Genealogy Methodology: Who Are These People on This Census

Have you ever looked at a household in the census and wondered, "Who are some of these people?" "Are they really all related?" Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at several census examples. She'll explain how to interpret census relationships and how some of those seemingly non-related people can be part of your ancestors FAN club and how they can help you learn more about your family history.

Genealogy Goals for 2018

Happy New Year! It's a great time to review what we have accomplished over the past year and set goals going forward into the New Year. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at her genealogy goals for 2018 to spark some ideas for you to continue making new discoveries about your family history.

What's New at Ancestry: January 2018 Edition

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the upcoming genealogy events Ancestry will be attending. You'll also get a look at the new databases full of records released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors' lives.

Genealogy Research Tools: Top Tips for Using Newspapers.com

If you have the Ancestry All Access subscription, the Newspapers.com Basic subscription is included. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how to navigate this site, search tips and tricks, and how to tell what is and is not included as part of your basic subscription.

AncestryDNA: How to Invite Others to Test and How it Helps You

More than 6 million people have taken the AncestryDNA test. But, sometimes that one person you need to test just hasn't done so yet. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how it benefits you to get some of those 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cousins to test. She'll also share some of her best tips for how to invite cousins you might not know well to take a test and share their results to help benefit your family history research.

What's New at Ancestry: December 2017 Edition

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the upcoming genealogy events Ancestry will be attending. You'll also get a look new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. Then she will review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors' lives.

Genealogy Methodology: Using Hypotheses in Genealogy

We all want to make sure that the people, facts and photos we add to our family tree are really our family and that the information is true. Join Crista Cowan as she shares how to craft a hypothesis about something in your family tree (i.e. the parents of an ancestor, the date and place of death of a cousin, etc.) and then work to prove AND disprove it. This valuable skill will help you ensure you are climbing your own family tree and not someone else's.

Genealogy Research Tools: Pre-1800 British Research

Do you have ancestry from England? Tracing them back through birth, marriage, and death records to 1837, is fairly simple. Prior to that, it gets a little trickier. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at pre-1800 genealogical records to help you keep climbing your family tree.

What's New at Ancestry: November 2017 Edition

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the upcoming genealogy events Ancestry will be attending. You'll also get a look new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. Then she will review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors' lives.

AncestryDNA: You Won't Match Everyone You Are Related To

With more than 5 million people tested, AncestryDNA is a great way to connect with cousins and find out more about your family history. However, you won't get a DNA match to everyone you are related to. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how to understand your DNA match list, shared centimorgans, and differences in connections on your DNA Match list.

What's New at Ancestry: October 2017 Edition

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the upcoming genealogy events Ancestry will be attending. You'll also get a look new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. Then she will review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors' lives.

Detaching Records from Your Online Family Tree

We have all done it - saved a record to our tree only to discover that the John Smith in that record isn't the same person as the John Smith in our family tree. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how to remove records from you tree. Here's a hint: It's going to take a little more than just deleting the record.

Are You Saving That Record to the Right Person in Your Family Tree?

Sometimes you find records through hints. Sometimes you find them through suggested records. And, sometimes you find them through searching. No matter how you get to the record, you need to be sure you are saving the right record to the right person. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how to make sure you are saving the right records to the right people in the right way.

Keeping Track of Where You Are In Your Family Tree

Do you ever get lost in your family tree? Do you sometimes have a hard time keeping track of who your direct ancestors are among the forest of people you have collected? Do you question what you have verified or what you haven't verified? Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at some of her favorite tips for keeping track of where you are at in your family tree building.

What's New at Ancestry: September 2017 Edition

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the upcoming genealogy events Ancestry will be attending. Then she will review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors' lives.

Hidden Gems: Underutilized Record Collections on Ancestry

Ancestry has more than 20 billion historical records available online in more than 32,000 different databases. But, we all seem to use the same databases over and over again – census, city directories, and passenger lists. Join Crista Cowan as she shares some of the underutilized gems that can help you break through your brick walls and discover more about your ancestors than you thought possible.

Dealing With Errors in Online Family Trees

Genealogy is, by nature, a collaborative endeavor. That means that we will inevitably come across errors in the family trees of others as we are seeking out our own ancestors and relatives. Join Crista Cowan for a look at some best practices for addressing the errors in the family trees of others (and in our own trees).

What's New at Ancestry: August 2017 Edition

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the upcoming genealogy events Ancestry will be attending. You'll also get a look new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. Then she will review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors' lives.

Activating and Managing AncestryDNA Kits

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how to activate your AncestryDNA kit. She'll also explain the new roles of manager, collaborator, and viewer.

What's New at Ancestry: July 2017 Edition

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the upcoming genealogy events Ancestry will be attending. You'll also get a look new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. Then she will review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors' lives.

Online Family Tree Sharing at Ancestry

Did you know that you do not need an Ancestry subscription to view the family trees of your cousins and other family members? They just need to invite you to view their tree. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how tree sharing works from both perspectives - sharer and shared with.

What's New at Ancestry: June 2017 Edition

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the upcoming genealogy events Ancestry will be attending. You'll also get a look new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. Then she will review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors' lives.

Estimating Dates and Places

Sometimes you find scraps of information about a person and their relatives and you want to capture that information in your family tree. But, you don't have the whole story yet. Maybe you don't know when or where they were born. Maybe you haven't uncovered a marriage date yet. Or, maybe you haven't discovered a death date or place. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how you can estimate dates and how that information can help you make new discoveries in your family tree.

Is an Online Family Tree a Source or a Clue?

With millions of family trees now posted online, it is easy to just copy the information from someone else's tree and move on. There are some dangers inherent in that practice. But, there are also some really excellent, well-research family trees out there. Join Crista Cowan for a look at when to use someone else's family tree as a clue and when you can use it as a source.

County and Local Histories: A Goldmine of FAN Club Information

FAN Club = Family, Associates, and Neighbors Learning more about your ancestors FAN Club often leads to discovering more about your ancestors. County and local histories are a rich source of information about when and where your ancestors lived and who they associated with during their lives. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at where to find these histories and how to use them.

Waiting For Your DNA Test Results? | AncestryDNA

Today is National DNA Day! Have you already taken an Ancestry DNA test and you are anxiously waiting for your results? Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at what you can do while you wait so you can make the most of your DNA results when they come in.

What is a First Cousin Once Removed?

In real life, family is family and cousins are cousins. But, in genealogy (and especially in genetic genealogy), it is important to understand exactly how you are related to someone. Correct understanding of the difference between a first cousin, a first cousin once removed, and a second cousin can make the difference in your genealogy research and in your interpretation of your AncestryDNA. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how to understand it and keep it all straight.

Shared Family Trees on Ancestry

Join Crista Cowan for quick look at how to share you online tree with others. If you are new to Ancestry and someone has shared their family tree with you, Crista will also share some quick tips and navigation information. For information about sharing your tree with others - 0:00 - 11:55 For information about trees shared with you - 11:56 - 23:58

Documenting the Enslaved in Your Family Tree

February is Black History Month. Join Crista Cowan for a look at how those with ancestors who were slaveholders can assist our African American friends and family by documenting the lives of those enslaved.

RootsTech 2017: Recap

If you missed this year's RootsTech genealogy conference, join Crista Cowan for a quick look at some of the highlights from that event. Link to LeVar Burton's keynote address: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid764209555001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAsMO7iuE~,0a6boL_aMzQbUhdV9kSvjiPDe8rlf2Af&bctid=5319013820001

Ways To Clean Up Your Family Tree

Similar to having a clean home, having a clean family tree, can make things calmer and happier. It can also make it easier to find things, easier to know where things go, and easier to acquire new things. Join Crista Cowan for a look at some simple ways to clean up your family tree.

Understanding Ancestry Record Indexes

Ancestry now has more than 19 billion indexed historical records. And, we are adding an average of 2 million new records every single day. Join Crista Cowan for a look at how indexes are created. Understanding this will help you understand how best to analyze the record and how best to use the record to further your family history research.

Does Ancestry Have Records For ... ?

One of the questions we get asked most often is, "Does Ancestry have records for..." this country or that state or this time period. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how to best answer this question for yourself.

Genealogy Goals for 2017

It's almost the New Year. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look back and what new genealogy tools and databases have become available in 2016. Then, let's look forward to 2017 and share ideas about possible genealogy goals for the new year.

Thinking About Becoming a Professional Genealogist?

Do you love genealogy research so much that you have considered the idea of doing it as a career? Join Crista Cowan to learn more about how to be a better genealogist and how to know if you are ready to start taking clients. Even if that doesn't interest you, some of Crista's tips will help make you a better genealogist all around.

Your History Is Family History

For all the time we spend chasing down our ancestors' lives and stories, we sometimes neglect our own. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at some tips for recording your own history. Here are the links to the two articles I discuss in the video: Family History Interview Questions - http://www.ancestry.com/cs/learning/20110911InterviewJSS Genealogy Interview Techniques to Avoid - http://www.ancestry.com/cs/learning/20110605InterviewMP If you've got other ideas for recording living family history, please share in the comments below.

Geography and Genealogy

Every good genealogist knows the importance of geography in genealogy. Join Crista Cowan for a look at why an understanding of geography is so important to your family history research. She will share her best tips for finding the best maps and how to use that information to help you keep climbing your family tree.

Using Electoral Rolls in Family History Research

Here in the U.S. it is election day today. Join Crista Cowan for a look at voter registration and electoral rolls over time. She will share how you can use these records to assist you in your genealogy research.

You Received Your Results. Now What? (Part Two) | AncestryDNA

You took an AncestryDNA test. You waited the 6-8 weeks for your results. Now they are in. But, what does it all mean? Join Crista Cowan as she walks you through a detailed explanation of your AncestryDNA results - what does it all mean and what to do next.

You Received Your Results. Now What? (Part One) | AncestryDNA

You took an AncestryDNA test. You waited the 6-8 weeks for your results. Now they are in. But, what does it all mean? Join Crista Cowan as she walks you through a detailed explanation of your AncestryDNA results - what does it all mean and what to do next.

Getting Started on Ancestry

New to family history? Join Crista Cowan for a look at simple steps for starting your family tree. She'll also highlight what to enter, how to enter it, and what to do next.

Beyond The Shaky Leaf

To view part one in this series - How To Use Those Shaky Leaves - go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsQp6RWjcLg We all love to see that shaky leaf pop up in our online tree. It often leads us to census records or draft cards that provide more information about our family history. But, did you know that there is more available? Join Crista Cowan as she takes you beyond the shaky leaf to help you ensure you are climbing your family tree and not someone else's. To learn more about creating custom searches, watch our video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=andmxOHq2tw

How To Use Those Shaky Leaf Hints

We all love to see that shaky leaf pop up in our online tree. It often leads us to census records or draft cards that provide more information about our family history. Join Crista Cowan as she shares how leaf hints are generated and what to do with them. To view part two in this series - Beyond the Shaky Leaf - go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxGEvhKSM_k

Quick Tips for Breaking Through Your Genealogy Brick Walls

Have a brick wall in your family tree? Can't find a family member? Have no clue who great-grandma's parents were? Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at some of her favorite tips for climbing over, going around, or breaking through that genealogy brick wall.

Communicating With Cousins

Want to collaborate with cousins about your family tree or your DNA results? Join Crista Cowan for a look at some best practices for sending messages that receive the highest response rates. She'll talk about research collaboration, providing corrections, requesting information, and figuring out DNA connections.

Why Join A Genealogy Society

Did you know that there are thousands of genealogy societies around the world? Did you know that joining the right society just might provide you with the right skills or records access that will break through some of your long-standing family history brick walls? Join Crista Cowan for a look at why you might want to join a genealogy society and a sneak peek at some of her favorites.

Genealogy Methodology: Documenting Parentage

Genealogy isn't just about identifying the names, dates and places associated with our ancestors lives. It is also about documenting the relationships. A weak link from child to parent could mean you end up climbing someone else's family tree. Join Crista Cowan for a look at records that will help you document these relationships and some best practices for doing so.

Post-1940 Descendancy Research

The U.S. Federal Census has a 72 year privacy law. But, it is still possible to research families who lived in the U.S. post-1940. Join Crista Cowan for a look at the resources she uses to do descendancy research - particularly for connecting with her AncestryDNA matches.

Asking Genealogy Questions and Getting Answers

Join Crista Cowan for a look at how best to frame your genealogy research questions to get the answers you need. She will also show you the best places to post those questions. Finally, she will wrap it up with a look at some places you can explore to get answers before you even ask your questions.

Genetic Genealogy Brick Wall Case Study | AncestryDNA

Join Crista Cowan for a look at how she is using AncestryDNA cousin matches in conjunction with traditional genealogical research to break through one of the toughest brick walls on her family tree.