Hidden Meanings of 20 Gravestone Symbols

Hidden Meanings of 20 Gravestone Symbols

Silent Secrets Set in Stone A walk through a cemetery when researching ancestors can be a haunting, beautiful, and reflective experience. Aside from the names, birthdates, and death dates, what other secrets might their tombstones reveal? Those majestic, weather-worn stone carvings, statues, and etches you see (popularized by those cipher-loving...Read more
Immigration and our Ancestors: Episode 124

Immigration and our Ancestors: Episode 124

Listen to this Family Tree Magazine Podcast episode here:  This Month in Family History Family Tree editor Andrew Koch shares a genealogically important event that took place this month in years past – the Naturalization Act of 1906. National Archives website Feature Guest: Rich Venezia Rich is the founder of...Read more
3 Ways the War on German Language Impacts Genealogy Research

3 Ways the War on German Language Impacts Genealogy Research

World War I was a real cultural teeter-totter point for Americans with German ancestry. As the conflict unfolded in Europe between 1914 and 1918, more Americans sympathized with the Allies (led by Britain, France and Russia) and less with Central Powers (topped by German and Austro-Hungarian empires). This culminated with...Read more
5 Tips for Tracing Your Early American Ancestors

5 Tips for Tracing Your Early American Ancestors

What better way to celebrate July 4th than by tracing your early American ancestors? We have plenty of tips and resources to ease your way, below. There’s plenty more to learn in our Trace Your Early American Ancestors workshop, starting July 9th! Overcome Two Big Hurdles Researching your early American...Read more
What are Your New Year’s Genealogy Resolutions?

What are Your New Year’s Genealogy Resolutions?

Are you the type of person to make New Year’s resolutions? The fact is, of course, that you can start something new at any time, but there’s something symbolic about starting a fresh challenge in the new year. That’s just as true of genealogy resolutions as it is for all...Read more
5 Research Tools for Finding Ancestors

5 Research Tools for Finding Ancestors

There are plenty of resources available online for genealogists, it’s all about knowing where to look. Our online courses provide plenty of tools and technology for finding your ancestors, but also strategies for doing the research – and making use of the results. Below, find five resources for researching your...Read more
Thanks for the Records: Online Genealogy

Thanks for the Records: Online Genealogy

It’s that time of year again, where people all over the United States pause to reflect on the people and things they’re grateful for. I’m always grateful for my family and friends, the roof over my head, the food on my table – all the things that shouldn’t be taken...Read more
Death Investigation: Was it a Railroad Accident?

Death Investigation: Was it a Railroad Accident?

A Genealogical Death Investigation My grandfather had plenty of stories about his grandmother, Elizabeth, who lived quite a long and eventful life. Her husband, Daniel Davies, on the other hand, we know very little about; only that he died not too long after coming to the US from Wales. According...Read more
Ancestry.com Working to Save the Stories of WWII Veterans

Ancestry.com Working to Save the Stories of WWII Veterans

Veterans Day is approaching, giving us an opportunity to honor our loved ones and ancestors that have fought and made sacrifices for our country and our freedom. One of the most important and meaningful things you can do to celebrate the contributions that veterans have made is to take the...Read more