What’s Up with My Ethnicity Estimates?

What’s Up with My Ethnicity Estimates?

Ethnicity estimates have made news this year, especially with AncestryDNA’s updates this past fall. But how important are your ethnicity estimates to your research? We asked genetic genealogist Shannon Combs-Bennett this very question. She’s the presenter on the upcoming live webinar, What’s Up With My Ethnicity Estimates? One thing she...Read more
A Brief History of Hanukkah (and Our Favorite Jewish Resources)

A Brief History of Hanukkah (and Our Favorite Jewish Resources)

The holiday commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees defeated the Seleucid Empire in the second century BC. There was enough oil to burn for only one day, but the light miraculously burned for eight days. Use these links to learn more about Hanukkah history...Read more
Exploring Your UK Ancestry: Episode 126

Exploring Your UK Ancestry: Episode 126

Equinox sunrise with a hawthorn tree above valley fog. English Peak District National Park. UK. Credit: Getty Images Listen to this Family Tree Magazine Podcast episode here:  This Month in Family History Andrew provides a quick look at a major event that impacted your family history: the end of World...Read more
Got Cherokee Ancestors? Applying for Cherokee Nation Citizenship

Got Cherokee Ancestors? Applying for Cherokee Nation Citizenship

Recently, US Senator Elizabeth Warren published DNA evidence showing Native American heritage to back up her family’s memories of Cherokee heritage. The Cherokee Nation immediately responded with its own definition of what it means to be Cherokee, which focused on formal tribal affiliation via citizenship. A statement issued by Secretary...Read more
Narrowing the Search for Your German Ancestral Village

Narrowing the Search for Your German Ancestral Village

GERMANY – NOVEMBER 10: The Klein Venedig (Little Venice) along the river Regnitz, Bamberg (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1993), Bavaria, Germany. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) Many beginning their searches for German-speaking ancestors are frustrated when they find out that one of the truisms of research in Europe is that knowing...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
Celebrating Black History Month 2018

Celebrating Black History Month 2018

Ancestor of Pam Ayersman, Family Tree Facebook Follower February 1st kicks off Black History Month, and at Family Tree we’re excited to spend the next few weeks honoring it with you.  This month, we’ll be sharing quotes, stories and pictures of your African American ancestors. We’ll also be giving tips...Read more
A Brief History of Kwanzaa

A Brief History of Kwanzaa

The annual holiday of Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Following the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga longed for ways to bring African-Americans together as a community. He founded U.S., a cultural organization,...Read more