating complexity and diversity....Read more
Three Myths About Your Immigrant Ancestors

Three Myths About Your Immigrant Ancestors

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, ggbain 09120 America’s great era of immigration ended less than 100 years ago. For the vast majority of US residents, our ancestors came from other countries to find work, freely practice their religion, join family and friends already here, and escape danger back...Read more
How to Search Military Records on FamilySearch.org

How to Search Military Records on FamilySearch.org

Military records—such as service records, pensions, and draft registration cards (see above)—can provide valuable information about your ancestors and their military service. Fold3 is the undisputed US military records champion, but what’s the key to finding military records on the free FamilySearch.org? The free database boasts more than 160 military...Read more
Beginner Tips: Where to Look for Great Ancestor Stories

Beginner Tips: Where to Look for Great Ancestor Stories

  One of my favorite aspects of genealogy is finding a good story. Maybe an ancestor took part in an historical event, clawed his way to economic success, survived an arduous migration or even committed a crime. The kinds of things you might see on an episode of “Who Do...Read more
Who Do You Think You Are?: Laverne Cox Discovers Freedmen in Her Family Tree

Who Do You Think You Are?: Laverne Cox Discovers Freedmen in Her Family Tree

Historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar shows actress Laverne Cox a voter register naming her freedman ancestor on “Who Do You Think You Are?” As an actress and an openly transgender woman, Laverne Cox has achieved a lot of firsts. She’s the first openly transgender woman nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award...Read more
23andMe Files Lawsuit Against Ancestry.com

23andMe Files Lawsuit Against Ancestry.com

On Friday, May 11, 2018, 23andMe hit genealogy rival Ancestry.com with a false advertising and patent infringement lawsuit in California federal court. 23andMe is seeking to to invalidate Ancestry’s “Ancestry” trademark , claiming that the latter company sells a DNA-based ancestry test that infringes on 23andMe’s patent. Here’s what you...Read more