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  • Have I Lost It? 5 Tips to Organize Your Military Research
    Talking to myself…..Wait, I had an Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) about a WWII man who was killed in Bari, Italy, when the Germans bombed the harbor. Who was that file about? Where did I stick that file in my computer? Why isn’t it listed in my Excel spreadsheet? Why can’t I find this file?! Read More

  • Contacting DNA Matches: Get More Responses with these Pro Tips
    Discovering unknown relatives is one of the most exciting parts of receiving AncestryDNA test results. Among these newly found relatives are longtime Ancestry subscribers with robust family trees. They may be able to help break down the brick walls in your research, and you may be able to do the same for them. Of course, Read More

  • The Oral History Interview: Don’t Miss a Chance to Record Family Stories
    National Grandparents Day is celebrated in the U.S. and the U.K. on September 10 this year. The occasion presents a perfect opportunity to honor the elders in our families, but what is the best way to do so? Often, the gifts most appreciated by grandparents are family members’ genuine interest in their life stories and Read More

  • New! New York Death Index, 1880-1956
    If you’re researching in New York State, we have some good news for you. Ancestry has just launched a collection of New York State death indexes covering 1880 to 1956. The collection includes more than 5 million names of people who died in New York State. Prior to this release, this index was only on Read More

  • More Than a Pie Chart and a Number: Reading Your Ethnicity Estimate
    Remember when you got your ethnicity results? The anticipation, the excitement, the screen shot sent to friends and posted to Instagram? But did you ever stop to wonder where your estimate came from? And did you know there’s a lot more to it than a pie chart and percentages? DNA is proof, right? So why Read More