Tag Archives: Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com’s New, Free Ethnic Research Guides


Ancestry.com has recently made available for free several ethnic research guides to help genealogists navigate research barriers like destroyed records or records existing in other countries.   Check them out below and start searching.

African American family research on Ancestry.com

Finding Your Irish Ancestors in the U.S. and Ireland

Finding Your Ancestors from the UK and Ireland

Finding Your Swedish Ancestors at Ancestry.com

Finding Your German Ancestors on Ancestry.com

Finding Your Canadian Ancestors on Ancestry.com

Don’t forget that the Cambridge Public Library offers free access to Ancestry.com at any of its branches



Ancestry.com Gives Free Access to New England Records


Ancestry.com has recently offered free access to their New England Heritage Collection, which offers users access to millions of records.  The collection includes:

Massachusetts, Birth Records, 1840-1915

New Hampshire, Birth Records, 1659-1900

Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915

New Hampshire, Marriage and Divorce Records, 1659-1947

Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915

New Hampshire, Death and Disinterment Records, 1754-1947

Connecticut, Hale Cemetery Inscriptions, 1675-1934

Rhode Island, State Censuses, 1865-1935 

Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908 

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988

Massachusetts, Mason Membership Cards, 1733-1990

Take advantage of this free resource and search away!

Warm up with your family history at NHGS and Ancestry.com

Tintype photo of four women with parasols, courtesy of the Boston Public Library.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is hosting Ancestry Day with NEHGS. The event will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Sheraton Boston hotel.

This day-long program will offer you a chance to discover and celebrate your family history. There will be sessions throughout the day to help you get the most out of your research using Ancestry.com and NEHGS resources. Full day admission is $30.

For more information and to register, click here.

Sign up for Free, Weekly Ancestry.com Courses


Photograph courtesy of Vintage Black Glamour.

Did you know that Ancestry.com offers free genealogy courses.   RSVP for Using Ancestry.com Like a Pro airing Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. ET, and 5-Minute Friday: Find the Parents! airing Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. ET. Free, short classes are taught weekly by Ancestry.com experts and announced on Facebook.

Take advantage of these free webinars and stop by the Cambridge Public Library to use ancestry.com for free.


Fashion on the Titanic

Gloves from the Titanic, salvaged and restored.

One hundred years ago, the United States and Europe was still reeling from the sinking of the Titanic.  Over the past month, there has been a flurry of interest in the unsinkable ship’s sinking. Here are a few highlights for those interested in more:

1.  The April 12, 2012 New York Times did a nice photo piece on the fashion of the Titanic.
2.  The April 12, 2012 Cambridge Chronicle did a piece on rare book collector Harry Elkins Widener – of Widener Library fame – who died on the Titanic.
3.  Ancestry.com has compiled a free, new database exclusively around the Titanic.
4.  Daniel Mendelsohn’s Unsinkable in the April 16, 2012 New Yorker is about why 100 years later, we’re still obsessed with the Titanic’s sinking.

Holocaust Museum and Ancestry.com Join Records

The United States Holocaust Museum and Ancestry.com have teamed up to create a new online repository, called the World Memory Project, to document information on the victims of Nazi persecution.  It will be the first time that the Museum’s records will be fully available and searchable online.

The project is enlisting the help of volunteers, who from the comfort of their own home and the use of a computer, will transcribe the digital documents so they can be fully searchable online.    It’s a great way to encourage community involvement and help digitize the 170 million documents.  If you’d like to participate would like more information, view the website here.

Search Ancestry.com’s New Civil War Records For Free

The National Archives and Ancestry.com published newly digitized Civil War records online for the first time Wednesday, allowing users to trace family links to the war between North and South.  Between April 7 and 14, Ancestry is giving free access to the new collection:  http://www.ancestry.com/civilwar150.

Nearly 275,000 newly published pages are among the most heavily used documents for research in the National Archives’ Civil War holdings, curators said. The pages contain about 3 million names of those who enlisted for a draft from 1863 to 1865, though only about 40,000 were drafted to fight.

Archivists estimate 17 million Americans have an ancestor who fought in the war. Many may not know about their family ties.